Aspire, which will be the UK’s biggest IT contracts, will cover 73,000 desktops, 200 systems, 20 ICL mainframes, and 177 IBM and HP Unix servers in a ten year contract.
In a statement, the Revenue said it had chosen ‘prefered bidders’ from its previous shortlist of three.
‘Following the evaluation of the responses to the Aspire Invitation to Tender, received in March 2003, the following will go forward to the next stage of the Aspire competition: Cap Gemini Ernst & Young (in alliance with Fujitsu) and Revenue Professional Service (EDS in alliance with Accenture),’ it said.
This means the Fusion Alliance, headed by BT with CSC and SchlumbergerSema, will go no further.
The Revenue said the competition now moves into the ‘assurance phase’, which involves due diligence, negotiation, access to senior executives throughout the department, and transition planning.
The department is expected to announce the winner of the competition in December, with the new contract commencing on 1 July 2004.
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