Incomplete applications

Incomplete applications
2 SME, 1 large

Completed applications

Completed applications
1 SME, 2 large
Important dates
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Published Monday 25 September 2017
Deadline for asking questions Monday 2 October 2017 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications Monday 9 October 2017 at 11:59pm GMT


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Summary of the work IAS currently has 27 Oracle applications services supporting Enterprise Resource Planning, HR, Finance, logistics and asset management. To maintain these applications at 3rd line, IAS requires an Oracle APEX development service to undertake bug fixes, minor changes and upgrades to APEX, without which the applications would not support users' requirements.
Latest start date Wednesday 1 November 2017
Expected contract length Contract will end 31 March 2019
Location South East England
Organisation the work is for ARMY HQ, ANDOVER, HAMPSHIRE
Budget range

About the work

About the work
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Why the work is being done IAS utilises DevOps to deliver applications through a full automated delivery pipeline on to the production environment, the Army Hosting Environment and in particular the Oracle Consolidated Platform.
IAS also requires the ability to use Oracle APEX service to deliver new requirements/products. The supplier needs to be able to provide development teams to deliver Army/Defence requirements working using agile (SCRUM) in a DevOps environment.
As part of the requirement there may be a need to provide a senior developer to provide the technical assurance and guidance to the development teams.
Problem to be solved Provision of a cost effective, flexible Oracle APEX development service that can meet the demands of IAS's requirements to support and maintain the current applications services and also provide a development service for new requirements.
Who the users are and what they need to do The users of the Applications are regulars, reserves, civil servants and contractors across the Army and wider Defence. The users are required to log on to the Defence Information Infrastructure and browse to the appropriate url. Access is granted via single sign on.
The users need secure, highly performant and available application services to provide information in the right context to undertake their business functions to enable the day to day operation of the British Army and wider Defence.
Early market engagement
Any work that’s already been done
Existing team The current In Service Management Oracle Development team consists of 3 developers who provide support between 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday excluding public holidays.
There are 2 product teams at present in IAS utilising Oracle APEX each with 3 developers in the team.
Current phase Live

Work setup

Work setup
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Address where the work will take place Army Headquarters is located on the outskirts of Andover, Hampshire, SP11 8HJ
Working arrangements The Authority expects the resources to work in Army HQ Andover with occasional visits in the UK (south). Remote working is permitted by exception, subject to security constraints and the need to access stakeholders and MoD systems.
IAS uses Azure to provide a remote development capability enabling the development service to work with customers and off site. Once the code is ready for deployment it is brought onto IAS on premise cloud dev/test environment, to be deployed through the DevOps pipeline onto the Army Hosting Environment, via System Integration, security testing and pre-production. Each with testing against the capability.
Security clearance Security Clearance (SC) will be required for the duration of the role. Incumbents are to follow both the letter and spirit of Army Headquarters security regulations.

Additional information

Additional information
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Additional terms and conditions DEFCON 5J (Edn 18/11/16) Unique Identifiers; DEFCON 76 (Edn 12/06) Contractors on site; DEFCON 129J (Edn 18/11/16) Electronic business Delivery Form; DEFCON 516 (Edn 04/12) Equality; DEFCON 520 (Edn 02/17) Corrupt gifts and payments of commission; DEFCON 522 (Edn 18/11/16) Payment and Recovery of Sums Due; DEFCON 531 (Edn 11/14) Disclosure of Information; DEFCON 534 (Edn 18/11/16) Subcontracting and Prompt Payment; DEFCON 566 (Edn 10/16) Change of control contractor; DEFCON 642 (Edn 06/14) Progress meetings; Transfer of Undertaking (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 (as amended).

