Industry Engagement

Shared Services Canada (SSC) continues to consult with the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Industry, including ICT associations, during the industry engagement phase of the data centre consolidation (DCC) program.

Collaborative Procurement for the Cloud Brokering Services: Invitation to Qualify with bidder’s conference

On August 5, 2016 Shared Services Canada (SSC) issued an Invitation to Qualify (ITQ) for cloud brokering services on a1Buy and Sell. A conference for interested suppliers is planned during the ITQ solicitation period to address feedback and questions from industry. This initial cloud service offering will evolve as the Government of Canada implements a long term vision for cloud computing, informed by feedback received during the ITQ period and through other Government of Canada-wide consultations.

To support the Government of Canada Cloud Adoption Strategy, SSC has launched a collaborative procurement process to initiate a new cloud brokering business line for its customers. Cloud computing will improve government services to Canadians by increasing the responsiveness and flexibility of government Information Technology applications.

Information Technology Service Management – Managed Service – RFP

August 4, 2016 – Shared Services Canada (SSC) issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to qualified respondents as part of the procurement process for an Information Technology Service Management (ITSM) solution. Only qualified respondents to the Invitation to Qualify who met the experience and the qualifications requirements are invited to respond to the RFP.

SSC is seeking a mature, fully managed and commercial off-the-shelf ITSM solution that satisfies SSC’s technical and business requirements without customization.

A contract will result from this RFP. Only qualified respondents will be permitted to bid on any subsequent solicitation issued as part of the procurement process.

Canada has invoked the National Security Exception in respect of this requirement and, as a result, no trade agreements apply to this procurement.

Enterprise Data Centre Borden – Contract Award

May 24, 2016: A contract has been awarded to Uptime Infrastructure Partners for the expansion of Shared Services Canada’s (SSC) Enterprise Data Centre (EDC) Borden, located at Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Borden, Ontario. The Request for Proposal was issued to the top three preferred proponents qualifying under the Request for Qualification (RFQ) posted on MERX and a2buyandsell.gc.ca on March 25, 2015, by Defence Construction Canada (DCC). Uptime Infrastructure Partners is an industry consortium and leader in data centre design and construction, and will be responsible for EDC Borden, beginning summer 2016.

Invitation to Qualify – Data Centre Service and Storage Infrastructure

December 2, 2015: Shared Services Canada (SSC) issued an Invitation to Qualify (ITQ) for a procurement process for a fully-outsourced Information Technology Service Management (ITSM) solution. The purpose is to pre-qualify suppliers who have experience and possess the qualifications required by SSC in providing a mature, outsourced ITSM managed service solution that satisfies SSC’s technical and business requirements without customization.

No contracts will result from this ITQ, which is neither a Request for Proposal nor a solicitation of bids or tenders. Only qualified respondents will be permitted to bid on any subsequent solicitation issued as part of the procurement process.

Canada has invoked the National Security Exception in respect of this requirement and, as a result, none of the trade agreements apply to this procurement.

Enterprise Data Centre Borden – Request for Proposals

July 24, 2015: A Request for Proposal (RFP) was issued to the top three successful respondents qualifying under the Request for Qualification (RFQ) that was posted on MERX and a3buyandsell.gc.ca on March 25, 2015, by Defence Construction Canada. The resulting contract from the RFP is expected to be awarded to the successful bidder in March 2016. All three bidders comprise industry consortiums and are leaders in data centre design and construction.

The outcome of this procurement will provide the Government of Canada with a world-class enterprise data centre for the next twenty-five years. Construction activities will commence immediately following contract award. Phase 1 of the Data Centre Expansion project is targeted for completion in the fall of 2017.

Enterprise Data Centre Borden – Request for Qualification

March 25, 2015: A Request for Qualification (RFQ) was issued by Defence Construction Canada, on behalf of SSC, for the expansion of the Enterprise Data Centre Borden at Canadian Forces Base Borden, Ontario. The RFQ was posted on MERX and a4buyandsell.gc.ca with a closing date of May 12, 2015.

This follows an Advance Procurement Notice (APN) that was issued on September 17, 2014 by Defence Construction Canada. The purpose of the APN was to identify private-sector companies that were interested in competing for the proposed data centre expansion and to advise them of anticipated security requirements for this project.

Invitation to Qualify – Data Centre Service and Storage Infrastructure

October 6, 2014: SSC issued an Invitation to Qualify (ITQ) on October 6, 2014, for 3 categories: Server Storage Infrastructure, Virtual Servers and Cloud Management Platform. The purpose of the ITQ is to pre-qualify respondents who have experience in providing data centre server and storage infrastructure in pursuit of establishing new supply arrangements for the provision of standardized server and storage infrastructure platforms, and contracts for the cloud management platform software. SSC will also run, in parallel, individual solicitation for the acquisition of platform software.   

This ITQ is neither a Request for Proposal nor a solicitation of bids or tenders; its purpose is to identify those respondents that possess the qualifications required by SSC for participation in the next phase of the procurement process. No contract will result from this ITQ. Canada reserves the right to cancel the ITQ at any time or at any other phase of the procurement process. Given that this ITQ may be cancelled by Canada in part or in its entirety, it may not result in any of the subsequent procurement processes described in this solicitation. Respondents may withdraw from the ITQ process at any time. Visit the a5Buy and Sell website.

SSC’s Mainframe Supply Chain Renewal Strategy

September 22, 2014: Shared Services Canada (SSC) is holding an Industry Day via webcast and teleconference on September 30 to provide the mainframe technology vendor and stakeholder community with an overview of SSC’s Mainframe Supply Chain Renewal Strategy. It is also to obtain feedback and commitment to support renewal activities and to advise and assist SSC in achieving its transformation goals and, ultimately, to generate cost savings for the Government of Canada. If you would like more information, and to register, visit the a6Buy and Sell website.