IT contract extension to deliver better value for money and improved service delivery

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IT contract extension to deliver better value for money and improved service delivery

Contract award to Atos Origin valid to 2016 and worth over £100 million

London, 8th October 2009
Current contracts between the Home Office and two of its major IT suppliers have been extended – saving the taxpayer more than £100 million over six years.

Atos Origin and Fujitsu will provide IT services to 24,000 users across the Home Office and UK Border Agency.

The £430 million agreements will reshape current services to deliver significant improvements between now and the end of the contracts in 2016 – cutting IT costs by around a quarter.

Other improvements include delivering a more efficient service to staff, enabling greater mobility and flexibility; making systems more reliable and responsive; and helping to bring the Home Office in line with the Government’s wider strategy for information systems and technology.

Helen Kilpatrick, Home Office Director General, Financial and Commercial, said:
“The extended contracts are a great achievement, which will help the Home Office improve the service we provide to the public. By working collaboratively with Atos Origin and Fujitsu from the outset, we have been able to re-engineer the existing contracts in record time.
“The result is a completely new approach to IT service provision in the Home Office, reducing costs by a more than a quarter over the lifetime of the contracts.”

Eithne Wallis CB, Managing Director, UK Government Business, Fujitsu, said:
“Fujitsu is delighted to be continuing its long standing partnership with the Home Office. We will be working closely with Atos Origin to ensure that we provide maximum business benefits to our Home Office colleagues.”

Keith Wilman, UK Chief Executive Officer at Atos Origin, said:
“We are delighted to further strengthen our long and successful relationship with the Home Office, which has delivered a number of key initiatives associated with protecting our borders.
“We have worked collaboratively with both the Home Office and Fujitsu to re-define the scope of our contract, and our focus will now continue to be on delivering maximum business benefit across the Home Office.”

Notes to editors
  1. The extended contracts have been delivered by the Extend and Blend Project, a key element of the Home Office’s Next Generation Information, Systems and Technology Transformation (NGISTT) programme.
  2. The extensions cover the provision of IT services including desktop, applications hosting, networks and supporting infrastructure and services to around 70% of the current Home Office user community.
  3. Total contract extension value over the period is approximately £430 million - £330 million to Fujitsu and £100 million to Atos Origin.
  4. Net savings against previous service costs are estimated to be over £100 million.

About Atos Origin
Atos Origin is an international information technology services company. Its business is turning client vision into results through the application of hi-tech transactional services, consulting, systems integration and managed operations. The company's annual revenues are EUR 5.5 billion and it employs over 50,000 people in 40 countries. Atos Origin is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic Games and has a client base of international blue-chip companies across all sectors. Atos Origin is quoted on the Paris Eurolist Market and trades as Atos Origin, Atos Worldline and Atos Consulting.

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