Implementation of an IT Testing Function

Implementation of an IT Testing Function

This tender is broken down into 2x Lots: Lot 1 – Establish Testing Function (see Part C). Lot 2 – Establish 3rd Party Partnership (see Part D).

United Kingdom-Manchester: System software acceptance testing consultancy services

2015/S 147-271395

Contract notice

Services

Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name, addresses and contact point(s)

The University of Manchester
Oxford Road, Greater Manchester
Contact point(s): The Central Procurement Office
M13 9PL Manchester
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 1612752160
E-mail: procurement@manchester.ac.uk
Fax: +44 1612752961

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority: http://www..manchester.ac.uk

Address of the buyer profile: https://in-tendhost.co.uk/universityofmanchester

Electronic access to information: https://in-tendhost.co.uk/universityofmanchester

Electronic submission of tenders and requests to participate: https://in-tendhost.co.uk/universityofmanchester

Further information can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)

Specifications and additional documents (including documents for competitive dialogue and a dynamic purchasing system) can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)

Tenders or requests to participate must be sent to: The above mentioned contact point(s)

I.2)Type of the contracting authority

Body governed by public law

I.3)Main activity

Education

I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities

The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: no

Section II: Object of the contract

II.1)Description

II.1.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:

Implementation of an IT Testing Function.

II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance

Services
Service category No 7: Computer and related services

NUTS code UKD3

II.1.3)Information about a public contract, a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system (DPS)

The notice involves a public contract
II.1.4)Information on framework agreement

II.1.5)Short description of the contract or purchase(s)

1. Background information on The University of Manchester
The University of Manchester, in its present form, was created in 2004 by the amalgamation of the Victoria University of Manchester and the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST). After 100 hundred years of working closely together both institutions agreed to form a single university, and on 22.10.2004 they officially combined to form the largest single-site university in the UK.
The University’s aim is to be known worldwide as a place where the highest academic values and educational innovation are cherished, where research prospers and makes a real difference, and where the fruits of scholarship resonate throughout society.

Further details on the University can be found at: http://www.manchester.ac.uk/discover/facts-figures/

2. Background information on Project
This tender is broken down into 2x Lots:
Lot 1 – Establish Testing Function (see Part C)
Lot 2 – Establish 3rd Party Partnership (see Part D)
You may bid on either: Lot 1, Lot 2 or both Lots.
3. Project Overview
The University campus is the largest single site higher education precinct in the UK. As a consequence it has a large IT infrastructure to support a student population of around 40 000 alongside a staff of nearly 11 000.
This large, diverse community requires a sound infrastructure and equipment to enable it to carry out research, teaching and administration including email, printing, Internet access, and specialist software on a variety of hardware. In addition to a large number of staff desktop machines, both staff and students are able to access almost 3,000 PCs in more than 20 clusters across the campus, some of which operate 24/7.

The management and maintenance of all aspects of IT is undertaken by the University’s IT Services Directorate. Details of their area and responsibilities can be found on the website: http://www.itservices.manchester.ac.uk/

II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

72226000, 72000000, 72223000

II.1.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): yes

II.1.8)Lots

This contract is divided into lots: yes
Tenders may be submitted for one or more lots

II.1.9)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: yes
II.2)Quantity or scope of the contract

II.2.1)Total quantity or scope:

2x Lots.
Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 350 000 and 3 750 000 GBP

II.2.2)Information about options

Options: no

II.2.3)Information about renewals

This contract is subject to renewal: no

II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion

Duration in months: 36 (from the award of the contract)

Information about lots

Lot No: 1Lot title: Establish Testing Function

1)Short description

The IT Services Directorate has over 400 IT staff which support the IT applications and infrastructure across the University. Currently all testing is undertaken by Developers, Business Analyst or Business users.
Analysis undertaken and constraints placed upon increasing the permanent headcount has resulted in a proposal to establish a Testing Function within the IT Services Directorate that is comprised of some internal IT staff supported by an external supplier.
There are 3 primary goals to achieve:
— Define and document a framework for Functional, Non Functional, Acceptance, Automation and Test Environment Support, aligned with the IT Directorate SDLC.
— Train, mentor and coach up to 11 University staff, over a 4 month period, in Functional Testing and Test Environment Support roles.
— Implement any tools, artefacts or supporting items and deliver a business case to enable a 3rd party relationship model to be implemented for Non Functional, Automation and a Flexible Staff Augmentation resource model.
Analysis is still on-going, but to date over 400 applications have been identified across the University and the Testing Function will need to provide resources to undertake testing supporting these applications and its infrastructure across different interfaces (e.g. PC and Mobile).

