The Consulting Services Section of the West Virginia Office of Technology (WVOT) plays a significant part in the State’s Information Technology procurement and review processes. As a resource, it can be an invaluable tool in assisting agencies in procurement decisions, insuring technology compatibility and feasibility. With the in-depth information we possess, related to advancements in the industry, as well as the technology specialization available from the experienced Consultants on staff, Consulting Services is an important asset available to State agencies in their desire to keep pace with the ever-changing standards associated with Information Technology.
Staffed between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, Consulting Services offers assistance in Business Function Analysis, Needs Analysis, Technology Research, Procurement Consulting, and Advisory Services, while performing a consulting function in requisition review.
The Consulting Services unit of the WVOT is available at a billable rate to assist agencies in their procurement efforts. We can also provide State agencies with specific administrative and technical support needed to perform IT planning by offering cost-effective alternatives to using outside Consultants for business function and needs analyses. Consulting Services works directly with the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and the State Purchasing Division, in the procurement review process, to ensure that data and information technology procurements meet State standards and conform to the CTO’s and State Purchasing’s policies, mandates and guidelines, while following the Legislative Code regulations affecting these areas.
Consulting Services offers Needs Analysis services that are designed to help agencies refine their current workflow environment, and will assist in the preparation of specifications for Information Technology upgrades. These services include feasibility and business function studies, as well as professional technical writing services covering a variety of competitive procurement techniques, including; Requests for Information (RFI), Requests for Proposal (RFP), or Requests for Quotation (RFQ).
Consulting Services also offers technology research services for requests not related to specific needs analyses or procurements. What enables us to provide significant value to our customers is the daily involvement of the Consultants with the constant changes in information technology. We have access to industry-specific tools such as Gartner Group’s library of catalogs and research analysts, NOREX, and white papers and specifications related to technology issues. Consulting Services also has extensive contact with, or membership on, the various State committees devoted to IT issues and advancements, as well as access to current industry publications.
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