The City of Indianapolis and Marion County released a Request for Proposal (RFP) on March 16, 2004 for Information Technology Sourcing. A pre-bid conference was held in the public assembly room on March 26, 2004, with answers to questions supplied in writing on April 8, 2004.
On May 3, 2004, ISA received proposals from nineteen companies, six who offered to provide the services needed in service areas 1 and 2, which consist of data center, network services, helpdesk services and distributed computing services. After almost a month of evaluation on May 26, 2004, the evaluation team concluded, based on the evaluation criteria of proposer experience and viability, project team strength, technical approach, commitment to local and MBE/WBE firms and pricing, that four vendor proposals warranted further consideration through oral presentations. Those proposals were from IBM, ACS, Unisys, and Northrop Grumman. The oral presentations took place the week of May 31, 2004.
On June 22, 2004, the IT Board directed ISA to negotiate best and final offers ("BAFO") with the two best proposers, Unisys and Northrop Grumman. Negotiations began on June 28, and ended on August 10, 2004, resulting in signed contracts.
The IT Board approved the selection of Northrop Grumman, as the technology sourcing vendor for service areas 1 and 2 on Wednesday, August 18, 2004.
Transition began on September 1, 2004. A successful implementation culminated with a seamless switchover on January 1, 2005.
Service Area 3: Applications Services followed a similar process to service areas 1 and 2. Applications Services were broken down into three areas: technical architecture, applications maintenance and new application development. Three vendors have been selected for BAFO negotiations in each of the necessary transition sub-areas under Service Area 3. They are Northrop Grumman, Rapidigm, and Daniels Associates, Inc. BAFO negotiations began the week of August 16, 2004. The recommendation(s) went the IT Board on September 21, 2004.
On September 21, 2004, the IT Board approved the selection of Daniels & Associates for Mainframe Application Maintenance Services and Northrop Grumman Information Technology for Application Services.