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Home Office looks for help with move to AWS platform

David Bicknell Published 07 August 2017

DOS opportunity highlights department’s need for architect and developers to deliver live service by February 2018


The Home Office is looking for an architect and developers to deliver its new Amazon Web Services (AWS) environment.

The work is due to start on October 9 and last for six months, possibly extending to nine months.

The Home Office says it is currently using an external cloud provider and says it is intending to move the platform to an in-house AWS solution, which needs to be in Beta by November 1st this year ready for running live service by February 2018.

The opportunity and “problem to be solved”, as outlined on Digital Outcomes and Specialists opportunities, is that the Home Office Digital Capabilities programme deals with a significant amount of data and the Home Office sais its current hosting provider has “reached its potential”.

It said, “Home Office has determined that the in-house Amazon Web Service platform is the most appropriate location to run these services. Problems to be solved are the migration of all the digital services to the new platform within the time frame and with minimal disruption to the live service.

The opportunity quotes a user from Border Force saying, “As a user from Border Force I need to know that the quality of data provided is fit for purpose so that I can report effectively to the senior stakeholders. As a user of the system I need these reports to be available during core hours and information must be up to date after out of hours processing.”

The supplier will be expected to construct a feature team made of up of the specialist skills required to deliver the outcomes. The Home Office said, “We expect the supplier to be flexible to our needs and can make working with a mixed team across multiple sites effective. In general we would expect resources to be on site 5 days a week.”

Essential skills and experience required include experience of meeting Government Digital Service (GDS) standards and experience of designing secure cloud solutions with high availability, resilience and disaster recovery;  building services on AWS and migrating systems between data centres; deploying services using Docker and Kubernetes; and of configuring and deploying Greenplum DB, Tableau, NodeJS applications and Python applications.

The closing date for asking questions about the opportunity is this Thursday, August 10, with a closing date for applications of Thursday August 17.


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