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Summary

Here is what I have done recently for the World Bank - GSA Data.gov using Cloud Data Services that integrate geospatial, structured and unstructured data sources from catalog-to-actual data-to applications that is probably Cycle 2 or 3 that you are working on for the NGA. We are starting to add NGA and other data sources. See: http://semanticommunity.info/@api/deki/files/18593/BrandNiemann07122012.pptx

http://gov.aol.com/2012/07/10/43-nations-now-offer-a-million-government-data-sets/

http://gov.aol.com/2012/07/16/putting-the-2012-iogdc-data-to-work/

http://gov.aol.com/2012/07/17/is-there-a-business-case-for-open-government-data/

http://gov.aol.com/2012/07/26/fedstats-gov-remains-rich-source-of-government-data-for-citizens/

Mission Statement

NGA Director Leticia Long said the goal is to "Put GEOINTT in the hands of the user" and free up time for the analysts to do deeper analytics!
 
This is exactly the mission statement I implemented after meeting with Director Long!

Purpose

The purpose of this RFP is to select an NCOIC consortium member (or collective team of members) to provide the services described below.
 
I am an invited NCOIC Guest that has been working to form a team of NCOIC members to do this work.

Cycles

 
Cycle 1 – Basic Cloud Infrastructure and Connectivity Services (Semantic Community already has this)
Cycle 2 – Basic Platform-as-a-Service Capabilities (Semantic Community already has this)
Cycle 3 - Additional cloud-based capabilities (Semantic Community already does this)

Objective

Demonstrate the capability to create a dynamic GEOINT analytic environment and enterprise domain for use by NATO, coalition, other allies, and Non-Government Organizations (NGO) for international humanitarian efforts in response to a natural or man-made disaster (Haiti).
 
Secure cloud services infrastructure using multiple standards, while also supporting a multiple company approach.
 

Schedule of Activities

1 Organizing plan of capabilities; Cycle One project plan finalized; Demonstration infrastructure - designed and architected; Cycle 1 Use case identified and use case design developed and delivered too NCOIC for approval 30 Days This has been done.
 
2a Install and configure OGC WEB services on the GCC infrastructure, Establish process for registering services and data; Initial analysis workshop conducted; progress report delivered to NCOIC PM. 60 Days This was done, but with tools that are more agile than OGC WEB Services already used by the IC..
 
2b Selection of geospatial capabilities in accordance with organizing plan;  Members capable of providing selected services within 3 months of start date develop selected services and test plans. Geospatial Service Catalog is populated with services and data end points. Pilot demo demonstrated and report delivered to NCOIC. Cycle 1 final demonstration design delivered to NCOIC PM. 90 Days This was done, but with tools that are more agile than OGC WEB Services already used by the IC.
 
3 Selected users and/or actors connect with the GCC utilizing established OGC WEB services, established catalog registration process; selected use cases tested, results documented. Cycle 1 demonstration test plan delivered to NCOIC PM. 30 Days This was done, but with tools that are more agile than OGC WEB Services already used by the IC.
 
4 Conduct Cycle 1 demonstration and develop a report and briefing on the findings to be delivered to NCOIC PM. 30 Days Frequent reports and briefings have been provided durin the past six months.
 
5 Cycle 1 is expected to form the underlying infrastructure support for Cycle 2 & 3 activities. As such the Cycle 1 team will support  Cycle 2 & 3 activities as required and write the final reports for Cycle 2 and 3 demonstrations. 140 Days I think Cycles 2 and 3 have already been deomonstrated as well.

Response

Question 1: please provide the names & contact details of the persons involved during the RFP quotation phase in case we need to come back to you for additional questions or clarifications.
Answer: Dr. Brand Niemann, Director and Senior Data Scientist, Semantic Community, bniemann@cox.nethttp://semanticommunity.info/
 
Past Performance/Reference Business Cases
In particular, please describe any projects/past performance, your reference customers, you have been involved in that are similar in concept that what is described in this RFP, including management and operations approach, security requirements, security assurance processes, and any relevant lessons learned.
Answer: Brand Niemann, former Senior Enterprise Architect and Data Scientist with the US EPA, completed 30 years of federal service in 2010. Since then he has worked as a data scientist for a number of organizations, produced data science products for a large number of data sets, and published data stories for Federal Computer Week, Semantic Community and AOL Government.
 
