The UK’s leading digital body for tertiary education, the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) is a publicly funded platform for higher education institutions to procure digital goods and services. These include, but are not limited to:
- Network and IT services
- Digital resources
- Relevant advice
- Digital infrastructure
- Procurement consulting
Additionally, JISC operates the Janet network, which is a high-speed network for research and education institutions in the UK.
What is JISC trying to achieve?
To put it simply, JISC provides digital solutions and services to UK universities, colleges, and research institutions. These services are used to:
- Support digital transformation: Helping education institutions embrace digital technologies and transform their operations and services, especially for international students
- Enhance teaching and learning: Through use of digital resources, JISC aims to provide the tools and platforms necessary for more effective and engaging learning
- Drive innovation: Fostering collaboration and partnerships, JISC promotes a best practice approach towards learning and provides advice/guidance to steer institutions towards greater success
- Ensure access to digital resources: Suppliers are awarded based on being the ‘Most Economically Advantageous Tender’ (MEAT). This means that their service/solution is the best value for money. As it is the UK taxpayer who pays for the services bought through JISC, value for money and the ease of sharing digital resources with students of all backgrounds is a top priority
- Support research and development: Using digital technologies to provide students with access to high-performance computing, data analytics, and other advanced technologies
Why should I sell my services through JISC?
If you are a supplier of digital solutions or services that are relevant to the UK education and research sectors, selling your services through JISC can provide you with advertisement and access to a large market that you might otherwise not have engaged with. As frameworks exist to make the procurement process easier for buyers, JISC vets suppliers based on their service offering and price to provide buyers with a stable pool of solutions to choose from. As these frameworks exist for the ease of the buyer, it is unlikely that these exact opportunities will become available outside of these frameworks.
The list of existing suppliers is available on all JISC frameworks, which means that you can research your competition before starting the writing process. This gives you a great opportunity to explore competing bidders and finetune your service offering in line with common buyer requirements. On the flipside, once successful, your business is listed for all competitors and buyers to see, increasing your visibility and reputation as JISC is a well-respected and trusted organisation.
What is a framework?
Rather than bidding for a direct award where there is only one successful supplier (or as otherwise specified), frameworks are a list of suppliers from whom the public buyer can choose to award contracts to. They can choose to either directly award a framework supplier, or they can choose to put the opportunity out to tender between the framework suppliers.
As such, when you are bidding for a framework, you are not bidding for contract award, but rather for a place on their successful suppliers list. Framework award doesn’t necessarily guarantee you contracts, but it certainly does narrow down the pool of competing suppliers for any opportunities that come up during the framework lifetime. Click here to learn more!
Note: Some framework opportunities mention ‘lots’. This is where the opportunity is split into parts, each varying in requirements, for example covering geographic areas or differing in scope. Each lot will award a specified number of suppliers, but this may differ between different lots within the same opportunity.
Split between 4 main themes, JISC focuses on:
Global Education Access Framework: Providing overseas students with quality education, the Global Education Access Framework procures reliable and secure digital services for international students. Recognising that international students make up 20% of the UK’s student population, this is a large market for businesses that provide digital learning content and resources.
This framework is split into 2 lots. Lot 1 provides secure and high-performance connectivity for education institutions in China. This includes virtual learning environments and other relevant content in China and is split between 3 suppliers.
Lot 2 provides the same virtual learning environments but globally and is split between 2 suppliers.
Network Equipment Framework: The Network Equipment Framework provides wired and Wi-Fi network equipment and solutions to educational institutions. This framework is split into 8 lots and is shared between 26 suppliers. The types of services covered in this framework include, but are not limited to:
Voice over Internet protocol products
Simulated Phishing and Associated Training Framework: Procuring cyber security software for educational institutions, the Simulated Phishing and Associated Training Framework provides opportunities for organisations to sell cyber security services that include, but are not limited to:
Cyber security training
This is a single supplier framework that runs for an initial 2 years, with the possibility for 2 1-year extensions.
Vulnerability Assessment Service and Tools Supply Framework: The Vulnerability Assessment Service and Tools Supply Framework provides opportunities for suppliers to sell cyber vulnerability detection services and software.
