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February
1
3
, 2013


TO:


ALL VENDORS


RE:


JOB NO. 13/0027



DUE DATE:

February
25
, 2013, no later than 2:00 pm, Local Time in Houston, Texas


All vendors are required to sign and attach a copy of this addendum with each response for Sharepoint 2010
or 2013 Enterprise Project for Harris County Information Technology Center. This adde
ndum must be
received by the Purchasing Department no later than

the above due date.


ADDENDUM NO. 2


The following is to clarify requirements and answer vendor questions:


1.

What is the user base in terms of numbers?
Intranet / WSS 3.0: ~10,000 users. Internet:
unknown (very small user base for niche single server
deployment


refer to Question #3).


2.

Is the user hierarchy
the
same in all the Departments in terms of Roles and Permissions?
No


3.

How

is
SharePoint

accessed (as an intranet, extranet or internet) and are you using Windows
authentication or another mechanism such as farms?
ITC’s standard SharePoint farm is built on
WSS3.0 (SP2) and is restricted to Intranet access using Windows NTLM authentication.
The
farm has two (2) web front end / application servers and two (2) backend database servers
running in active / passive mode with asynchronous mirroring. The WFE/application servers
are running on Windows Server 2008 Enterprise (SP2)


64bit. The backend

database servers
are running SQL Server Enterprise (SP1) on top of Windows Server 2008 Enterprise (SP1).

Additionally, ITC has recently taken over maintenance responsibility of a separate agency’s
SharePoint server infrastructure. This includes the foll
owing:



MOSS server farm with one (1) WFE/application server running MOSS 2007 SP2 on
Windows Server 2003 R2 (SP2)


32bit and one (1) backend database server with SQL
Server 2008 R2 running on Windows Server 2008 R2 (SP1)


64bit. This is accessible only

from the Intranet using Windows NTLM authentication.



WSS3.0 server farm with one (1) WFE/application server running on Windows Server
2003 R2 (SP2)


32bit and one (1) backend database server with SQL Server 2008 R2
running on Windows Server 2008 R2 (SP1)



64bit. This is accessible only from the
Intranet using Windows NTLM authentication.



MOSS single server running MOSS 2007 SP2 and SQL Server 2005 Standard on
Windows Server 2003 R2 (SP2)


32bit.
This server is accessible from the Internet.


As part of
this project, ITC plans to bring this agency’s SharePoint server infrastructure into
the standard farm supported by ITC.



4.

Will permissions be required to migrate along with content migration or will there be permission
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level customization required?
To be determined. The current infrastructure has grown
without standards or governance and there has been a proliferation of permission groups.
ITC wishes to simplify the permissions structure, but this may not be a reasonable
expectation.


5.


Per
the

RFP there are 70 departments, which means some form of social networking would exist.
Does anything need to be developed on top of this?
There is no institutionalized social
networking in place. This is an area that ITC wishes to explore in terms of one

or more
service offerings especially usage of MySites, Profile Management, and people / skills search.
However, there are no hard requirements for any of these and would be a lower level of
priority.


6.

Do
es the county
want to use SSO for all the depa
rtments? What is the current authentication
policy?
Yes. Currently, ITC is using Windows NTLM. ITC is willing to consider other
options in this project.


7.

Describe your current SharePoint 2007 environment in terms of servers and their roles, and ver
sion
levels (e.g. Windows Server 2003 SP2, SQL Server 2005 SP2)?
Refer to Question #3
.



8.

What are the Services running on the current SharePoint under Shared Services?
Search indexing
service on one WFE server.


9.

In terms of Enterprise search what are the sources to be searched (SharePoint portal, Network
drives, Public internet sites, Exchange server’s public folder etc). How many public facing sites
(Publishing sites) are there?
Initially, SharePoint content, ne
twork file shares, Exchange public
folders. There may also be third
-
party records management systems that need to be
searched (a separate records management project is being conducted), but there is no
requirement for this capability at this time. Curre
ntly, there is one public facing Internet site
(see Question #3 above). This is a niche application that ITC recently assumed responsibility
for. The last phase of this project is intended to design and build out an extensible
infrastructure for public f
acing sites; initially, only one public facing site is planned, but the
infrastructure needs to support the ability to create additional public facing sites that appear
distinct.


