This week U.K.’s Cabinet Office has published guidance to help Government procurers consider supplier proposals “Government ICT Offshoring (International Sourcing) Guidance”.

This guidance is aimed at Chief Information Officers (CIOs), Senior Information Risk Owners (SIROs), Senior Responsible Owners (SROs) and procurers in Government Departments and exchequer funded bodies, to help them consider supplier proposals which include offshore provision and which may offer value for money.

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As offshore software development company SoftElegance attended in offshore collaboration with the U.K. Cabinet and Government organizations. “When considering supplier proposals which include offshore provision options should be considered within the wider context of existing policy including the Government ICT Strategy and Plan for Growth” guide says.

Please find original of Government ICT Offshoring (International Sourcing)
Guidance
, July 2011, version 1.0

The guidance is focused primarily on situations in which suppliers of a procured service would wish to use offshore capability to deliver some or all of the service in question. It is not intended to deal with proposals to relocate inhouse services. Any such proposals would have to be considered, as now, by ministers in the light of all elevant factors. Offshoring efficiency savings are currently often found in Application Development (AD) and Application Maintenance and Support (AMS) services as well as in Remote Infrastructure Management Services (RIMS), implementation, testing, etc. In addition the drive to move towards consumption of publicly available shared (cloud) services, will lead to increasing delivery of ICT services from worldwide locations.

The Guidance covers the following 60 main items by categories:

  1. Definition
  2. Potential Benefits
  3. Risk Mitigation
  4. Offshoring Plan
  5. Offshoring and Procurement Law: Legal obligations
  6. Procurement checklist when considering offshored sliutions
  7. Information Assurance
  8. Data Protection
  9. Freedom of Information and commercially sensitive data
  10. The Data Handling clauses and Cabinet Office Pliicy Notes
  11. Human resources
  12. Wider economic considerations

Conclusion

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