1. Application Development, Maintenance, and Support, Technology Upgrade, Migration, and Transformation; and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)
A. Application Development is the development of new applications which may be mainframe, server, network-based, web-based or a combination and may require interfaces to existing applications. Application Maintenance and Support includes troubleshooting, modifying, maintaining, improving security, and enhancing legacy systems and applications which may be running in a production environment.
B. Technology upgrade, migration, and transformation may be accomplished by converting/migrating legacy applications to new technology, either with or without new business functionality. It may also include introducing new technology into the enterprise and managing any changes as a result of the introduction.
C. Transformation may include assessments of the current application portfolio, evaluation of the technology assets before beginning technology transformation and Business Case development for justification of an initiative. Part of the transformation journey may include planning, analysis, requirements development, proof of concept, deployment, implementation, integration, remediation, data migration, documentation, application programming and support services, and training support.
D. 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 usually modularized and generally highly configurable. Business Process Reengineering (BPR), system or application changes, implementation, conversion services, and training are often included in an ERP initiative.
2. IT Assessments, Planning, Independent Verification and Validation (IV&V), and Market Research, Procurement Advisory, and Contract Implementation Services; this category includes, but is not limited to:
A. IT Assessments and Planning may include IT effectiveness, maturity, governance, and architecture. Strategic planning activities may include mission statement development, visioning and goals, objectives, and strategy development. Assessment of staff knowledge, skills and abilities, bandwidth, time and motion studies, and succession planning are included in this category. Strategic planning development and tactical planning may require the provisioning of actionable plans and roadmaps. Organization change management, enterprise architecture, cloud assessments, and network performance assessments are within scope as well.
B. Independent Verification and Validation procedures are used for a in-depth analysis of a product, service, or system for compliance with requirements as well as the independent oversight of software (or systems) development life cycle (SDLC) processes and specifications.
C. Market Research, Procurement Advisory, and Contract Implementation Services activities may include requirements gathering, facilitation activities, scoring criteria development, evaluation criteria development, negotiation guidance and assistance, and contract transition assistance.
i) Cost optimization including software license cost analysis;
ii) Financial planning and pricing structures;
iii) Market reviews/market research;
iv) Market engagement;
v) Transition/implementation assistance; and
vi) IT contract management assistance.
3. Project and Program Management
A. Project and Program management services include any or all of the project management
processes identified by the Project Management Institute (PMI) as published in the most recent
edition of the PMBOK® Guide, including practice guides such as Agile and Managing Change in Organizations.
B. Examples of included services include utilizing the Customer’s tools and processes, using commercially available off-the-shelf tools, using Contract Holder’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 at the following url: https://prod.dir.texas.gov/project-delivery-framework
C. This category includes, but is not limited to:
i) Business case development;
ii) Statewide impact analysis;
iii) Cost to benefit analysis;
iv) Risk assessment;
v) Stakeholder management;
vi) Organizational change management;
vii) Strategic planning;
viii) Program assessment; and
ix) Agile development, training, coaching.