10.

Do
es the county

have Windows SharePoint Services v3, MOSS Standard, or

MOSS Enterprise?
Refer to Question #3.


11.

Is the county

currently running on x64 or x86 servers?
Refer to Question #3.


12.

How many web applications do you have?
In ITC’s standard WSS3.0 infrastructure, there
are
(
33
)

web applications, most host
ing a single site collection


with a single content database
per site collection.



13.

How many site collections do you have and what type (collaboration, publishing, My Sites, etc.)?
Approximately 40 site collections. Most, if not all, are
collaboration sites. Many were built
using one of the Fab40 templates.



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14.

How many content databases do you have and their sizes?
There are approximately 40 content
databases as follows:




Average Size: 4.5 GB




Largest: 80 GB




Median Size: 158

MB


15.

Has the county

made customizations using SharePoint Designer or any that have developed in
house (if so what)?
No.


16.

Has the county

integrated any external systems with SharePoint and if so how?
Microsoft
Dynamics CRM uses WSS3.0 libraries
for document management. No other integration with
external systems.


17.

Does the county

wish to use the upgrade as an opportunity to reorganize the content?
A qualified
“yes”


the SharePoint sites in production are department
-

and agency
-
level team sites.

The
sites could all stand to be redesigned, but it is beyond the scope of this project to investigate
each one and redesign as the owning department would like. Instead, ITC would like to
reorganize one or two that will serve as reference implementation
s and train designated
content admins in each of the other departments how to reorganize and restructure their
sites. As time allows, ITC’s team will assist these content admins in their efforts.


18.

Does the county

have any restrictions in terms of amount o
f acceptable downtime?
Currently,
there are no defined SLA uptime requirements. As stated above, there are some MS
Dynamics CRM apps that leverage SharePoint for document management, and we want to
minimize the impact to them.


19.

Does the county

have a disaster recovery environment? If so please explain what it comprises.
ITC
does have a DR infrastructure, but the current SharePoint infrastructure is not included.
Moving forward, there will be DR requirements, and the server infrastructure will
exist.


20.

What browser and Microsoft Office versions are in use by your client machines?




IE 8 and IE 9




MS Office 2007 and MS Office 2010




Mobile: iOS, Android
, Windows 8RT


21.

W
ill
the county

keep the 2007 UI initially or move straight to the 2013 UI?
To be
determined as
there is no firm requirement either way. Note: the final decision on target platform is not
decided; both SharePoint 2010 and SharePoint 2013 are under consideration. The decision
on target platform will be made early in the project discov
ery phase and will be based on
several factors including functional requirements, stability of the latest release of SharePoint,
etc.


22.

If there are 70+ departments,
does

each department have same layout or different?
Most
departments have the same layout.

ITC has locked down the number of templates that can be
used.



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23.

Will
the county

provide the layout (Html) or do we need to create a new template (New look and
Feel) for departments?
Branding, including creating the layout and templates, is part of th
e
project. ITC does not plan to create different layouts / brands for the different
departments/agencies. A standardized set of templates will need to be provided for the team
sites environment (e.g. team collaboration template, project management templa
te, meeting
workspace, team workspace), another set for the intranet portal publishing site, and another
for the internet publishing portal. As much as possible, ITC would like to leverage out
-
of
-
the
-
box templates with only minor modifications or master
-
p
age changes.


24.

Is branding facility required for users to customize their respective dashboards and user accounts?
If this question is oriented toward MySites, then ITC has no defined requirements for
allowing users to brand their personal sites. Any dep
loyment of MySites in this project (
note:
this is currently not in the project scope
) would be based on out of the box capabilities.


25.

