Transport for NSW (TfNSW) has approached the open market for a Project Director and Program Management Office to support its major Next Generation Infrastructure Services program. The procurement will be a rapid one, intended to be in place as the first of the NGIS contracts commences. To be at this stage, it can be reasonably inferred that TfNSW has notified the preferred suppliers for its centralised computing and end user computing technology domains and is now in contract negotiations with them.
TfNSW’s Request For Proposal (RFP) nominates the expected contract signing dates for each of the three service towers.
The estimated pre transition signing dates for each domain are:
- Centralised Computing (Data Centres) - 26 September 2014;
- End User Computing, Collaboration & Service Desk - 19 December 2014; and
- Networks - April 2015 for managed network services, and for Voice and Mobile, January 2015.
Of the 25 suppliers who responded to the initial Expression of Interest (EOI), seven were invited into a restricted Request For Proposal (RFP). The original respondents included: CSC; Fujitsu; Hewlett Packard; IBM; Lockheed Martin; Logica CGI; Unisys; Optus; Telstra; Dimension Data; NextGen Group; NEC IT Services; NetApp; UXC Connect; Tata Consulting Services; Tech Mahindra; Wipro; HCL and Infosys.
With regard to the Project Director and PMO, “The level of experience Transport is seeking from the successful vendor would be from those specialist organisations that have hands-on experience in managing programs of large scale and complex ICT Services specialising in Data Centres, End User Computing, Service Desk and Networks,” states the RFP.
The RFP also re-articulates why TfNSW initiated the NGIS program, “The expiry of key agency IT infrastructure services outsourcing contracts has created the opportunity to consolidate the Transport cluster onto shared state-of-the-art IT infrastructure services platforms and leverage the scale of the cluster to reduce costs.”
“This coincides with a critical need to refresh and renew our ageing and redundant IT assets and meet Transport’s obligations concerning the NSW Government mandate to migrate IT infrastructure to the Gov DC by 2017,” according to the RFP.
GovDC is a NSW initiative to deliver “data centre as-a-service” to NSW agencies, consolidating more than 100 existing Government data centres into two data centres by 2017.
The tender closing date for the Program Director and Program Management Office is 1 September 2014, and the final tender evaluation will take place 15-19 September 2014.
The successful Program Director and PMO contractor will be expected to start supplying deliverables on 3 November 2014.