August 20, 2019 - UPDATE: ON-Demand IT Services / Replacement of Task-based I&IT Services
Vendor of Record Arrangement (VOR-OSS_00430429)
Ontario is modernizing the way it acquires temporary information technology (IT) contractor services by planning to move to an external managed service provider (MSP) model. It is anticipated that this will:
- make it easier to do business with the Government of Ontario;
- expand potential business opportunities for vendors, including small- and medium-sized enterprises; and,
- reduce administrative process burdens and costs for vendors and government.
The MSP model approach is a best practice recognized by the IT and vendor communities and used widely by private and public sector organizations, including five other provinces.
This approach is in line with the government’s digital transformation and its work on an integrated supply chain that is anticipated to reduce costs and make it easier and more efficient to do business with government and across the broader public sector.
This approach also reflects input from vendors, as well as market research and jurisdictional best practices.
All qualified vendors that provide temporary IT contractor services to the government, including small and medium-sized vendors, are likely to benefit from greater transparency, reduced burden, and expanded business opportunities through the MSP model. In addition, this approach ensures that Ontario’s government puts people at the centre of everything we do and offers efficient and top-notch service to our customers
The Procurement Process
In the near future, the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services (MGCS) intends to openly and competitively procure the services of a third-party MSP to source and manage the provision of temporary IT contractor services currently managed by Treasury Board Secretariat (TBS). The successful MSP will include a Vendor Management System (VMS) as part of its services.
Part of the evaluation criteria the government intends to use to select the MSP will be how they propose to fairly and transparently qualify vendors to provide temporary IT contractors to the Ontario government. There will be no limit to the number of vendors that can qualify under the MSP.
To allow sufficient time for the procurement and implementation of the MSP, MGCS plans to extend the existing Task-based I&IT Services VOR arrangement (OSS VOR-00430429) for a period of up to 12 months, ending on September 30, 2020. All vendors currently qualified on this VOR arrangement will be invited to sign contract amendments for the extension prior to the current expiry of their individual contracts.
The MSP arrangement, once implemented, will be mandatory for all ministries and agencies covered by the OPS Procurement Directive. It also will be optionally available to Ontario’s publicly funded non-OPS entities.
Vendors interested in this initiative are encouraged to register here on the Ontario Tenders Portal (www.ontario.ca/tenders) under the current Task -based IT Services VOR posting to ensure they receive notifications and can access information about the MSP procurement in the near future.
Frequently Asked Questions
ON-Demand IT Services / Replacement of Task-based IT Services VOR Arrangement (VOR-OSS_00430429)
On January 10, 2018, the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services (MGCS) and Treasury Board Secretariat (TBS) met with the IT Association of Canada, the National Association of Canadian Consulting Businesses, and the Ontario Small and Medium Business Coalition to seek additional feedback on the business model of the new Request for Bids (RFB) to establish the ON-Demand IT Services VOR arrangement.
The vendor associations provided wide-ranging, substantive information, perspectives and insights. MGCS and TBS thank the vendor associations for participating in this consultation and appreciate receiving this body of information.
A summary of this feedback can be found on the Ontario Tenders Portal (tender_5252; RFI_555). MGCS will provide information about next steps.
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This VOR Arrangement replaces the Task-based I&IT Services VOR Arrangement (OSS_00175018) which had been established in 2011. This VOR Arrangement is primarily for task-based I&IT services which require specific I&IT skills and knowledge. Clients will be able to use the Service Categories and Roles from the Task-based I&IT Services VOR Arrangement, as appropriate, to obtain the services that are necessary to complete their I&IT projects.
- Business Analysis & Planning
- Solutions Development
- Testing & Quality Assurance (QA)
- Deployment & Operations
- Information Management
- Oracle Financials ERP Application Environment
- Oracle PeopleSoft HCM/ERP Application Environment
The Agreement is for an initial period of three years, commencing October 1, 2014 and ending on September 30, 2019 (which includes a two 1-year extension). MGCS once again has extended the agreement which will expire on September 30, 2020.