DVLA

Operational Cloud Service Support

Incomplete applications

6
Incomplete applications
5 SME, 1 large

Completed applications

4
Completed applications
4 SME, 0 large
Important dates
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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

Overview
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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

About the work
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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

Work setup
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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 information
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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.

Skills and experience
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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 suppliers will be evaluated
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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

Questions asked by suppliers
Supplier question Buyer answer
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.