How would
the county

like to handle versioning of files /documents during migration from WSS
3.0 to SP2013.
This is
undetermined and ITC is seeking recommendations
.


26.

What will be the framework design for security of the portal?
To be determined and to be
designed in planning / discovery phase.


27.

Is there anything else that you can think of that could have a bearing on

the upgrade?



Most sites in existing WSS3.0 farm are based on template(s) derived from Fab40 team site
or project site.



ITC is still considering whether target platform is SharePoint 2010 or SharePoint 2013 and
is looking for recommendations based on the f
unctional requirements that are captured
during the planning / discovery phase.


28.

How many SharePoint farms exist today for ITC?
Two (2)


one created originally by ITC and
maintained by ITC today; one created originally by another county agency and mainta
ined
by ITC today. Refer to Question #3.


29.

Are there dev/test/production instances for each SharePoint farm instance?
There are, but they
are not actively used.

No platform development / customization work has been done.


30.

What version of SQL Server is ITC using to support the current SharePoint environments?
Refer
to
Question #3.


31.

How many users are using the current systems (WSS 3.0 sites, intranet, internet)?
Refer to
Question #1.


32.

What is the latest version of Windows that is certified for production?
Windows Server 2008 and
Windows Server 2008 R2. Windows Server 2012 is currently in evaluation mode and
expected to be supported in production mode by May/June 2013.


33.

What is the la
test version of SQL Server that is certified for production?

SQL Server 2008 and
SQL Server 2008 R2. SQL Server 2012 is currently in evaluation mode and expected to be
supported in production mode by May/June 2013.



34.

What are the sizes of the content dat
abases?
Refer to Question #14.

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35.

Being that the user base is geographically dispersed, what is your training preference? Onsite in one
location, Web based with teleconferencing, offline?


The training plan shall account for a variety of locations and modes
.



Server and farm administrator training will be a small, limited audience, technical in
nature, and can be conducted in single location.



Content / site administrator training will be a mix of technical and non
-
technical users in
different departments an
d agencies; some sessions will be classroom
-
based and hands
-
on
on conducted at different agency locations; others may be web
-
based teleconferences;
also, material should be available offline for training related to certain tasks.



End
-
user training will be
non
-
technical users in different departments and agencies; some
sessions will be classroom
-
based and hands
-
on conducted at different agency locations;
others may be web
-
based teleconferences; also, material should be available offline for
training related
to certain tasks.


36.

Does Harris County currently use score cards to track their department performance?
No, but this
is an area of interest for some departments. It is not a requirement of the project.


37.

What web technology are you currently using to host your Intranet Portal?
ASP.NET.


38.

What web technology
does the county currently use

to host your Internet Portal?
ASP.NET. ITC
developed and supports a custom content management tool that allows content a
uthors to
author and publish simple content to their Internet web sites. The content is stored in SQL
server backend


39.

The requirements have a number of items that
ask

for the “design and develop of a reference
implementation of a solution leveraging” a SharePoint capability. Please clarify the term reference
implementation as this term is subjective in its context.
Management and the user community
within Harris Count
y unclear as to how to take advantage of SharePoint’s capabilities to
address their business needs. The specified reference implementations are intended to provide
business solutions that demonstrate particular features of the platform and help key
stakeho
lders and decision makers see new opportunities within their spheres of influence.


40.

How many Web Applications are there currently?
Refer to Question #12.


41
.

How many site collections

does the county

currently have?
Refer to Question #13.


42
.

How many sites within those site collections?
Unknown : < 1,000


43
.

How many content databases
does the county

have?

What is the size of each?
Refer to Question
#14.



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44
.

What is current # of users, and what is the project # of users at the end of this project?
Refer to
Question #1. At end of project, # users on internal sites should remain the same; # of users on
public facing web site will increase because the County’s
internet portal will allow anonymous
access.


45
.

What are the current services deployed in the 2007 environment (Excel Services, InfoPath Services,
etc)?
The primary environment is WSS3.0


No MOSS services deployed.