This is a 2-year opportunity that is split into 8 lots and is currently shared between 5 suppliers. The types of services procured through this framework include:
Automated, security vulnerability assessments of IT assets, including reporting and guidance on remediation actions
Tools and equipment to enable buyers to conduct their own vulnerability assessments
Web Filtering and Monitoring Framework: Safeguarding international students from inappropriate and illegal data, the Web Filtering and Monitoring Framework provides the following services to educational institutions:
Support and training
This framework is open to both cloud-based and local-based suppliers, offering opportunities for 6 awarded suppliers.
Janet TXT Framework: Offering a secure SMS messaging service, the Janet TXT Framework is a 4-year opportunity that is awarded to 3 suppliers.
Janet TXT is a free-to-use service used by educational institutions to facilitate:
Mail merge functions
Batch delivery to recipients
Integration with virtual learning environments, such as Moodle
Integration of contingency into business continuity plans
OCRE Cloud Framework: Providing cloud-based infrastructure, platforms, and complementary software, the OCRE Cloud Framework provides opportunities for educational institutions to purchase 25 types of services. These include, but are not limited to:
Identity and access management
Telephony Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS): Differing slightly to a framework, the Telephony DPS remains open to new suppliers throughout its duration and does not have a cap on the number of suppliers it lists. This means that new suppliers can join the DPS and existing suppliers have the flexibility to leave it, provided they meet the minimum requirements set out in the tender documentation.
Unlike a framework agreement where the terms and conditions are set out in advance in a DPS, the organisation selects suppliers from a pool of qualified suppliers who have been pre-approved to supply goods, services or works.
The services covered under this DPS include, but are not limited to:
Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) trunking connectivity
Private Branch Exchange (PBX) solutions
Hosted PBX solutions, landline and mobile call charges
Line rentals and ISDN connectivity
Aggregated mobile services
This is a 2-year agreement with the possibility of 4 1-year extensions, bringing the length to 6 years in total.
Research Outputs Depository DPS: This DPS provides software repositories and is a 1-year opportunity with the possibility of 3 1-year extensions.
Successful suppliers on the Research Outputs Depository DPS will provide services that support established metadata schemas relevant to each research object type, for example DataCite, CrossRef, RIOXX, Ethos and have the capability to assign Digital Object Identifiers.
Successful services will also support open methods of authentication for machine and human access (for example, UKAMF, Active Directory, OAuth, OpenID, SAML).
JISC bid writing top tips
Winning a place on a JISC framework can be a competitive process, but there are several strategies that can help increase your chances of success. Here are some JISC bid writing top tips:
- Proofread your Selection Questionnaire (SQ): A mix of self-declared statements, the SQ requires suppliers to self-assess their professional, financial, and technical (amongst others) ability to perform the contracted works. Whilst this can appear at first a minefield of technical jargon, it is important to get right as many of the required fields are pass/fail. For help completing these documents, speak to our Bid Writers.
- Provide evidence throughout your bid: JISC representatives will want proof that your company will be valuable to their buyers through references and examples. Make sure that your examples are correct and legitimate, as falsifications can result in immediate disqualification.
- Read the specification and familiarise yourself with the framework agreement: To prove you can provide the greatest value for money, you will want to explain how you will meet the requirements of the specification for each lot. This may take some time, so make sure you set aside enough time before you begin the writing process to avoid rushing and to give you enough time to conduct any research.
- Apply separately for each lot: You may find that you are wanting to apply for multiple lots from the same buyer. To do so, you will have to apply for each lot individually. This will mean writing responses for each lot that is bespoke to the differences of lot requirements. To save time, you can reuse relevant information in responses, but make sure that at every stage you tailor this info to the requirements and questions asked.
- Give yourself the best chance of being selected: For some companies, it may take several years before framework placement is awarded. Given that JISC agreements tend to last between 2-6 years, missing out can lead to long periods of waiting and frustration. To put yourself in the best position to win, familiarise yourself with Contracts Finder (where all UK tender opportunities are published) and keep up to date with upcoming JISC opportunities. For more personalised opportunities, check out Tender Pipeline. Many Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs) find it easier and less stressful to hire a Bid Writer to handle the tendering process. Alternatively, they may like to invest in Bid Writing training to provide them with the skills and knowledge to produce strong and competitive bids.
