National Counter Terrorism Policing Headquarters (NCTPHQ)

NCTPHQ - Mercury Tranche 1

Incomplete applications

10
Incomplete applications
4 SME, 6 large

Completed applications

11
Completed applications
0 SME, 11 large
Important dates
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Published Friday 9 February 2018
Deadline for asking questions Friday 16 February 2018 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications Friday 23 February 2018 at 11:59pm GMT

Overview

Overview
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Summary of the work To work with the in-house team to evolve the high level design, along with the User Stories and select/design multiple software components. Develop the components using appropriate lifecycles, some are well suited to Agile (i.e. Alpha, Beta), and deliver them into service in a coordinated manner to meet user needs.
Latest start date Friday 15 June 2018
Expected contract length 2 years
Location London
Organisation the work is for National Counter Terrorism Policing Headquarters (NCTPHQ)
Budget range Up to £15m (Note that this is an estimate and is subject to change)

About the work

About the work
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Why the work is being done CT Policing is challenged in its capacity to catch up and maintain pace with digital change, caused by the following three factors:
• Rapid increase in the volume of data supporting investigations;
• Increased velocity with which investigators need to make decisions based on real-time or near real-time information;
• Growing variety of data sources as more information is digitised
The MERCURY Programme was established to respond to these challenges in supporting NCTPHQ in developing a solution, through enhancing the digital capabilities of the CT Policing Network.
Problem to be solved The aims of the programme for the CTP Network are to:
a) Enable faster and more effective responses to terror threats and incidents, bringing together the processing power and analytics of the whole Network
b) Use the collective information held by the Network to support a single view of terror threats, prioritising national tasking and enabling surge capability
c) Streamline and standardise data handling and processing within the Network to become more efficient
d) Increase the storage capacity for the Network and make suitable provisions for the future
e) Develop and share existing and future learning with wider law enforcement
Who the users are and what they need to do Users include a wider range of people including specialists across the Counter Terrorism Network fighting terrorism in order to keep the British public and visitors to the UK safe.
Early market engagement Early market engagement took place in the form of several 1-2-1 meetings with suppliers, feedback from these sessions can be summarised by the following themes:
• Suppliers generally understood the intended functional scope of the components required, however it was understood that maturity levels for components vary.
• Suppliers recognised the challenging timescales within the programme
• The client-side / supplier-side relationship was seen to be crucial for successful delivery. Some suppliers put forward the proposal of working as a delivery partner.
• Most suppliers agreed that a phased delivery approach would work best.
• Suppliers recognised that the procurement strategy and timelines are challenging.
• Suppliers expressed an interest an interest in regular consultation throughout the procurement, such as further 1-2-1 meetings following issue of the ITT.
Any work that’s already been done The programme is in Discovery with a range of information collected on current processes, applications, data, infrastructure and user needs. A high-level architecture for the required solution has been developed. Business architects are developing a target operating model for digital exploitation across the CTP Network. A national official hosting platform, platform services and network are being implemented.
Existing team Mercury Programme team, including Subject Matter Experts (SME'S) and working with internal ICT. Small number of other external providers.
Current phase Discovery

Work setup

Work setup
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Address where the work will take place This will take place mostly in Central London with some work in regional locations.
Working arrangements Working arrangements will follow a hybrid approach with suppliers working on-site and remotely, there will be the possibility of flexing these arrangements as the programme evolves. On-site delivery partner resources will conform to prevailing CTP rules & procedures.
Security clearance Staff involved with delivery of the Contract shall be vetted / willing to be vetted to a level commensurate with the highest Classification of CTP-related assets to which they could have access. For this contract NPPV3 will generally be the highest level of vetting required with some elements requiring DV.

Additional information

Additional information
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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.

