GIS Solution Tender
There is a requirement to replace the current GIS infrastructure at the Council, redesign the GIS service, and review and implement options for the delivery of value added application and data packages to Council partners and customers.
United Kingdom-Maidstone: Software package and information systems
Section I: Contracting authority
Kent County Council
For the attention of: Phil Lamacraft
ME14 1XQ Maidstone
Telephone: +44 3000410248
Section II: Object of the contract
Service category No 7: Computer and related services
Main site or location of works, place of delivery or of performance: Kent.
There is a requirement to replace the current GIS infrastructure at the Council, redesign the GIS service, and review and implement options for the delivery of value added application and data packages to Council partners and customers. It is anticipated that a cloud-based solution will achieve these aims.
The expected strengths and opportunities of this cloud GIS platform are:
— Allows businesses, communities and individuals to collaborate virtually.
— Provides virtual storage space.
— Provides fast and accessible information.
— Faster time to market based on initial skill resources.
— Lower initial capital investment.
— Can scale quickly against demand/growth.
— 24×7 support with high availability.
— More effective communication and collaboration.
— Better quality of work.
— Saves money, time and effort.
The objective of this procurement is to deliver a flexible GIS infrastructure to meet the needs of the Council and its partners, over the period of the contract. A contract for a cloud hosted GIS enterprise platform providing software and service supported by a best-value licence agreement is sought to support these business objectives. This service must be scalable and flexible with appropriate charging mechanisms to reflect changes in service demand upwards or downwards.
The Council and TWBC have established a GIS shared service partnership. This partnership is set up to address the opportunity to eliminate the duplication of investment in hardware, software and data that arise as a result of each council in the County having their own GIS systems. In addition there is an opportunity to focus the human resources in a single centre of excellence that can serve Kent and neighbouring public services. There has been an objective within Kent, and this is reflected in the ICT Strategy for the Council and in the Kent Public Services ICT Strategy, to achieve such a rationalisation which would save money, and consolidate and grow expertise, so that a single Kent GIS would be a centre of excellence supporting Kent public services and other partner organisations.
There is a clear demand for GIS services from District Councils and other public service bodies. GIS can be a clear and distinct service offering and therefore is a good candidate for developing a shared services business model. One of the objectives of this project is to develop a sound business model which clearly identifies the costs of the services, the customers, the revenue streams and organisational structure required to deliver a shared service. For this reason a cloud-based model has been selected so that a clear pricing strategy can be established based on usage and the solution can be quickly scaled up or down depending on demand.
Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information
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(b) is the subject of proceedings for a declaration of bankruptcy, for an order compulsory winding up the administration by the court or of an arrangement with creditors or of any other similar proceedings under national laws and regulations;
(c) has been convicted by a judgment which has the force of res judicata in accordance with the legal provisions of the country of any offence concerning his professional conduct;
(d) has been guilty of grave professional misconduct proven by any means which the contract authorities can demonstrate;
(e) has not fulfilled obligations relating to the payment of social security contributions in accordance with the legal provisions of the country in which he is established or with those of the country of the contracting authority;
(f) has not fulfilled obligations relating to the payment of taxes in accordance with the legal provisions of the country in which he is established or with those of the country of the contracting authority;
(g) is guilty of serious misrepresentation in supplying the information required under this Section or has not supplied such information;
(h) has been the subject of a conviction for participation in a criminal organization, as defined in Article 2(1) of Council Joint Action 98/733/JHA;
(i) has been the subject of a conviction for corruption, as defined in Article 3 of the Council Act of 26 May 1972 and Article 3(1) of Council Joint Action 98/742/JHA3 respectively;
(j) has been the subject of a conviction for fraud within the meaning of Article 1 of the Convention relating to the protection of the financial interests of the European Communities;
(k) has been the subject of a conviction for money laundering, as defined in Article 1 of Council Directive 91/308/EEC of 10 June 1991 on prevention of the use of the financial system for the purpose of money laundering.
Section IV: Procedure
Section VI: Complementary information