Middleware Solution Tender
The University of Birmingham is seeking to procure a middleware solution and establish a contract with a supplier to fulfil requirements moving forward.
UK-Birmingham: Software package and information systems
Section I: Contracting authority
University of Birmingham
For the attention of: Jaina Rathod
B15 2TT Birmingham
Telephone: +44 1214158806
General address of the contracting authority: http://www.bham.ac.uk
Address of the buyer profile: https://in-tendhost.co.uk/universityofbirmingham
Electronic access to information: https://in-tendhost.co.uk/universityofbirmingham
Electronic submission of tenders and requests to participate: https://in-tendhost.co.uk/universityofbirmingham
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)
Section II: Object of the contract
Service category No 1: Maintenance and repair services
NUTS code UKG31
The University has performed a strategy review and identified reducing complexity of the IT landscape as a primary element. The aim is to reduce current complexity, reduce the development and implementation time for new systems, simplify support, and enable greater consumption and freedom of information. The provision of middleware will support a more flexible and dynamic IT landscape within the University.
The Universitys new IT Strategy defines the basis for a less complex, more dynamic landscape to meet the current and future needs of the business by providing a simpler, more flexible, architecture. Simply put, the Universitys objective with this procurement exercise (and the following implementation, supported by the successful supplier) is to Design and implement an enterprise level Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) Middleware solution that is relevant, high quality and fit for purpose.
As a result of a comprehensive internal scoping and visioning exercise, the University has compiled a series of key principles that will be applied to realise the institutions ambitions for its middleware solution that is robust, forward thinking and achievable. These principles are outlined below.
The middleware should:
Simplify the IT Landscape,
Provide the necessary functionality to enable intercommunication between the different legacy, current and future University IT systems,
Provide the tools necessary to develop, manage and analyse the interaction of those systems,
Provide the tools to manage the IT Governance and Registry,
Provide a platform(s) that is adaptable within a changeable environment, allowing the University to be responsive to emerging trends and/or drivers,
Interface with multiple protocols and delivery mechanisms,
Be accessible and flexible to enable its use across multiple systems areas,
Be resilient and reliable to ensure continuity of business systems and processes,
Be Fit for Purpose,
Be financially sustainable, offering impact, affordability and value for money whilst being utilised widely across the University,
Be reliable, scalable and integrate seamlessly with relevant University systems whilst complying with the relevant standards.
Be secure and auditable, offering security and analysis of messaging, installation and connectivity.
Any successful supplier must be able to deliver against these principles, and be able to show evidence of previous success.
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Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required: as set out in the PQQ and tender documentation.
as set out in the PQQ and tender documentation.
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required:
It is recommended that Suppliers review their probable response to the PQQ against the Minimum Standards set out in the Call for Competition Notice published in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) and in the section below to confirm that the organisations proposed solution/s can meet the basic requirements. If your organisation is unable to demonstrate that it can meet these requirements then it is recommended that you do not proceed to complete and submit a PQQ response
1. The solution must provide the following components as a minimum Enterprise Service Bus (ESB), Governance, and Registry. Please provide details of these, and any other components, your solution will provide. (MS)
2. The solution must provide the following as part of the ESB functionality: Transport, Queueing, Orchestration, Transformation, Mediation, Routing, Choreography, Validation, Security, Governance, Audit, and Persistence, Guaranteed Delivery. Please detail how these, and any other functionality, are delivered by your solution including standards and protocols supported. (MS)
3. The solution must support installation in a virtualized server environment even if your solution does not recommend this option.
Please describe how this is supported and any standards met. (MS)
4. The supplier must provide a defined framework for the communication and delivery of patches and version upgrades with exceptions defined for high importance fixes. Please provide details including how known bugs and issues are communicated. (MS)
5. The system must be scalable vertically (by adding resources to an instance) and horizontally (by deploying multiple instances). Please explain how this is achieved. (MS)
and as set out in the PQQ and tender documentation.
Section IV: Procedure
Payable documents: no
Section VI: Complementary information
Body responsible for mediation procedures
VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:19.2.2013