The Australian Government Information Office (AGIMO) has indicated that an approach to market to form a Data Centre Migration Panel may be imminent, releasing a draft Statement of Requirement (SOR) for open consultation on their blog.
AGIMO, part of the Department of Finance and Deregulation, is charged with implementing the Federal Government’s Whole of Government Data Centre Strategy. The strategy, which was announced in response to the recommendations of the 2008 Gershon Review, centralises data centre procurement with the intention of generating $1 billion in savings over 15 years.
According to the strategy’s timeline, the ‘approach to market’ to establish a Data Centre Facilities Panel is due in the second half of 2010. The RFT for the Migration Panel is scheduled as the second approach, and is due in the fourth quarter of the financial year.
This timeline corresponds with posts on the AGIMO blog.
On June 25, Kayelle Wiltshire, Assistant Secretary of the Central Facilities Branch at AGIMO posted a draft RFT for the Data Centre Facilities panel, and called for users to share their feedback. The success of the public consultation process has encouraged the Office to approach consultation on the Migration Tender in the same way.
“Your comments about the earlier data centre facility tender were great. I hope to get similarly constructive feedback this time around,” Wiltshire posted on the blog.
The latest blog post has offered clear information, in the form of a draft Statement of Requirement (SOR), about what is likely to be required from candidates for the Data Centre Migration Panel.
The panel, the draft SOR states, will, “be used by agencies to assist them with all elements of migrating to a new Data Centre, from the conceptual stage through to the decommissioning of the old Data Centre site”.
The specific services expected from the panel suppliers will include:
- Assistance with procurement related to data centre migration, for example advice on hardware and software requirements and insurance costs;
- Assistance in the design stages of the data centre configuration;
- Data centre project management and logistical planning;
- The deinstallation of old infrastructure and the installation of new infrastructure;
- Commissioning of data centre ICT infrastructure and decommissioning of vacated data centres; and
- Data centre metrics and capacity management.
The draft SOR document goes on to insist that the panel will be limited to vendors who specialise in data centre ICT services.
“This is not a general IT consultancy – it is highly specialised infrastructure work,” says Wiltshire.
Tenderers will also be required to have staff that are able to obtain security clearances up to and including ‘Secret’ and ‘Highly Protected’, depending in which agency seeks their services.
AGIMO is now well familiar with the process of ‘crowdsourcing’ ideas from their stakeholders to improve on their procurement practice.
The Data Centre Migration draft SOR is the fifth such document that has been released on AGIMO’s blog since its inception in October 2009. The Data Centre Facilities draft RFT has been the most popular so far, attracting 31 comments. The Panel for the Provision of Telecommunications Operational Management Services (TOMS) draft, posted in May, attracted 15 respondents.
This sort of community engagement and knowledge aggregation is a core principle of the Government’s Gov 2.0 strategy, in which the Department of Finance, and AGIMO in particular, play a central role.