IT news in brief

KPMG has warned businesses to keep their financial records and projections fully up to date, protected and backed up in the run up to the millennium. It is believed that this will make it easier to sort problems out if businesses are struck by the bug.

HVR Consulting Services, which has an annual turnover of over £5m, has been subject to a management buyout. The company provides management and technical services to clients in the UK, Europe and the USA.

IT consultancy group Capita has agreed to invest £27m in the Eastgate Group, which provides outsourcing services to the insurance industry. The deal is designed to give Capita a foothold in the insurance market.

PMMS Consulting has launched a global forum on its web site aimed at purchasing and negotiation professionals who are interested in discussing issues with like-minded individuals. You can visit the forum at

QA Training has confirmed the purchase of Cap Gemini Training, making it the largest IT skills development training company in the UK. Cap Gemini Training will still provide training services to Cap Gemini through a four-year contract.

Dr David Cleevely, managing director of telecoms consultants Analysys, has been appointed to the Government’s steering group on e-commerce. The aim of the group is to make the UK the best place in the world from which to trade electronically.

Katalysis Consulting has formed a specialist unit to advise companies and organisations on changing working practices. The use of technology will, it is thought, change the way we work dramatically. The company will offer advice on issues brought up by technological changes.

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