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
  • Recent and demonstrable experience of transitioning development services into an organisation with minimal impact to on-going services and outputs
  • Proven recent experience of providing Oracle developers who have successful understood users’ needs to design and develop secure, scalable enterprise level Oracle Application Express (APEX) 4 or 5 applications
  • Provide SFIA level 4 developers with a minimum of 2 years’ recent experience in SQL and PL/SQL, Oracle Database, 11g/12c, HTML, JavaScript, CSS, AJAX and JQuery, Oracle WebLogic and Middleware
  • Provide SFIA level 5 senior developer with a minimum of 5 years recent experience in SQL and PL/SQL, Oracle Database 11g/12c, HTML, JavaScript, CSS, AJAX, JQuery, Oracle WebLogic and Middleware
  • Recent demonstrable experience of user centric development using agile stories and tasks
  • Development services into an Agile /DevOps organisation. Working within SCRUM and Kanban frameworks within multi-skilled development teams; providing poly skilled individuals capable of contributing to the team beyond development
  • Recent demonstrable experience of successfully integrating systems via APIs, including on-premise and other cloud-based services
  • Recent and demonstrable experience in developing RESTful web services using ORDS and securing those services via OAuth2
  • Have demonstrable experience of successfully delivering APEX solutions that collect and manage personal and/or sensitive information with appropriate controls and protection in-line with MoD JSP 440
  • Recent experience using ApexSec Security Console to diagnose security issues within APEX Applications and provide the necessary fixes
  • Recent experience using Oracle BI Publisher 11g, Red Hat Linux 6.x and 7.x
  • Have demonstrable recent experience of working in Continuous Delivery environments consisting and maintain the CI pipeline of JetBrains TeamCity 9.x. Git, Team Foundation Server and Release Manager
  • Have proven and demonstrable expertise in automated unit testing using UTPL SQL and SQL Developer
  • Recent experience developing and maintaining Oracle APEX applications hosted within the Microsoft Azure cloud platform
  • Recent experience of developing and supporting the release of APEX upgrades through the DevOps pipeline onto production
Nice-to-have skills and experience Experience of working within GDS standards

How suppliers will be evaluated

How suppliers will be evaluated
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How many suppliers to evaluate 3
Proposal criteria
  • Evidence against the skills, experience and cultural fit
  • Approach for transition of service, running and knowledge transfer
  • Provide team structure, CVs and relevant experience of senior developer/developers who could be part of the service
  • Provide two reference able client-focussed case studies where your company have provided the desired service capability
  • Ability to mobilise the team quickly and approach to service continuity
  • Explain how you plan to retain key resources for the duration of the contract and how you can commit to meet IAS’s continuous need for developers
  • Ability to flex up and down resources, whilst ensuring quality and consistency
  • Approach and methodology to meeting the requirements outlined in RFP
  • Give examples of KPIs and SLAs that you would be prepared to commit to for this contract
  • Identification of the risks and dependencies associated with this requirement and potential mitigation
  • Provided an exit plan for the transition to an alternative supplier at the end of the contract and enabled the transition
  • How the proposal will optimise costs, and generate savings. In particular minimising transition costs between the current team and the new supplier
Cultural fit criteria
  • Recent proven experience in working with the product owner to derive
  • Recent proven experience of an open and collaborative working relationship at all levels with excellent communication and co-ordination skills when conducting daily stand-ups, team meetings, presentation and demonstrations
  • Has a no-blame culture and encourages people to learn from their mistakes, working as “one team”.
  • Suppliers must demonstrate an ability and willingness to work collaboratively within a multi-vendor delivery environment
  • Able to communicate effectively with users, technical architects and solve issues amongst complex integrations
  • Proven ability to added value to IAS through the use of innovation, continuous improvement and cost savings utilising Oracle APEX technology
Payment approach Capped time and materials
Assessment methods
  • Written proposal
  • Presentation
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence


Cultural fit




Questions asked by suppliers

Questions asked by suppliers
Supplier question Buyer answer
1. Will service be deemed inside or Outside of IR35 legislation As the Authority is contracting out the services to a third party and the workers do not personally provide their services to the Authority, IR35 does not apply in this instance.

IAS would be willing to accept a substitute, have limited supervision in terms of requesting outcomes and no mutuality of obligation to the supplier. Our behaviour and working practices are designed to be in keeping with a service provision.
2. Is a full-time service required (with a minimum number of full-time developers/testers) or will the service be managed as a call-off arrangement? Currently there is a requirement for 3 x full time developers with the ability to call-off more to meet the demand as it occurs. As product teams are stood up, it is the intention to use this development service to fill roles in the product teams.