Deliverables-Based IT Services (DBITS)
Notice regarding process for new DBITS Contract Awards
DIR is in the process of evaluating responses to complete the process of awarding new DBITS contracts (RFO DIR-CPO-TMP-553).
DIR had overwhelming interest from the vendor community, receiving over 200 responses. As a result, the actual number of contracts awarded will depend on the ability to reach agreement with each of the apparent awardees. DIR anticipates that contracts will begin to be awarded by November and completed by the end of December.
Because this is a competitive procurement process, there is no assurance that any incumbent vendor would be awarded a new contract. Unfortunately, along with impacting incumbent vendors and their staff, this transition also impacts customers. Because orders survive up to five years beyond the term of the DIR contract, customers may have extension options under their DBITS SOWs. In other cases, customers may defer solicitations until apparent awardees are announced or new contracts are awarded.
Going forward, solicitations and resulting awards may be effected through the new DBITS contracts.
Please see below a current list of apparent awardees for customer convenience such that customers may use the list to solicit responses prior to contract signing. However, customers may not issue purchase orders, or otherwise award, until the vendor’s DBITS contract is effective. The list will be updated daily to include links to the respective contract page as contracts are awarded.
We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work through the solicitation process and subsequent contract awards in the coming weeks. Please direct any questions to CPO@dir.texas.gov.
DBITS contracts provide project-based IT solutions & services and the success of the solicitation is based on the deliverable outlined in the Statement of Work (SOW) issued under the DBITS contract.
DBITS contracts are ideal for developing a new IT application, upgrading a legacy system, or for general IT procurement assistance, including Independent Validation and Verification (IV&V) services.
State Agencies Only
Per TGC 2157.0685, State Agencies are required to submit SOWs for DIR review and approval prior to solicitation to Vendors (award value over $50,000). Learn more about the SOW process or access the SOW portal.
Technology Categories Offered under DBITS Contracts:
Application Development is the development of new applications for mainframe, server, network, the web or any combination of the above. This may also include the creation of interfaces into existing applications. Application Development projects may be structured as waterfall, agile, or be a combination of the two, based on your needs. Work with your selected vendor to determine the best fit for your project.
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 apply to applications running in a production environment as well as those that are in development.
Business Intelligence (BI)/Data Warehousing enables an organization to perform an in-depth analysis of its data to gain actionable information to aid in making informed business decision. It can include data mining of detailed business data to provide real and significant information to business users. BI/Data Warehousing can include the creation of data visualizations, BI dashboards, and reports to assist you in getting the most out of your data.
Enterprise Resource Planning (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 modularized and generally highly configurable.
Independent Verification and Validation (IV&V) are independent procedures that are used together for in-depth analysis by checking that a product, service, or system meets requirements, independent oversight of SDLC processes, and specifications and that it fulfills its intended purpose. IV&V can provide assurance of your project’s success through the early detection and correction of errors. It can help ensure that your project complies with stated performance, schedule, and budget requirements.
IT Assessments and Planning includes 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. These services can help ensure your systems, staffing, infrastructure, procedures, and practices evolve to meet your current and future goals.
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, evaluation criteria development., negotiations, and transition assistance oversight. If you are facing a difficult or complex IT procurement, these services may prove invaluable.
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 service provider and the employees of that service provider who perform IT Procurement Assistance Services will be ineligible to respond to any resulting solicitation(s).
Project Management service providers may perform any or all of the project management processes identified by the Project Management Institute. Agile, Scrum, Waterfall, Kanban, and other project management methodologies are available from the service providers under this category. Big or small, your project will have the structure you desire with set deliverables to gauge progress.
Technology Upgrade/Migration may be required to increase business functionality, reengineer a business function, ensure website content accessibility compliance, keep current with service provider upgrades, or just to upgrade 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.