Airports authority BAA has begun looking for a service provider to work with it to help develop consistent IT systems at Heathrow and across the authority’s airports.
It has put out a tender for a framework agreement to find suppliers able to risk-assess any new systems it develops – and to monitor and maintain those same systems once they are in use.
The airports authority wants any suppliers to maintain software quality by putting in place rigorous development processes and testing procedures prior to systems go-live.
And it said it also wants firms to “conduct risk and integrity analyses of proposed system architectures and provide guidance on assurance issues.”
BAA is hoping to find service providers to take on the work before April next year. The contract is slated to run for between five and seven years, subject to a performance review being successfully passed every 12 months.
The timing of the tender reflects BAA’s work on the Terminal 5 building at Heathrow being due for completion shortly, the authority said. “As the T5 project draws to a close, BAA as a company [is] beginning other developments within the capital projects area,” it said.
“There is recognition of the value of systems assurance across these projects and as a result BAA need[s] to partner with an organisation that can provide the right level of resources to provide a consistent approach to assurance.”
Interested parties have until only 18 February to register a request to participate in the tender.
Earlier this week BAA confirmed it had signed a five-year outsourcing contract with LogicaCMG to manage its software. Under that contract, LogicaCMG has been charged with managing more than 400 different applications, including Oracle Enterprise Suite, as well as aircraft stand allocation and staffing.
Besides Heathrow, BAA owns Gatwick, Stansted, Southampton, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen airports.