The Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR) is pleased to announce the release of the Request for Offers (RFO) for Deliverables-Based Information Technology Services (DBITS). Proposals are due no later than October 1, 2012 at 3:00 p.m. (Central Time).
DIR issued the first DBITS contract in 2008 to provide deliverables-based IT services to state agencies and other eligible customers from qualified IT vendors, based on experience, past performance and references. “The customer and vendor response to this contract approach has been overwhelmingly positive,” said Karen Robinson, DIR Executive Director and State CIO. “The DBITS contracts offer access to expert IT services for state agencies and other government entities, providing these customers with the opportunity to focus their time and budgets on their respective missions and objectives for Texas.”
The Program allows DIR customers to purchase services directly from awarded vendors, simplifying and expediting the state procurement process. DIR customers create individual statements of work, customized to their IT services needs. The value of any one statement of work may not exceed $10 million. Since the inception of the DBITS contract, customer purchases have exceeded $140 million with state agencies as the largest customer group.
DIR worked together with state agency customers to develop requirements for the RFO to prequalify vendors in nine technical areas:
- Application Maintenance and Support
- Business Intelligence (BI) and Data Warehouse
- Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)
- Service Oriented Architecture (SOA)
- Project Management
- Technology Upgrade/Migration and Transformation
- Information Technology Assessments and Planning
- Application Development
- Independent Verification and Validation (IV&V)
The new DBITS RFO offers a streamlined reference check process. Vendors will distribute the reference letter form directly to the customers, who will submit them electronically to DIR, accelerating the process for both parties. In order to ensure that DBITS contracts offer expert IT vendors, past project experience will account for 50% of the vendor’s evaluation score. Customers will still have the benefit of acquiring product and pricing information directly from vendors.
The complete RFO can be found at http://esbd.cpa.state.tx.us/bid_show.cfm?bidid=102277
The Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR) promotes a shared vision for Texas that maximizes the value of the State’s technology investment by identifying common areas of interest, using technology to advance agency missions, and preserving flexibility to innovate. Visit DIR at www.dir.texas.gov.