Supplier sought to manage legacy IT after DSA and VOSA merge

A supplier is being sought to help manage and organise the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency’s (VOSA) and Driving Standards Agency’s (DSA) legacy IT infrastructure after the two organisations merge in 2014.

The service and integration management (SIAM) supplier will “ensure minimum disruption to continuity” and “manage the transition of all ICT services currently supported by VOSA and DSA’s incumbent suppliers to a joint VOSA/DSA multi-sourced IT tower service”.

IT service towers are a becoming a popular choice among government departments. It requires ‘towers’ to be set up – such as desktops, networks, applications – which can be provided by different suppliers, but are all typically managed by one company throughout the implementation process, and provided across a whole organisation.

A contract notice outlined that the agencies are keen to adopt this type of framework and the new SIAM service will offer ‘clear and concise’ interfaces between the tower service providers, users of IT services and the newly formed Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA).

The contract will last for three years and is worth up to £35 million over the period.

Other services required from the chosen SIAM supplier are set to include:

• Modernising the legacy applications of the new agency

• Managing other ICT transformation projects that are yet to be agreed

• Managing services remaining under the control of the incumbent suppliers until a transfer of these services to potential new suppliers is completed

• Managing up-scaling and down-scaling of service requirements as necessary

The agencies warn that as needs and requirements develop, the different ICT/tower suppliers are likely to change and be replaced at different stages during the contract.

In similar news, the Ministry of Justice selected Lockheed Martin as its preferred bidder on a £125 million SIAM deal, which will see the company help the department overhaul its legacy IT contracts.

Lockheed was going up against IBM for the deal, but is understood to be partnering with Atos, Cadence Partnership and Skyscape Cloud Services.

Copyright © 2013 IDG Communications, Inc.

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