Awarded to M4 Digital Group Ltd

Start date: Monday 2 April 2018
Value: £671,000
Company size: SME
DVLA

Operational Cloud Service Support

6 Incomplete applications

5 SME, 1 large

4 Completed applications

4 SME, 0 large

Important dates

Published
Tuesday 27 February 2018
Deadline for asking questions
Tuesday 6 March 2018 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications
Tuesday 13 March 2018 at 11:59pm GMT

Overview

Summary of the work
Support of AWS cloud hosted services using automation tools such as Terraform, Ansible.
Provision of 24/7 on call support for AWS Cloud hosted services.
Management of incidents and change via ServiceNow and JIRA.
Enablement of knowledge transfer and skilling up of DVLA personnel
Latest start date
Monday 2 April 2018
Expected contract length
12 Months
Location
Wales
Organisation the work is for
DVLA
Budget range
If Supplier proposal is based on day rates then maximum of £750 (including T&S). Supplier to propose payment approach.

About the work

Why the work is being done
To enable a skilled DVLA team capable of supporting and managing all AWS hosted services on a 24/7 basis
DVLA currently have an operational support team responsible for management and support of a large number of services hosted with Amazon Web Services (AWS). As this team has a number of trainees in it, there is a requirement to bring skill levels up to an appropriate level over the length of the contract.
Problem to be solved
DVLA requires a service that provides;
Support of AWS cloud hosted services using automation tools such as Terraform, Ansible.
Provision of 24/7 on call support for AWS Cloud hosted services.
Management of incidents and change via ServiceNow and JIRA.
Enablement of knowledge transfer and skilling up of DVLA personnel (assessed on a fortnightly basis).
The skills/knowledge matrix can be provided upon request.
Who the users are and what they need to do
Service Hours of Support Monthly Availability

Strategic Card Payments 24/7/365 99.5%
Online Enforcement Payments 24/7/365 99.5%
Fitness to Drive 24/7/365 99.5%
VED Calc 24/7/365 99.5%
IEP Vehicles 24/7/365 99.5%
IEP Drivers (7 services) 24/7/365 99.5%
Vehicles Management
and Personalised Registration 7-7 Mon- Sat 99.5%
Cross Border Enforcement 24/7/365 99.5%
CIS Management / DSP Platform 24/7/365 99.5%
Common Image Service 24/7/365 99.5%
Office of Low Emission Vehicles 8am – 4pm Mon – Fri 99.5%
Early market engagement
Any work that’s already been done
Existing team
Our existing team operate within the Application, Support & Infrastructure group and supports the Agency’s live IT environment.
Current phase
Live

Work setup

Address where the work will take place
Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency
A Block
Longview Road
Morriston
Swansea
SA6 7JL
Working arrangements
Delivery of 24/7 on call cover.
Security clearance
Engineers must be SC cleared (SC letter confirmation)

Additional information

Additional terms and conditions
This service sits outside of IR35

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
  • Evidence of experience with AWS technologies and automation and configuration tools
  • Evidence experience and knowledge of Ansible
  • Evidence experience and knowledge of Terraform
  • Evidence experience and knowledge of Python
  • Evidence experience and knowledge of Rundeck
  • Evidence experience and knowledge of Red Hat IDM
  • Evidence experience and knowledge of Puppet
  • Evidence experience and knowledge of ELK
  • Evidence experience and knowledge of StrongSwan
  • Evidence experience and knowledge of Spacewalk
  • Evidence experience and knowledge of Nginx
  • Evidence experience and knowledge of ServiceNow
  • Evidence experience and knowledge of Atlassian Tools (BitBucket, JIRA, Confluence)
Nice-to-have skills and experience

How suppliers will be evaluated

How many suppliers to evaluate
15
Proposal criteria
  • Approach and methodology
  • How the approach or solution meets user needs
  • How the approach or solution meets your organisation’s policy or goal
Cultural fit criteria
  • Able to form effective relationships with people of all seniorities and job types
  • Self-starters who inspire others to action
  • Supporting enablement of in-house subject matter expertise, engaging with staff and creating an environment of knowledge sharing. This will be documented to ensure in-house expertise on completion of contract.
Payment approach
Time and materials
Assessment methods
Written proposal
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence

65%

Cultural fit

10%

Price

25%

Questions asked by suppliers

1. The location mentions Swansea but is off-site working a possibility for this opportunity? If so, what would be the expectation of 'onsite' vs. 'offsite' working?
As this Support Service also has Enablement of permanent staff built in to the requirements, there’s going to need to be a reasonable amount of on-site working. That may potentially taper off as the team gets more skilled but we would expect this to start as a minimum 75% on site and 25% off site to start.