Over the weekend, the Virginia Information Technologies Agency (VITA) successfully moved the Commonwealth’s executive branch information technology (IT) infrastructure to a multisourced environment.
“This has been a long time coming and is the result of countless hours of hard work and dedication by state agencies, VITA staff and our suppliers over the past three years. This new environment will help Virginia state government keep up with the rapidly changing pace of technology and create a more agile, transparent and adaptable enterprise infrastructure,” said Chief Information Officer of the Commonwealth Nelson Moe.
The infrastructure, which includes data centers, networks, servers, routers, email, voice, data, security, mainframe and personal computing (end-user) services for approximately 56,000 state employees, previously was provided by one supplier under a long-term contract.
The new environment features a multisourcing service integrator (MSI) and seven suppliers with shorter-term contracts. Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) assumed the role of MSI. SAIC will coordinate and monitor activities of other suppliers, and will be the main resource for interaction with VITA. Other suppliers and services they will provide in this new environment include:
SAIC had been providing infrastructure services since Aug. 17, when the Commonwealth ended its contract with the previous supplier. Tempus Nova and Perspecta also have been providing services. Over the weekend, SAIC moved into the MSI role and the five additional suppliers began providing services.
“We believe Virginia is the first state in the nation to create a multisourced infrastructure environment of this scope and complexity. Virginia has benefitted greatly from the experience of other states that have adopted this model with fewer suppliers," said Moe.
VITA will now work with suppliers to roll out enhanced service offerings throughout 2019.
About the Virginia Information Technologies Agency (VITA)
VITA is the commonwealth's consolidated technology services and solutions provider responsible for the operation of the state's technology infrastructure, governance, security and oversight of major IT projects, and procurement of technology-related goods and services on behalf of state and local governments. www.vita.virginia.gov
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