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Department of Information Resources Deliverables Based Information Technology Services



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     <p> <span class= Allied Consultants, Inc. (ACI) is approved to contract with the State of Texas through the Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR) to provide Deliverables-Based Information Technology Services to Texas State and Local governments.

Using this contract vehicle, Texas State and Local government agencies can streamline and reduce time in procuring and contracting for deliverables-based information technology services. Agencies can negotiate and contract directly with Allied Consultants, Inc. for deliverables-based information technology services with a contract value of less than $10 million. The services Allied Consultants, Inc. provides under this contract vehicle include:
  • Application Maintenance and Support
  • Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)
  • Project Management
  • Application Development
  • Service Oriented Architecture
  • Technology Upgrade/Migration and Transformation
  • Information Technology Assessments and Planning

Please see below for more information regarding these services and the easy to use and flexible procurement and contracting vehicle: If you are interested in more information on our new services through DIR Cooperative Contracts, DIR Contract No. DIR-SDD-1964, please contact us by one of the following methods, and feel free to reference the DIR Cooperative Contracts.

Fax:
(512) 236-8565
Mail:Chip Sampson
Allied Consultants, Inc.
1304 West Avenue
Austin, TX 78701


Technology Categories Back to Top

Application Maintenance and Support

    Application Maintenance and Support includes the skills and requirements for supporting application systems, including troubleshooting, modifying, maintaining and enhancing legacy systems. Application Maintenance and Support also applies to applications running in a production environment.

    Examples of included services: research, analysis, design, programming, testing, documenting and implementing maintenance changes; correcting software errors; modifying reports and ensuring accurate report runs; making modifications to the applications and documentation; writing ad hoc queries; loading and applying changes to the software language and/or database in which the application is written; providing corrections for production or any changes needed and participation in disaster recovery testing, planning and documentation. Services may need to be available 24/7 or on an on-call basis


Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)

    ERP is an amalgamation of an organization's information systems designed to automate and integrate a variety of functions, commonly referred to as "back office", including financials, human resources and asset management. These systems are modulatized and generally highly configurable.

    Examples of included services: planning and assessment; requirements development; business process reengineering (BPR); implementation and conversion services; application programming and support services; database administration, system software administration and support; functional support; and training support.


Project Management

    Project Management service providers may perform any of all of the project management processes identified by the Project Management Institute as published in Table 3-45 of the PMBOK Guide, Third Edition or most recent.

    Examples of included services: utilizing the Customer's tools and processes, using off-the-shelf tools or using Vendor's own proprietary tools and processes to manage a project.


Application Development

    Application Development means the development of new application swhich may be mainframe, server, network-based, web-based or a combination. The requrements for new applications may require interfaces to existing applications.

    Examples of included services: researching; analyzing; gathering requrements; designing; programming; testing; documenting and implementing; applying changes to the software language and/or database in which the application is written; providing corrections for production or any changes needed and participation in disaster recovery planning and documentation.


Service Oriented Architecture (SOA)

    SOA organizes business software in a granular fashion so that common functions can be used interchangeably by different departments internally and by external business partners. The more granular the components (the more pieces), the more they can be reused. SOA is a way of thinking about IT assets as service components. When functions in a large application are made into stand-alone services that can be accessed separately, they are beneficial to several parties. SOAs are implemented via application programming interfaces (APIs) that allow components to communicate with each other.

    Examples of included services: planning and assessment; requirements development; proof of concept; implementation; deployment; governance; application programming and support services; system software administration and support; and training support.


Technology Upgrade/Migration and Transformation

    Technology Upgrade/Migration may be required to increase business functionality, reengineer a business function, keep current with vendor upgrades or when upgrading existing technology. Technology Transformation may be accomplished by converting/migrating legacy applications to new technology either with or without new business functionality or it may include introducing new technology into the enterprise. Technology Upgrade/Migration may also include providing website content accessibility compliance.

    Examples of included services: assessments of the current application portfolio, evaluation of the technology assets before beginning technology transformation and Business Case development for justification of an initiative. Also included are: technology transformations, which may include, appropriate Return on Investment (ROI), benchmarks and milestones. The following activities may also be included: planning, analysis, requirements development, proof of concept, deployment, implementation, integration, remediation, data migration, documentation, application programming and support services; and training support.


Information Technology Assessments and Planning

    Definition: IT Assessments and Planning may include IT effectiveness, maturity, governance, project management and architecture. Strategic planning activities may include mission statement development, visioning and goals, objectives, and strategy development. Tactical Ianning may require that actionable plans and roadmaps be provided. Examples of included services: IT assessments, including enterprise architecture; staff lmowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) assessments; and strategic and tactical planning.


Instructions for Obtaining a Quote or Placing an OrderBack to Top

THE PROCESS

    The value of any one SOW may not exceed $10 million including all extensions, renewals, and change orders. In order to be awarded a Purchase Order hereunder, Vendor(s) must respond, in writing, to a Statement of Work (SOW) for services as issued by Customers (State Agencies), consistent with the Terms and Conditions of the DIR DBITS Contract. Vendor(s) shall only respond to SOWs for Technology Categories which Vendor(s) have been awarded in the DIR DBITS Contract.


  • The following is a step by step process for executing a procurement from the DIR DBITS contract:
    • 1. Customer creates an SOW for release to vendor(s). The SOW must be complete, signed by an authorized representative of Customer and must be in the form contained in Appendix C.


    • Appendix C - Statement of Work

    • 2. Customer Releases SOW to one or more approved DBITS vendor(s) of their choice in the selected category. Response timeline is at the Customers discretion.
    • 3. Customer evaluates response(s) and selects a vendor.
    • 4. Customer issues a Purchase Order. Vendor understands that no work under any SOW issued by Customer shall commence until receipt of Purchase Order.

  • Some additional notes on the delivery and negotiation process:
    • Service provided under this Contract shall be based on the Statement of Work form set forth in Appendix C.
    • Customers may negotiate the terms and conditions of a SOW to suit their business needs, so long as the SOW terms and conditions do not conflict with or weaken the terms of the DIR DBITs Contract. Vendor shall perform its work in compliance with the DIR DBITS Contract and the agreed upon Statement of Work with Customer.
    • Customers purchasing services under the DIR DBITS Contract shall negotiate pricing directly with the Vendor in accordance with the Customer's Statement of Work.
    Contact InformationBack to Top

    Allied Consultants DIR DBITS Contract Number is :

    DIR - SDD - 1964
  • Application Maintenance and Support
  • Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)
  • Project Management
  • Application Development
  • Service Oriented Architecture
  • Technology Upgrade/Migration and Transformation
  • Information Technology Assessments & Planning
    • Please contact Allied Consultants, Inc. at 512-236-8565 to find out more and discuss your specific requirements.

      For more information regarding these services and this easy to use and flexible procurement and contracting vehicle, see the DIR website.



     
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