Please See My Previous Responses Below
 
1.    Strategic Questions: How can:
a.     the international geospatial community leverage industry best practices to globally provide access to electronic geospatial data and services? 
b.    the international geospatial community protect digital geospatial data from unauthorized use while maintaining the ability of each participating country to manage the data they provision?
c.     geospatial data and services be provided and consumed within a bandwidth challenged environment?
d.    the international geospatial community maintain geospatial data consistency and interoperability while maintaining application backward compatibility through as many as three software versions?
e.    the international geospatial community provide electronic data mobility capable of supporting international operational collaboration?
2.    Specific goals for the demonstration: Further dialogue with NGA on 29 May gave the following goals and objectives for the NCOIC demonstration:
a.     Goal 1: Demonstrate the capability to create a dynamic GEOINT analytic environment and enterprise domain for use by NATO, coalition, other allies, and Non-Government Organizations (NGO) for international humanitarian efforts in response to a natural or man-made disaster (Haiti).
i.    Objective 1a: Demonstrate that a single domain of centralized or dispersed assets can be created that provides essential data and analytical recourses to provide the situational awareness for military and civilian leaders to formulate strategic and tactical actions to be executed that mitigate the impacts of the disaster.
ii.    Objective 1b: Demonstrate the ability to automatically ingest and catalog dispirit data sets with the necessary metadata required to track versioning of data, creator of the data, time and date stamp, distribution codes, other metadata fields required to geospatially integrate data sets and facilitate the rapid discovery, retrieval, and dissemination of the data sets and products. 
iii.    Objective 1c: Demonstrate the retrieval of data, generation of products and data, and the dissemination of products associated with the demonstration scenario
iv.    Objective 1d: Demonstrate through the creation of a cyber protected environment the ability to prevent access to data by unauthorized users and to limit and / or restrict data access of each class of authorized user, predicated on user profiles and data metadata tagging.
b.    Goal 2: Demonstrate the capability to create a platform agnostic software baseline that includes applications and an analytical toolkit; that is tailored to each specific class of user and can be used, maintained and updated on the host server(s) without need to migrate to deployed end-user platforms or assets.
i.    Objective 2a: Demonstrate the use of Virtual Hosted Desktop (VHD) technology to establish, use, maintain, and update any and all applications and tools required to mitigate the impacts of the disaster as defined by this demonstration.
c.     Goal 3: Demonstrate the ability to create a network infrastructure that is sufficiently robust to support the required data transport, interactive analyses, ingest and cataloging, discovery and retrieval, and dissemination of data and products in support of the demonstration.
i.    Objective 3a: Demonstrate the ability to dynamically allocated network resources and to position data and products within the enterprise; that results in the most efficient and effective use of those resources to transport the required data or products to the
1.    analysts,
2.    responders
3.    decision makers.

My Previous Responses Below

Demonstration Considerations

What is the source of these 5 things?

Leverage best practices - This is what OGC already does

Protect geospatial data from unauthorized use - This is something the United Nations would have to work onJ

Bandwidth limitations - This is why we have focused on delivery to mobile devices that first responders would have in the field

Backward data and application interoperability - Again this is what OGC already does

Data mobility - See Bandwidth limitations

Operational Viewpoint (OV1)

We have discussed this extensively, but the focus is on delivering content and not infrastructure (no leave behinds)

Mel Greer used this and characterized the NCOIC-NGA Demonstration as Cloud 2.0

See: http://fose.com/Blogs/FOSE-Insights/Cloud-2.0.aspx  and http://gcn.com/articles/2012/04/02/soa-cloud-integrated-services.aspx

Demonstration Tasks (6)

Deployed User Task – NGA Director Long, Todd Myers, Keith Barber, etc. provided this

Expert User Task – Brand Niemann provided this

Platform Provider Task – MindTouch (used by DoD) and Spotfire (used by NGA)

Content Provider Task– Brand Niemann provided this

Cloud Operator Task– Used Amazon Cloud

Infrastructure Provider Task– Used Amazon Cloud

RFP Process

Roger Bernadette has been trying to organize the NCOIC Members so we will have a Voice of Industry Team and Response to this that will deliver an integrated demonstration like the Federal SOA Community of Practice did for the NCOIC-NGA Demonstration on April 3rd.

