Awarded to Version 1 Technology Limited

Start date: Wednesday 12 September 2018
Value: £29,640
Company size: SME
Northern Ireland Civil Service, Department for Infrastructure, Digital Services Branch

Blue Badge IT Resource Procurement

3 Incomplete applications

1 SME, 2 large

2 Completed applications

2 SME, 0 large

Important dates

Published
Friday 3 August 2018
Deadline for asking questions
Friday 10 August 2018 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications
Friday 17 August 2018 at 11:59pm GMT

Overview

Summary of the work
DfI requires an experienced technical lead and developer to work with internal staff. The technical lead/developer will primarily be expected to play a leading role in the design, development, testing and release of interface and internal features in relation to the GB system and other changes required by BlueBadge team.
Latest start date
Saturday 1 September 2018
Expected contract length
From 1st September 2018 - 30th November2018
Location
Northern Ireland
Organisation the work is for
Northern Ireland Civil Service, Department for Infrastructure, Digital Services Branch
Budget range
Cost must not exceed £30K

About the work

Why the work is being done
The Department for Infrastructure (DfI) currently supports an internal system for the management and processing of Blue Badge applications. This is a key business system processing approximately 40,000 applications per annum. The internal system currently includes an interface to a GB Blue Badge system for a central UK register of Blue Badge holders and the production of a secure badge. The GB Blue Badge is being replaced, with a new contract required to be in place for the 1st January 2019. However it is expected a Private Beta service will be in operation from mid September 2018.
Problem to be solved
The Departmental Blue Badge system is to be amended to introduce new interface(s) to the GB system for the ordering of badges and maintaining a central register of current Blue Badges.
It is anticipated the GB system will be ready for Private Beta mid-September with the set of interface APIs for the new GB system being available from July. The Private Beta will encompass the production of badges for applicants, duplicate badges and the cancellation of badges.
Given the time pressures involved the Department requires an experienced technical lead and developer to work with internal staff.
Who the users are and what they need to do
As a Blue Badge operator I need to manage (create/cancel/duplicate) Blue Badges so that Badges can be printed and issued through the existing Blue Bade case management system to an external DfT (Department for Transport) System.
As a Blue Badge operator I need facilities to manage violations of Blue Badges.
Early market engagement
Any work that’s already been done
Existing team
Working with an in-house team comprising two developers, an analyst, a tester and staff in the business area including a product owner
Current phase
Beta

Work setup

Address where the work will take place
The supplier will be based at Department for Infrastructure (DfI), Clarence Court, 10-18 Adelaide Street, Belfast, BT2 8GB
Working arrangements
Onsite 5 days a week with regular team meetings/updates as required.
Security clearance
Suppliers must have baseline security clearance

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
  • Have significant experience of the Application Lifecycle management process
  • Technical leadership role with demonstrable experience using Visual Studio .Net framework standards and technologies including C#, SQL Server 2012/2014/2016, javascript, WebServices, webforms, RestAPI’s and OAuth2 Client Credentials Grant Type workflow
  • Demonstrable experience of design and development of technical solutions to meet business need using Visual Studio .Net framework standards and technologies including C#, SQL Server, javascript, Web Services, web forms
  • Demonstrable experience of design and development of technical solutions using Rest API’s and OAuth2 Client Credentials Grant Type workflow for system to system communication
  • Demonstrable experience of utilising Team Foundation Server (2010/2015) through the software delivery cycle with particular emphasis on builds, publishing and release management
  • Demonstrable experience of working closely with NICS and wider public sector delivering software projects, customer relationship involvement and skills enhancement
  • Extensive knowledge and understanding of implementing security within the public sector NICS Enterprise Shared Services infrastructure
  • Demonstrable experience of implementing ISO 27000 information security management System (ISMS) within the public sector
  • Ability to work within Clarence Court, Adelaide Street, Belfast
  • Latest start date early September 2018 with latest completion date November 2018
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Knowledge and expertise in data protection including GDPR and implications for software development
  • Ability to provide technology teams with guidance in terms of application solutions/architecture

How suppliers will be evaluated

How many suppliers to evaluate
3
Proposal criteria
  • Demonstrable experience of working with SQL Server 2012/2014/2016 and .Net applications;C#web forms
  • Demonstrable experience of working with REST APIs
  • Demonstrable experience of consuming QAuth2 Client Credentials Grant Type workflow, especially for system to system communication/interface
  • Demonstrable experience of designing and implementing technical solutions within NICS cultural environment
  • Development of medium to large scale 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 constraints
  • Value for money
  • Identification of Risks, issues and dependencies 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 mistakes
  • How the approach will meet the business needs
  • Demonstrable experience of implementing technical architecture/solutions within NICS cultural environment
  • Approach to decision making
Payment approach
Fixed price
Assessment methods
Written proposal
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence

60%

Cultural fit

20%

Price

20%

Questions asked by suppliers

1. We believe that a suitable approach for DfI , working within the allocated budget, would be to provide a technical lead one day a week with a full time developer role (5 days a week) for the duration of this engagement. Can DfI please confirm if this approach is acceptable, or whether the expectation is for the two roles both to be full time?
The suggested approach in the question above is acceptable.
2. The opportunity is classified as a digital outcome; however the requirement is specifically asking for full time resource. The working requirements state resource needs to be onsite 5 days a week with regular team meetings/updates as required. Can you please clarify if this a digital outcome opportunity (in which case we can propose a blended team to meet your requirements) or a digital specialist opportunity in which case we will propose a specific resource?
This is a digital specialist opportunity. Within this context we are open to a mix of Tech Lead and Developer specialists