The 4 Main Types of Computer Software Tenders

Published6th July 2022 AuthorJohn Hudson

Are you aware of all the different types of computer software tenders that are available to bid on?

If you are looking to source new computer software tenders, do you know what type of tender to bid on? In this blog, we go through the four main computer software tenders that businesses will outsource. Keep reading to find out more!

Why do businesses issue computer software tenders?

Without computer software, many basic business operations wouldn’t be performed. That being said, most businesses either don’t have a big IT Team, or don’t have one at all. Therefore, they require IT support for their systems.

What type of computer software tenders can you bid on?

There are various types of computer software tenders that you could bid on. The 10 most common types are:

  1. Application software
  2. System software
  3. Middleware
  4. Driver software
  5. Programming software
  6. Freeware
  7. Open-source software
  8. Proprietary software or closed software
  9. Shareware
  10. Utility software.

However, out of these 10, there are four computer software tenders that you will find are the most common.

The four most common types of computer software tenders

  1. Application software

One of the most common computer software tenders buyers procure is application software. This often involves creating an application to be used by end-users. In most cases, it is classed as non-essential software but is used by the majority of businesses for general operations. This includes:

  • Word processing apps
  • Spreadsheet apps
  • Databases
  • Application suites
  • Multimedia apps
  • Communication apps
  • Internet browsers
  • Email apps
  • CRM tools.
  1. System software

System software tenders will be issued by buyers who are needing support with the hardware systems they use. You will be supporting them with the function of their systems, ensuring they operate efficiently. For example, retailers will likely need to outsource this for their till operation systems and hardware.

  1. Driver software

Buyers will issue these computer software tenders when they are looking for help with their external devices. This could involve connecting the external devices to a central computer system and having them run smoothly using driver software. For example, devices could include:

  • Printers
  • A keyboard/mouse
  • Network devices
  • Hard drives
  • Cyber security
  1. Programming software

Unless a business has a strong IT team, they’re likely to outsource this type of computer programming software. Because of the complexity of coding, then it is unlikely a business would have a team in place for this. The tender opportunities could be small projects, to support with website development. Or larger projects stretched over a longer time period. Such as a full website mobile application.


The four main types of computer software tenders you can bid on are:

  1. Application software
  2. System software
  3. Driver software
  4. Programming software.

You will probably find that your services can crossover these four subsectors. But you need to ensure you can fully deliver the buyer’s needs. The reason for buyers outsourcing these services is because they are probably not equipped to do it themselves in-house.

The other types of computer software tenders you could come across are:

  1. Middleware
  2. Freeware
  3. Open-source software
  4. Proprietary software or closed software
  5. Shareware
  6. Utility software.

How to find new computer software tenders…

Technology Tenders can save you time trolling through hundreds of sites. We source tendering opportunities so that you can focus on running your business. Meaning you can find relevant computer software tenders that are perfect for you in just a few clicks!

What makes Technology Tenders different?

We use manual tracking

Other portals rely on Common Procurement Vocabulary (CPV) codes to categorise tenders. However, they have been known to be ambiguous and file tenders under the wrong codes. This means you could be missing out on opportunities to tender.

Instead of using CPV codes, our Opportunity Trackers manually tag contracts they find to ensure they reach the right businesses. You can filter live tenders using keywords, industry, location, and budget to find the best opportunities for your business.

Here are just five examples of past computer software tenders that we’ve sourced on our Technology Tenders portal:

Software Platform for Virtual Reality Experiences

Suffolk County Council – Eastern – Budget: £80,000

CWC20109 – E Procurement & Contract Management Solution

Wolverhampton City Council – West Midlands – Budget: £344,000

Legal Case Management System NCCT42393

Norfolk County Council – Eastern – Budget: £400,000

Digital Care Management System (DCMS) in PCC Homes

Portsmouth City Council – South East – Budget: £410,000

Completions Management System

Network Rail Infrastructure Ltd – London – Budget: £3,000,000

What does a subscription to Technology Tenders include?

A 12-month subscription to Technology Tenders will give you:

  • Unlimited portal access. You can browse the portal to your heart’s content. See hundreds of opportunities, intuitively categorised and easily accessible.
  • A dedicated Account Manager. They’ll handle any queries you may have about the portal. They can also answer any questions you may have about computer software tenders.
  • A free, 20-minute phone consultation with a Bid Writer at our Hudson Succeed Division. Our expert Consultants will chat to you for 20-minutes about anything tender related. This could be questions about the process or a requirement in a computer software tender that you don’t understand.
  • A daily email bulletin sent directly to your inbox. When you sign up to the portal, you will choose the specific areas in which you would like to tender. Then, a daily bulletin is created with all the relevant opportunities that have been posted to the portal that day. You’ve got unlimited portal access, but the daily bulletin makes things even easier, saving you even more time.

If you want to know more about how Technology Tenders could help your business, contact us today. Our team can provide a free, live trial, so you can try before you buy!

What else can we offer you?

So, you’ve found a tender that you want to go for but can’t find the right words. Our expert Bid Writers at Hudson Succeed can support you at every stage of your tender. They can answer any questions you may have about the process. From passing the pre-qualification questionnaire (PQQ) to finalising your tender response.

Our Bid Writers have an 87% success rate and over 60 years of bid writing experience. We offer tender support through four Bid Writing services:

Tender Writing

Simply send the bid specification to our team and they’ll write the tender response for you. They’ll even submit the bid on your behalf.

This service is priced per bid, and we provide a full Tender Writing breakdown. You’ll know how long it’ll take, what we’ll need from you, and when you’ll see an initial and final draft.

Tender Improvement 

With Tender Improvement, our Bid Writers will assess your previous tender responses and work with you to develop improved content.

Tender Mentor

You might also be interested in Tender Mentor. Our team will analyse your content and check for any errors before you submit your tender response. 

Tender Ready

Tender Ready helps businesses that are completely new to the tendering process. We offer a three-stage process and a four-week programme.

Book a free, live demo to gain further insight into our services and see which opportunities can benefit your business.

On Technology Tenders, we post contracts for:

These are just a few categories in which we source technology tenders. We add new opportunities to our portal every day. The scope of buyers for whom you could deliver work is always expanding.

Now is the time for Technology Tenders – unlock your company’s potential by contacting us today

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