In the new procurement templates, model contracts for software development have been merged with those for new developments and customisations, Difi writes in its announcement.
In a prepared statement, Difi says the overhaul has adapted the procurement contract models to provide a better fit to modern delivery models. The responsibilities of the contract parties have also been made clearer, the agency adds. “The new agreements have become a better tool for achieving good IT acquisitions, thanks to simplification and an improved balance in the contract terms”, Difi director Ingelin Killengreen is quoted as saying.
The overhaul of the templates included a public consultation and an external audit of model contracts used by a reference group, including Norways Tax Administration, the Oslo municipality, the country’s Directorate of Health, Drammensregionens - an ICT cooperative of five Norwegian municipalities - and three ICT suppliers.
State Standard Agreements are developed to assist Norway’s public sector, to make it easier to procure IT services and products. An English version of the 2015 agreements is expected in the autumn.
More information:Difi announcement (in Norwegian)
State Standard Agreements (in Norwegian)