San Diego County IT-telecom project draws industry heavyweights

San Diego County's lucrative IT and telecommunications outsourcing opportunity recompete, scheduled for award in December, is drawing intense interest from teams led by four powerhouse systems integrator companies.

San Diego County CIO Michael Moore confirmed this month that four teams had bid on the project but declined to name the companies.

The scope of work for the county's new outsourcing contract is essentially the same as the last one, including areas such as networks, applications, desktops, help desk and data center support services. However, the focus on the new contract has shifted from infrastructure consolidation to business process transformation, Moore said previously.

IBM Corp., Computer Sciences Corp., Northrop Grumman Corp. and Unisys Corp. are leading teams in pursuit of the contract, industry sources said. CSC of El Segundo, Calif., is the incumbent contractor on the deal.

The four systems integrators were among eight companies prequalified to compete as primes earlier this year. The seven-year deal is valued at about $875 million.

San Diego County hopes to evaluate the bids by Oct. 3, Moore said. The county will then notify bidders whether they made the competitive range. If so, they will be allowed to make oral presentations from Oct. 10 to Oct. 14. The award is scheduled for Dec. 15.

San Diego County plans to evaluate the teams not only on how well they can manage the county's portfolio of more than 600 applications, but also on how they plan to transform business processes associated with mobile computing, enterprise applications and back-office functions.

William Welsh is the deputy editor of Government Computer News' sister publication, Washington Technology.Washington Technology staff writer Ethan Butterfield contributed to this story.

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