GSA RFI Requires O&M, Middleware & Hosting Support

Mohamad Elbarasse_headshot_7-23-2013_For WordPressby Mohamad ElbarasseAnalyst

GSA recently extended the response date for the Pegasys Hosting and Operations and Maintenance contract to August 5, 2014. GSA’s primary goal is to find application and support models that will lower the overall hosting and O&M costs of Pegasys, GSA’s version of Momentum Financials and core financial system. Pegasys supports funds management (budget execution and purchasing), credit cards, accounts payable, disbursements, standard general ledger, and reporting at the GSA.

Although Pegasys is a financial management system, there are several requirements for technical support that would involve COTS products including data management, information assurance, security management, middleware support, database administration, backup and recovery, and infrastructure services.

The overall contract is broken up into nine individual contracts across three major support areas:

  • Operations and Maintenance– 1 contract
  • Middleware – 7 contracts
  • Hosting – 1 contract

Vendors responding to the RFI should be prepared to address at least one of the three major areas of support.

PegasysThe key objectives for hosting services center on efficient use of hardware through resource pooling and flexible scalability. Faster deployment of software and system capabilities through standardization and the ability to monitor, measure, and report program usage during initial deployment are also major priorities. Vendors with success stories around lowering overall operating costs while maintaining quick deployment and standardization should be responding to this RFI.

Vendors that specialize in infrastructure services would be supporting backup and restoration management efforts, network security services, COOP/DR, and storage management. GSA is asking that any interested vendors have “knowledge, capability, and experience” in Momentum Financials Hosting or O&M support experience and implementation and operation of cloud computing services, as defined by NIST.

As always, the earlier vendors get involved in the process, the easier it will be to shape future requirements to better match with your solutions. Interested vendors should take advantage of the extension and respond to this RFI.

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