Awarded to Proventeq Limited

Start date: Tuesday 30 June 2020
Value: £1,165,910
Company size: SME
UK Shared Business Services Ltd

DDaT20092 - Oracle Development Team

10 Incomplete applications

8 SME, 2 large

8 Completed applications

6 SME, 2 large

Important dates

Thursday 16 April 2020
Deadline for asking questions
Thursday 23 April 2020 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications
Thursday 30 April 2020 at 11:59pm GMT


Summary of the work
Maintain all the existing Oracle Applications databases, and the associated hardware and storage to the latest versions to ensure we have a high performing on-premise capability.
Maintain our current cloud functionality that we have progressed.
Latest start date
Tuesday 30 June 2020
Expected contract length
24 months
South West England
Organisation the work is for
UK Shared Business Services Ltd
Budget range
Total spend to not exceed £1,166,666.00 excluding VAT, inclusive of any travel/subsistence expenses

About the work

Why the work is being done
Vision 2020 statement for UK SBS outlines the need to create a strong IT infrastructure supporting the growth of IT needs for our clients.
Problem to be solved
The current systems need to be maintained, patched and enhanced to improve user experience, maintain supportability and security, while ensuring high performance and ease of maintenance.
Who the users are and what they need to do
As a staff member of UKSBS I need to simplify and modernise my ways of working and ensure my systems are scalable, high performing and secure system so that I can leverage advantages of automation, current cloud infrastructure and updated software
Early market engagement
Any work that’s already been done
Existing team
4 individuals currently complete this work and will be replaced by the contracted service, predominately working with UKSBS permanent staff, but will be required, from time to time, to work with FTC and other temporary staff. There will also be the requirement to assist with engagement of solution suppliers, such as Oracle
Current phase
Not applicable

Work setup

Address where the work will take place
Polaris House, Swindon, SN2 1FF
Working arrangements
The team will be required to be onsite 4 to 5 days a week for face-to-face team meetings, with remote working agreed by exception with the team manager. This is due the collaborative nature of the work and requirement to engaged with many internal teams on a daily basis.

Office hours are between 07:00 and 19:00, with an 8-hour day to be completed within that time. Specific start and finish times to be agreed in post with the team manager
Security clearance
SC Clearance

