An Integrated Transport Agency (ITA) will be established in NSW and will assume the policy and planning responsibilities, including major procurement, previously managed independently by each of the Transport NSW agencies.
“This means RailCorp, Sydney Buses, the RTA and other transport agencies will no longer be responsible for major procurement, long-term planning and policy – instead, they will focus on service delivery,” said Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian in a press statement.
The integration of policy and planning governance continues on a process tentatively begun under labour in June 2010, where all of the transport agencies were placed under the regulatory oversight of a lead agency Transport NSW, which would also manage budget allocations.
Intermedium’s Budget IT tool identifies a total of $745 million in ICT capital expenditure allocations for the transport agencies in the 2010-11 state budget, for expenditure over a four year period. Intermedium estimates that the annual operational ICT spend across transport is around $94 million.
The integration places in doubt several recent approaches to market made by the individual transport agencies, the most significant of which is RailCorp’s quest to establish a set of specialised ICT labour hire panels.
RailCorp has identified a number of recurring projects and services that require specialised industry knowledge, outside of the assignments managed by the existing whole of government ICT Labour Panels.
A White Collar Contract Labour Hire (WCCL) group has been created to locate and engage these external services and resources. Six distinct service categories have been outlined in the tender documents for which RailCorp is seeking industry specialists.
The first grouping listed is an architecture panel, comprised of enterprise, solution, and security architects. This team will be required to understand and analyse RailCorp’s business requirements, producing or modifying architectures for the system’s “fit for purpose” and “value for money” standards.
Implementation, Testing, and Release will be the primary tasks of a second panel, incorporating a business process analyst, an implementation manager, a test manager, testers, a configuration manager, and a quality assurance manager.
Integration analysts and specialists will comprise the third panel, responsible for business intelligence as well as designing, developing, and implementing Cognos EP, Hyperion, DataStage, Informatica, and Tibco solutions. This panel will also be in control of RailCorp’s Websphere and Enterprise Data Warehousing.
The corporation is also seeking to procure Geospatial Information Systems specialists for it’s fourth panel, with skill sets in data modelling and software analysis.
For the purpose of United Communications, RailCorp will develop a UC analyst panel, which must possess architecture and design skills in UC tools, primarily around the Cisco platform. These specialists must also have the system administration and operational skills to support the UC toolsets.
The sixth panel will consist of Special Development Capabilities analysts, who must be proficient in Java, J2EE, .Net, Cisco, TeraData, DB2, Ingress, and Oracle/ SQL server. They will be responsible for managing the system environments, investigating software defects, and offering solutions.
Each panel is expected to include 6 to 8 suppliers and will be implemented for a period of 2 years, with a possible 1 year extension.
The selection of service suppliers will be based upon experience in working with an organisation of similar size and complexity, the Tenderers Recruitment and Selection Methodology Process, ability to meet RailCorp’s deadlines, qualifications of personnel, and the provision of an Agreement Management Plan. Successful tenderers may be included on multiple panels.
With the structural changes in place, authority over the labour hire panels could well be transferred over to the ITA from RailCorp. Under these circumstances is it also possible that the panels could be opened up for use across all of the transport agencies, however this could be contingent on the level of specialist rail expertise forming the panels.
On the other hand, it is also possible that the initiative could be scrapped altogether prior to any standing offer arrangements being signed.
The RFT closes 4 May 2011.
The changes taking place within the NSW Government, and their potential impact on ICT procurement will be the topic of Intermedium’sEngaging with NSW Government Decision Makers Workshop to be held in Sydney on 11 May. Guest speakers include former Managing Director of NSW Businesslink Pat Richards, James Keulemans, founding partner at Statecraft, and Intermedium Managing Director Judy Hurditch.