Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) is checking out the national tech landscape to find out the potential of local partners to help it establish a new integration platform to manage its data.
The government agency issued a request for expressions of interest (REOI) on 6 October in relation to the potential supply, design, build and run of an integration platform to deliver its meteorological information and services.
The integration platform is set to provide the backbone for the secure collection, efficient transportation, translation and delivery of data across the Bureau and with external channels.
The associated data sets includes weather observations, super computer models, forecasts, warnings, analysis and advice which cover Australia’s atmosphere, water, oceans and space environments.
To build its proposed integration platform, the Bureau needs a partner, or partners to deliver numerous components across a number of so-called work streams. These include enterprise service bus, application programming interface (API) management, business process management, event stream processing; managed file transfer, extract transform load and integration competency centre.
The specific purpose of the REOI is for the BoM to identify and shortlist suppliers who may be able to provide services around the different work streams. The agency also wants to obtain indicative costings for each work stream in order to help the Bureau and the Federal Government with its budgetary planning.
The REOI process is being conducted under the Bureau's so-called Robust Program, which aims to “secure and harden” all elements of the Bureau's operating environment, improve the resilience of services and address risks arising from the “fragility of the existing IT landscape consisting of ageing applications and infrastructure”, according to tender documents.
The Program’s goal is to deliver a secure and resilient environment to better support current services and indirectly provide a modern operating environment with the scalability to enable future requirements to be effectively implemented.
Potential partners should note that this REOI is not a full-blown request for tender (RFT). The Bureau does not propose to enter into a contract with respondents as a direct result of the the REOI.
Indeed, the Bureau said it intends that the outcome of the REOI will inform it as to whether and, if so, when and how a later approach to market will be made. This means that the Bureau may invite shortlisted respondents to this REOI to participate in subsequent RFT processes.
The REOI comes almost a month after the Bureau issued a similar REOI associated with the supply, design, build and run of a digital channels platform to deliver meteorological information and services.