Additional information

Additional terms and conditions

Skills and experience

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

Essential skills and experience
  • Demonstrate deep understanding and experience with Oracle Linux 5, 6, 7 supporting Oracle DB and apps, particularly for both bare metal and VMs on OVM, kernel parameters, OS/kernel updates.
  • Demonstrate experience of effectively monitoring and diagnosing performance and other problems on Oracle Linux and NFS servers, including related network infrastructure such as Cisco and 802.3AD/802.1Q (LACP and VLAN).
  • Demonstrate your deep understanding and experience with NFS server/client/dNFS, ZFS, and its volume performance settings, and NetApp Clustermode in an Oracle environment.
  • Demonstrate good experience with planning and executing data migrations across different (relevant) vendor technology
  • Demonstrate good experience of scripting & automation using BASH, awk, sed, Python, Jython, JSON, WLST, Java and Ant scripts
  • Demonstrate your experience of analytics and reporting using OBIEE, OBIA, OAC, and Microsoft Power BI with functional knowledge of CRM, HR, Finance, Procurement, Service, and projects reporting
  • Demonstrate your experience of building Oracle BI Performance testing & test automation - using .NET & Scripting
  • Demonstrate your experience in upgrading OBIEE from 11g version to 12c, and OAC (Oracle Analytics Cloud
  • Demonstrate your experience of building and extending data load processes using the ELT tools and technologies of OBIA 7.9.6 - Oracle DAC 11g, and Informatica 9/10
  • Demonstrate your experience of managing, designing and implementing SSO, Oracle IDM, data security, and access and release management for different clients in a single instance and end-to-end cloud security.
  • Demonstrate your experience of working with Oracle SOA suite 12c ( or with Design and Development capabilities of BPEL (DB Adapters, File Adapters, Enqueue, Dequeue, etc) and BPM.
  • Demonstrate your experience with migration of the solution from Oracle SOA (10g/11g) to Oracle SOA Suite 12c ( or Oracle SOA Cloud 12c (PAAS).
  • Demonstrate your experience with development of Web Services (SOAP and REST) using Java 1.8, SOAP and JSON libraries and experience using Oracle Cloud API’s.
  • Demonstrate experience in XSLT and develop XSL transformations using the XML Schemas and custom XSLT functions.
  • Demonstrate your experience with designing and developing Application Roles, BPM Swim lanes and BPM Task workflows
  • Demonstrate your deep understanding and experience with Oracle/Non-Oracle integration (EBS, OBI, OWC, Siebel) with OAM & OKTA, across domain enterprise IDM solutions using SAML, OAUTH & OpenId
  • Demonstrate your experience with Fusion middleware application upgrades (OBI,OWC,FMW,OAM), DB (11g to 19c) upgrades and EBS upgrades (12.1.x to 12.2)
  • Demonstrate your deep understanding and experience with Oracle Cloud (Gen1 & Gen2) [PAAS, SAAS, IAAS] & implementing ADFS with OAM & Okta.
  • Demonstrate your deep understanding and experience with implementing Microservice approach (API Manager, API Gateway, ORDS)
  • Demonstrate your deep understanding and experience with OWC (UCM, IPM, IBR, ODDC, and OFR) and with document migration (11g to 12c).
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Demonstrate your deep understanding and experience with applications and database performance tuning.
  • Demonstrate your experience of working with shared service instances of large multiple Oracle ERP, OBIA, EBS, OLTP, and Siebel CRM implementation, including understanding of Data model.
  • Demonstrate your experience of working with Grants management system including approval, monitoring, payment, sanction and reconciliation processes using real time integration with payment processing system.
  • Demonstrate your experience with replacing current ETL mapping from EBS to bespoke Cloud solution, fetching Grants (project/finance) module data and mapping new data model with existing OBIEE repository/reports.
  • Demonstrate your deep understanding and experience with upgrading oracle databases (11g to 19c and 12c to 19c).
  • Demonstrate your experience in working with evaluation of the state of Storage, DB & Apps backup and methods to rectify any data corruptions.
  • Demonstrate experience of DR planning/implementation and testing, including knowledge of mirroring technologies and / or Dataguard and other technologies
  • Demonstrate experience with Dell hardware / iDRAC / racking & stacking
  • Demonstrate experience with XFS Filesystem / LVM / grub2 / backup & restore (particularly when cloning physical servers)
  • Demonstrate networking experience and troubleshooting skills, including DNS/NTP/ email (smtp/exim) / snmp
  • Demonstrate experience in scripting with Shell / Python / Perl/ WLST
  • Demonstrate experience in AWS or other cloud technologies
  • Demonstrate experience with ansible / git and other “devops” utilities
  • Demonstrate your experience in technical and functional upgrade of OBIA 7.9.x versions
  • Demonstrate your experience in integrating cloud data applications with on-premise applications.
  • Demonstrate your experience in migrating Informatica and DAC to Oracle cloud infrastructure and connecting on on-premise applications.
  • Demonstrate your experience and knowledge of working with Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, and Postgres databases.
  • Demonstrate your experience and knowledge of working with Amazon AWS.
  • Knowledge of Build and Release, Documentation and Unit Testing.
  • Knowledge of Networks, load balancers, Storage and oracle applications.

How suppliers will be evaluated

All suppliers will be asked to provide a written proposal.

How many suppliers to evaluate
Proposal criteria
  • Proposed approach
  • Team structure
  • Risk and Dependencies
Cultural fit criteria
  • Demonstrate how you will collaborate with existing teams and service stakeholders
  • Explain how you will approach challenges made of your work
  • Explain how you intend to share knowledge and experience
Payment approach
Capped time and materials
Additional assessment methods
  • Case study
  • Presentation
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence


Cultural fit




Questions asked by suppliers

1. What are your procurement timelines? (e.g. shortlist noticfication, proposal deadline etc.)
The anticipated procurement timeframes are as follows:
14 May 2020 – Notification of shortlisting outcome
21 May 2020– Written proposal deadline
W/C 25th May 2020 – Presentations ( should the Contracting Authority decide to use presentations as an assessment method)
04 June 2020 – Notification of award outcome
2. Can you advise if there incumbent supplier is, if so, who?
There is no incumbent supplier. As stated in the section “Existing team” , 4 individuals currently complete this work and will be replaced by the contracted service.
3. Will the incumbent supplier be applying for this project?
See response to Question 2
4. Which Government department is this project for?
This work will be undertaken for UK Shared Business Services directly.
5. Will there be any on site work for the Government department?
Yes, as per the working arrangements section of the DOS advertisement
6. Can you please confirm that both the essential skills and the "nice to have" skills can be provided as a blended team and are not the skills required per individual?
Yes, the skills can be provided as a blended team
7. Can you please confirm that these opportunities are outside IR35?
Yes, these roles are outside of IR35
8. What percent of requirement consists Project work and RUN\BAU support?
There is not a designated split of project/BAU work, it is expected the majority of work will be Project however