Demonstration Goals

Goal 1: Demonstrate the capability to create a dynamic GEOINT analytic environment and enterprise domain for use by NATO, coalition, other allies, and Non-Government Organizations (NGO) for international humanitarian efforts in response to a natural or man-made disaster (Haiti).

Objective 1a: Demonstrate that a single domain of centralized or dispersed assets can be created that provides essential data and analytical recourses to provide the situational awareness for military and civilian leaders to formulate strategic and tactical actions to be executed that mitigate the impacts of the disaster. 

Objective 1b: Demonstrate the ability to automatically ingest and catalog dispirit data sets with the necessary metadata required to track versioning of data, creator of the data, time and date stamp, distribution codes, other metadata fields required to geospatially integrate data sets and facilitate the rapid discovery, retrieval, and dissemination of the data sets and products. 

Objective 1c: Demonstrate the retrieval of data, generation of products and data, and the dissemination of products associated with the demonstration scenario 

Objective 1d: Demonstrate through the creation of a cyber-protected environment the ability to prevent access to data by unauthorized users and to limit and / or restrict data access of each class of authorized user, predicated on user profiles and data metadata tagging.

Recent Result: NGA Director Long's new mission statement ("I wanted to fundamentally change the user's experience by putting the power of GEOINT in the hands of the user.") was implemented, demonstrated, and reported to her and others at NGA, attendees at several conferences, and the press. Content assets (both centralized and dispersed) were federated. The on-line and on-demand requirements were met and demonstrated by doing multiple demonstrations over a period of three months. The content products are available in a publically accessible knowledgebase and library. MindTouch and Spotfire work in classified environment and have the capability restrict access by user profiles and data tagging, but this was not demonstration because the first demonstration was to be with all open data and access.

Goal 2: Demonstrate the capability to create a platform agnostic software baseline that includes applications and an analytical toolkit; that is tailored to each specific class of user and can be used, maintained and updated on the host server(s) without need to migrate to deployed end-user platforms or assets.

Objective 2a: Demonstrate the use of Virtual Hosted Desktop (VHD) technology to establish, use, maintain, and update any and all applications and tools required to mitigate the impacts of the disaster as defined by this demonstration.

Recent Result: Existing cloud platform services (on-line and on-demand) were used to create and provision content assets for use by first responders and intelligence analysts to address NGA Director Long's requirements ("put GEOINTT in the hands of users and free up the time of my intelligence analysis to do deeper analytics in support of the mission"). The demonstrations were done from the viewpoint of one of Director Long's intelligence analysts doing this.

Goal 3: Demonstrate the ability to create a network infrastructure that is sufficiently robust to support the required data transport, interactive analyses, ingest and cataloging, discovery and retrieval, and dissemination of data and products in support of the demonstration. 

Objective 3a: Demonstrate the ability to dynamically allocated network resources and to position data and products within the enterprise; that results in the most efficient and effective use of those resources to transport the required data or products to the analysts, responders, and decision makers.

Recent Result: NGA and others already use tools like Spotfire to do this and I showed its use on NATO and Haiti data sources to generate maps and analytics on demand available on the Web and mobile devices with security (multiple access roles) if necessary.

Initial Schedule

Did I hear correctly that a Cycle Three may not happen?

I made the comment and Anne seconded it that we need to be aware of and use work already funded by NGA to produce demonstrations like this. The NCOIC is not the only organization working on this type of demonstration for the NGA - see for example the ITT Excelis work I sent a reference to recently. There could not be a Cycle Three (or any future to this work) if we do not leverage industry best practices since so much time has gone by since we started this project and lots of progress has been made by others.

Use Case

Comment was made that this is very narrow and not of interest to many of the NCOIC participants.

It is not focused on the first responders, but NATO folks whose mission in the response effort is unclear. We already know what NATO has done in previous disasters (their own and US) from the database I built.

Summary - Agree to a Use Case

This has already been done and a demonstration of it produced. I suggest we build on that.

