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Maryland CATS-II

Blue Water Media is recognized as a Master Contractor by the State of Maryland Department of Information Technology to offer consulting and technical services under the terms of the CATS II Master Contract. The CATS II Master Contract will run concurrently with the existing CATS I Master Contract, and will replace it upon its expiration date of December 31, 2010. During the remaining term of CATS I, CATS II will be used only if it is not reasonably anticipated that a TORFP will be completed by the CATS I contract expiration date.

Blue Water Media is readily prepared, experienced, and available to deliver state agencies IT services in the following  functional areas:

Functional Area 1 - Enterprise Service Provider

Services to ensure information systems are designed to capitalize on agency architectures and state information technology (IT) standards, provide interoperability with other systems and networks, be reliable and maintainable, and make the most cost-effective use of commercial off-the-shelf technology as well as agency-wide and government-wide resources.

Functional Area 2 - Web and Internet Systems

A broad range of business solutions and support using web and Internet capabilities. Design, develop, test, implement, and maintain web sites, portals, web applications, and web services and the associated hardware, software, network, and security components that comprise these solutions.

Functional Area 3 - Electronic Document Management

Services to establish or maintain electronic document imaging, document management, document workflow, and associated technologies.

Functional Area 4 - Geographical Information Systems

Services to integrate, store, edit, analyze, and display geographically referenced information in a client/server or web-based environment.

Functional Area 5 - Software Engineering

Services to provide full lifecycle software system development. Process definition, requirements management (i.e., project planning, quality assurance, project tracking and oversight, organizational process focus), software metrics, software process assessments, software capability evaluations, software project management, software certification, software validation and verification, open systems, software architecture, software reengineering, software reuse, component-based software, software security, supervising software configuration management, and computer-aided software engineering tools.

Functional Area 6 - Systems/Facilities Management and Maintenance

Systems/facilities management and maintenance services, including data center technical support/operations, and help desk. At the state’s discretion, these services may be required to be provided externally to the requesting agency.

Functional Area 7 - Information System Security

The security of information and computing resources at all organizational levels; including software/application and data security support, as well as disaster recovery planning and risk assessment.

Functional Area 8 - Application Service Provider

Combination of software, hardware, and networking technologies to offer hosted service-based applications.

Functional Area 9 - IT and Telecommunications Financial and Auditing Consulting Services

Cost and financial analyses, information systems auditing and quality assurance, and telecommunications systems management.

Functional Area 10 - IT Management Consulting Services

IT enterprise architecture, systems review for architectural consistency, strategic planning assistance, project management services, Master Contractor assessments, and risk assessment analysis.

Functional Area 11 - Business Process Consulting Services

Streamlining business processes and the development, implementation, and support of process improvements to eliminate redundancy, increase productivity, and reduce cost.

Functional Area 12 - Tower Site Preparation

Conduct historic property survey investigations that meet the rules for complying with Section 106 (36 CFR § 800), delimit the undertaking's area of potential effects, identify historic properties, evaluate the effects of the undertaking to historic properties, and provide documentation to the State Historic Preservation Officer and the state.

Functional Area 13 - Tower Installation

Provide and install self-supporting towers. Provide and install prefabricated concrete equipment shelters with associated liquid propane-fueled generators with fuel tanks and installation services.

Functional Area 14 - Tower Equipment Installation and Services

Support services for wireless communication sites and related equipment.

Functional Area 15 - Electronic Benefits Transfer

Services to provide intra-agency technical infrastructure components to create a new or update an existing EBT system.

Functional Area 16 - Media and Training Center Support

Services to support multi-media and education centers, including (but not limited to) planning, analysis, troubleshooting, integration, acquisition, installation, operations, maintenance, training, documentation, and administration. Professional training expertise, including instructional systems design capabilities to improve the job performance of employees utilizing the learning/media center.

Functional Area 17 - Documentation/Technical Writing

Develop and/or maintain the following types of documentation: system documentation; user manuals; computer operations and program maintenance manuals; plans for training, testing, quality assurance, and contingency operations; and backup, recovery and restart procedures. Technical writing for proposals, presentations, standard operating procedures, and policies and procedures.

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