Revealed: the biggest suppliers of govtech in 2018

New Statesman

Bytes Software


DXC Technology

IT reseller Bytes Software Services has been named 2018’s biggest supplier of government technology in a new ranking from contracts data provider Tussell.

Bytes topped the list after winning a £159m deal to supply the NHS with licenses to upgrade its entire computing stock to Windows 10, as NS Tech first reported last year. But it is likely the reseller will only retain a small cut of the deal, with the rest going directly to Microsoft.

Neuda, a digital solutions provider, came in a close second, winning £155m of awards driven largely by a £150m contract to overhaul IT at the Northern Irish government’s environment department. DXC Technology came in at third position with (£150m), Fujitsu fourth (£119m) and IBM fifth (£110m).

The proportion of the value of awards won by small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) rose from nine to 16 per cent, indicating the government still has some distance to go if it is to meet its 33 per cent target by 2022.

New ‘Small Business Crown Representative’ will make sure government gets best value and small businesses have improved access to government contracts.


– New ‘Small Business Crown Representative’ will make sure the government gets the best value and small businesses have improved access to government contracts
  – Martin Traynor OBE is an experienced business leader and deputy chairman of the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust
  – Martin also helped to set up visitor centre following discovery of King Richard III’s remains

An experienced business leader has been given the task of boosting the relationship between the government and small businesses.

Martin Traynor OBE is the deputy chairman of the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, runs his own training and consultancy business and is the former Group Chief Executive of Leicestershire Chamber of Commerce.

He has now been made the government’s new Small Business Crown Representative – a role which will see him make sure the government gets the best value from small business and small businesses have the best possible opportunity to work with the government.

The week in govtech: the biggest tenders and awards (5/2/19)


This is the latest instalment of an exclusive series analysing the UK’s biggest public sector tech deals. Every week, in partnership with data analysis firm Tussell, we drill down into the most valuable tenders and awards from the last seven days. Here’s what we found this week…

Top five tenders

Northamptonshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner has issued the biggest tender of the week: a framework valued at up to £20m for digital evidence extraction tools. The notice is light on detail but reveals plans to allow police forces from across the country to buy tools and training to extract digital evidence from computers and smartphones. Because it will be set up as a dynamic purchasing system, suppliers can join the framework at any time up until the point at which it closes in 2025

Can ‘Zero Trust’ networking work for the public sector?

Networking Plus

The concept of Zero Trust is being lauded by the Government Digital Service (GDS) as the way forward for all of the public sector’s networking requirements.

Zero Trust originates from a theory that if you know who a person is, what device they are using and where they are, you can set a policy to allow or disallow them access to services and data. If one, or more, of these elements are missing, the user can’t be trusted.

Virgin Media trials 8.5Gbps broadband in the UK


Virgin is using Arris DOCSIS and EPON technology across its existing fibre broadband network to bring speeds of around 8.5Gbps to 50 trial customers in Cambridgeshire.

Virgin Media has announced that it is trialling “multi-gigabit” fibre broadband technology which it wants to push to speeds of 10Gbps.

Arris is providing its Ethernet Passive Optical Network (EPON) technology for the trial, which is taking place across 50 residences in Cambridgeshire and is seeing users experience speeds of 8.5Gbps over its existing fibre network.

Solving the procurement conundrum

Open Access Government

In recent years, it’s fair to say that the UK Government has been working harder to do more business with SMEs to level the playing field in the procurement conundrum

But equally, the complexity of the procurement process has proved to be a huge stumbling block for many. As a result, in late 2018, MPs on the Science and Technology Committee heard from a range of experts on how attempts to open up procurement to SMEs has progressed over the last three years.

The gist of the discussions was that early success in shifting contracts to a more balanced portfolio of suppliers had seen some modest success, but that the trend seemed to be reversing in the last year. One of the underlying causes of this was cited as the procurement processes that are used to make awards, and this is a theme that has received much attention in the last six months in other forums.

What works in networks?


The NHS long term plan says networks are going to offer solutions to many of the NHS’ problems but the NHS is a hierarchy and bureaucracy and these three are not organic bedfellows, notes Andy Cowper

It’s interesting when you can’t find any actual source for a quote that you’ve heard used a lot of times in relation to management issues. For me, the latest example of this is “the network beats the hierarchy”.

New security flaw found in 5G communications standards


5G’s authentication protocol security vulnerability won’t be fixed before first network roll-outs

Security flaws in the Authentication and Key Agreement (AKA) protocol will render first roll-outs of 5G networks vulnerable to eavesdropping and man-in-the-middle attacks.