Awarded to Netcompany UK Limited

Start date: Thursday 1 February 2018
Value: £362,480
Company size: large
The Digital, Data and Technology Directorate within the Home Office.

Solution and technical architecture support for Technology Platforms for Tomorrow (TPT) Programme

11 Incomplete applications

9 SME, 2 large

6 Completed applications

5 SME, 1 large

Important dates

Tuesday 7 November 2017
Deadline for asking questions
Tuesday 14 November 2017 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications
Tuesday 21 November 2017 at 11:59pm GMT


Summary of the work
The Home Office requires a supplier to provide solution and technical architecture support to a range of TPT projects so that they are able to provide end users with a range of EUC services, devices and infrastructure and to successfully transition EUC services into Live Service.
Latest start date
Monday 15 January 2018
Expected contract length
12 month contract term + 12 month extension option.
Organisation the work is for
The Digital, Data and Technology Directorate within the Home Office.
Budget range
The Home Office anticipates the total cost for solution and technical architecture to be in the following range for 12 months (Jan-Dec 18) £200,000 - 350,000. This is based upon benchmarked costs from existing suppliers providing similar levels of technical resources at SFIA levels (5).

About the work

Why the work is being done
The Technology Platforms for Tomorrow (TPT) Programme is deploying a corporate technology overhaul across the Department, which will impact circa 29,000 staff. We are delivering a modern Windows 10 OS with O365 and associated collaboration tooling. The programme is also replacing the Department’s legacy application estate end user device estate, including replacing the mobile phone estate with modern smartphones. In order to support the above TPT requires a solution and technical architect capability to lead the design, documentation and assurance of the end to end EUC infrastructure.
Problem to be solved
The TPT programme is delivering a range of new services, devices and infrastructure to the Home Office. These are being delivered via dedicated Windows 10 build, O365 and Mobile projects and supporting tools such as SCCM, MDM, SCOM and Airwatch. Architecture is required to ensure that end user services and devices delivered by TPT are designed consistently prior to any implementation or delivery taking place, are documented to enable a common understanding among DDaT and effectively assured to result in a stable and constant transition to live service.
Who the users are and what they need to do
All Department staff (circa 29,000) will receive new technology across eight diverse business areas, i.e. Borders, Immigration Enforcement, Crime, Police and Fire Group, Capabilities and Resources, etc. New platforms and infrastructure are being introduced across the Home Office estate and will require technical and service architects to support the design and delivery of the EUC Services, devices and infrastructure. TPT will need to produce technical roadmaps and integrate with Business, test and security teams to produce controls, policies and designs that support service introduction and transition into Live Service.
Early market engagement
Market engagement is not applicable to this DOS 2 procurement as the user of EUC Services and Devices will be Home Office Business units (in particular Live services) and ultimately individual users.
Any work that’s already been done
TPT is an ongoing programme delivered by the End User Compute department within DDaT. TPT has been delivering new technology, tools, software and hardware across the estate since 2016 including a major technology refresh project beginning in October 2017 and a number of core third party services contracted in 2016/17. Early market engagement has therefore taken place and this requirement is to support TPT's ability to provide architectural services.
Existing team
The Supplier will be responsible for providing solution and technical architecture to a range of third party suppliers re EUD products, services and infrastructure. They will need to engage thoroughly with internal stakeholders such as Testing (TDCS), Live Services and Security. Current architecture is delivered by a mixture of permanent and contract staff.
Current phase

Work setup

Address where the work will take place
Work will be carried out from a Home Office location in either 2 Marsham Street or Croydon (exact location is TBC).
Working arrangements
The supplier will be required to collaboratively work on site (5 days per week to allow sufficient stakeholder engagement and support to be provided). Supplier costs must be inclusive of all expenses. Supplier will be required to use MS Project Online to provide time sheet information to I&P Finance on a monthly basis. The new supplier will be required to report to the TPT Programme Manager (or delegated representative), work collaboratively with live services representatives and report progress to the TPT PMO.
Security clearance
All staff must have SC level security clearance prior to starting work. Staff not in current possession of SC security clearance must be willing to undergo SC security clearance.

Additional information

Additional terms and conditions
The Home Office will use the standard DOS 2 contract.

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
  • Demonstrable experience of designing, documenting and assuring end to end EUC and supporting infrastructures.
  • Demonstrable experience of producing technical roadmaps for future releases.
  • Demonstrable experience of Integrating with business engagement teams on assessing business requirements and translating into technical requirements.
  • Demonstrable experience of proposing architectures to Technical Design Authorities and Technical Steering Groups.
  • Demonstrable experience of working with technical delivery teams in translating designs into detailed implementation documents and delivery plans.
  • Demonstrable experience of working with test teams and Security/Cyber Security teams on triage activities, controls and policies.
  • Demonstrable experience of producing service design documentation.
  • Demonstrable experience of supporting service introduction and transition into Live Service
  • Demonstrable experience of continuous management of evergreen platforms.
  • Demonstrable experience of carrying out design reviews and assurance.
  • Demonstrable experience of engaging with technical engineering and third line support functions to maintain systems until transition to Target Operating Model
  • Demonstrable experience of delivering solution architecture in relation to citrix farms, datacentre migration, network and proxy configurations and integration with MDM.
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Experience in skills and knowledge transfer of core infrastructure projects
  • Account management able to provide summaries and clarity over day to day activities for Programme Managers.
  • Have demonstrable experience of working within a central government environment
  • Have demonstrable experience of matrix-managing a multi-disciplinary programme team within the last 12 months
  • Reporting directly to in post Programme Managers as part of a wider departmental management structure.

How suppliers will be evaluated

How many suppliers to evaluate
Proposal criteria
  • Team members and experience
  • Team Structure
  • Mobilise team
  • Flexible resources
  • Approach and methodology
  • Value for money
Cultural fit criteria
  • Ability to function effectively and collaborate in a multi-supplier environment
  • Working successfully in complex public sector organisations
  • Approach to proactive issue management, problem resolution and improving ways of working
Payment approach
Capped time and materials
Assessment methods
  • Written proposal
  • Work history
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence


Cultural fit




Questions asked by suppliers

1. The summary refers to “a range of EUC services”. Can you specify what those services are?
A set of integrated software and communications services, including Mobile Services, unified communications, Office 365 (O365), storage and file services, and the End User Devices used to consume them, that are usable by End Users through hardware components.
2. (See below).
The budget range is amended to read:

"The Home Office anticipates the total cost for solution and technical architecture to be in the following range for 12 months (Jan-Dec 18) £400,000 - 700,000. This is based upon benchmarked costs from existing suppliers providing similar levels of technical resources at SFIA levels (5)."