DBA Resource as a Service - PS/16/240

Incomplete applications

Incomplete applications

Completed applications

Completed applications
10 SME, 2 large
Important dates
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Published Monday 28 November 2016
Deadline for asking questions Monday 5 December 2016 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications Monday 12 December 2016 at 11:59pm GMT


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Summary of the work The DBA role requires the ability to take technical ownership of the agency’s database solution delivery, providing the appropriate governance, assurance and support.

This role also requires excellent communication and coaching skills and a strong database engineering background.
Latest start date 16/01/2017
Expected contract length 2 years
Location Wales
Organisation the work is for DVLA
Budget range £600 (Exclusive of T&S)

About the work

About the work
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Why the work is being done In line with government policy, the Agency has set out to transform its ICT estate to a digital, cloud hosted, open source, multi-supplier environment within a cloud-hosted environment to deliver a transformed ICT estate and reduce total cost of ownership.
This request is to support the DVLA pipeline of work providing DBA resource as a service that will supplement the existing DVLA resources.
Problem to be solved In order to support the pipeline of work the level of in house expert knowledge needs to be supplemented in order to continue support the delivery of the pipeline and enablement of the in-house team.

The initial commitment is for 2 DBA resources to be provided preferably by 3rd January but no later than the 16th January 2017.
A further commitment for 2 Data Leads to be provided from the 1st February 2017.

The contract will also be able to provision for a further 6 DBA/Data Lead resources over the life of the contract to as and when required.
Who the users are and what they need to do Multiple both internal and external customers.
Early market engagement
Any work that’s already been done
Existing team A team of in-house DBAs exist.
Current phase Beta

Work setup

Work setup
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Address where the work will take place DVLA Morriston, Swansea
Working arrangements 5 days a week (40 hours) and to be available on rota basis to undertake out of hours activities and provide on call cover to support the service
Security clearance Must be SC Cleared and be able to evidence.

Additional information

Additional information
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Additional terms and conditions T&S charges only apply for staff that commute over a 75 mile journey in each direction. This is based on the distance that would be reasonable to expect a person to commute to the principal location(s). T&S is only applicable at the following maximum rates (excluding VAT): i. For T&S including travel but no overnight stay: Suppliers plain day rate plus £45.00. ii. For T&S including overnight stay: Suppliers plain day rate plus £90.00.

Suppliers will need to be available for telephone interviews between 28th-30th December.

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
  • Working as part of a cohesive support organisation to deliver both change and support activities across multiple workstreams and commitments
  • Technical ownership of database solutions, providing review and assurance
  • Experience of managing/supporting enterprise wide database solutions on a 24x7 basis
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Experience in PostgreSQL
  • Experience in Mongo DB
  • Experience in Oracle
  • Experience in MicrosoftSQL

How suppliers will be evaluated

How suppliers will be evaluated
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How many suppliers to evaluate 10
Proposal criteria
  • Approach and methodology
  • How the approach or solution meets user needs
  • How the approach or solution meets your organisation’s policy or goal
Cultural fit criteria
  • Ability to encourage efficient communication and continuous improvement
  • Supporting enablement of in-house development capabilities, engaging with staff and creating an environment of knowledge sharing
Payment approach Time and materials
Assessment methods Written proposal
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence


Cultural fit




Questions asked by suppliers

Questions asked by suppliers
Supplier question Buyer answer
1. Telephone Interviews - Please note telephone interviews will take place between 28th December 2016 - 6th January 2017.