46
.

How many InfoPath Forms are cu
rrently deployed?


Do they contain custom code, or
administratively published?
One or two agencies have created InfoPath form libraries, but
these appear to be very limited in size and most agencies and departments have not done
anything with InfoPath. M
ost departments appear to have used SharePoint as a glorified file
share; they are using only document management features and they have nested folder
structures inside of document libraries.


47
.

Will this be a Virtual or a Physical Environment?
Virtual
. Database servers may be physical;
this is to be determined in planning / discovery phase.


48
.

Has this environment already been purchased?
Physical infrastructure supporting virtual
environment is already in place. That infrastructure is a managed resource owned and
administered by ITC. The current infrastructure has adequate capacity for the team sites
migration (phase 2). This project al
so has budget approved to expand the infrastructure to
support at least 21 servers and 10 TB of data storage.

49
.

If the environment has been purchased, what are the current server quantities, and specifications?
Refer to Question #48.


50
.

How much sto
rage is available for this environment?
Refer to Question #48
.


51
.

What version is SQL Server (2005/2008/etc, service pack, cumulative updates, release)?
Microsoft
SQL Server 2008 (SP3)
-

10.0.5500.0
-

Enterprise Edition (64
-
bit)


52
.

Is
the county

SQL Server clustered?
Yes


53
.

Of the current workflows, how many are SharePoint Designer, Visual Studio, out of the box?
There may be one or two that have been developed as proofs of concept, but these are
exceptions. Otherwise, there are no workflows
to our knowledge other than possible OOTB 3
-
state workflows. Users do not have access to SharePoint Designer.


54
.

Are any workflows created using a 3rd party tool?
No. ITC does not currently have 3
rd

party
workflow tools.


55
.

What 3rd party tools are

currently deployed?
Refer to Question #54.


56
.

If there are 3
rd

party tools, how many will be used in the new environment?
Refer to Question
#54.



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57
.

Are the following currently documented?



Diagram of existing Physical Architecture
-

Yes (see
attached)



Diagram of the existing Logical Architecture (site structure)
-

No



Current Governance Plan
-

There is none. This will be a critical deliverable in this project.


58
.

Can
the county

provide the diagrams in Question #10 available during the RFP
process?
ITC can
provide diagrams of the current server farms and the expected timeline for the server build
out for this project. See attached.


59
.

Are
the county

web front ends load balanced? How many load balancers, and what is used for load
balancin
g?
Yes. One load balancer.


60
.

How many external content sources
does the county

wish to search?
Refer to Question #9.


61
.

How much content is currently indexed, what is the approximate item count?
Unknown; running
only basic Search Service in WSS3.0


62
.

What is the response time needed for search results?
T
o be determined.

We do not have a
specific requirement. The expectation is that results are returned in a reasonable period of
time (e.g. <
5 seconds). We are open to federated search so that results are rendered in
different web parts as they are available.


63.

Should branding be applied to all sites, or just the primary URL, i.e.
http://portal.co
mpany.com

Branding should be applied to all sites. ITC envisions three (3) different brands: one (1) for
the public facing Internet web site; one (1) for the Intranet portal site; and (1) for the team
collaboration sites. Obviously, more time and effort

needs to be spent on branding for the
Internet site than for the team collaboration sites.


As part of this project, ITC expects its SharePoint team to learn the mechanics and best
practices of SharePoint branding from the selected implementation partner.

ITC’s
SharePoint team will then be position to create and modify branding after the project
completes.

Refer to Question #2
4

for related information.


64
.

How many Web applications and sites require custom branding?
Refer to Question #63.


65
.

Does the

county

require custom/extensive navigation?
To be determined.

ITC does not
currently have custom / extensive navigation.


66
.

Should all sites share navigation?
To be determined as part of initial planning / discovery
phase.


67
.

What person/people/or
ganization should be able to brand pages and sites?
To be determined. The
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68
.