Common requirements for the JISC framework
Whilst the requirements for JISC frameworks will vary depending on the specific framework and the services being procured, writing winning bids since 2009, here are some common requirements our Bid Writers regularly come across:
- ISO certifications: Suppliers are commonly required to prove alignment/accreditation to various ISO standards. Any requirement for this will be set out in the specification, but it is good practice to regularly update and review your service/business in line with industry best practices and standards guidelines.
- Technical capabilities: Suppliers must demonstrate that they have the technical capabilities to deliver the services being procured. This may include requirements for specific software or hardware, data security, and interoperability with existing systems. These will always be outlined in the specification.
- Service level agreements: You may be required to provide service level agreements (SLAs) that specify the level of service that will be provided, including response times, uptime guarantees, and performance metrics. Using examples of where and how you have previously kept to these is an excellent way of demonstrating your ability to perform high-quality services for the framework.
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PIN / RFI for Network Monitoring, Automation, and Orchestration ToolingUK Bristol Jisc
Access to the RFI can be obtained by visiting Jisc's tendering portal at https://uk.eu-supply.com/login.asp?B=JISC Vendors may need to register, which is free of charge. All correspondence should be raised via the portal.
DNS Registry SoftwareUK Bristol Jisc Services Ltd
We are interested in hearing from suppliers who are familiar with Jisc and our position as the digital solutions provider for the UK’s research and education community and understand our unique and bespoke registry requirements. Jisc are also keen to formulate close working relationships with the registry service or software supplier over a number of years and learn from the supplier's expertise and be advised on best practices, industry standards and compliances and kept abreast of new technologies. Jisc have put together a list of provisional mandatory requirements for the registry functionality to provide including APIs, registry lock functionality, EPP compliance, RDAP integration, resilience across multiple locations and MFA. Capable suppliers will be invited to discuss these requirements.
Research Outputs Repository Systems DPSUK Bristol Jisc Services Ltd
JSL is establishing a DPS that will enable Jisc and its customers to easily purchase value for money and technically sound research outputs repository systems services and solutions. The DPS will enable new suppliers with new technologies to join the DPS throughout the lifetime of the service.To ensure maximum benefit for its customers, JSL will enforce a number of technical entry requirements that any supplier must fulfil before joining DPS, including by not limited to:— the service supports the deposit, publishing, sharing, discovery, access and citation of digital objects with differing file formats and sizes;— the service is a stand-alone product and does not require purchase of any other system (such as a CRIS);— the service can manage outputs from all research areas and is discipline neutral;— the service provides web-based and API deposit and access functionality;— the service supports established metadata schemas relevant to each research object type, for example DataCite, CrossRef, RIOXX, Ethos and have the capability to assign digital object identifiers;— the service supports open methods of authentication for machine and human access (e.g. UKAMF, Active Directory, OAuth, OpenID, SAML).The purpose of the DPS is to support institutions by providing systems that enable the deposit, publishing, sharing, discovery, access and citation of research related digital objects with differing file formats and sizes. The main outputs will be Journal articles, theses and research data.The repositories will contain both public (open) and restricted (closed) outputs and outputs that are under embargo to a certain date. They will hold information about authors and contributors and their projects for example author name, department, projects, publications, contact details, collaborators. This information will be made public by the repository.The scope of the DPS covers purchases by JSL, Jisc and its members. It also covers purchases by Higher Education institutions, Further Education and Specialist Colleges and Research Council establishments in the UK, and by any other organisations connected to the Janet network, including local authorities, regional broadband consortia, or other bodies whose core purpose is the support or advancement of further or higher education or of research.Many of the above organisations are members of higher and further education purchasing consortia. These consortia are independent organisations that provide a wide range of collaborative purchase agreements to their member institutions. Any member of one of these consortia will be eligible to purchase from this framework by virtue of its membership, as will members of any other similar purchasing consortium in higher or further education that might be formed during the lifetime of the framework.Membership lists for existing higher and further education purchasing consortia may be found at:https://www.lupc.ac.uk/member-listhttps://www.supc.ac.uk/about-us/our-members/our-membershttp://www.nwupc.ac.uk/our-membershttp://www.neupc.ac.uk/our-membershttp://www.hepcw.ac.uk/members/http://www.apuc-scot.ac.uk/#!/members
The supply and delivery of a Moodle Virtual Learning Environment platform including data migrationUK Wrexham Glyndwr University
The University has a requirement under this ITT for The supply and delivery of a Moodle Virtual Learning Environment platform including data migration.The University currently uses Moodle as a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), and the Moodle platform is currently hosted externally, and has plugins enabled such as Turnitin, Panopto and Jisc Learning Analytics. It is used as a two year working archive which all current staff and students have access to in addition to the present year’s programmes and modules.
