The Western Australian Government has announced plans to establish a new Common Use Agreement (CUA) for the whole of government for the Supply of Contract Systems Solutions (CSS) and added 29 new suppliers to its ICT Services CUA during an annual refresh.
The Department of Finance has issued a request for tender seeking suppliers to join a new panel (CUACCSS2013) which is intended to “allow agencies to acquire CSS solutions and to facilitate the ongoing support and maintenance of existing CSS software where required.”
According to tender documents, CSS capabilities are being sought in number of business support categories including:
- Contract Development;
- Contract Management;
- Project Management;
- Program Management; and
- Risk Management.
Vendors can apply to supply under one or more categories.
The CUA will cover both commercial off-the-shelf solutions and customised software to meet agencies CSS requirements and will allow for the procurement of complete CSS or discrete components of a solution. Components available under the CUA will include software licensing, software licensing support, system implementation services, software customisation and training.
Solutions could be provided through either on-site licensing arrangements or a Software as a Service arrangement (SaaS) and could be hosted on the client agency’s infrastructure or in the cloud. However solutions where data is hosted outside of Australia may be rejected.
The panel will have an initial term of three years with two one-year extension options. Submissions close on 7 August.
On top of a new CUA, the existing whole of government ICT Services arrangement has undergone an annual refresh adding some big names to its latest batch of additions.
Microsoft and UXC Connect join the whole-of-government panel for the first time. Data#3, Datacom Systems and IBM have had their accreditation under the panel expanded into new categories.
The ICT Services panel was originally established in September 2009, and has also recently been extended by three years to take the date of its expiry out to 30 September 2015.
It was announced last month that the panel would undergo a refresh providing the opportunity for non-panellists to bid for membership. When it launched in 2009 the intention was to refresh the panel at a minimum of twice a year. The most recent refresh took place in February 2011, meaning that this latest refresh was significantly delayed. The Department of Finance has since told Intermedium that the panel goes through a refresh on an average of every 12 months.
The mandatory common use agreement has an estimated turnover of $80 million per year.
A number of multi-million dollar deals have been signed through the panel since its inception in 2009, including:
- A $35 million contract by the Western Australia Department for Child Protection (DCP) with Fujitsu for the provision of application services;
- A $24 million contract for IT project services signed in 2010 between the Government Employees Superannuation Board and Ajilon;
- A $4.6 million contract for ICT services signed in 2010 between the Department of Transport and Ajilon, Fujitsu, CA Technologies Esque Solutions, Milmist and Simetry; and
- A $3 million deal for project management services signed between the Department of Training and Workforce Development and the Birchman Group in 2012.
With 29 brand new suppliers added to the panel and 12 existing suppliers added to additional categories, the total number of suppliers now stands at 285 stretching over 12 ICT categories.
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