PracticeConsultingContract news: Public sector deals

Contract news: Public sector deals

Kevin Reed takes a look at the contracts signed and the alliances forged this month.

ANITE GROUP/BLYTH VALLEY BOROUGH COUNCIL

IT services and consultancy Anite Group has been awarded a £4.6m, eight-year contract by Blyth Valley to deliver core business applications and help implement the Council’s e-government strategy. The full service should start in April 2003, although Anite’s staff have already begun work on the transition.

UNISYS/HARROW BOROUGH COUNCIL

Unisys has been chosen to provide Harrow Borough Council with an e-billing system for council tax. Residents must register for the new scheme on the council’s website, which allows them to view and pay bills online. Users can also check the status of bills at any time, and may also pay by direct debit.

DAMOVO/FARNBOROUGH HOSPITAL

Damovo has won a £1.5m contract to provide a communications network for a new hospital in Bromley, which is due to open in 2003. The new Farnborough Hospital will be provided with a cost-effective and streamlined communications solution that supports patient administration system Oasis and paperless x-ray system known as Pacs.

VEGAGROUP/EUROFIGHTER

VEGA Group has won two contracts totalling £6.5m, to support the Eurofighter Ground Aids training programme. The deals see VEGA develop a desktop trainer programme and maintenance simulator trainer, which will be PC-based across UK, German, Spanish and Italian airforces’ ground crew.

EGAIN COMMUNICATIONS/LIFE EVENTS ACCESS PROJECT

eGain has been selected to provide an e-government initiative entitled Life Events Access Project (LEAP) with a web-based solution. The project involves several London borough councils working together to provide information and aid for a series of “life events”, such as moving home or dealing with bereavement. The LEAP website should simplify the process and enable citizens to find a solution or receive advice on a certain situation.

VIACODE/MERTON, SUTTON & WANDSWORTH HEALTH AUTHORITY

ViaCode is providing Merton, Sutton & Wandsworth Health Authority with digital encryption technology for a clinical messaging pilot scheme. E-form details of telephone helpline consultations are e-mailed over NHSNet to GP surgery systems, which are protected by ViaCode certificates. The deal is part of the NHS Information Authority electronic records development and implementation programme. AGRESSO/DERBYSHIRE POLICE

Agresso has won a £365,000 contract to provide Derbyshire Police with a financial and purchasing order system, plus its web service, Agresso Business World. The new system replaces the current mainframe-based service. The contract is in line with the Government’s “best value” initiative.

OCS CONSULTING/BARBICAN

IT services company OCS Consulting has been selected by the Barbican to provide a transactional element to its website. The deal also includes a new online security system.

MACFARLANE TELESYSTEMS/OXFORD CITY COUNCIL

Macfarlane has won a contract to implement a contact centre for Oxford City Council as part of a relaunch of the council’s housing repairs service. Macfarlane’s CallPlus Contact Centre System integrates with the housing department’s Sx3-supplied back office system.

ITNET/SOUTH CAMBRIDGESHIRE DISTRICT COUNCIL

ITNET has won a five-year £3m deal to replace South Cambridgeshire’s legacy systems with a suite of applications, which should meet requirements of the e-government programme. ITNETwill equip the council to deal with citizens through various electronic channels, such as contact centres, online and digital TV.

BOTTOMLINE TECHNOLOGIES/BELFAST CITY COUNCIL

Bottomline Technologies has been chosen in a £39,000 deal to supply Belfast City Council with an accounts payable system plus a fraud protection function. The provision of I-Point and I-Pay cheques enables the council to tie in BACS with salaries, pensions and supplier payments.

SAP/FORENSIC SCIENCE SERVICE

Home Office agency FSS has selected SAP to supply mySAP.com solutions for HR, finance and supply chain management. The first part of the solution will involve an operational management system across the agency’s six regional sites.

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