Vulnerability Assessment Service and Tools Supply FrameworkUK Bristol Jisc Services Ltd
This framework agreement is being established to support JSL’s customers and other users in purchasing either a Vulnerability assessment service or the tools to undertake assessment themselves. These organisations will primarily be members of Jisc and/or those providing or supporting education, research or culture in the UK. The Janet Eligibility Policy outlines the types of organisation that are eligible to use the Janet network and its associated services. These can be summarised as:• all institutions of higher or further education;• all laboratories and other establishments of the Research Councils;• the bodies funding higher and further education and research across the UK;• local government authorities where these are providing broadband ICT services to schools, or commissioning these services from third parties;• “Regional Broadband Consortia” (RBCs)and any other vehicles created by local government authorities in England to aggregate the provision of broadband ICT services to schools;• the equivalent bodies in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland providing broadband ICT services to schools;• individual schools, whether under local government control or with other governance;• individual or groups of libraries, whether under local government control or with other governance;• individual or groups of museums, whether under local government control or with other governance;• any other bodies whose core purpose is the support or advancement of education or researchMany of the above bodies are also members of higher and further education purchasing consortia. These are independent organisations that provide a wide range of collaborative purchase agreements to their member institutions through consensus and the common desire to maximise their purchasing power in the market place. Any member of one of these consortia will be eligible to access many of JSL’s services by virtue of its membershipii, as will members of any other similar purchasing consortium in higher or further education that might be formed during the lifetime of the hosting arrangement.These organisations may also at their own discretion use JSL services in support of their outreach, technology transfer and associated activities in support of their missions. These activities are commonly referred to as “business and community engagement”.Under the Janet Eligibility Policy, services may also be provided to the wider public sector and associated bodies whom are providing public services other than those relating to education or research, e.g. blue light services, Courts etc. At present these include local government authorities in England and Northern Ireland, Education Scotland, the Welsh Assembly Government and (to a limited extent) the NHS in England and Scotland.The Services are also available for use by any National Research and Education Network (NREN) and the community it serves where the NREN has either a direct connection to Janet or the NREN is a member at any time during the period of this framework of the consortium that operates GÉANT. GÉANT is the pan-European research and education network that interconnects Europe’s NRENs. A list of members of the GÉANT consortium (GÉANT Partners) may be found at the URL below. As HEAnet, the NREN of the Republic of Ireland, is connected both to Janet and is a member of the GÉANT consortium, the framework is available for use by HEAnet, its subsidiaries, member institutions and customers to include schools serviced by the HEAnet school’s network.Membership lists for existing higher and further education purchasing consortia may be found at:• https://www.lupc.ac.uk/member-list• http://www.nwupc.ac.uk/our-members• http://www.neupc.ac.uk/our-members• http://www.hepcw.ac.uk/members/• http://www.apuc-scot.ac.uk/#!/members• https://www.supc.ac.uk/about-us/our-members/
Web Filtering and Monitoring FrameworkUK Bristol Jisc Services Ltd
This framework agreement is being established to support JSL’s customers and other users in purchasing a web filtering and/or monitoring solution for a maximum length of 4 years as a 2 + 1 + 1 term. These organisations will primarily be members of Jisc and/or those providing or supporting education, research or culture in the UK. The Janet Eligibility Policy outlines the types of organisation that are eligible to use the Janet network and its associated services. These can be summarised as:— all institutions of higher or further education,— all laboratories and other establishments of the Research Councils,— the bodies funding higher and further education and research across the UK,— local government authorities where these are providing broadband ICT services to schools, or commissioning these services from third parties,— ‘Regional Broadband Consortia’ (RBCs)and any other vehicles created by local government authorities in England to aggregate the provision of broadband ICT services to schools,— the equivalent bodies in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland providing broadband ICT services to schools,— individual schools, whether under local government control or with other governance,— individual or groups of libraries, whether under local government control or with other governance,— individual or groups of museums, whether under local government control or with other governance,— any other bodies whose core purpose is the support or advancement of education or research.Many of the above bodies are also members of higher and further education purchasing consortia. These are independent organisations that provide a wide range of collaborative purchase agreements to their member institutions through consensus and the common desire to maximise their purchasing power in the market place. Membership lists for existing higher and further education purchasing consortia may be found at:— https://www.lupc.ac.uk/member-list— http://www.nwupc.ac.uk/our-members— http://www.neupc.ac.uk/our-members— http://www.hepcw.ac.uk/members/— http://www.apuc-scot.ac.uk/#!