BT wins Northern Ireland accounting contract

The Northern Ireland Civil Service’s (NICS) has signed a £50m 12-year deal
with BT to support its Accounting Services Programme (ASP).

Under the terms of the contract BT will help the NICS develop a common
accounting IT system and a single transaction handling centre to handle to
improve its financial management.

Northern Ireland finance minister David Hanson says NICS accounting systems
will be completely transformed by the ASP.

‘It will rationalise business processes and harnessing the latest technology
to provide high quality services and bring about a step change in the quality
and efficiency of public services,’ he said.

The transaction handling centre is set to go live by the end of 2008, and
will be staffed by up to 200 NI civil servants, with changes to financial system
beginning in mid-2007.

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