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D -- LPAR Capacity and Software Usage Analysis

Notice Date
Notice Type
541511 — Custom Computer Programming Services
Contracting Office
Social Security Administration, Office of Budget, Finance, and Management, Office of Acquisition and Grants, 1st Floor, Rear Entrance, 7111 Security Blvd., Baltimore, Maryland, 21244
ZIP Code
Solicitation Number
Point of Contact
Valerie H Jones,, Phone: 410-594-2016
E-Mail Address
Small Business Set-Aside
The Social Security Administration (SSA) intends to negotiate under the authority of Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 13.501 (a), on a sole source basis with I/S Management Strategies, Ltd. of Whitefish Bay, WI., for the continuation of services utilizing I/S Management’s software and tools to fulfill alternate software pricing structures in the Agency’s mainframe z/OS operating environment. SSA intends to expand an existing study of the economic feasibility of changing some software licensing structures to workload license charges (WLC), sub-capacity pricing, or other software pricing models where it is in the best interest of the Government. SSA currently operates six (6) IBM z/Series mainframes at the National Computer Center (NCC) in Baltimore, MD including zAAP processors. The Agency runs mainframe software products from hundreds of vendors on 29LPARS. The Agency requires services from a vendor that is independent from the software products running on its mainframe environment to continue software pricing model assessments. The contractor shall assist SSA in further studies of alternate software pricing structures in the Agency’s mainframe z/OS operating environment. The contractor will assist the Agency in building a comprehensive analysis of software products on the Agency’s z/Series mainframes. This analysis will allow SSA to formulate expert knowledge of mainframe software to assist the Agency in planning and execution of software procurement activities. The outcome of the expanded study will allow SSA to leverage new knowledge of software pricing models that allows for savings to the Government. SSA previously conducted market research and published a sources sought notice to identify alternative sources of supply for these services. The research resulted in I/S Management Strategies being the only organization uniquely qualified to implement all the tasks required by SSA. Again, this is a notice of intent to negotiate on a sole source basis with I/S Management Strategies for follow-on services and is not a request for competitive proposals. The Government intends to issue a firm-fixed purchase order for the services requested. Any responsible firm that feels it has the capability to provide the necessary expert services to meet this requirement may respond in writing no later than May 30, 2008, with capability statements and information describing in full detail their capabilities to accomplish SSA’s objective. Capability statements must fully detail the respective firm’s specific expertise in providing these types of services; as well as provide full descriptions of the firm’s successful performance of services of similar type, size, scope, and complexity as those described herein. A determination by the Government not to compete this requirement based upon responses to this notice is solely within the discretion of the Government. Information received will be considered solely for the purpose of determining whether to conduct a competitive procurement. Verbal responses are NOT acceptable and will not be considered. All responses to this notice must be submitted by May 30, 2008. Responses may be sent via E-mail only to the point of contact listed below. No Phone Calls or Faxes.
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Address: Social Security Administration, National Computer Center, 6201 Security Administration, Baltimore, Maryland, 21235, United States
Zip Code: 21235
SN01579744-W 20080524/080522221534-8b3badd8d1d13a21e3d0f3f2bed5f92e (fbodaily.com)
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