Skills and experience
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Essential skills and experience
  • Demonstrate expertise in successful agile delivery of digital services following GDS phasing and best practice
  • Demonstrate other software delivery methods (in parallel with agile approaches)
  • Demonstrate expertise in building prototype solutions/proofs of concept.
  • Demonstrate expertise in setting up and operating a DevOps capability, including application maintenance and support and continuous improvement.
  • Demonstrate expertise in selecting and delivering technologies for continuous integration, including automated testing and quality assurance
  • Demonstrate expertise in selecting and delivering technologies for indexing large, disparate dataset and surfacing indexed data through a simple search interface with refiners/filters
  • Demonstrate expertise selecting and delivering technologies for linking data
  • Demonstrate expertise in selecting and delivering technologies for case working solutions.
  • Demonstrate expertise in selecting and delivering technologies for solutions to view and assess various content types.
  • Demonstrate experience of working in partnership with other suppliers to deliver capabilities
  • Demonstrate ability to reach into an extensive supply eco-system of niche products and skills
  • Demonstrate experience of delivering in multi-stakeholder environments
  • Demonstrate expertise in developing and implementing a data migration strategy
  • Ability to integrate with existing customer technology and services.
  • Ability to support and provide continuous improvement
  • Ability to transition solutions into operation and client support business as usual arrangements
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Demonstrate expertise in User Experience design
  • Experience of delivering similar solutions to OGDs, including but not exclusively to national policing.
  • Demonstrate expertise in indexing and searching data stored at different physical sites.
  • Experience of Agile coaching and embedding Agile best practice within an organisation
  • Demonstrate expertise in migrating legacy data from LTO tapes, potentially back to LTO3 tapes.
  • Demonstrate experience in migrating data from legacy tape solutions to modern solutions
  • Experience of ISO 17025 accreditation
  • Experience of Tableau
  • Experience of implementing agile delivery on a large-scale running multiple Agile teams
  • Demonstrate expertise in provisioning infrastructure as code

How suppliers will be evaluated

How suppliers will be evaluated
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How many suppliers to evaluate 9
Proposal criteria
  • Proposed technical solution
  • Delivery approach and methodology
  • How the delivery approach will meets user needs
  • Technical competence: skills and experience
  • Approach to building a Dev Ops capability and skills transfer
  • How risks and dependencies will be identified and managed
  • Ability to be flexible with resources to meet changing demands
  • Ability to mobilise quickly following contract award.
  • Approach to support and continuous service improvement
  • Approach to data migration
  • Value for money
Cultural fit criteria
  • Explain how your proposed approach will benefit the NCTPHQ and ensure successful delivery
  • Describe how you will work as part of an integrated team
  • Describe how you propose to support a positive working relationships throughout the life of the contract
  • What methods do you propose to use to engage, communicate, constructively challenge and work effectively with NCTPHQ
  • How do you propose to manage the boundary between modern digital ways of working and formal procedures and policies
  • Describe how you will work in partnership to deliver the objectives of the Programme
  • Describe how you will bring added value to the vision of the Programme
Payment approach Time and materials
Assessment methods
  • Written proposal
  • Case study
  • Work history
  • Reference
  • Presentation
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence

70%

Cultural fit

10%

Price

20%

Questions asked by suppliers

Questions asked by suppliers
Supplier question Buyer answer
1. Can you confirm the deadline for responses? The deadline for responses is 19/02/2018 at 6pm, the portal is showing 23/02/2018 - please submit bids by 19/02/2018 by 6pm
2. What is the submission deadline? To avoid confusion, please may we clarify that the deadline is 23 February per the DOS terms. We welcome suppliers to submit bids earlier where possible.
3. Could you confirm which deadline has been changed to 19/02/2018 please. Clarification questions or submission? The dates in the advert itself have not been changed, only the Advert title. Thank you for your question, we can confirm the deadline for submission is in fact 23 February 2018. This is per the DOS framework guidelines for Outcomes tenders and all the deadlines are per the portal instructions.
4. Could you please confirm the deadline, is it 1800 19 Feb 18 or 2359 23 Feb 18. Thank you for your question, we can confirm the deadline for submission is in fact 23 February 2018 at 11:59pm. This is per the DOS framework guidelines for Outcomes tenders.
5. Hi, Can you please confirm the DOS submission date is Friday 23rd as in the listing, and not the 19th as suggested in the opportunity title. Thank you for your question, we can confirm the deadline for submission is in fact 23 February 2018. This is per the DOS framework guidelines for Outcomes tenders and all the deadlines are per the portal instructions.
6. Your stated deadline for responses for this tender does not fit the criteria laid out by the GDS for DOS2 Outcomes procedure. Can you please confirm this is a valid tender? Thank you for your question, we can confirm the deadline for submission is in fact 23 February 2018. This is per the DOS framework guidelines for Outcomes tenders and all the deadlines are per the portal instructions.
7. Can you confirm that the deadline is in fact 23/2 for submission as 19/2 is also mentioned in title. Thank you for your question, we can confirm the deadline for submission is in fact 23 February 2018. This is per the DOS framework guidelines for Outcomes tenders and all the deadlines are per the portal instructions.
8. Can you please confirm the DOS submission date is Friday 23rd as in the listing, and not the 19th as suggested in the opportunity title. Thank you for your question, we can confirm the deadline for submission is in fact 23 February 2018. This is per the DOS framework guidelines for Outcomes tenders and all the deadlines are per the portal instructions.