The European agency EU-LISA has closed its initial bidding round for the procurement of a €990 government contract to provide software and services that will go to four partners.
European resellers and MSPs have told CPI that EU tenders are usually split between a larger number of multiple providers.
However, EU-LISA, also known as the EU Agency for the operational management of large-scale IT systems in the area of freedom, security and justice, recently overhauled its procurement systems.
It now aims to award bids to a single partner, to ensure "the uninterrupted operation of large-scale IT systems" within the agency.
Founded in 2011, the agency is based in Tallinn, Estonia.
Its latest project will last for four years and is split between four key areas: design, quality and integration services; software development; infrastructure services; and testing services.
EU-LISA's procurement guidelines will see each area awarded to a different channel partner.
EU regulators are expected to make a decision within the coming months.
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