The City of Minneapolis unveils a massive RFP for IT services


1000pxminneapolislogoThe City of Minneapolis last week published a request-for-proposal (RFP) document aimed at procuring IT services beginning in 2016.

“This is a multi year, multi-million dollar contract opportunity,” says the City’s CIO Otto Doll, who oversees approximately 60 employees and $30m budget.   “It is a waterfront of IT services.”

The City’s current master contract with Unisys is set to expire at the end of 2015.  Whereas that arrangement was inclusive of many elements, this time the City has unbundled into four service categories:

  • Data Center Computing
  • Network
  • Service Desk/Client Computing
  • Security

“The creation and implementation of IT has changed significantly over the years as has the City itself.  We think that it’s in the best interest of Minneapolis to break this up into pieces so that more resources are available in the marketplace to support and meet our needs,” Doll says.

“There are several elements grouped into the smaller categories which are conducive to smaller vendors and collaborative partnerships.”

A pre-proposal conference is to be held on Wednesday, March 19th at the Minneapolis downtown library. Final proposals are due by April 24th.

Similarly, an RFP is also out for the street parking mobile phone payment system previously discussed.