RFP

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Request for Proposal for:

Geospatial Community Cloud

Concept Demonstration RFP, Cycle One

July 2012

Name: Ric Palladinetti

Title NCOIC/NGA Program Manger

ric.palladinetti@ncoic.org

Table of Contents

1         Introduction............................................................................................................................. 3

2         Project Scope for NCOIC......................................................................................................... 3

3         Project contacts....................................................................................................................... 3

4         Confidentiality......................................................................................................................... 4

5         Schedule of Activities.............................................................................................................. 4

6         Evaluation Criteria................................................................................................................... 4

6.1     Impact/Payoff to end customer................................................................................................. 5

6.2     Approach Merit........................................................................................................................... 5

6.3     Management Approach Merit...................................................................................................... 6

6.4     Schedule.................................................................................................................................... 6

6.6     Evaluation Panel......................................................................................................................... 6

7         Response format and instructions......................................................................................... 7

8         Milestones................................................................................................................................ 7

9         Project Scope........................................................................................................................... 9

10      Overall Approach................................................................................................................... 10

10.1 Development Approach............................................................................................................. 10

10.1       Implementation Approach.................................................................................................... 10

11      Management Approach......................................................................................................... 11

12      Past Performance/Reference business cases..................................................................... 11

13      Expertise................................................................................................................................ 12

1 Background:

NGA currently uses a variety of systems and networks to store, distribute, analyze, and process geospatial information.  The consumers of their products range from other intelligence and defense agencies inside the U.S. government as well as a variety of other US and non-US government and non-government agencies across the globe.  For several of their consumers, it is not practical to use the same systems and networks employed by their top-level users.  As a result, geospatial information is often distributed using antiquated techniques such as FTP servers and often-physical distribution media – the proverbial “sneaker-net.”  Once these “challenged users” receive the information, they employ a wide range of analysis and exploitation systems to leverage the information.  When operating jointly or in a coalition environment, this impedes the critical need to “operate from a single map.”  Additionally, the collaborative benefits of having a mechanism for operational entities to provide value added feedback into the broader operation is missing when challenged users are part of the scenario.

NGA Director Leticia Long said the goal is to "Put GEOINTT in the hands of the user" and free up time for the analysts to do deeper analytics!

2 Introduction

The purpose of this RFP is to select an NCOIC consortium member (or collective team of members) to provide the services described below. Bidders are asked to present their responses to NCOIC in accordance with the instructions set out in this RFP.  The goal of this effort is to develop and demonstrate unclassified Geospatial Community Cloud (GCC) concepts for the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA). Each Cycle of this three Cycle demonstration will end with a comprehensive demonstration and a report of findings. The report will highlight the process used to develop the concepts highlight the areas that worked and why, those that didn't work and why, lessons learned and recommendations.  The report will be provided in both written and briefing form and submitted in written and editable electronic formats.

2.1 Work Partition

In order to meet schedule constraints that have been identified by NGA, NCOIC proposes separating the work into three Cycles as defined below.  Each Cycle is further divided into phases as necessary to support the desired capabilities for that Cycle.  These are: Cycle 1 – Basic Cloud Infrastructure and Connectivity Services; Cycle 2 – Basic Platform-as-a-Service Capabilities; Cycle 3 - Additional cloud-based capabilities. This RFP is for Cycle 1 only.  Additional RFPs will be issued for Cycle 2 and 3.

3 Project Scope for NCOIC

The NGA has requested the NCOIC to propose a solution that can demonstrate the capability to create a dynamic GEOINT analytic environment and enterprise domain for use by NATO, coalition, other allies, and Non-Government Organizations (NGO) for international humanitarian efforts in response to a natural or man-made disaster (Haiti).

The project has been broken up into three cycles. This RFP is strictly for bidders to propose solutions and concept demonstration for Cycle One only. NCOIC requests and encourages that Cycle One bidders bid an integrated team approach. The Cycle One team will provide a demonstration of the design for a secure cloud services infrastructure. The proposed team will provide an environment with defined parameters and written goals to enable individual companies to integrate an infrastructure of cloud services using multiple standards, while also supporting a multiple company approach.