/members— https://www.supc.ac.uk/about-us/our-members/our-members— http://www.geant.net/About/Pages/home.aspx— https://www.heanet.ie/aboutAny member of one of these consortia will be eligible to access many of JSL’s services by virtue of its membership, as will members of any other similar purchasing consortium in higher or further education that might be formed during the lifetime of the hosting arrangement.These organisations may also at their own discretion use JSL services in support of their outreach, technology transfer and associated activities in support of their missions. These activities are commonly referred to as ‘business and community engagement’.Under the Janet Eligibility Policy, services may also be provided to the wider public sector and associated bodies whom are providing public services other than those relating to education or research, e.g. blue light services, Courts, etc. At present these include local government authorities in England and Northern Ireland, Education Scotland, the Welsh Assembly Government and (to a limited extent) the NHS in England and Scotland.The services are also available for use by any National Research and Education Network (NREN) and the community it serves where the NREN has either a direct connection to Janet or the NREN is a member at any time during the period of this framework of the consortium that operates GÉANT. GÉANT is the pan-European research and education network that interconnects Europe’s NRENs. A list of members of the GÉANT consortium (GÉANT Partners) may be found at the URL below. As HEAnet, the NREN of the Republic of Ireland, is connected both to Janet and is a member of the GÉANT consortium, the framework is available for use by HEAnet, its subsidiar
Proc0426 — Jisc HR SystemUK Bristol Jisc Services Ltd
Jisc wishes to implement 1 system that incorporates the functional areas listed below:— Core HR system modules, including (but not limited to):—— employee self-service,—— absence management,—— reporting,—— organisational hierarchies,— payroll and pensions,— leavers,— mobile functionality,— talent management,— performance development,— pre-employment (Onboarding).The following functionality is considered out of scope for this system:— recruitment and applicant tracking,— training and learning management,— expenses management.The following pieces are considered in scope of this project:— supplier led construction of a full implementation plan, full system specifications, full integration plan,— compliance with security and data requirements,— data migration,— any integration work, including with our applicant tracking system,— UAT,— training for staff,— handover to BAU support systems.Jisc has approximately 750 employees (and plans to grow by merger activity) consisting of permanent and fixed term staff. As Jisc has evolved since its inception in 1993 employees have TUPE’d in from various other organisations and therefore there exist several legacy contracts and differing terms and conditions of employment within the organisation.As a result of Jisc’s history there are multiple payrolls which run each month; these are separate legal entities.The automation and streamlining of processes is an essential output of this project, and we expect a supplier to advise on how to make our processes make best use of a new system to allow the people services team and Jisc to benefit from the efficiencies and accuracies this provides, as well as deliver an enhanced user experience.Integration with our pension provider, USS, is necessary in order to provide accurate and up-to-date pensions information for each eligible employee.The system needs to be able to integrate with other software as a service to enable processes. This requirement is including but not limited to sending emails via Office 365, sending payroll data to our Dynamics 365 finance system, receiving data from our expenses management software SAP Concur.The final solution needs to be a fully integrated HR, payroll and talent management system rather than individual, linked functionality. This is to maintain data integrity by having only one single source, and to reduce the risk of links between these aspects of the system malfunctioning and to provide a consistent user experience. To further maximise the efficiencies provided by the solution, employees and managers should have access to a self-service portal to be able to access/update key data and trigger workflows as necessary.In line with Jisc’s IT policy, the proposed solution must adhere to the following data storage and handling principles:— data to be stored securely in the cloud (bidder’s security policy to be evaluated by Jisc before the award of any contract),— data to be stored in the EU to comply with Data Protection regulations,— suitable disaster recovery and BCM plans must exist (bidder’s plans to be evaluated by Jisc before the award of any contract),— data is to be encrypted at rest,— 2-factor authentication for logins.