Is there currently an extranet?
ITC has inherited one farm from another county

agency that is
public facing; there may be an area of this site that has controlled access. Otherwise, no there
is no extranet currently supported. (Refer to Question #3 for related information.)


69
.

Can external users to the county login to the existin
g environment.
No, they can only access by
being authenticated on the network.


70
.

Are the Fab40 templates required to be used? Or is the primary drive so that the functionality can
be replicated?
The Fab40 templates are not to be used. ITC wants to
replace any templates
derived from the Fab40 templates.


71
.

Are you currently using MySites? Are they on their own Web Application?
MySites are not
currently used. There are some MySites that members of ITC have tinkered with, but
nothing officially sup
ported. Refer to Question #24 for related information.


72
.

What is
the countys

current SharePoint staff size?
Three (3)


Manage; Administrator; BA. ITC
plans to hire an experienced SharePoint administrator as a full
-
time employee. Also, ITC will
staff additional personnel on the project as the Project Plan and Roles/Responsibilities are
defined with the implementation partner.


73
.

What are the current High Availability requirements?
Currently, there are none. These are to be
determined as part
of the governance planning in the initial phase.


74
.

Is there a back
-
up plan in place?


What are you using to back
-
up the system?
Yes. Full on Friday
night and incrementals daily on the primary node. ITC does not backup the mirrored server.
Symantec NetB
ackup agent.


75
.

Does the county use
any 3
rd

party tools for backup?


Symantec NetBackup.


76
.

Is the county

performing item level, site collection, or site level backups?
No.


77
.

Are libraries email enabled?

Yes.

Do you wish to use email enabled lists and libraries?
Yes.


78
.

Does the county

us
e

Claims or Windows Authentication?
Currently, ITC is using Windows
Authentication and is open to considering alternatives moving forward.


79
.

Is there an existing style
guide for branding adherence?
No. The current Internet web site has a
style, but that is open to change. The team collaboration sites have had a simple bit of
branding done (modified master page layout that includes department logo in top left of
windo
w and title bar across the top) to allow individual agencies to put their logo and stylized
banner on all pages of their site collection. This, too, is open to change.


80
.

SharePoint 2010 and 2013 are both mentioned in the response, which version is the county going to
deploy? Is this decision part of the project roadmap strategy?
To be determined. This
decision will be made as part of planning / discovery phase. The visio
n for this project was
created in 2011 when SharePoint 2010 was the current release. Now that SharePoint 2013 has
been released, ITC is considering whether or not to move to that version. Factors in this
decision include functional requirements and the s
tability of the latest release.



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81
.

Please explain your

plans to move to SharePoint 2013 on premise or cloud?
On premises.


82
.

What external systems will the SharePoint environment need to interface with at the County
?
Microsoft Dynamics CRM


SharePoint provides document libraries for several apps.
Microsoft Team Foundation Server. Possibly, a 3
rd

party records management system. A
separate project is underway to address records management technologies; SharePoint
platform is one of the tech
nologies under consideration, but it is a separate project with a
separate timeline and a separate set of deliverables.


83
.

Is this project funded?
Yes.


8
4
.

How much content is currently being stored within the SharePoint Environment
Refer

to Question
#14.


8
5
.

Please describe the County’s current SharePoint Information Governance Strategy being utilized in
the current environment?
There is no current SharePoint Governance Strategy or Plan. This
will be a key deliverable in the planning phase of this project. There is an existing Web
and

Content Executive Committee that will initially be steering committee for this project. This
co
mmittee is composed of management and architectural representatives from numerous
agencies throughout the county.


86
.

Please outline the current use of SharePoint to manage content lifecycle and records retention
strategy.
Harris County does have Records

Management policies and procedures as well as a
record retention schedule. Currently, there is no automation for electronic records. A
separate project is underway to address records management technologies; SharePoint
platform is one of the technologi
es under consideration, but it is a separate project with a
separate timeline and a separate set of deliverables. Content lifecycle management is a key
component of the Governance Plan that will be produced in Planning Phase of project.


