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IT contract news

Every month we look at the latest contracts that firms have won, we find out what they are worth and what they involve.


In a deal worth £25m, Chernikeeff Networks has designed and is installing a core WAN at Telewest Communications. The WAN is part of Telewest’s national network, which delivers voice, data and television services to over 4 million homes across the UK.

ODS Networks has announced the signing of a distribution contract with Unipalm. The deal will see Unipalm market and support ODS’s range of security products.

Chernikeeff Networks has announced an alliance with Matrix Computer Services, which provides network solutions in the Channel Islands. Chernikeeff will support Matrix in any business opportunities that arise in the islands. It will also help to develop Matrix’s offerings by developing its networking skills and knowledge, and supply training and technical support.

IT Services
Bailey Telecom has completed a £276,000 cabling contract with Abbey National. The cabling provides a network system at Abbey National’s new regional headquarters in Bradford.

Digica has picked up a three year computer outsourcing contract worth £125,000 from DTS Logistics. Digica will provide around-the-clock operations support for a DTS RS/6000 and Citrix Management software. It will use a customer call centre to manage queries and problems.

Sema Group Business Systems has been awarded a ten-year contract by Stiebel Eltron. The contract covers a range of services, including mainframe operations, user support, printing and service management.

Virgin Trains has awarded The Smith Group a contract to review its customer database and make recommendations about the implementation of a new system. The proposed new system will give Virgin an up-to-date picture of all its customers and key accounts.

DMR Consulting Group has announced the implementation of a change and problem management solution for Sainsbury’s production environment. The completion of the deal comes as part of a contract worth over £2m. The change management programme is designed to give the supermarket company greater control over its production systems to enabling tracking and data analysis.

The lubricants division of Shell has announced the completion of an upgrade of its automated lubricants plant. Worth almost £1m, the project was undertaken by Motherwell Information Systems. The new system promises to deliver a standardised, site-wide solution to improve flexibility and responsiveness.

CMS Cameron McKenna has been appointed as a legal adviser to the Home Office during a large scale Government IT project. The project, named IT 2000, is designed to support the Home Office modernisation programme.

Teesside Power Limited and Enron Power Operations have chosen Engica’s computerised maintenance management system. The system provides stock and purchasing management.

The hotels and leisure division of Greenalls has placed an order with Science Systems for a purchase ordering and invoice matching solution. The system will provide Greenalls with an automated capital-control system to manage its £80m annual project spend on hotel and leisure club refurbishment.

Logica has signed an agreement with to offer xNetik as a product for its financial systems integration divisions worldwide.

WS Atkins and HYDRA Development Corporation have signed a three year agreement whereby WS Atkins will act as a value-added reseller for HYDRA. The HYDRA system has been designed to manage portfolios of projects and programmes.

Insurer Direct Line has selected Tertio to design and implement a new internal helpdesk that will support front-line representatives across the UK. The helpdesk will support the backbone systems of Direct Line’s telephone network.

WhiteLight Systems has announced a partnership with SECOR Consulting. The partnership will result in a combination of WhiteLight’s business intelligence technology with SECOR’s vertical market experience.

Kodit Database has clinched a contract with the police Information Technology Organisation for the supply of customised plastic tags for IT equipment. The tags will increase security and be useful for asset management.

IT Executive has announced the implementation of a software solution from Personic. The system is designed to handle client recruitment solutions, Internet recruitment and recruitment outsourcing. The software will handle job requirements as well as matching and placing candidates.

Human resources
MDIS has clinched a contract to supply an integrated personnel and payroll HR system for Worthing Priority Care NHS trust. The £170,000 deal will see the system go live in April. The system will operate on the Trust’s NT system with an Oracle database.

National Power PLC has announced the appointment of Aon Consulting to undertake scheme administration, payroll and treasury functions within the electricity supply company’s 29,000-member pension scheme, which has a value of £2.8bn.

West Yorkshire Police has outsourced the management of its new payroll system to IT Services Limited in partnership with Midland Software. The three-year contract is designed to rationalise the force’s financial operations.

Essex Police has signed a £500,000 contract with CMG for a computerised payroll service. The service will cover some 7,000 payees including retired police officers.

E-commerce solutions provider, Thyron, has announced the acquisition of HR and change management specialist, LD Consulting. The deal will see Thyron become able to offer a range of consultancy services, including change management, and training and development. has linked up with to offer a service named ZYWeb, a web page builder. The technology will allow the two company’s customers to produce web pages without the need for design or programming skills.

Unisys and Deutsche Telecom have signed an agreement to provide an integrated IT and telecommunications portfolio to multinational customers. Global Desktop Services combines network consulting, procurement, installation and integration services. It is designed to minimise the time and costs incurred by client organisations in managing their networked environments.

Catalyst IT partners has joined up with Avis Europe in order to improve the way the car company handles its reservation calls throughout Europe. Catalyst will provide the technical design and implementation support to enable Avis to set up two main contact centres. The company has already undertaken a technical audit to review Avis’ existing IT and telecoms infrastructure.

TDS has entered into a partnership with Siebel Systems. TDS, which has experience in offering ERP solutions, will now be able to offer Siebel’s CRM applications.

ERP vendor Swan Software has formed an alliance with Exchequer to provide resource planning solutions for the manufacturing sector. The service aims to provide small-to-medium-sized manufacturing companies with a best-of-breed solution.

Lighting manufacturer Venture Lighting Europe has invested £350,000 in a software solution from Symix. The system is designed to improve efficiency and provide greater management control.

Strategic Systems International has clinched a £350,000 contract with Ceramaspeed. The deal will see SSI supply and implement an ERP system. The system is designed to streamline all business processes, especially the order entry process.

Future Brand has linked up with Marks & Spencer to offer the clothing company visual support on a number of design-related projects. This includes a new designer clothing range as well as departmental concepts. It will also look at in-store design and planning of stores.

PMP Consultancy has been retained by the British Wheelchair Sports Foundation to help manage its National Lottery sports fund bid. The foundation aims to redevelop the national centre for wheelchair sports at Stoke Mandeville.

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