Research and Development Consultancy Framework 2019UK Bristol Jisc Services Ltd
In Lot 1, Jisc wishes to establish a framework agreement with bidders to deliver technical services that range from mobile applications to large web services and include scalable middleware. Specific skills will be required for this Lot:— requirements and feasibility analysis,— mobile development,— scalable middleware,— web development,— data processing and analysis.
Network Equipment Framework AgreementUK Bristol Jisc Services Ltd
JSL wishes to establish a multi-supplier Framework Agreement to supply, install, support and maintain network equipment from a number of different manufacturers. The Framework Agreement will be for the supply and support of a broad range of wired and Wi-Fi network equipment including devices with firewall capabilities, low-end customer premises equipment (CPE), mid-range enterprise, and high-end carrier-class type equipment supporting up to 100 Gigabit Ethernet and above. It also covers converged network adapters, interface modules, transceivers, access points, VoIP products, etc; and associated ancillary goods and services including, but not limited to software, cabling and installation.The scope of the framework covers purchases by JSL, Jisc and its members. It also covers purchases by higher education institutions, further education and specialist colleges and research Council establishments in the UK, and by any other organisations connected to the Janet network, including Local Authorities, Regional Broadband Consortia, or other bodies whose core purpose is the support or advancement of further or higher education or of research.Many of the above organisations are members of higher and further education purchasing consortia. These consortia are independent organisations that provide a wide range of collaborative purchase agreements to their member institutions. Any member of one of these consortia will be eligible to purchase from this framework by virtue of its membership, as will members of any other similar purchasing consortium in higher or further education that might be formed during the lifetime of the framework.Membership lists for existing higher and further education purchasing consortia may be found at:https://www.lupc.ac.uk/member-listhttps://www.supc.ac.uk/about-us/our-members/our-membershttp://www.nwupc.ac.uk/our-membershttp://www.neupc.ac.uk/our-membershttp://www.hepcw.ac.uk/members/http://www.apuc-scot.ac.uk/#!/members
Publishing ServicesUK Bristol Jisc Services Ltd
The aim of this DPS is to make it as simple and effecient as possible for eligible organisations to identify, assess and procure publishing services to enable them to publish journals and/or monographs. Eligible orgnisations can range in size – from teams of 2 people within a small press to larger organisations. In general, the aim of these organisations is to publish high quality academic content and to make it available under an open access business model. Some of the organisations will also be offering content for sale.JSL defines publishing services as the tools, software, solutions and services offered by a company to support / enable an organisation in publishing journals and/or monographs. Publishing services will differ according to the publication workflow and format but fall into the the main workflow areas of editorial, production, dissemination, preservation, marketing and analytics. Suppliers that offer publishing services in some or all of these areas can participate in this DPS.JSL is setting up this DPS in support of open access publishing and to encourage a diverse scholarly publishing ecosystem.The scope of the DPS covers purchases by JSL, Jisc, its members (https://www.jisc.ac.uk/membership) and any other organisation that satisfies the term ‘contracting authority’ as defined by the EU Procurement Directives 2014/24/EC. Further details of organisations eligible to use the service are in section 2.4 of the Request to Participate document.This lot includes services to support the publication of journals and other serial publications such as annual conference papers in electronic form in open access and under for sale business models.
The law and legal content framework (A Jisc Collections framework agreement for subscription-based oUK Didcot Jisc Services Ltd
Bidders are invited to submit proposals for online resources covering the following whether in the form of aggregated resources containing other resources, hosting via third party or self-published / produced.Full text primary legal information including Statutes, Statutory Instruments and law reports. Coverage may include domestic, international or European law. Content should be relevant to UK and Irish institutions.This Framework will be available to Higher Education Institutions and Affiliate Members.
Public Wi-Fi ServicesUK Bristol Jisc Services Ltd
JSL is establishing a Dynamic Purchasing System that will enable JSL and its members and customers to easily purchase value for money and technically sound Public Wi-Fi Services. These services will typically utilise the physical infrastructure already deployed at the Member and Customer’s site(s) and will be backhauled via an encrypted tunnel across the Janet network to the Supplier’s network. This infrastructure will allow Customer organisations to offer wireless connectivity to general public visitors to their campus who are not affiliated with an education organisation (and therefore are not eligible to use eduroam, the federated roaming connectivity solution for the education sector).The scope of the DPS covers purchases by JSL, Jisc and its members and customers. These organisations will primarily be members of Jisc and/or those providing or supporting education, research or culture.Further details of the organisations eligible to use the Service are in Section 3.3 of the Request to Participate document.