4 Project Contacts

Project Coordinator

Name: Ric Palladinetti

Title NCOIC/NGA Program Manger

ric.palladinetti@ncoic.org

 

Questions about this RFP should only be submitted by E-mail

For questions about this RFP contract ric.palladinetti@ncoic.org

Bidders can send questions on this RFP to the contact above for review and response up to and including five days after the release date of the RFP. Bidders will review a copy of all questions submitted by bidders to assist in RFP clarifications for all involved parties.

5 Confidentiality

With respect of the terms and conditions of the consortium memberships, during and after the RFP, the consulted members commit to handle as confidential all information that they will receive during the Request for Proposal (RFP). The consulted members commit to ensure this confidentiality effective with all their employees and partners working on this RFP. NCOIC commits to keep each response received strictly confidential and not to distribute members’ information within the context of this RFP without their permission.

6 Schedule of Activities

Cycle One timeline is defined as days-to-complete following the start date.  The timeframes listed are notional and are only intended as approximations.  Actual timelines will be developed based on NGA-approved task orders and will be completed within the period of performance stated above.

For Cycle One (Basic Cloud Infrastructure and Connectivity Services), the listed timeline below provides deliverables for the associated phase. Reminder that this is for Cycle One only, however bidders should consider the requirements for Cycle Two in their plan to assure Phase deliverables from Cycle One can be utilized in a Cycle Two bid.

 

Phase

Description

Time Frame (Days)

1

Organizing plan of capabilities; Cycle One project plan finalized; Demonstration infrastructure - designed and architected; Cycle 1 Use case identified and use case design developed and delivered too NCOIC for approval

 

30

2a

Install and configure OGC WEB services on the GCC infrastructure, Establish process for registering services and data; Initial analysis workshop conducted; progress report delivered to NCOIC PM

60

2b

Selection of geospatial capabilities in accordance with organizing plan;  Members capable of providing selected services within 3 months of start date develop selected services and test plans. Geospatial Service Catalog is populated with services and data end points. Pilot demo demonstrated and report delivered to NCOIC. Cycle 1 final demonstration design delivered to NCOIC PM.

90

3

Selected users and/or actors connect with the GCC utilizing established OGC WEB services, established catalog registration process; selected use cases tested, results documented. Cycle 1 demonstration test plan delivered to NCOIC PM.

30

4

Conduct Cycle 1 demonstration and develop a report and briefing on the findings to be delivered to NCOIC PM.

30

5

Cycle 1 is expected to form the underlying infrastructure support for Cycle 2 & 3 activities. As such the Cycle 1 team will support  Cycle 2 & 3 activities as required and write the final reports for Cycle 2 and 3 demonstrations.

140

Timing can be adapted by the Project owner.

7 Evaluation Criteria

The proposals received will be assessed by NCOIC with regards to the following key criteria:

·         Impact/Payoff to end customer

·         Approach

o   Does the integrated approach utilize open standards

o   Does the approach allows for maximum participation of Cycle Two players

o   Does the approach leverage as many companies as possible

o   Does the approach include NCOIC members

·         Management Approach Merit

·         Schedule

·         Risk Assessment

7.1 Impact/Payoff to End Customer

Proposals will be evaluated on the degree to which the solution being proposed for concept demonstration will benefit future missions. The proposal will also be evaluated on how well it will meet the Program Objectives of a crosscutting, system-level concept demonstration that advances the state-of-the-art to the level where it is ready to be infused into the critical path for future missions.

7.2 Approach Merit

The proposed overall approach for all phases of the concept demonstration effort will be evaluated on its feasibility and overall design. The evaluation will consider factors such as concept demonstration objectives, capability, maturation status, plan, development approach, standard and interface requirements, and concept demonstration operations.

Factors also considered will be the proposers' understanding of the processes, products, and activities required to accomplish development and integration of all elements.     

7.2.1 Does the Integrated Approach Utilize Open Standards

NCOIC encourages the use of solutions that utilize open standards for numerous reasons that include:

·         Reduction of the chance of being locked in by a specific technology and/or vendor.

·         Increase success of other (standards based) systems to integrate/interact with the solution

·         Better protection of the data files created by an application against obsolescence of the application

Describe (if applicable) how your solution utilizes open standards, and provide a brief description of these standards.

