The South Australian Government will invite suppliers to register their interest in joining a new ICT Network Services panel, estimated to be worth $100 million per annum, via an Expression of Interest (EOI) process set to commence in April.
Rick Seaman, the Director of ICT Strategic Sourcing within the Office for the CIO, outlined the scope and timeframe for the initial EOI at an ICT industry briefing on 7 March 2012.
The focus of the initial EOI is to evaluate the respondents’ corporate capability and perform an initial assessment of the proposed business solutions.
Following an evaluation of the responses to the EOI, shortlisted respondents will be invited to participate in additional stages of the procurement process. The Government expects to commence the next stage of the procurement by the end of 2012, with the intention of finalising the new arrangement by March 2014.
The consolidated Network panel has an estimated combined value of $100 million per annum and will encompass:
- Network Carriage Services (data, voice and mobile) - $69 million
- Network Management Services (management of the SA Government’s Central Data Network, Local Data Networks and Gateways) - $19 million
- Network Internet Services (infrastructure and connections to connect the Central Data Network to the Internet) - $2 million
- Messaging and Business Communication Services (messaging, instant messaging, presence and desktop conferencing) - $10 million
A background document indicates that the panel is intended to realign SA’s existing procurement arrangements in order to reflect the growing convergence between the IT and the Telecommunications sectors.
The existing contracts through which such services are procured include:
- Internet Service Provider Panel
- Managed Network Services
- Mobile Carriage Services
- Telecommunications Services Panel
- Active Devices Equipment Panel
Whilst most of these contracts are due to expire in the first half of 2014, the Managed Network Services panel is currently scheduled to expire on 31 July 2012. However negotiations are currently underway to procure disengagement services under that contract until March 2014.
Respondents can bid for one or more of the components of the Network panel.
In addition to their proposals to meet the Government’s core requirements, suppliers are invited to propose alternative innovative solutions to Government’s ICT Network Infrastructure needs.
The Network Panel initiative is a key element of the latest stage, or Tranche 3, of the SA Government’s procurement reform project, which commenced in 2005.
The Tranche 3 reforms also cover the rest of the SA Government’s whole-of-government procurement suite:
- Client Computing & Server Equipment (CSSE);
- Document Output Devices (DOD);
- Mainframe Computing Services;
- Storage Equipment (which is under consideration for procurement);
- Processing and Storage; and
Revised CCSE contracts commenced on 1 March 2012 for an initial period of three years with a further two three year extensions available.
The DOD procurement is currently underway and new contracts are expected to commence on 1 July 2012, also for an initial period of three years with two three year extensions available.
Planning is also underway for procurements for Mainframe Computing Services, Processing and Storage and Microsoft Software Licensing.
The Government has flagged the possibility of establishing a Storage Equipment procurement but has not announced if it will go ahead with this procurement process.
Information on the status of all Tranche 3 procurements is available online.