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Public sector deals

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

LOGICA/CROWN PROSECUTION SERVICE

Logica has won a 10-year, £200m deal to manage the CPS’s IT services.

As part of the agreement, Logica will develop a new e-enabled case management system, which should be operational across all 42 CPS areas by the end of 2003. It will also provide a fully integrated outsourced service supporting desktops, existing IT infrastructure and back office functions. The deal has been procured under the Government’s Private Finance Initiative.

SX3/HARTLEPOOL BOROUGH COUNCIL
Sx3 has been chosen to run Hartlepool Borough Council’s IT services over the next 10 years. The £23m deal will be run from a staffed resource centre within the council’s offices, employing all of its previously in-house staff. The service will include a helpdesk, business analysts, programmers and telecoms systems, running on a number of different programmes and software. A board comprised of Sx3 and Hartlepool Council members will make decisions regarding technology advances and funding.

McKESSON/DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Healthcare IT vendor McKesson has led a consortium of companies, including PricewaterhouseCoopers, which has won a 10-year, £325m contract to install a HR and payroll system for the Department of Health.

The DoH expects to save £400m as a result of the deal, which will run on IBM servers using an Oracle HR application. The consortium was chosen as preferred bidder way back in June, but delays occurred due to contract wrangling. The NHS currently uses 38 different HR systems and 29 different payroll applications across a million staff, with some of the software over 25 years old. The system will be tested at University Hospital Birmingham NHS Trust above, achieving full rollout by the end of 2004.

CAPITA GROUP/BBC
Capita has been selected to administer TV licensing for the BBC in a 10-year contract worth around £500m – the largest ever win for the company.

The existing BBC call centre and field operations currently run by Consignia are to be transferred to Capita in July.

WS ATKINS/ENVIRONMENT AGENCY
WS Atkins has completed the implementation of a new website for the Environment Agency, which is advisor and regulator for flood and communications in England and Wales. The project has seen the site completely converted from a series of web pages to a database-driven content management portal.

The new website will feature real time flood alert information, which is linked to the agency’s national telemetry system and updates every 15 minutes. Up to 250 agency staff can add content directly to the website without requiring specialised training.

LOGICA/HARINGEY COUNCIL
Logica has won a 10-year, £13m contract to integrate Haringey Council’s IT systems and support services. The solution should see the council meet the needs of its 200,000 residents, achieve long-term cost savings and meet the impending e-government targets. The current systems will be replaced with a mySAP.com solution, including hosting and support for the council’s financial, HR and payroll systems.

NTL/MINISTRY OF DEFENCE
NTL has won a 20-year contract to manage, market and develop 112 MoD communication towers in a Public Private Partnership deal. The MoD will retain ownership of the sites while NTL will maintain them under lease with revenue apportioned between the two parties.

VERTEX/BIRMINGHAM CITY COUNCIL
United Utilities’ management outsourcing offshoot Vertex has won a five-year, multi-million pound contract to provide customer services to Birmingham City Council. Services will be provided from a new call centre in Birmingham from March.

AGRESSO/SEVENOAKS AND TANDRIDGE COUNCILS
Sevenoaks and Tandridge Councils have entered a partnership to share a new financial system across county boundaries. The £286,000 contract between the two councils and Agresso sees the implementation of Agresso Business World for Sevenoaks in April and Tandridge in July. The system includes purchasing, debtor invoicing, budget preparation and management information tools.

INTEGRIS/STRATHCLYDE POLICE
Strathclyde Police has awarded a £500,000 software and services contract to Integris, to improve performance in its existing emergency response system. The deal will include the implementation of Storm, the System for Tasking and Operating Resource Management.

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