7.2.2 Does the Approach Allow for Maximum Participation of Cycle Two Players

NCOIC encourages solutions that enable participants in both Cycle One and Cycle Two to efficiently integrate/interact their solution to other Cycle One elements, as well as assure that the technology can be taken forward as the baseline for Cycle Two success. Describe how/why your approach will best be utilized for future needs in Cycle Two phase, that is scheduled for RFP release in 120 days.

7.2.3 Does the Approach Leverage as Many Companies as Possible

NCOIC encourages participants to partner with other NCOIC members (or non-members) to best provide a complete solution for Cycle One. If your submittal includes other partners/companies, please provide a brief description of these companies, and the technology/product/expertise that will be leveraged in the partnership.

7.2.4 Does the Approach Include NCOIC Members

As described in 6.2.3, partnership is greatly encouraged, with preference to NCOIC members, again please note if your partners are NCOIC members, and if they are not, NCOIC encourages their joining of the consortium as a means to better understand their company/solutions, as well as future participation in RFPs.

7.3 Management Approach Merit

Proposals will be evaluated on the merit of the overall management approach for all phases of the  proposed concept demonstration including: organizational structure, systems  engineering  approach,  safety  and  mission  assurance  approach,  teaming approach, multi- business participation, experience and expertise of the project manager and key personnel, management processes, decision  making, facilities, reporting and reviews, realism of schedule, clarity of major milestones, and  phasing  of the work.

Proposals will also be evaluated on how well they meet the Program Objective.  This evaluation will also consider the adequacy of the management approach, the commitments of partners and contributors, and the bidder understands of the proposed concept demonstration.

The relationship of the work to the schedule, the mission’s interdependencies, and associated schedule margins will also be evaluated. The bidders related experience will be evaluated.

7.4 Schedule

The proposed Cost Plan will be evaluated on how well it meets the NCOIC Overall Program Schedule for Cycle One and Cycle Two as Cycle Two is predicated on Cycle Two being completed on time.  The proposed Cycle 1 concept demonstration project will be evaluated on the overall realism and reasonableness and proposed phasing.

7.5 Risk

The proposed risk assessment will be evaluated including the high and very high risks for the concept demonstration. The risks can be due to concerns management/schedule concern or cost concerns. These risk factors should be clearly articulated in this section of the proposal.

The proposed risk assessment will be evaluated on the appropriateness of the overall risk management process including the plans to implement standard risk management practices and tools, and the roles of key personnel. The bidders overall understanding of the risk process and risks associated with the proposed objectives will be a consideration.  The following factors will be considered when evaluating the high and very high risks identified by the offeror:

1.  The level of understanding of the top potential risks associated with the proposed concept demonstration concept and approach.

2.  The likelihood and consequences of the potential risks and their potential impact to the successful completion of the mission.

3.  The effectiveness of the proposed risk mitigation plans.

7.6 Evaluation Panel

Selection of the proposals submitted to this RFP will be based on a NCOIC review panel evaluation of each proposal’s overall merit.  Panelists will evaluate proposals based on the evaluation criteria described above.

Panelists providing expertise may be drawn from within NCOIC, from other federal agencies, industry or academia. Each panelist will be selected with due regard for conflict-of-interest and protection of proposal information and required to sign a conflict of interest form.

Final evaluation results will be presented to NGA for comment.

8 Response format and instructions

In the next chapters, the overview of Cycle One requirements and related questions are listed.

Please fill out all information on this RFP form. Where NCOIC expect an answer space has been foreseen. To visualize this use different font color. No alternative forms will be permitted. 

·         Make sure your answers include the following.

·         Full description of your solution/approach 

·         Detailed answers to questions

·         Describe your past performance/experience

·         Please provide any other materials, suggestions, and discussion you deem appropriate

(Separate documents or appendixes are acceptable)

Question 1: please provide the names & contact details of the persons involved during the RFP quotation phase in case we need to come back to you for additional questions or clarifications.

Answer:

9 Milestones

The following list gives some of the major milestones that are planned during Cycle One project implementation. They are written down in this order, as we are targeting a gradual approach.  It is our target to setup a collaboration framework of acceptance per milestone. This will allow for a gradual development, adaptation and validation of the setup.

