DIR CONTRACT DIR-TSO-4091

Access Sciences has a Deliverables-Based IT Services (DBITS) contract with DIR. Services available under this Contract are limited to the Deliverables-Based Information Technology Services Technology Categories as specified below.

 

No hardware or software products and related services may be sold through this contract. Any products needed to deliver final services must be procured through another contract vehicle. Examples of these products include: Software as a Service (SaaS), subscriptions, annual license maintenance and support, and web hosting.

 

DBITS contracts provide deliverables-based, outsourced systems integration or application development projects, requiring acceptance of Statement of Work (SOW) and authorization for payment of milestone tasks. The value of any one SOW may not exceed $5 million for state agencies (or $10 million for non-state agency DIR customers, including institutions of higher education) including all extensions, renewals, and change orders.

 

DBITS benefits to Texas state and local government agencies and vendors:

 

  • Shortened lead times in procuring and contracting
  • Reduced cost
  • Flexibility to meet individual customer needs

 

For more information, please visit the Deliverables-Based IT Services (DBITS) webpage.

  • Application Maintenance and Support
  • Technology Upgrade/Migration and Transformation
  • Information Technology Assessments and Planning
  • Application Development
  • Information Technology Project Management
  • Information Technology Procurement Assistance

For more information on the services offered, see below.

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Authorized Users

Any Texas state agency, unit of local government, institution of higher education as defined in Section 2054.003, Texas Government Code, and those state agencies purchasing from a DIR contract through an Interagency Agreement, as authorized by Chapter 771, Texas Government Code, any local government as authorized through the Interlocal Cooperation Act, Chapter 791, Texas Government Code, and the state agencies and political subdivisions of other states as authorized by Section 2054.0565, Texas Government Code.

 

The State of Texas DIR Contracts Program is a streamlined cooperative purchasing program for state and local government, public education and other public entities in Texas, as well as public entities outside the state. Please visit the DIR site to learn about resources for customers outside of Texas.

Application Maintenance and Support

 

Definition: 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.

Application Development

 

Definition: Application Development means the development of new applications which may be mainframe, server, network-based, web-based, or a combination. The requirements for new applications may require interfaces to existing applications.

 

Examples of included services: web application development; mobile application development; service oriented architecture (SOA); researching; analyzing; gathering requirements; 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.

Technology Upgrade/Migration and Transformation

 

Definition: 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 Project Management

 

Definition: Project Management service providers may perform any or all of the project management processes identified by the Project Management Institute as published in the PMBOK® Guide, Fifth Edition or most recent.

 

Examples of included services: utilizing the Customer’s tools and processes, using off-the-shelf tools, using Vendor’s own proprietary tools and processes to manage a project and using the Texas Project Delivery Framework. Information about the framework tool can be found here.

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 planning may require that actionable plans and roadmaps be provided.

 

Examples of included services: IT assessments, including enterprise architecture and cloud assessments; staff knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) assessments; bandwidth assessments, network performance and strategic and tactical planning.

 

Information Technology Procurement Assistance

 

Definition: Information Technology Procurement Assistance services may include assistance in IT Statement of Work (SOW) and/or Request for Offer (RFO) development. Procurement assistance activities may include requirements gathering, scoring criteria development, and evaluation criteria development.

 

Examples of included services: specification development, Statement of Work (SOW) development, and RFO development for IT products and services.

 

Note: Under Texas Government Code, § 2155.004, a state agency may not accept a bid or award a contract that includes proposed financial participation by a person who received compensation from the agency to participate in preparing the specifications or request for proposals on which the bid or contract is based. The selected Vendor and the employees of that Vendor who perform IT Procurement Assistance Services will be ineligible to respond to any resulting solicitation(s).