87
.

Is content
currently being dispositioned based on a retention schedule?


Refer to Question #88.


88
.

How many team sites have been deployed to date throughout the county?
Refer to Question #14.


89
.

Is the County currently using Active Directory Federation Service
s?
No.


90
.

What is the current staffing structure supporting the current WSS 3.0 environment?
Refer to
Question #72.


91
.

Is the County interested in utilizing software that will accelerate the Information Governance
Requirements for SharePoint?
Possibly. However, it should be noted that no budget has been
approved for such software, and procuring and implementing such software will require a
change request and approval from the County Commissioners and Budget Office
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92
.

What is the desired da
te for the SharePoint Environment to be completed?

ITC expects a phased roll out:



Phase 2 (WSS3.0 Migration) to be completed December 2013



Phase 3 (Intranet Portal) to be completed April / May 2014



Phase 4 (Internet Portal) to be completed September 2014

There will be incremental deliverables throughout this timeline.


93
.

Regarding “Harris County ITC is a shared services organization that provides IT support to more
than 50 departments and agencies geographically spread throughout the Harris County area”
... Is it
an expectation that each of the 50+ departments/agencies will participate in the envisioning and
planning workshops utilized to determine Information and process requirements?
No. ITC expects
to work with a small group of representatives to es
tablish the initial set of capabilities /
features to be delivered. This project will be responsible for delivering that agreed upon set
of features and migrating content into the new environment. There may be some re
-
organization of content to be done,
but it is not realistic that this project team will reorganize
and restructure each and every s
ite collection that is migrated.
Content administrators in the
various departments/agencies will be trained on how to use and configure these different
features
. They will then be able to make adjustments to the organization of their migrated
content.


94
.

Please elaborate on the usage of the statement: ”Reference Implementations”. For example, are
Reference Implementations a Best Practice/Demo site that Harri
s County can reference or are
Reference Implementations customer references/case studies?
Refer to Question #39 for related
information. These reference implementations would be fully functional solutions that
demonstrate a particular service. ITC needs

to identify candidate problems, select one for
each service to be demonstrated and then design and implement the solution.


95
.

On the current WSS 3.0 implementation are there any 3
rd

party solutions that are implemented
outside of the “Fab 40” site templates?
No.



96
.

Does Harris County utilize Active Directory for authentication security? If yes, is it structured by
department/agency? Can you send us a diagram or documentation of the topology?
Yes, Active
Directory. It is structured by departments and agencies amo
ng other factors.


97
.

Does your current WSS 3.0 utilize SharePoint groups or existing AD groups
? A combination of
SharePoint groups and AD Groups.


98
.

Do you intend to re
-
architect the security model of the current content in WSS 3.0, or will the
existi
ng security be migrated as
-
is?
Refer to Questions #4, #6, and #26.


99
.

Which of the “Fab 40” templates are you utilizing today, and how many of each type are
implemented in the current environment?
A list of Fab40 templates that may be deployed
includ
e: Bug Database, Business Performance Reporting, Case Management, Contacts
Management, Document Library Review, Knowledgebase, Lending Library, Request for
Proposal, and Team Work Site.


10
0
.

Is there reorganization or scrubbing of the content that curren
tly exists in the WSS 3.0 sites, or will
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it be migrated as
-
is? If so, who will be responsible for content scrubbing / reorganization?
Content scrubbing is outside of the scope of this project.


101
.

What is the process for approving data to be migrated?

To be determined.


102
.

How many content databases are part of the current WSS 3.0 implementation, and what are the
sizes of each?
Refer to Question #14.


103
.

Does Harris County have an inventory of each site and content stores?
Yes, ITC has an invento
ry
of site collections and content databases. There is not an inventory of individual sites within a
site collection.


104
.

Has there been an inventory of the content on the WSS 3.0 site to determine if there is content that
can be deleted prior to the mi
gration?
No.


105
.