Milestone 1 - Finalize specifications: Provide a document that specifies your approach to the solution, what the solution can do, how it can be interfaced, how users have to interact, Deliverable: specification document, signed by awarded bidder(s)

Milestone 2 - Proof-of-concept: show a demo of the basic functionality of the solution. Demonstrate the ability to interact and traverse the “cloud” environment, in accordance with the security aspects of the solution. Deliverable: a demo setup, containing the complete communication chain, showing the ability to transport data to and from end points across the demo cloud.

Milestone 3 - Pilot case development/deployment

Develop a pilot demo that demonstrates the objectives for Cycle One can be met with the end to end demonstration.  Produce and deliver to NCOIC a pilot report that shows why the approach is sound and should proceed to final demonstration.  Deliverable: local/cloud components, in accordance to the specification document, ready to be installed and utilized for evaluation.

Milestone 4 - Final acceptance: testing the complete end-to-end setup by both internal and external validation. Deliverable: complete end-to-end setup, in accordance to the specification document.

Question 2: What inputs and/or resources are required from NCOIC during this development? Please for each milestone, provide inputs on: timing, required resources, skills, infrastructure and tools. Please add other relevant information you expect from NCOIC.

During the project, for each milestone we will expect detailed project plan, cost estimate, level of documentation that will be provided,

Answer:

10 Project Scope

The NCOIC requests that Cycle One bidders bid an integrated team approach. The Cycle One team will provide an infrastructure of secure cloud services. The proposed team will provide an environment with defined parameters and written goals to enable individual companies to integrate an infrastructure of cloud services using multiple standards. The objective will enable a multiple company approach.

The Cycle One effort will be reimbursed to the lead company for distribution IAW team agreements (not an NCOIC issue) at the end of the concept demonstration for $350K. The NCOIC will entertain discussions for reimbursement for activities that require prepayment of services that will ensure Cycle One continuation throughout the concept demonstration.

Deliverables will be (as delivered in the milestone from section 8);

a) A concept demonstration design that enables companies to integrate their applications and services into Cycle One infrastructure with Cycle Two applications and services,

b) A progress report which will be a design process, and a description of capabilities along with a description of issues and finally a workaround ref the issues so that Cycle Two activities can be achieved

c) A stand-alone concept demonstration that Cycle One meets the intended goals.

d) A in integrated concept demonstration with the Cycle Two participants

The intent is for Cycle 1 to provide a foundation for Cycle Two activities. The end customer, the NGA, would like to understand how industry approaches the issue of cloud integration in an operational scenario. The scenario is only relevant for Cycle Two activities and is only required to enable a coherent visualization.

Cycle 1 activities will be the foundational activity for Cycle Two. The requested team preferred sequence is: NCOIC member’s and affiliates. Other team members are allowed.

Evaluation is based on; a) competence and understanding of the Cycle One issues b) The ability to document the processes of assembly of the infrastructure and a document evaluating the overall concept demonstration. Cycle One is expecting to deliver a design in Sept 2012 a concept demonstration test in November and a document regarding infrastructure requirements for Cycle Two members.

The evaluation criteria will be knowledge of cloud service the ability to integrate multiple standards and the ability to provide a multiple company approach. Other evaluation criteria will be the ease and use of multiple standards to enable the broadest inclusion of Cycle Two members into the Cloud infrastructure

11 Overall Approach

11.1 Development Approach

Based on the information provided above, please elaborate on the planning and developments that will be done by your company for Cycle One only. Explain what effort is required for the evaluation and definition of a solution that meet the requirements listed above. Elaborate on the resources and time will be required to develop the system, given the NCOIC timeline and requirements. Explain how NCOIC and your company will work together during this development.

Answer:

11.1 Implementation Approach

Based on the information provided above, please elaborate on the plan for configuration and deployment of a proof of concept/pilot system that meet the requirements listed above for Cycle One only. Elaborate on the resources and time will be required to create and setup a POC given the NCOIC timeline and requirements. Explain how NCOIC and your company will work together during this process

Answer:

12 Management Approach

Describe the management Approach by which the concept demonstration team will execute the approach of Section 10.1 and 10.2 in accordance to the expectation described in 6.3.

