Q: Please provide more detail of your on-site support requirement? Please describe your Laptop/Desktop support requirement? Is it your expectation for the provider to fix laptops / desktops at your National offices as part of your onsite requirement?

A: Current support in place includes:

  • Proactive Maintenance of Servers
    • Microsoft Windows Servers
      • Weekly analysis of
        1. Errors, warning, and informational alerts concerning:
          • Applications and database(s) running on the server(s)
          • Operating system, services and servers(s) hardware
          • System and Network Security and intrusion detection
        2. Server disk space, utilization and health of server(s)
        3. Print queues, terminal server sessions, mail queues, bad mail, etc.
        4. Memory usage and Virtual memory utilization
        5. Processor utilization and performance
        6. Server Health Monitor Alerts (Microsoft Windows Servers only)
      • Daily review of backup log (assumes server has email capability)
      • Weekly confirmation that antivirus programs are updating on server(s)
      • Weekly running of Windows Updates on server(s), including installation of any pertinent service packs, security updates, ad patches
      • Reporting (monthly) of any problem resolution, status of hot fixes or patches applied
    • Deliverables expected
      • Monthly reporting (or more frequent if needed) on any issues, including:
        1. Internet line monitoring
        2. Support Tickets
        3. Visio WAN Drawing
        4. Network Documentation
  • Business Disruption Avoidance and Disaster Planning and Preparation
    • Microsoft Windows Servers
      • Create a Disaster Recovery Plan
      • Review of Backup Calendar
      • Semi-Annual restore of randomly selected tape media of
        1. Exchange Mailbox (assumes Microsoft Exchange Server)
        2. Selected files and folders
        3. Mission Critical application’s database (if applicable)
      • Semi-Annual analysis of integrity of all tape media
      • Monthly (of as necessary) cleaning of tape drives(s)
      • Quarterly test of UPS (battery backup) shut down procedures and battery life time
      • Semi-Annual test of RAID functionality and rebuild procedures
    • Deliverables expected
      • Reporting as needed on the following information:
        1. Backup log errors and warnings and why- as they demand attention
        2. Files that are skipped during backup operation – as they demand attention
        3. Files and/or folders that are excluded from the backup operation and why
        4. Results from testing of UPS, RAID, and restore tests
        5. Age and replacement dates of all media
        6. Any corrective actions taken
        7. Any future concerns regarding the issues (if any)
        8. Plans or recommendations to resolve any issues
  • Helpdesk and Technical Liaison
    • On call support services (standard: desktop/user outage)
      • Standard Business hours M-F 800am-500pm
    • On call support services (emergency: server/network outage)
      • 24 hours a day, & days a week, 365 days a year
    • Phone support
    • Email support services
    • Remote support of servers and desktops
    • Documentation file (Creation and upkeep of all records) including:
      • Network Map
      • Server configuration, installation, and patches applied
      • Vendor contact information
      • Software licenses and Hardware purchases (invoices, media, packing slips, etc)
      • Warranty and service plan information
      • Policies and Procedures (changing passwords, adjusting folder permissions, etc)
    • Vendor Liaison
      • Interact with all hardware and software vendors on behalf of the organization to ensure proposals, pricing, and work performed are accurate and satisfactory
    • Budgetary process
      • Work closely with technology related expenditures portion of annual budget
      • Anticipate future need for planning purposes
  • Service Level
    • Entire Organization
      • Guaranteed response time (call back of email)
        1. Non-Urgent (desktop or single user) issues – 24 hours M-F 8-5
        2. Emergency (server or network) issues – 8 hours 24x7x365
      • Guaranteed on site response time (if on site visit required for resolution)
        1. Non-Urgent (desktop or single user) issues – 48 hours M-F 8-5
        2. Emergency (server or network) issues – 24 hours 24x7x365
      • 24x7x365 Emergency paging service
      • All on call technicians have cell phones that will respond to an emergency service request 24 hour a day.

Q: Is there an Incumbent? What Company has been supporting your organization and how long have they been supporting SER National?

A: Current provider is Sagitta Systems, LLC.

Q: What has been the annual spend for this support over the last 2 years? On Pricing – are we to provide a Monthly Service cost to accomplish the tasks in the RFP? What is your pricing expectation for ad hoc onsite support?

A: Up to $100,000/Year.

Q: Training – is it your expectation that MAI provides IT training to your National office staff or Personal Development training to your clientele?

A: User training may be required for new applications, updates to current applications, and new user orientation. Web-based delivery would be preferred due to the distribution of staff.

Q: How many Users?

A: Approximately 100.

Q: System admins?

A: 2

Q: Hardware (devices)? Leased vs owned equipment?

A: Both

Q: Software (antivirus, Vbs script, Enterprise help desk solution)

A: Windows Server, Antivirus – Symantec, Enterprise Help Desk Solution – Vendor provided, Acronis backup solutions

Q: Software configuration manager? Current Ticketing system?

A: Vender designed

Q: Avg daily/monthly tickets?

A:  7/150

Q: What applications are currently being utilized?

A: MIP Accounting, ChildPlus and CORAdvantage to support Early Head Start programs,



Will the proposal also include telephony support? What type of system is in place?

Yes. Headquarters phone system is currently set to be replaced. Current system is a Samsung 7200 phone system.

Future planned tasks? Refreshes, deployments, upgrades, and the additional budget for items?

Disaster Recovery Test. Replacement of current Fiber internet at headquarters office. Replacement of phone system. New Managed Print Services agreement.