Research Data RepositoryUK London University College London
UCL currently has a Research Data Storage solution which stores data for active research projects, but lacks an effective mechanism for data preservation, discovery, and access beyond the length of the research project. It is intended that the research data repository solution will be integrated with the existing Research Data Storage Solution and with UCL network infrastructure. UCL would like to work with repository solution providers/integrators to develop a robust central research data repository solution that will meet UCL's requirement outlined in the tender. UCL requires a centrally-administered Research Data Repository solution into which UCL researchers can deposit non-sensitive research data, along with descriptive metadata, in order to enable the storage, curation, discovery of, and access to, that data over long time periods (10 years+). UCL anticipates that it will store the underlying research data held in the repository on UCL hardware, although it is open to alternative suggestions. In the future it is anticipated that data storage may be outsourced to a 3rd-party service provider offering tiered storage, potentially via an arrangement with JISC. It is not envisaged that this will be for the next couple of years though. In addition to UCL staff, honorary staff at other institutions or non-UCL staff may wish to deposit data if they are working on a project with a UCL Principal Investigator. The discovery and download interface should be publicly accessible, although access to some datasets may be restricted.
SMS Framework Agreement (Janet txt)UK Didcot Jisc Services Ltd
The purpose of this framework is to provide a web-based portal for the delivery of Short Message Service (SMS) - branded ‘Janet txt’.The service is intended for organizational use within the Jisc community, with individual contracts being established between the successful supplier and the user organizations.The purpose of the service is to enable operators at each user organization to manipulate text messages and send them to designated users.The service must provide the ability for authorized administrators at each organization to manage the creation and deletion of operator accounts.
Jisc market research frameworkUK Bristol Jisc Services Ltd
Jisc often needs to make decisions over whether to pursue an idea, whether to progress from a project to a service and whether to enhance a service. Evidence of market appetite and market potential supported by data will help to make these decisions and Jisc requires knowledgeable experts to gather that data.The purpose of this Lot is to complete focused pieces of market research to understand the potential of enhancements of existing technology-based services under development or ideas for new services.There is an expectation for NPD market research agencies on this lot to have a degree of Technology and Education sector experience to provide clear recommendations for taking products to market including relevant experience in pricing research, identifying market opportunities and NPD research.Jisc requires the experts to help formulate strategies and deploy instruments for testing the market as well as carrying out the research and the analysis and presentation of the results in an easy to digest format. This work will involve consulting with Jisc members and stakeholders as well as other relevant parties from other sectors.
Global Internet Transit ServiceUK Bristol Jisc Services Ltd
To extend the reach of facilities provided to its users, JSL has established access from Janet to the global Internet. JSL has implemented this by a fourfold approach:1) Peering with commercial Internet Service Providers (ISP) in the UK;2) Establishing interconnectivity to networks operated by similar national research and education organisations in other European countries and around the world via GÉANT;3) Procuring transit in London through two ISPs to the global Internet;4) Procuring transit in Manchester through one ISP to the global Internet.It is one of the suppliers for the third part of the provision which JSL is seeking to replace through this procurement.Janet currently interconnects and provides wide-area network services to all Higher Education Institutions, Further Education Colleges and Research Council establishments in the UK. Connections are also provided to other organisations, including those in both the public and commercial sectors, which work in collaboration with these bodies in the areas of education, training or research.In addition, Janet provides wide-area backbone and associated national services to Regional Broadband Consortia and to a number of Local Authorities in England, particularly in the context of the schools’ National Education Network. Similar services are currently provided to SWAN in Scotland for the Scottish schools. Janet provides services as well to the PSBA Network in Wales and the Classroom 2000 network in Northern Ireland. Janet services are also provided to a number of Local Authorities, Local Education Authorities and Unitary Authorities to serve the needs of personal and community development education, and for other activities of the Authorities which are of benefit to the public, primarily but not exclusively in the context of education and training.Janet is available to a community of around 18 million users. The Janet Eligibility Policy defines the conditions under which any organisation is eligible for Janet services. The present eligibility policy is available at:https://community.jisc.ac.uk/library/janet-policies/eligibility-policyThe global Internet transit service to be procured will serve the needs of all classes of organisation and activity described in this policy, and with the potential to serve other classes of public-sector organisation or activity that may be identified as a result of local, central or devolved government initiatives during the lifetime of the resulting contract.Due to these developments, Jisc has created a trading subsidiary, Jisc Commercial Limited, through which it will provide some part of its services and also to assist in the management of the regulatory implications of the increasing amounts of private funding expected to supplement the public funding provided to support Janet. This trading subsidiary, and any other similar vehicle Jisc may create during the lifetime of the agreement resulting from this procurement, will also use Janet services to carry out its mission.
