Home Office

Themis Analysis and Nominals

Incomplete applications

Incomplete applications
2 SME, 2 large

Completed applications

Completed applications
4 SME, 10 large
Important dates
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Published Wednesday 28 August 2019
Deadline for asking questions Wednesday 4 September 2019 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications Wednesday 11 September 2019 at 11:59pm GMT


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Summary of the work Home Office requires supplier to build applications and services for management of information about nominals/entities and it's analysis alongside intelligence and events data. The supplier will participate in an excercise to select appropriate libraries and technologies, implement required software modules and integrate with both THEMIS Framework and other Set components.
Latest start date Monday 16 December 2019
Expected contract length 2 years with potential 6 month extension for exit/transition.
Location No specific location, eg they can work remotely
Organisation the work is for Home Office
Budget range £1,900,000.00

About the work

About the work
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Why the work is being done The Home Office is seeking to replace an intelligence capability that is vital to the UK Law Enforcement Community. The legacy solution used for the management, storage and analysis of intelligence is a large monolithic application. The replacement capability will be developed within a modular framework based on a Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) that provides greater speed of change and reduced operating cost.
Problem to be solved The Authority is seeking either an individual supplier or consortium to develop modules for entity management and analysis. As part of this it will be necessary to elaborate the existing requirements for entity management and analysis capabilities in conjunction with Design and Architecture (D&A) team and end users.
It is possible that some analysis modules may use COTS or open source libraries; the supplier will be required to provide analysis to support technology selection and integrate the selected items. The supplier will build software components within a multi-supplier environment as combinations of apps and services integrated with a common framework.
Who the users are and what they need to do The primary users of THEMIS will be from Law Enforcement including operational users (e.g. intelligence officers and operations managers) and business users (e.g. system administrator or inspectors).
Examples of user needs for these modules include:
As case officer, I need to plot locations on a map so that I can view multiple operation locations
As an analyst, I need to upload a data set and check it against existing data, so that I can gain insights into the data
As case officer, I need to add entities to the system, so that I can record information on subjects of interest.
Early market engagement None
Any work that’s already been done The Design and Architecture team have performed a significant amount of user engagement across all stakeholder organisation to define the user requirements. These have been captured as a business capability map, key capability concepts, user stories (capturing functional requirements), user journeys, scenarios, and user personas.

The D&A team have already developed a mature Information Handling Model (IHM), an architecture blueprint and a series of architectural patterns.
Existing team The Authority is supported by a Design & Architecture function which includes:
- A product owner;
- A business analysis team;
- An architecture team.

The remainder of the team will be procured to build the Themis solution as follows:
- Set 1: Framework and DevOps pipeline (early stages of development)
- Set 2: Operations and Intelligence Management (Supplier nominated)
- Set 3: Process and Oversight (running in parallel to this Set)
- Set 5: Data Transformation, Migration and MI (Supplier nominated)
- Set 6: UI Framework (Supplier nominated)
Current phase Alpha

Work setup

Work setup
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Address where the work will take place It is expected that development activities will be conducted from the suppliers own location.

Some non-development members of the suppliers team will be required to work from locations in proximity to the Home Office (2 Marsham Street) in London on a regular basis for coordination activities. Work may be required at other locations nationally from time to time.
Working arrangements Suppliers are required to participate in collaborative planning and delivery involving the wider Themis supply chain for each programme increment using a tailored SAFe approach. This will require some members of the team to work in proximity to the Home Office (2 Marsham Street) in London on a regular basis, and some development activities will be conducted from the suppliers own location. For data migration it will be necessary to undertake some work at customer sites across the UK due to the protective marking of the material.
Security clearance S.C. level clearance is required as a minimum for staff working under this contract or any subcontracts.

The supplier must have a location and technology to support development up to and including Official Sensitive."

Additional information

Additional information
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Additional terms and conditions 1. Home Office will retain ownership of the Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) created during the contract.
2. Travel and Expenses will not be paid within the M25. In line with Home Office T&E Policy we will pay T&E outside of the M25 where such travel is necessary and agreed in advance with us.
3. Key Supplier staff included in proposals are expected to work on the contract.
4. Home Office reserves the right to agree Fixed Price Statements of Work when prudent; the Supplier shall not unreasonably withhold its agreement to such requests.
5. Sub-contracting is permitted.

