Contract News – Public sector deals

ITNet/Southwark Council

IT business solutions provider ITNet has won a seven-year, £30m contract to provide support for 3,500 desktops while helping the council meet the Government’s 2005 deadline for IT modernisation. Southwark was impressed by ITNet’s record of IT delivery, despite the company’s recent dispute with Hackney Council.

Knowledge Management Software/ONE North East Regional Development Agency

KMS has won a contract worth £600,000 to develop a regional knowledge portal for the RDA. ONE North East is one of nine RDAs established by the Government to encourage initiatives designed to generate growth and wealth in its designated region.

Squaresum/Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service

Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service has placed a £100,000 order for Squaresum’s Dream corporate accounting software. The 30-day implementation plan sees CFRS supplied with a unified ledger system that enables the exchange of XML-based business documents – putting it a step closer to meeting the Government’s 2005 deadline for public sector online capability.

Cap Gemini Ernst & Young/OFWAT

CGE&Y has been selected to create a computerised financial model of the entire England and Wales water industry for regulator OFWAT. The new system, known as Aquarius 3, will deal with key financial parameters such as projected revenues, capital expenditure and maintenance costs for all of the privatised water and sewerage companies, which have a combined revenue of £7bn. The key feature of the solution will be its transparency and accessibility to those within the industry, which should make financial modelling clear and understandable to stakeholders.

ITNet/London Borough of Haringey

The London Borough of Haringey has awarded a seven-year, £3.5m contract to consultancy ITNet for the implementation of a CRM service. The deal will enable local people to access council services by phone or on the Internet, as part of the government’s plans for online public sector services by 2005.

Microsoft/Richmond Systems/Various Schools

Microsoft is working to update servers for NetOp School, distributed by Richmond Systems, which allows students to learn through a “virtual” classroom on the Internet.

Vector Networks/Portsmouth Naval Base

Portsmouth Naval Base has chosen Vector Network’s PC management suite, LANutil Elite, to replace Microsoft’s SMS. The system will record software installations on every PC and measure the quantity of each product installed to ensure compliance with its licence.

IBM/ Help Community Housing has created a website for Self Help Community Housing to reduce the time it takes to find houses for the homeless. will allow partner organisations across the South West, including Bristol City Council and other social housing providers, to work more quickly and more cost-effectively online.

Agresso/Leeds Metropolitan University

IT financial services provider Agresso has won a contract to provide an integrated financial system to Leeds Metropolitan University. The project will go live in August 2002.

Knowledge Management Software/Teacher Training Initiative

KMS has won a four-year, £450,000 contract to develop an e-learning portal solution for GridREF 2000 project, a consortium helping to deliver the Government’s Teacher Training Initiative. The portal provides personalised training and learning services for Newcastle University and five Local Education Authorities in the North of England – supporting up to 10,000 people.

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