For the definitive outcome, it is necessary to wait another 15 days. In the meantime, for the tender for the national strategic pole, which provides for the construction of the cloud for the public administration, was assigned to the grouping constituted from Aruba and Fastweb (with cloud technologies of the US giants Amazon and Microsoft Azure). This was made known by Difesa Servizi and the Ministry for Technological Innovation, who take note of the change of scenario compared to the first phase of the call, when it was the grouping of companies consisting of Tim, Sogei, Leonardo and Cdp Equity that had checked it. A national consortium, complete with public entities, which have seen themselves beaten on the side of the economic offer and that he will now have 15 days to replicate the Aruba and Fastweb proposal.
15 days to repeat the offer
The tender mechanism prepared by Difesa Servizi (company of the Ministry of Defense) and by the ministry led by Vittorio Colao provides, moreover, for the grouping headed by Tim as agent the right to equalize the conditions offered by the current contractor. The distance of the two proposals of 700 million euros. The Fastweb-Aruba tandem is a candidate to create the national cloud, where 75% of Italian administrations will have to migrate by 2026, for an amount equal to 2.67 billion euros (against an auction base of 4.4 billion), while the consortium made up of Tim, Sogei, Leonardo and Cdp Equity requested 3.37 billion for the same type of commitment. An economically significant gap that puts Aruba and Fastweb at an advantage, but which, on the other hand, surprises the technicians and managers of the ministry for technological innovation to a certain extent.
A two-stage journey
The scenario that is prefigured is the one hoped for by Minister Colao himself during the preparation phase of the announcement, namely a two-step process of identifying the most suitable supplier for a strategic game like the cloud. The first stage, characterized byelaboration of the best technical solution, to be used as a starting point to process the second part of the tender with the economic offer. All with the aim of obtaining, through close competition, the best conditions both from a technological point of view, both in terms of savings for the public coffers. In the statement released yesterday evening, both objectives seem to be satisfied at the moment. The project on which the tender was based, with an auction base of 4.4 billion euros, was approved by the Department for Digital Transformation in December 2021. Among the two proposals received, the award – explains the note – went to the offer presented by the grouping made up of Aruba and Fastweb, which offered, for the economic part, a 39.19% discount on the tender-based price lists. The grouping made up of Sogei, Leonardo, Cdp Equity and Tim offered a discount of 23.36%.
Right of first refusal
In the next few days, therefore, the consortium made up of public companies and Tim will redo the accounts to try to adjust the discount offered so far by a further 16%, equalizing the proposal of Aruba and Fastweb. The will to exercise the right of first refusal aligning with the value of 2.67 billion given for possible and probable, even if in the heat no one is officially unbalanced. It is worth remembering that the award of the National Strategic Pole is one of the missions envisaged by the NRP.
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