Quality Assurance and Testing for IT Services – Crown Commercial Service

Quality Assurance and Testing for IT Services – Crown Commercial Service

Crown Commercial Service as the authority intends to put in place a Pan Government Collaborative Agreement for the provision of quality assurance and testing services. 10 Lots.

United Kingdom-Liverpool: Computer-related professional services

2019/S 184-448090

Prior information notice

This notice is for prior information only

Services

Legal Basis:

Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses

The Minister for the Cabinet Office acting through Crown Commercial Service
9th Floor, The Capital, Old Hall Street
Liverpool
L3 9PP
United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 3450103503
E-mail: supplier@crowncommercial.gov.uk
NUTS code: UK
Internet address(es):Main address: https://www.gov.uk/ccs

I.2)Information about joint procurement

I.3)Communication

Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address

I.4)Type of the contracting authority

Ministry or any other national or federal authority, including their regional or local subdivisions

I.5)Main activity

Other activity: Public Procurement

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement

II.1.1)Title:

Quality Assurance and Testing for IT Services 2 Dynamic Purchasing System

Reference number: RM6148

II.1.2)Main CPV code

72590000

II.1.3)Type of contract

Services

II.1.4)Short description:

Crown Commercial Service (CCS) as the authority intends to put in place a Pan Government Collaborative Agreement for the provision of quality assurance and testing services. The scope of the agreement will cover the following:

— testing environments,

— specialists,

— automation,

— services (such as consultancy).

II.1.5)Estimated total value

Value excluding VAT: 110 000 000.00 GBP

II.1.6)Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: yes
II.2)Description

II.2.1)Title:

QAT Specialists

Lot No: 1

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

72590000

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UK

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

To provide access to a flexible and cost-effective pool of QA and test professionals, who will form part of, and be managed by, the core buyer’s team to deliver services across the full lifecycle.

II.2.14)Additional information
II.2)Description

II.2.1)Title:

QA and DevOps

Lot No: 2

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

72590000

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UK

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

To develop and implement test automation strategies and frameworks, typically to support cost effective continuous release methods. To support all aspects of software and platform engineering within a DevOps environment, from a QA perspective.

II.2.14)Additional information
II.2)Description

II.2.1)Title:

Load and Performance Testing

Lot No: 3

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

72590000

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UK

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

To identify, target and solve performance-based defects at any stage of the development lifecycle. The approach includes load testing, stress testing, volume testing, soak testing, scalability testing and capacity planning. supporting performance engineering approaches where possible.

II.2.14)Additional information
II.2)Description

II.2.1)Title:

QA and Testing

Lot No: 4

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

72590000

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UK

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

To establish and manage an appropriate level of QA and testing in line with programme delivery plans, validation and verification of a system against specifications and requirements covering functional and non-functional aspects. Testing will be automated by default with some requirement for manual, exploratory testing and assurance of testing owned by third-parties. Includes the ownership (design and execution) of complex, large scale integration testing.

II.2.14)Additional information
II.2)Description

II.2.1)Title:

Infrastructure Testing

Lot No: 5

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

72590000

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UK

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

To determine whether system infrastructures are performant, including network provisioning, platforms and hosting across LAN, WAN and Cloud infrastructures.

II.2.14)Additional information
II.2)Description

II.2.1)Title:

Operational Acceptance Testing

Lot No: 6

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

72590000

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UK

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

To help prepare for operational readiness once the service goes into production. OAT will generally focus on risks to the service covering monitoring and alerting, IT support, failover, recovery, resilience, portability and stability.

II.2.14)Additional information
II.2)Description

II.2.1)Title:

Strategic QA Consultancy

Lot No: 7

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

72590000

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UK

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

To provide strategic consultancy support across any aspect of QA across software and infrastructure engineering and broader DDaT delivery as appropriate.

II.2.14)Additional information
II.2)Description

II.2.1)Title:

Accessibility QA and Testing

Lot No: 8

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

72590000

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UK

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

To assess how far a product or service is easy for its intended audience to use. That audience includes users who access the service via a range of assistive technologies like screen readers, voice recognition and input devices. This includes helping the wider QA or product team to understand accessibility of the service through expert consultancy.

II.2.14)Additional information
II.2)Description

II.2.1)Title:

Security QA and Testing

Lot No: 9

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

72590000

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UK

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

To identify threats and measure potential vulnerabilities. The testing scope includes the whole system and not just the software involved. Much of the testing will be automated, supported by advanced exploratory testing and cyber-related defence and assessments.

II.2.14)Additional information
II.2)Description

II.2.1)Title:

QA Capability Development

Lot No: 10

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

72590000

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UK

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

Providing support for all aspects of growing civil servant capability within the QA specialism including learning and development, recruitment, knowledge management and graduate/apprentice onboarding.

II.2.14)Additional information

II.3)Estimated date of publication of contract notice:

29/10/2019

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Description

IV.1.8)Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: yes

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.3)Additional information:

This prior information notice is to signal an intention to commence market engagement with those within the quality assurance and testing market in order to raise supplier awareness of the DPS process, lot structure and to generate interest in the market.

Crown Commercial Service intends to hold a market engagement session during October 2019 with industry experts and suppliers interested in potentially bidding for the resulting commercial agreement. If you are interested in attending the market engagement session please express your interest by emailing quality-assurance-and-testing-engagement@crowncommercial.gov.uk

Your email must clearly state: the name of your organisation, and contact details for the individual(s) who will participating in the market engagement, along with the following details:

1) Organisation name;

2) Contact name;

3) Job title of contact (including responsibility within your organisation);

4) Contact phone number;

5) Contact email;

6) Organisation website link.

Please note that, to register, you must have a valid DUNS number (as provided by Dun and Bradstreet) for the organisation which you are registering, who will be entering into a contract if invited to do so.

The date in II.3) is the estimated date of publication, please refer to the CCS pipeline page http://ccs-agreements.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/procurement-pipeline for updates and monitor tenders electronic daily for the publication of the OJEU contract notice.

Please be advised that in preparation to participate in this competition for this framework that:

The cyber essentials scheme is mandatory for Central Government Contracts which involve handling personal information and providing certain ICT products and services. The Government is taking steps to further reduce the levels of cyber security risk in its supply chain through the Cyber Essentials scheme. The scheme defines a set of controls which, when properly implemented, will provide organisations with basic protection from the most prevalent forms of threat coming from the internet.

To participate in the procurement for the quality assurance and testing for IT Services 2, bidders will be required to demonstrate that they comply with the technical requirements prescribed by cyber essentials for the services under and in connection with the procurement.

The bidder may be awarded a framework contract but shall not enter into any call-off contracts with buyers until they are able to demonstrate to CCS that they meet the technical requirements prescribed by the cyber essentials scheme for services under and in connection with this procurement.

The service that arise from this framework will involve the supplier holding material that has been assigned a protective marking under the Government Security Classifications Scheme (April 2014) of official. It will be a condition of this contract that this material must be protected. Baseline protection controls are defined in ISO27001:2013 and further defined by the Security Policy Framework https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/government-security

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:

20/09/2019