Describe the approach for managing the concept demonstration. Give insight into the organization proposed to manage the set up operation and concept demonstration. Identify the organizational commitments of partners, and their respective organizational roles, authority, and responsibilities. Provide an organizational structure for the concept demonstration effort. Describe each organizational element’s contribution and responsibilities to the concept demonstration. Include a discussion of the unique capabilities that each member organization brings to the concept demonstration to include experience of individuals working the project.   Discuss related experience of the team partners in meeting and schedule constraints in  similar activities  within  the  last  ten  years.

Answer:

13 Past Performance/Reference Business Cases

In order to substantiate any of the answers in this RFP, business cases, based on real-live implementations can be used.  References can be added as separate addenda to the answers.

The table below can be used to provide references if applicable.

 

Company 1

 

Name of Reference Contact:

 

Title:

 

Telephone Number:

 

Email:

 

Description

 

     

 

Company 2

 

Name of Reference Contact:

 

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14 Expertise

Elaborate on what makes your company/solution unique and sets it apart from other potential providers.

In particular, please describe any projects/past performance, your reference customers, you have been involved in that are similar in concept that what is described in this RFP, including management and operations approach, security requirements, security assurance processes, and any relevant lessons learned.

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15 Additional Information

The genesis of this project began with the NGA asking NCOIC a series of strategic questions. These were followed by specific goals posed by NGA on 29 May 2012.  These are enumerated here as guides for each cycle as the teams develop their approaches and are not meant to be binding specifications.

1.    Strategic Questions: How can:

a.     the international geospatial community leverage industry best practices to globally provide access to electronic geospatial data and services?

b.    the international geospatial community protect digital geospatial data from unauthorized use while maintaining the ability of each participating country to manage the data they provision?

c.     geospatial data and services be provided and consumed within a bandwidth challenged environment?

d.    the international geospatial community maintain geospatial data consistency and interoperability while maintaining application backward compatibility through as many as three software versions?

e.    the international geospatial community provide electronic data mobility capable of supporting international operational collaboration?

2.    Specific goals for the demonstration: Further dialogue with NGA on 29 May gave the following goals and objectives for the NCOIC demonstration:

a.     Goal 1: Demonstrate the capability to create a dynamic GEOINT analytic environment and enterprise domain for use by NATO, coalition, other allies, and Non-Government Organizations (NGO) for international humanitarian efforts in response to a natural or man-made disaster (Haiti).

i.    Objective 1a: Demonstrate that a single domain of centralized or dispersed assets can be created that provides essential data and analytical recourses to provide the situational awareness for military and civilian leaders to formulate strategic and tactical actions to be executed that mitigate the impacts of the disaster.

ii.    Objective 1b: Demonstrate the ability to automatically ingest and catalog dispirit data sets with the necessary metadata required to track versioning of data, creator of the data, time and date stamp, distribution codes, other metadata fields required to geospatially integrate data sets and facilitate the rapid discovery, retrieval, and dissemination of the data sets and products. 

iii.    Objective 1c: Demonstrate the retrieval of data, generation of products and data, and the dissemination of products associated with the demonstration scenario

iv.    Objective 1d: Demonstrate through the creation of a cyber protected environment the ability to prevent access to data by unauthorized users and to limit and / or restrict data access of each class of authorized user, predicated on user profiles and data metadata tagging.

b.    Goal 2: Demonstrate the capability to create a platform agnostic software baseline that includes applications and an analytical toolkit; that is tailored to each specific class of user and can be used, maintained and updated on the host server(s) without need to migrate to deployed end-user platforms or assets.

i.    Objective 2a: Demonstrate the use of Virtual Hosted Desktop (VHD) technology to establish, use, maintain, and update any and all applications and tools required to mitigate the impacts of the disaster as defined by this demonstration.

c.     Goal 3: Demonstrate the ability to create a network infrastructure that is sufficiently robust to support the required data transport, interactive analyses, ingest and cataloging, discovery and retrieval, and dissemination of data and products in support of the demonstration.

i.    Objective 3a: Demonstrate the ability to dynamically allocated network resources and to position data and products within the enterprise; that results in the most efficient and effective use of those resources to transport the required data or products to the

1.    analysts,

2.    responders

3.    decision makers. 

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