Systems Orientated Architecture for the Open University

Systems Orientated Architecture for the Open University

The Open University (OU) is embarking on an Information Systems transformation programme called Systems Futures to ensure that it has the business systems to deliver its future ambitions. The programme is tasked with delivering efficient, adaptable and scalable core business systems to enable the OU to respond to the changing needs of the Higher Education market in the UK and internationally.

UK-Milton Keynes: IT services: consulting, software development, Internet and support

2012/S 15-023608

Prior information notice

Supplies

Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

The Open University
Walton Hall
Contact point(s): https://in-tendhost.co.uk/openuniversity/
For the attention of: Purchasing Manager
MK7 6BP Milton Keynes
UNITED KINGDOM

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority: www.open.ac.uk

Further information can be obtained from: 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.B: Object of the contract (Supplies or services)

II.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:

Systems Orientated Architecture PIN/PUR/OJEU/2012.
II.2)Type of contract and place of delivery or of performance

Supplies
Walton Hall.
NUTS code UKJ12
II.3)Information on framework agreement
II.4)Short description of nature and quantity or value of supplies or services:

The Open University (OU) is embarking on an Information Systems transformation programme called Systems Futures to ensure that it has the business systems to deliver its future ambitions. The programme is tasked with delivering efficient, adaptable and scalable core business systems to enable the OU to respond to the changing needs of the Higher Education market in the UK and internationally. A key enabler within the program will be the adoption of a formal Service Orientated Architecture (SOA) and the purchase of supporting SOA software tools. Through SOA adoption OU system components will be described at a higher level of granularity using business term and concepts, those core business services that are subject to relatively little change will be insulated from the more dynamic business processes that flow around them. SOA software tools are expected to provide capabilities for the management of these dynamic and relatively static system components during their runtime, deployment, design and development. They should support the ability to quickly and easily couple, uncouple, recombine and restructure IT systems in the face of changing market conditions and enable the business to take greater control of how business is transacted within the OU and with partners, suppliers and customers. It is expected that through a SOA approach the following benefits will be realised; Better business alignment: By elevating the definition of system components so that they are described in terms and concepts that the business understands then IT and the business should be able to communicate and interact with each other at an equally understood level. This should promote better quality solutions that are more in line with how the business wants to operate. Business Activity Monitoring: Operations should be able to monitor business process pathways in real time and respond when conditions dictate with course corrections and refinements. Provide channel independence: Business services lend themselves to re-use across channels allowing the OU to add new channels for customers and suppliers with reduced adaption of the underlying applications. Streamlined Costs: By purchasing SOA enabling tools IT efforts are focused on core capabilities that support the business rather than the technology that enables it. Shorter Development Times: Self-contained services can be built independently of each other increasing the potential for parallel development each with their own release cycles, removing the need for large application releases. Composing applications from services means that, while a service must still be rigorously tested, the amount of testing required for each application that uses a service is substantially less. Lower cost of Support and Maintenance: Maintaining a sub-process as a contained service simplifies the task of maintenance. Changes can be made once and in one place for all business applications that use the service, reducing the testing scope. Support adoption of commercial software: SOA tools through their enhanced standards based integration capabilities will support the OU IT strategy of using package based software for commodity functionality. Offer real time responsiveness: SOA technologies are geared towards capturing and processing real time events supporting business activity monitoring. Provided business services are designed to encapsulate business processes then responding to a business event can be as simple as invoking a business service. Reduced point-to-point integration: Point to point integration makes for complex systems that are hard to maintain. Using a SOA approach with a services model should significantly reduce complexity and ease maintenance Maximised re-use of existing legacy systems: Wrapping legacy systems with a service interface can prolong their life and make them more accessible to a wider range of applications. Reduced duplication: A SOA approach encourages re-use by providing a common service for interaction between systems rather than multiple applications performing the same operations in slightly different ways.
LotsThis contract is divided into lots: no

II.5)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

72000000, 72600000, 72200000, 48000000

II.6)Scheduled date for start of award procedures
II.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): no
II.8)Additional information:

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract
III.1.1)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:
III.2)Conditions for participation
III.2.1)Information about reserved contracts

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about European Union funds

The contract is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
VI.2)Additional information:

All interest in the PIN must come via the University’s electronic tendering system Intend. The URL as listed in the contact points. Any questions relating to this PIN must also be submitted via the Intend system.
The Open University may choose an alternative procurement route as a result of this PIN notice, eg Consortia or Government Procurement Service Framework and therefore vendors should be aware that The Open University can make no guarantee that this PIN will result in a tender.
VI.3)Information on general regulatory framework

VI.4)Date of dispatch of this notice:19.1.2012