Office for National Statistics

PU-20 - 0040 - Managed Service for Ingres and OpenRoad Support

Incomplete applications

3
Incomplete applications
2 SME, 1 large

Completed application

1
Completed application
1 SME, 0 large
Important dates
Opportunity attribute name Opportunity attribute value
Published Friday 1 November 2019
Deadline for asking questions Friday 8 November 2019 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications Friday 15 November 2019 at 11:59pm GMT

Overview

Overview
Opportunity attribute name Opportunity attribute value
Summary of the work ONS has a requirement for ongoing BAU support for live Ingres ABF and OpenROAD systems whilst legacy systems are being transformed.
We have a requirement to go out to market for this service to be provided until at least February 2022.
Latest start date Monday 2 March 2020
Expected contract length 24 months
Location Wales
Organisation the work is for Office for National Statistics
Budget range N/A

About the work

About the work
Opportunity attribute name Opportunity attribute value
Why the work is being done ONS has a requirement for ongoing BAU support for live Ingres ABF and OpenROAD systems whilst legacy systems are being transformed.
We have a requirement to go out to market for this service to be provided until at least February 2022.
Problem to be solved We have a requirement to ensure the robustness and reliability of existing Ingres and Open Road systems, this includes identifying and reducing risks, resolving incidents, Service Desk requests and change request that meet specific criteria.
Who the users are and what they need to do As a business user, I need to use the Ingres and Open Road Systems to produce statistical outputs.
Early market engagement N/A
Any work that’s already been done We have recently undertaken a Proof of Concept to determine how we want the support to be managed. This is now driving the decision to go out to market for a Managed Service.
Existing team We have recently undertaken a Proof of Concept to determine how we want the support to be managed. This is now driving the decision to go out to market for a Managed Service.
Current phase Live

Work setup

Work setup
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Address where the work will take place Newport, South Wales
Working arrangements Onsite support is required, due to the nature of the systems and business teams we support. Expenses to stay in line with ONS standard T and S policy. The team will comprise of suitably experienced and competent developers with proven Ingres and Open Road experience. The number of staff sufficient for this requirement will be agreed in collaboration with the winning bidder.
Security clearance SC Cleared

Additional information

Additional information
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Additional terms and conditions N/A

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
Opportunity attribute name Opportunity attribute value
Essential skills and experience
  • Extensive knowledge of RDBMS, Ingres ABF OpenROAD - 25%
  • Provide operational support for applications written in Ingres and ABF - 25%
  • Advanced knowledge and experience of Ingres SQL - 15%
  • Expert knowledge of UNIX (ideally AIX) - 12%
  • Ensure all work is carried out and documented in accordance with required standards, methods and procedures - 3%
  • Experience of supporting business applications via a helpdesk - 3%
  • Knowledge Transfer and support across wider technical teams - 3%
  • Able to work on their own initiative, within agreed parameters and standards - 3%
  • Resolve and address incidents in line with Service Level Agreements (liaising directly with business stakeholders as requried) - 3%
  • Able to work on their own initiative, within agreed parameters and standards - 3%
  • Ensuring system documentation is consolidated, evolved and maintained - 3%
Nice-to-have skills and experience Agile techniques and methodologies - 2%

How suppliers will be evaluated

How suppliers will be evaluated
Opportunity attribute name Opportunity attribute value
How many suppliers to evaluate 3
Proposal criteria
  • Technical ability and knowledge - 25%
  • Quality and Governance - 20%
  • Staffing approach and team structure - 15%
  • Value for Money - 5%
Cultural fit criteria
  • •Work as a team with our organisation and other suppliers - 3%
  • •Be transparent and collaborative when making decisions - 3%
  • •Take responsibility for their work - 3%
  • •Have a no-blame culture and encourage people to learn from their mistakes - 2%
  • •Share knowledge and experience with other team members - 2%
  • •Can work with stakeholders with low technical expertise - 2%
Payment approach Time and materials
Additional assessment methods
  • Case study
  • Work history
  • Reference
  • Presentation
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence

65%

Cultural fit

15%

Price

20%

Questions asked by suppliers

Questions asked by suppliers
Supplier question Buyer answer
1. Will ONS sponsor candidates for SC clearance? Yes ONS would. The only caveat is that if for any reason the SC clearance application was declined, it would mean the individual(s) would not be permitted to work with live data. The supplier would then need to provide an equally skilled/experienced substitute to meet the requirements of the role.
2. ONS has received the following question:
"Able to work on their own initiative, within agreed parameters and standards – 3%" appears to be repeated. Is this a typo and was there an alternative question that it was intended to ask?
Apologies for any inconvenience caused, but yes, this is a duplicate question and therefore the duplicate should be ignored.
The 3% weighting for the duplicate question for "Able to work on their own initiative, within agreed parameters and standards" has been added to the following question:
"Advanced knowledge and experience of Ingres SQL (15%)" to make this a revised weighting of 18%.
Again, please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused.
The deadline for asking questions about this opportunity was Friday 8 November 2019.