Janet Network Access Infrastructure Optical and Ethernet Equipment and Associated Network ManagementUK Bristol Jisc Services Ltd
Jisc Services Ltd (JSL) intends to establish a framework agreement to purchase metro Ethernet access and aggregation equipment, optical transmission equipment and associated professional services.
Jisc Services Ltd Tiered Storage.UK Bristol Jisc Services Ltd
JSL wishes to provide Jisc members (covered under the Janet Eligibility Policy in section 1.1 of the PQQ document) with a national Tiered Storage Service which would provide storage for different applications including research data management; research information management; digital asset management and library management systems; backup and disaster recovery; preservation and curation archiving; secure data storage; enterprise data and systems (e.g. financial, personnel, academic records, estate management, human resources, corporate affairs, public relations); virtual learning environments; data staging for high performance computing; private cloud virtual infrastructure (such as Hyper-V or VMWare). In our initial forecasts, JSL would anticipate the service initially providing a total storage capacity of 0.75PB of hot storage and 2.5PB of cold storage to around three Jisc members in the first year, and scaling to 35PB hot storage/110PB cold storage and serving thirty Jisc members in year five.Key use cases identified with the Jisc members include:— Backend storage for the Jisc Research Data Shared Service,— Storage for raw research data,— Back-end storage for RDSS for published research data,— Storage for virtual infrastructure,— Storage for business applications (e.g. VLE, LMS),— Storage for backups,— Staging storage for HPC and Computing clusters.
Provision of a venue management service.UK Bristol Jisc Services Ltd
Each year the events team are required to source approximately 50 venues for various events, conferences, meetings and training sessions. Jisc requires a venue management agency which will act on behalf of Jisc in establishing a contract with a venue on an event by event basis.The successful supplier shall provide the following services:— Source and short-list appropriate venues, negotiating and setting up preferential rates,— A dedicated support team,— A simple booking process,— Management of payments,— Monthly invoicing and management information reports,— Adherence to Jisc Brand Guidelines.
Additional Core Content for the Jisc E-books for FE Service.UK Bristol Jisc Services Ltd
Jisc e-books for FE has provided all FE institutions in the UK with free access to a collection of e-books since 2009. Jisc licensed the e-books on behalf of the colleges, and they are hosted on the Ebook Central platform. The purpose of this ITT is to select a number of suppliers to enter into a contract with to acquire a further collection of relevant and up-to-date e-book titles to support the teaching and learning needs of the FE sector.
Jisc Finance System.UK Bristol Jisc Services Ltd
Jisc has been using Sage 1000 since 2011 to manage its core financial processes. Sage is used to manage the general ledger and subsidiary ledgers for 3 entities. It is used to hold budget information and this is used alongside general ledger information to form the basis of Jisc's management accounting reports. Purchase requisitions are handled by e-Requisitions provided by Datel integrated with Sage. Functionality to provide electronic document storage and the ability to send purchase orders, remittance advices, statements and sales invoices as pdf documents by email is provided by V1 software with configured integration with Sage. Real Asset Management Asset 4 000 is currently used as a stand-alone system to provide an asset register and inventory. The proposed solution would need to replace the functionality of these products as well as provide the flexibility to adapt as Jisc's processes and operations change.Jisc is hoping to realise a number of benefits from the introduction of a new finance system, and therefore a significant return on investment, achieved by:— Reduction of manual workload;— Provision of robust reporting ability to allow Jisc to make informed business decisions;— Allowing forecasting and tracking of spend against budget;— Ability to track commitments accurately using an integrated contract management system;— Providing the capability to accurately calculate customer/member bills;— Single source of data to ensure data integrity;— A system that operates on a definable ‘user based role’ security/permissions set-up, allowing us to create highly customised controls.
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