What is the anticipated format of training, including Train the trainer or In Person?
Refer to
Question #35 for related information. Train the trainer is another mode that ITC expects in
addition to the ones listed in the above
referenced question.


106
.

What is the desired medium for Customer Training, including online, manuals, and videos? Also,
does this include custom or general content?
Refer to Question #35 for related information.
Online documentation in the form of w
ikis, sites, PowerPoint presentations, and Word
documents would be the expected format. Videos would be helpful but are not required.


107.

What is the anticipated number of training sessions, including division specific or users by phase?
To be determin
ed.


108
.

Will it be acceptable to incorporate 3
rd

party training materials for general SharePoint training that
is not ITC specific?
Yes.


109
.

Is the expectation for Branding a broad, “One brand fits all” approach, or will this be different
Branding for

each division?
Refer to Questions #23 and #63.


110
.

Will branding be a “one level fits all”, or different based on portal hierarchy?
Refer to Questions
#23, #63, and #111.


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1
.

Does Harris County currently have a marketing agency of record that develo
ps comps? If yes, will
this agency participate in the portal branding design?
No.


112
.

Does Harris County view production support as a Service Desk 24x7 solution, or a dedicated
admin?
To be determined. ITC is in the process of redesigning its support

model and
creating a 3
-
level model that includes help desk as well as a dedicated SharePoint
administrator.


113
.

If a dedicated admin, then for what specific period of time will the solution require support?
ITC
plans to hire an experienced SharePoint a
dministrator as a full
-
time employee. What
percentage of that person’s work is spent on direct support is to be determined.


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114
.

Does Harris County anticipate any complex workflows that extend beyond the capabilities of
SharePoint?
No. Any that arise wi
ll be treated as a separate project and prioritized
accordingly.


115
.

Does Harris County currently own a 3
rd

party tool for workflows?
Refer to Question #54.


116
.

Has Harris County considered FAST as part of the desired solution? Note: FAST is integra
ted into
SharePoint 2013 Enterprise.
Yes, this is an option that ITC will consider.


117.

What external systems are targets for being indexed by the search solution?
Refer to Question
#
9.


118
.

What are Harris County decision criteria for SharePoint 2010 or 2013?
Refer to Question #80.


1
19
.

What is Harris County’s desired SQL Server version, including 2008 or 2012? Note: Future BI
considerations will be better supported in 2012.
To be
determined. Refer to Question #33.


12
0
.

What is the target/Intended browsers and operating systems?
Refer to Question #20.


121
.

Is design for mobility a consideration for this project?
Yes. ITC does not have well
-
defined
requirements, but ITC does s
upport mobile devices and is including mobile devices in design
considerations.


122
.

Our firm is thinking of partnering with one of our partners who is located offshore. Is there any
guidance as to whether such arrangement will work for this proposal?
We would have personnel
here in Texas to interface with Harris County. However some of our implementation staff (for data
migration) would be offshore. Is this allowed?
Harris County will review and consider all
proposals submitted.


123
.

On the pricing s
heet in the RFP
, is the county

expecting a blended rate for our consultants or is it
okay to submit multiple consultants that would be working on this project with rates related to

positions/roles?
Pricing
/pay rates

should be submitted for
each
consultant
that will be
working on this project.


124
.

The RFP requests Audited Financials. Alternately, are CPA reviewed financials
permissible?

The
audited financial statement is not required.


125
.

Does Harris County ITC have an existing vendor for Sha
rePoint Services? If Yes, is there a reason
to look for a new vendor?

No, ITC does not have an existing vendor for SharePoint services.


126
.

Are all project resources required to be Onsite? If not, can the vendor leverage their offshore
resources?



No,
resources are not required to be onsite.




127
.

In which section (Sections I
-
VI) are we expected to include answers to questions in Attachment j?
Include the Questionnaire Attachment j in Section VI Miscellaneous.


128
.

Will any preference be given to HUB Vendors in the selection process?
Preference will not be
given to HUB vendors.


Sincerely,


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