Skills and experience

Buyers will use the essential and nice-to-have skills and experience to help them evaluate suppliers’ technical competence.

Skills and experience
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Essential skills and experience
  • Demonstrate experience of delivering solutions within the Law Enforcement or Intelligence domain
  • Demonstrate understanding of analysis within the Law Enforcement or Intelligence domain.
  • Demonstrate experience of building systems for handling nominals/entities with a complex Information Handling Model.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of using UI frameworks/libraries for visualisation and analysis of event, intelligence and nominal data.
  • Demonstrate experience of processing streams of metadata and events.
  • Demonstrate experience of incremental delivery within a SOA/microservice-based architecture.
  • Demonstrate experience in the complete evolutionary software development lifecycle including testing and deployment.
  • Demonstrate experience of working in an Official Sensitive environment.
  • Confirm they have a suitable location and technology to support Software Development at Official Sensitive (including appropriately secured computers and network(s)).
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Demonstrate experience in developing/integrating analysis software within the Law Enforcement or Intelligence domain.
  • Demonstrate experience of delivering solutions with rigorous audit and inspection requirements
  • Demonstrate experience of delivering within a scaled version of agile e.g. SAFe.
  • Provide evidence of successful collaborative delivery of an integrated solution where there were dependencies on other supplier teams.
  • Provide evidence of recent successful delivery of technology into the Law Enforcement or Intelligence domains.

How suppliers will be evaluated

How suppliers will be evaluated
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How many suppliers to evaluate 5
Proposal criteria
  • Approach and Methodology
  • VFM (Value For Money)
  • Risk
  • Team Structure and Composition
Cultural fit criteria
  • Work as a Team
  • No-Blame culture
  • Knowledge sharing
  • Collaboration
Payment approach Time and materials
Assessment methods
  • Written proposal
  • Case study
  • Work history
  • Presentation
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence


Cultural fit




Questions asked by suppliers

Questions asked by suppliers
Supplier question Buyer answer
1. 01. Could you please provide a greater level of detail in regards to the incumbent legacy monolith platform; Architecture, System type and current processing capacity 01. Details of the architecture and 'system type' legacy platform are not directly relevant to the work within this Set. Note that the migration of data from the legacy system is not within scope of this Set. We will be able to share more detail regarding volumetrics during Stage 2 of procurement.
2. Is there an incumbent supplier (e.g., a supplier who performed the discovery phase) and, if so, will they be allowed to bid on this project? If the answer is yes, who is the supplier? This is a multi supplier program, where several Sets have been awarded to date. There are no bidding restrictions to this Set / Lot (#4).
Home Office does not make any reference to the supplier’s name or any confidential information about suppliers.
3. Is this process fair and open, or do you have a supplier in mind for this opportunity? This is a fully open and fair process, hence it's publication on Digital Marketplace.
4. Has any incumbent supplier been involved in any capacity (e.g., helping to draft the specification for this opportunity) or will they be involved in the selection process? This is a multi supplier program, and there is no incumbent supplier. Supplier selection, evaluation and moderation will be undertaken by the Home Office.
5. Are you using standard scoring and, if so, how does a supplier achieve a 3 versus a 2 on this opportunity for the essential and nice-to-haves? If you are not using standard scoring, can you please explain your scoring methodology? The scoring & weighting is clearly stated in the published advert.
6. Has this opportunity been advertised before and, if so, why was it not successful? This has not been advertised previously.
7. Is there a incumbent supplier? see response to Question 2.
8. Is the budget of £1,900,000.00 an annual budget or is it the budget for the duration of the 2 year contract term? We advise this is the maximum budget for the 2 year contract term.
9. Will S.C. Clearance be sponsored or is it expected prior to contract? Yes, Home Office can sponsor clearances. The programme needs to meet tight delivery timescales so we anticipate that the core team members will need to have S.C. by the start of the contract.
Note that there is the potential for some work to be abstracted and carried out at a lower classification and thus with a lower clearance requirement.