IT section: contracts – Signing up for business

Sema Group has implemented a system to modernise the IT infrastructure of the North Staffordshire NHS Trust. The three-year managed service contract is valued at #2.4m. Sema has worked with the trust to develop its information systems which include patient administration, waiting lists and clinical information.

Druid has linked up with Reader’s Digest to prepare the publishing company for the millennium. The project which will ensure millennium compliancy, is worth over #150,000. As well as ensuring millennium compliance the new system will provide easier access to data and allow improved methods of reporting for the finance department.

CMG has announced a collaboration with the Office of Science and Technology to create the world’s first managed knowledge management service for the UK Foresight programme. The Foresight programme is about using vision and partnership to prepare for the future through the use of the Internet as well as traditional methods of communication. The contract is worth #500,000.

IT consulting company Aris has teamed up with WorldStream Communications to create a new education solution using the Internet to complement the classroom and other IT media. Aris will use WorldStream’s interactive webcasting network to deliver its IT training sessions over the Internet to users.

CS Rand has announced the completion of a Y2K project worth #2.5m for Abbey Life. The company provided Y2K services, project management and software tools to test Abbey Life’s systems for the millennium.

A joint venture between consultants WS Atkins and Innisfree, named NewSchools, has been appointed as the preferred bidder for the Penweddig Secondary School PFI project in Aberystwyth. The project comprises the financing, design, construction, operation and maintenance of a new 780 pupil school.

WS Atkins Consultants will carry out the design work for the project with WS Atkins Wales carrying out facilities management services. The project is worth #20m.

Sherwood International has formed an alliance with DMR Consulting Group.

DMR will provide system integration and consultancy services in support of Sherwood International’s Amarta business process implementation environment.

This will allow insurance companies to develop and deploy tailored client/server solutions to maximise their IT investments.

Druid has won a contract with Weston Aerospace to implement a Baan Enterprise Resource Planning IT system. This will replace the company’s legacy systems for financial, manufacturing, purchasing and sales and inventory management functions. The project is due to go live in August 1999.

Cap Gemini has helped the BBC to complete a project which evaluated digital technology as a tool for managing multimedia assets. Cap Gemini worked with the BBC on project planning and workshop facilitation as well as technical advice and support. This comprised a series of “hands on” workshops which were set up to test the new technology.

AppliedNet, IT consultants, has secured a #1.5m investment from capital venture firm 3i. The cash injection will help AppliedNet’s expanding sales programme and will fund continued product development and growth into new markets.

Unisys has signed a deal to implement a NT-based thin client project for Bristol University West of England. The project will link 1,500 thin clients of its 4,000 base during an 18-month period. The deal is worth #2.5m.

Retailer Somerfield has outsourced its payroll operation to IT services company CMG. The supermarket chain has recently merged with Kwik Save, producing a combined organisation of 76,000 staff. The contract is valued at #7.5m over the next five years.

Rebus HR Services has signed a contract with United Cinemas International for a fully managed pay service for its UK and Ireland operations. The project is due to go live in June.

Briggs Industrial Footwear has struck an #80,000 deal to purchase software, training and consultancy from Strategix Solutions to enhance its sales, marketing and customer service. The overhaul of the company’s computer system is designed to improve the speed and efficiency of customer response.

Logica has been awarded a multi-million pound contract by Hutchinson Telecoms to provide telecoms solutions and systems integration services to support Hutchinson’s mobile network. The contract includes specification, procurement and integration of various operational support systems in a number of key areas.

PMP Consultancy has been appointed by Scottish Enterprise to investigate the specification, costs and operation of leisure facilities at the Alba Centre in Livingstone, Scotland. The company will play a role in advising the centre on the range of shared sport and leisure facilities available for the residents.

Consulting firm Arthur D Little has completed the acquisition of Contactica, the worldwide telecoms company. Contactica was founded in 1994, and offers services to the telecommunications market and works with multinational companies to build networks.

EC Harris has been awarded two contracts by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. The first will see the consultancy providing works management services for ceremonial activities. EC Harris will manage various aspects of British ceremonial events including Remembrance Day and the Queen’s Birthday Parade. The second contract will see the company managing central London properties, such as statues and monuments. The company will also manage the daily running of Trafalgar Square.

Logica has been awarded a IR #2m contract to deliver a new water monitoring and management system for Dublin and the surrounding region. The system is designed to help the Dublin local authorities improve its leak detection, overall water network control and waste water management.

Siemens Business Services has completed a SAP R/3 implementation project at the Frankfurt office of Standard Life Assurance Company. The solution will provide advanced accounting functionality to support Standard Life’s new Phoenix administration system. It will enable the company to automatically process and administer all policies sold across Europe.

PMP Consultancy has been appointed by Surrey County Council to undertake a feasibility study as part of a proposed healthy living programme in Horley. PMP will examine the health and social needs of the Horley Community, concentrating on disadvantaged sections of the community.

CMG has won a #600,000 contract to provide IT consultancy and services to The Office of Fair Trading. CMG will work with OFT to design, implement and support an integrated system which will manage casework activities throughout the organisation.

PMP is to undertake a feasibility study and business plan for a health and fitness facility at the University of Warwick.

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