The Home Office

DAC46 - Data Products Architecture Team

Incomplete applications

Incomplete applications
5 SME, 4 large

Completed applications

Completed applications
3 SME, 6 large
Important dates
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Published Tuesday 14 November 2017
Deadline for asking questions Tuesday 21 November 2017 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications Tuesday 28 November 2017 at 11:59pm GMT


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Summary of the work A supplier is to provide technical authoring and architecture (solution, technical, enterprise, security and data) support to a range of Data Products programmes, in relation to the following areas:
• Documentation of solutions
• Enterprise architecture roadmap for deployment of shared data platform across programmes and integration of analytics products
Latest start date Monday 22 January 2018
Expected contract length 2 Years
Location London
Organisation the work is for The Home Office
Budget range £2.4m - £4m

About the work

About the work
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Why the work is being done The architecture service is within the Data Products portfolio, which delivers shared data capabilities across Home Office programmes. The service may support design decisions in programmes, projects, work packages, business as usual and ad-hoc tasks including:

• Design and support for a common data platform, based on the Hadoop stack.
• Migration of data and analytics services to a new infrastructure.
• Design of a self-service business intelligence platform.
• Updates to design of data quality services.
• Real time data imports and processing for risk scoring based on Hadoop and Spark technologies.
• Design of supporting services .
Problem to be solved The HO has several programmes to replace legacy applications providing an opportunity to design the new systems around a modern data approach, using big data technologies, shared infrastructure and common data standards. The portfolio delivers data products for analytics, data platforms and data quality.

Architecture services are required to design and integrate products, building on platforms that have been delivered, support migration to live services, new programmes and ingestion of datasets. Designs will be developed using the organisation’s architecture guidelines, which follow GDS principles.

Artefacts will include designs, roadmaps, data-models and integration. The service will include technical authors and architects.
Who the users are and what they need to do The data products capabilities are delivered to two sets of users:
• Data specialists who need to use advanced tools to explore datasets
• Other programmes who embed data capabilities in their delivery of replacement systems
Early market engagement None
Any work that’s already been done The products have been developed to an alpha phase, and are being migrated to beta using a mixture of on-premise and public cloud hosting. Key technology selections have been completed, but additional supporting services remain outstanding.
Existing team An existing architecture team has developed the systems to the current state of readiness for beta, but are approaching end of contract. A small number of contractors will remain in post to help with continuity, and there is expected to be a one-month overlap with existing contract.
Current phase Beta

Work setup

Work setup
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Address where the work will take place Work will be carried out from a Home Office location primarily in Croydon and 2 Marsham Street.
Working arrangements The supplier will be required to collaboratively work on site (5 days per week for stakeholder engagement). Expenses for authorised travel outside the M25 will be payable in accordance with the Home Office expenses policy.
Security clearance Must hold or be willing to undergo SC clearance.

Additional information

Additional information
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Additional terms and conditions Standard DOS terms and Conditions. The work will progress via a series of statements of work each with defined deliverables and appropriate method of charging/payment.

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
  • Demonstrable, recent, sustained, experience of a complex delivery environment, including significant multi-team contract within a large organisation (including engagement with developer, devops, data, support, infrastructure and customers teams)
  • Demonstrable skills in designing modern architectures (Hadoop stack) and delivery roadmaps, including platform layers, API access, streaming data (Kafka, Nifi, Samza)and analytics, including integration of platforms, data and applications.
  • Demonstrable skills in design and control of the supporting applications around core functional delivery, including configuration management, continuous development & deployment patterns, virtualised and containerised solutions
  • Business-focussed technologists, motivated to align technology decisions with the business strategy, with excellent client-facing and communications skills, and ability to influence at senior levels of the organisation
  • Evidence of experience in the required areas of expertise to include, enterprise, application, infrastructure, information, integration and security architecture
  • Understanding of digital service design based on the government digital service standards, with evidence of working in agile delivery and delivering into cloud-hosted platforms
  • Evidence of designing service performance, resilience and capacity management into the architecture
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Experience of proposing architectures to Technical Design Authorities and Technical Steering Groups
  • Experience with data analytics design using Greenplum and Python
  • Experience organising and performing prototyping and proof of concepts
  • Experience of service integration design and interface specification management.
  • Experience of working within a central government ICT environment

How suppliers will be evaluated

How suppliers will be evaluated
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How many suppliers to evaluate 3
Proposal criteria
  • Approach and methodology
  • Technical skills and experience
  • Service model
  • Mobilisation plan
  • A plan for optimising resources
  • Identification of risks and dependencies
Cultural fit criteria
  • Ability to function effectively and collaborate in a multi-supplier environment
  • Working successfully in complex public sector organisations, influencing at senior levels
Payment approach Time and materials
Assessment methods
  • Written proposal
  • Work history
  • Presentation
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence


Cultural fit




Questions asked by suppliers

Questions asked by suppliers
Supplier question Buyer answer
1. Can you please confirm that ‘service integration design’ refers to the technical integration of multiple services, rather than Service Integration in a SIAM context. Yes - that's correct.