Mayor R.T. Rybak's budget proposal includes funding to begin rebidding work on the city's largest contract: a $143 million agreement outsourcing IT services to Unisys Corp.

The decade-old contract came under fire recently for being out of date and re-approved without competitive bids. It is slated to expire at the end of 2015, and Rybak has proposed setting aside $200,000 to begin the rebidding process in 2013. His budget is subject to City Council approval.

Rebidding the contract can be a complicated process, since it touches nearly every corner of city government. The city currently uses 3,300 PCs owned by Unisys and stores data on 198 of their servers.

While a rebidding could result in renewal with Unisys, the budget proposal indicates that the city might be looking to switch vendors entirely. That would end a relationship between the city and Unisys that dates back to 2002.

"A new vendor needs to be selected, and migration of all information and services complete by [Dec. 31, 2015]," the budget says. "The City requires the assistance of an experienced managed services consultants to assist with outsourcing requirements, negotiations, new vendor selection and transition activities.

Older Post

Rybak pitches 2.44% utility hike

Newer Post

Don't panic: Low flying helicopters not sign of anything wrong, say police