Defence as a Platform (Future) Focus Workshops

A number of existing Defence ICS contracts are due to expire over the next 7 years, with some major contracts expiring in the next 3 years. A significant opportunity therefore exists for the Ministry of Defence to secure increased benefits through the establishment of new ICT contracts which exploit innovation and the changes in the ICT marketplace.

Defence as a Platform (DaaP) is a new way to provide shared sets of common components and infrastructure. DaaP will enable Defence to move from high cost, stove-piped systems with fragmented architecture, to a cost-efficient platform model with common architecture across services. It will provide users, whether in office or on the battlefield, with access to the right information via the right systems at the right time.

Focus Workshops

There will be two separately themed Focus Workshops to be held at the MOD Corsham Site, Westwells Road, Corsham, SN13 9NR. Details are below.

5th December – Commercial – Collaboration Principles

Content and aim

In moving to the new platform model with an increased number of suppliers delivering services that were previously procured as systems, it is essential that the suppliers work together collaboratively to ensure Defence receives the end service it requires. The Authority has drafted a collaboration regime to incentivise contractors to work effectively together, and wishes to share the principles of this model with Industry in order to gain views on the risk and reward mechanisms proposed within. Industry will be presented with set questions on the model to discuss and feedback at the day.

To accommodate the maximum number of attendees the Authority shall be holding separate morning (9.30-12.30) and afternoon (14.00-17.00) sessions covering the same material but for different suppliers. Suppliers will be required to advise their preferred session, although this may not be able to be accommodated.

7th December – Technical – Design Principles

Content and aim

Since the previous Industry Engagement, the Authority has been developing its Market Facing Requirements and High Level Solution Designs, supported by Use Cases.

The Authority would welcome further engagement on two of the service requirements: Service & Security Management, and Service Integration. The purpose of the Industry Engagement is to:

  • Provide an update on the requirements work undertaken since our last engagement
  • Explore options available for further packaging of the Service & Security Management function
  • Test the Service Integration strategy (which breaks Service Integration into 7 functional areas); namely testing the functional definitions, the retained organisation structure and validating the capabil

The Technical Concept day is aimed at Technical Solution and Delivery experts.

To accommodate the maximum number of attendees the Authority shall be holding separate morning (9.30-12.30) and afternoon (14.00-17.00) sessions covering the same material but for different suppliers. Suppliers will be required to advise their preferred session, although this may not be able to be accommodated.

Further Information

To register your interest in this process and to book a place, please contact Karen Preston on 0306 770 2508 or e-mail ISSComrcl-DaaPFuture-Gp@mod.gov.uk.

Suppliers are limited to one representative per organisation per event, as the number of places is limited. Therefore suppliers need to ensure that their representatives are from the most appropriate function within their organisation and have the relevant skills to provide meaningful input into the workshop sessions. Due to limitations for the workshop we may need to cap the number of attendees and priority will be given to suppliers delivering a relevant service rather than those acting in an advisory capacity.

Suppliers should note that participation in an Industry Day is entirely voluntary and the Authority will not bear any associated costs. There is no commitment on the part of the Authority to enter into any binding contractual arrangement following engagement with suppliers through the Industry Days. Neither attendance at any of the Industry Days nor submission of responses to the Authority will be taken into consideration in any future competitive tendering process, which, if initiated at all, will be subject to the Public Contract Regulations 2015 or the Defence and Security Public Contracts Regulations 2011.