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

72226000

3)Quantity or scope

1.
Estimated value excluding VAT: 350 000 GBP

4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion

Starting 12.10.2015. Completion 31.12.2015
5)Additional information about lots

Lot No: 2Lot title: Establish 3rd Party Partnership

1)Short description

The IT Services Directorate has over 400 IT staff which support the IT applications and infrastructure across the University. Currently all testing is undertaken by Developers, Business Analyst or Business users.
Whilst still undergoing analysis the University of Manchester uses in excess of 400 applications across the largest university campus in the UK. This partnership will look to support The University of Manchester as it moves to become one of the top 25 universities in the world.
Analysis undertaken and constraints placed upon increasing the permanent headcount has resulted in a proposal to establish a Testing Function within the IT Services Directorate that is comprised of some internal IT staff supported by an external supplier.
Due to the establishment of the new testing function and the timeline available it has been decided that Non Functional Testing and Test Automation will be a service provided by a 3rd party supplier.
The successful bidder will be the supplier that provides a proposal that best meets The University of Manchester’s needs with regards to support and delivery of Non Functional Testing and Test Automation.
A rate card will need to be produced that clearly defines the costs associated with engaging the 3rd party supplier to provide Non Functional Testing, Test Automation and Staff Augmentation in the more traditional Functional Testing and Test Environment support roles.

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

72226000

3)Quantity or scope

1.
Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 350 000 and 3 750 000 GBP

4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion

Duration in months: 36 (from the award of the contract)
5)Additional information about lots

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract

III.1.1)Deposits and guarantees required:

The Authoritys particular requirements will be set out in the Invitation to Tender documentation and may include, inter alia, performance bond(s) and/or parent-company guarantee(s) and/or other forms of security.

III.1.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:

To be determined. Further details will be set out in the Invitation to Tender documentation.

III.1.3)Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:

The Authoritys particular requirements are to be determined but the Authority may require that any contract awarded shall be entered into by a single legal entity on the part of the successful candidate.

III.1.4)Other particular conditions

The performance of the contract is subject to particular conditions: no
III.2)Conditions for participation

III.2.1)Personal situation of economic operators, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: Firms will be expected to provide evidence of their capacity to deliver against the contract.
Bidders must demonstrate sound practice in respect of equality and diversity by completing a questionnaire as part of the Invitation to Tender documents.

III.2.2)Economic and financial ability

Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required: Bidders must confirm that they are not ineligible to bid under the criteria for rejection laid down in Regulation 57 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015.

III.2.3)Technical capacity

Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required:
Bidders must provide three references to demonstrate that the service they intend to provide will be satisfactory.
III.2.4)Information about reserved contracts
III.3)Conditions specific to services contracts

III.3.1)Information about a particular profession

Execution of the service is reserved to a particular profession: no

III.3.2)Staff responsible for the execution of the service

Legal persons should indicate the names and professional qualifications of the staff responsible for the execution of the service: no

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Type of procedure

IV.1.1)Type of procedure

Open
IV.1.2)Limitations on the number of operators who will be invited to tender or to participate

IV.1.3)Reduction of the number of operators during the negotiation or dialogue

Recourse to staged procedure to gradually reduce the number of solutions to be discussed or tenders to be negotiated no
IV.2)Award criteria

IV.2.1)Award criteria

The most economically advantageous tender in terms of the criteria stated in the specifications, in the invitation to tender or to negotiate or in the descriptive document

IV.2.2)Information about electronic auction

An electronic auction will be used: no
IV.3)Administrative information

IV.3.1)File reference number attributed by the contracting authority:

2015-1065-AB-JL-PC

IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract

no

IV.3.3)Conditions for obtaining specifications and additional documents or descriptive document

Time limit for receipt of requests for documents or for accessing documents: 24.8.2015 – 00:00
Payable documents: no

IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

26.8.2015 – 12:00
IV.3.5)Date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates

IV.3.6)Language(s) in which tenders or requests to participate may be drawn up

English.

IV.3.7)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender

in days: 90 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)

IV.3.8)Conditions for opening of tenders

Date: 26.8.2015 – 12:05

Place:

Central Procurement Office.

Persons authorised to be present at the opening of tenders: no

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement: no

VI.2)Information about European Union funds

The contract is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no

VI.3)Additional information

Variant bids may be requested or permitted by the University within parameters to be set out in the Invitation to Tender documentation.
The Authority expressly reserves the rights (i) not to award any contract as a result of the procurement process commenced by publication of this notice, (ii) to make whatever changes it may see fit to the content and structure of the tendering competition (iii) to award (a) contract(s) in respect of any part(s) of the supplies/services covered by this notice, and (iv) to award contract(s) in stages, and in no circumstances will the Authority be liable for any costs incurred by candidates.
VI.4)Procedures for appeal
VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures
VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:

28.7.2015

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