Awarded to Stiona Software Ltd.

Start date: Friday 5 January 2018
Value: £30,000
Company size: SME
Department for Infrastructure Digital Services Branch

Production and implementation of a development delivery framework including a proof of concept.

1 Incomplete application

1 SME, 0 large

2 Completed applications

2 SME, 0 large

Important dates

Friday 10 November 2017
Deadline for asking questions
Friday 17 November 2017 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications
Friday 24 November 2017 at 11:59pm GMT


Summary of the work
Evaluate and promote a standardised development framework which meets industry standards and methodologies, making best use of the available tools and resources. Provide practical guidance in terms of technical architecture and application architecture.
DSB with the provider will complete a POC to encompass the development framework within the work environment.
Latest start date
Tuesday 5 December 2017
Expected contract length
Contract end date 31st March 2017
Northern Ireland
Organisation the work is for
Department for Infrastructure Digital Services Branch
Budget range

About the work

Why the work is being done
This project is to assist the Department with an ICT project to evaluate and promote a standardised development framework which meets current industry standards and methodologies. Using this framework DSB with the provider will complete a POC to encompass the development framework within the DSB work environment.
Problem to be solved
The Departments ICT Digital Services Branch require specialist knowledge to produce a development framework which will utilise a standard approach based on industry recognised best practices, tools and technologies which can be shared with Departmental staff.
Who the users are and what they need to do
As a Digital Services Branch the branch develops and supports a range of ICT applications for the Departments Business areas. The requirement is to work smart in the development of the applications using the current range of resources and within the constraints applied by the individual projects.
Early market engagement
Any work that’s already been done
Existing team
ICT development and support staff with a range of skills
Current phase
Not started

Work setup

Address where the work will take place
Clarence Court, Adelaide Street, Belfast
Working arrangements
To be discussed with the provider as part of any proposal.
Security clearance
The provider will be responsible to ensure that staff will have NICS security clearance through CPD. Staff working within the Project will need to comply with standard NIPS policies

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
  • 1. Significant experience of the entire Application Lifecycle Management process.
  • 2. Technical leadership role with demonstrable experience using Visual Studio .Net framework standards and technologies including C#, SQL Server, javascript, MVC, Web Services, web forms and API development
  • 3. Demonstrable experience of utilising Team Foundation Services through the software delivery cycle with particular emphasis on release management, quality management and testing including automated testing e.g. Selenium
  • 4. Demonstrable experience of working closely with NICS and wider public sector delivering software projects, customer relationship involvement and skills enhancement.
  • 5. Ability to provide technology teams with guidance in terms of technical architecture, application architecture and technology roadmap for application technology stack.
  • 6. Demonstrable experience of building and implementing service orientated architecture to facilitate enterprise wide solutions.
  • 7. Extensive knowledge and understanding of implementing security within the public sector NICS Enterprise Shared Services infrastructure.
  • 8. Knowledge and expertise in data protection including GDPR and the implications for software development.
  • 9. Demonstrable experience of implementing ISO 27000 information security management System (ISMS) within the public sector.
  • 10. Ability to work within Clarence Court, Adelaide Street, Belfast.
  • 11. Latest start date 5th December 2017with latest completion date of 31st March 2018
Nice-to-have skills and experience

How suppliers will be evaluated

How many suppliers to evaluate
Proposal criteria
  • Demonstrable experience of working with SQl server2014/2016 and .NET application
  • Demonstrable experience of implementing technical architecture within NICS cultural environment
  • Delivery of large scale systems
  • Use of a framework to deliver multiple systems
  • Demonstrable experience of identification of risks and dependencies and provision of solutions
  • Demonstrable experience of implementing technical architecture within NICS cultural environment
  • Ability to work within time restraints
  • Value for money
  • Identification of Risks,issues and dependancies providing solutions
  • Technical solution
Cultural fit criteria
  • Be transparent and collaborative when making decisions
  • Share knowledge and experience with other team members
  • Challenge the status quo
  • Have a no-blame culture and encourage people to learn from their mistakes
  • How the approach will meet the business needs
  • Demonstrable experience of implementing technical architecture within NICS cultural environment
  • Approach to decision making
Payment approach
Capped time and materials
Assessment methods
Written proposal
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence


Cultural fit




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