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State Controller Seeks Software Assistance

In a request for quote, the California State Controller’s Office seeks software licenses likely to facilitate several of its core duties.

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A key fiscal entity at the state of California is seeking software to help do its job better.

In a Request for Quote for Information Technology Services that was released Thursday, the California State Controller’s Office (SCO) calls for “Plainview Project Portfolio Management (PPM) Pro Full User Licenses and Support.” Among the takeaways:

  • SCO oversees accountability and disbursement of the state’s financial resources, from safeguarding unclaimed property to conducting audits and financial reports, to reviewing funds the state pays out and claims it receives. Planview, a Gartner Magic Quadrant leader, offers project portfolio management software that enables entities to improve planning and execution of projects and initiatives via a variety of life cycle management, tracking, viewing and scheduling tools. SCO is seeking “a contractor to provide Planview Project Portfolio Management Pro Software as a Service License and Support,” per the RFQ.
  • Among the bid requirements, bids “must be submitted for the performance of all services described herein.” Any deviation from the work specifications won’t be considered and will lead to the rejection of the bid. Additionally, bids must be submitted in PDF format via email with no embedded links, and if the file is larger than 20 megabytes, it must be divided among multiple emails. Scripts, executable files and macros may make emails undeliverable – and shouldn’t be included.
    “Bids shall provide straightforward and concise descriptions of the bidder’s ability to satisfy the requirements of this RFQ-ITS,” according to the RFQ.
  • A precise contract value is not stated. The contract term will be three years, with SCO reserving the right to “amend to add and/or delete licenses and add funds as deemed necessary.” According to the service description, SCO is seeking licenses for 648 active users. Questions are due by 2 p.m. Friday, and responses will come Monday. Bids are due by 2 p.m. Dec. 17 and will be evaluated Dec. 20-21. A notice of intent to award is expected Dec. 22. The anticipated contract award date is Dec. 30 and the anticipated contract start date is in January.
Theo Douglas is Assistant Managing Editor of Industry Insider — California.