This opportunity is closed for applications

The deadline was Wednesday 9 August 2017
Ministry of Defence Information Systems & Services

Hortonworks and Opensource experts

2 Incomplete applications

1 SME, 1 large

1 Completed application

0 SME, 1 large

Important dates

Wednesday 26 July 2017
Deadline for asking questions
Wednesday 2 August 2017 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications
Wednesday 9 August 2017 at 11:59pm GMT


Summary of the work
Designing and providing architectural expertise to implement Metron and Sqrrl into an existing Hadoop architecture. Work includes production and maintenance of high and low level designs, ensuring alignment with wider project direction. Work includes ongoing systems admin of an existing Redhat Free IPA Identity Management solution supporting 50 end users.
Latest start date
Saturday 1 July 2017
Expected contract length
9 Months. We also request that two optional 6 month periods are provided.
South West England
Organisation the work is for
Ministry of Defence Information Systems & Services
Budget range

About the work

Why the work is being done
To further enable analysis of data held within an existing Hadoop based ‘big data’ system and to enhance capability to MOD.
Problem to be solved
The experts will be responsible for designing and providing architectural expertise for the implementation of Hortonworks Metron and Sqrrl (to include necessary Sqrrl licence) into an existing Hadoop architecture (pre-production environment) for a major defence project. The work will include the production and maintenance of the high level and low level designs for the solution, ensuring alignment with wider project direction. In addition, the work will include the ongoing systems admin of an existing Identity Management solution based on Redhat Free IPA supporting up to 50 end users for a 9 month period.
Who the users are and what they need to do
Ministry of Defence
Early market engagement
Any work that’s already been done
Provision of a Hadoop based ‘big data’ system and integration of some analytical tooling to an interim hosting environment with some management of an Identity Management Solution based on Redhat Free IPA.
Pre-requisites to integrate Metron into the system have been completed.
Integration of Sqrrl has not begun.
Existing team
The existing team consists of Architecture leads, project managers, and technical support staff.
Current phase

Work setup

Address where the work will take place
Primarily MOD Corsham and Reading.
Working arrangements
There is a requirement for some expertise at MOD Corsham and Reading. Standard T&C’s apply in regards to T&S budget.
Security clearance
SC Clearance must be in place prior to the contract starting due to the projects the team are required to work with.

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
  • A proven track record in designing and implementing Hortonworks, 20%
  • A proven track record in designing and implementing Sqrrl, 20%
  • A proven track record in designing and implementing Apache Metron. 20%
  • Experience of delivering in an Agile (Scrum) framework. 7.5%
  • Have know-how of how to identify and raise project dependencies, whilst working in a wider team with multiple projects in-flight. 7.5%
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Previous experience of working on cyber defence projects. 5%
  • Familiarity with ARK Datacentres / Crown Hosting facilities 5%
  • Have ability to evaluate information and present in such a way that is easily understood by the target audience, including through written and oral communication. 5%
  • Have ability to own issues and drive them to resolution. Provide direction to inform sound decisions based on business priority and technical feasibility. 5%
  • Have ability to think creatively and be able to articulate innovative ideas to solving complex business and IT problems. 5%

How suppliers will be evaluated

How many suppliers to evaluate
Proposal criteria
  • Documented evidence of essential skills
  • Documented proposed technical solution
  • Documented proposed approach and methodology
  • Clear and concise evidence limited to 6 pages plus CV’s.
  • Detailed resources plan
  • Estimated timeframes for the work
  • Confirmation of existing clearances
  • Show experience of working in a range of project delivery environments, with targets set and reviewed on a weekly basis.
Cultural fit criteria
  • Experience working with Ministry of Defence IT systems, networks, and end user devices (MODNet, DII, CirtNet, RLI, SLI, Deployed systems).
  • Have excellent interpersonal and influencing skills and a positive approach
  • Have the people skills to work with senior stakeholders to secure access to people in their working environment.
  • Easy daily access to MOD Corsham site (for team meetings and during implementation/testing phase)
  • Values and behaviours in line with MOD core values
Payment approach
Fixed price
Assessment methods
  • Written proposal
  • Case study
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence


Cultural fit




Questions asked by suppliers

1. Can you please clarify wether the intermediary legislations apply to this piece of work. In responding, can you please supply a copy of the HMRC ESS tool outputs that was used to correlate the answer in line with HMRC guidance. Many Thanks.
The intermediaries legislation applies to this engagement. It is not our policy to share the tool outputs beyond the result.
2. Please can you update the latest start date- it currently states 01 July 2017, before the contract award.
Please be aware that the latest start date is in fact 01 September 2017.
3. Do you think 1 individual would be enough to do this work or are you looking for team of people?
We would expect it to be a team.