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Enterprise System for: Pesticide Permitting and Use Reporting to be deployed in all California Counties CACASA Request for Proposals #10. Pre-Proposal Conference September 10, 2009. Agenda. RFP Scope of Services Highlights Answers to submitted questions Open questions from attendees

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Enterprise System for:Pesticide Permitting and Use Reportingto be deployed in all California CountiesCACASA Request for Proposals #10

Pre-Proposal Conference

September 10, 2009

  • RFP Scope of Services Highlights
  • Answers to submitted questions
  • Open questions from attendees
  • Software demonstrations @ 10:30
  • Finish Q & A
  • Adjourn
3 1 system design services
3.1 System Design Services
  • Demonstrated consulting skills to work with counties on needs & expectations
  • Commitment to thoroughly document the whole solution
  • Details about proposed system architecture: engineering, components, deployed infrastructure
  • Advantages and rationale for proposed architecture
3 2 system acceptance test plan
3.2 System Acceptance Test Plan
  • Commitment to thoroughly test prior to deployment
  • Experience developing incremental software/system test plans
  • Field testing duration, objectives, and benchmark monitoring
3 3 software coding testing
3.3 Software Coding & Testing
  • Commitment to an organized process that integrates design, coding, testing, and source code documentation
  • Strong feedback loops to keep design documentation synchronized with as-built system.
3 4 system documentation user help sub system
3.4 System Documentation & User Help Sub-system
  • Maximize county self-sufficiency to learn, use, and maintain the system
  • Engage the community of users to achieve in-depth understanding and a strong sense of system ownership
summary of objectives 3 1 3 4
Summary of Objectives: 3.1 - 3.4
  • System development follows an orderly, efficient, and manageable process
  • Control and autonomy conveyed to system users and owners
3 5 implementation transition plan
3.5 Implementation / Transition Plan
  • Explain the process for converting unknowns to knowns
  • Planning details and advance work required for a swift and smooth transition
  • Assumptions about CACASA and county participation in both planning and execution
3 6 system installations
3.6 System Installations
  • Anticipated duration to accomplish all county transitions
  • Required contractor resources
  • Assumptions about required CACASA and county resources
  • Seasonal timing to minimize Ag. Department disruptions
3 7 maintenance and technical support one time setup activities
3.7 Maintenance and Technical Support One Time Setup Activities
  • Describe system monitoring / maintenance procedures and technical support systems that will be planned and/or established in advance of the system going “live”
3 8 ongoing maintenance and technical support activities
3.8 Ongoing Maintenance and Technical Support Activities
  • Anticipated contractor resources required
  • Technical User Group involvement
3 9 project management
3.9 Project Management
  • Detailed Work Plan & Schedule
  • Coordination and communication methods, both internal and external
  • Change and risk management strategies
  • Assumptions about CACASA and county involvement and response times for evaluating deliverables or decision-making
questions submitted in advance budget funding
Questions Submitted in Advance:Budget & Funding
  • Is there a budget for the project?
  • How much funding is secured and guaranteed given the current financial and budgeting issues?
  • The “Phase I Needs Assessment Report” says that there is an unspent amount of $1.23M.  How much of this amount will be available to the current project?
questions submitted in advance incumbent vendors
Questions Submitted in Advance:Incumbent Vendors
  • Do you want a new solution or will you give preference to the AgGIS/RMMS systems if they include the necessary enhancements?
  • What is CACASA’s plan to leverage the past investment of $1.7M?
questions submitted in advance data issues
Questions Submitted in Advance:Data Issues
  • Will CACASA provide all of the pesticide data and polygonal configuration of GIS interest areas?
  • Is spatial data currently available with all the counties?
  • Is there a requirement for data archival?
questions submitted in advance project management
Questions Submitted in Advance:Project Management
  • Does CACASA have any professional IT personnel who will participate in conjunction with the contractor?
  • Who will approve the detailed system design, an outside IT vendor or the CACASA staff?
  • How many design/vision meetings should we include in our estimate?
questions submitted in advance standards and certifications
Questions Submitted in Advance:Standards and Certifications
  • Are there any State IT standards to be followed if CDPR is funding part of the development and implementation of the new system?
  • Does the contract require California MSA / CMAS certifications?
questions submitted in advance architecture issues
Questions Submitted in Advance:Architecture Issues
  • Are there any existing co-location services being used by the CACASA where we can house the new system being developed?
  • Are you open to using licensed products, such as ESRI tools for GIS?  Are there any other licensing considerations for the new system?
  • For a centralized approach, would there be a database administrator assigned to resolve internal database replication / synchronization conflict scenarios?
questions submitted in advance existing infrastructure
Questions Submitted in Advance:Existing Infrastructure
  • Do all counties using this system have access to high speed internet services?
  • Can you share some data of installation per county so that we can give a more realistic estimate of installation and transition?
  • Currently does the main district office (or county HQ) synchronize its data with the other field district offices of the county?
  • Do the counties have remote access for system developers currently?
questions submitted in advance miscellaneous issues 1
Questions Submitted in Advance:Miscellaneous Issues (1)
  • Is there a mobile component for this service whereby a field technician can input their pesticide usage and take advantage of GIS discovery on the mobile device?
  • On page 2 of the “Phase II Final Recommended Solution Report” a Statewide Pesticide Use Reporting System (SPURS) is mentioned.  Is this the system that we are developing?
questions submitted in advance miscellaneous issues 2
Questions Submitted in Advance:Miscellaneous Issues (2)
  • Can some part of the project engineering activities be carried out off-site?
  • We expect to team with an overseas developer.  Will such a teaming relationship preclude us from winning the project?
  • How will the traveling costs be billed to CACASA?