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2-6-19

IT infrastructure services program status report

Key Dates
Feb. 6 - Information security officers advisory group (ISOAG) meeting
Feb. 22 - Customer advisory council (CAC) meeting
Feb. 23 - General Assembly session ends
March 1 - Multisourced supplier model fully implemented
March 6 - ISOAG meeting
March 13 - Agency information technology resources (AITRs) meeting
March 22 - CAC meeting
March TBD - ISO orientation

News
While the personal computer (PC) refresh is getting started, VITA continues to focus on the information technology infrastructure service program (ITISP) milestones.

Contract milestones due March 1 are associated with the multisourcing services environment and will have minimal direct impact on agencies. VITA is working with the multisourcing service integrator (MSI) on the following:
  • Standing up tools
  • Integrating suppliers
  • Improving request management
  • Improving the configuration management database (CMDB)
  • Addressing challenges with the information technology (IT) financial management program
  • Ensuring VITA architecture reviews are completed
  • Completing system security plans
While progress is being made, there are some important challenges that must be overcome.

The more significant impact on agencies comes July 1 when services are enhanced and new services added.

This effort to move from one long-term supplier to the new multisourced environment began nearly four years ago. The process has been time-consuming and complex. However, it’s important to note the end goals for these efforts: IT service delivery quality, ease of doing business; flexibility; agency choice; and, service and spend
transparency. It’s a new era in IT for the commonwealth.

Supplier updates

MSI focusing on commencement readiness
The MSI – Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) – is currently pressing to meet commencement deliverables required by its contract. VITA staff, including the chief information officer and service leads, will meet this week for a commencement readiness review. Commencement means the MSI has satisfied requirements of its contract with VITA.

SAIC has assumed the day-to-day operations of the service portfolio and life cycle management (SPLM) process, which manages the life of an IT service from initiation and aligning business strategy, through the design and delivery of the IT service, to its ongoing operation and support through the retirement of the service. VITA will serve in an oversight role. Sessions were held with suppliers and service owners to share information on the process and discuss specific requirements for each phase.

Atos building toolset
Atos is building and configuring its toolset for system improvements planned July 1. Atos is the managed security services provider in the
new environment.

Unisys working projects
Unisys, which is the server, storage and data center services provider, is addressing several projects already in progress.

Verizon preparing for WebEx service
Verizon is developing the schedule to introduce Cisco WebEx for voice, video and data conferencing and for network refreshes at agency sites.

Iron Bow resumes PC refresh
PC refreshes resume this month using the existing process. VITA provided a written overview of the process and a spreadsheet for first quarter 2019 eligible PCs for agency review. Five options will be offered. The number of options will be expanded July 1.

Xerox implements new service desk process
Xerox continues to optimize the service desk workflow process to correct issues concerning tickets without the data required to dispatch needed staff and equipment.

Learn about each supplier on the Connections site
If you have any program recommendations, comments or concerns, please email ITInfrastructureServicesProgram@vita.virginia.gov