Feeds

IBM beats CapGemini to Defra deal

300 IT staff on the move

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Intelligent flash storage arrays

Over 300 government IT staff will transfer to IBM as part of an outsourcing deal that will see the tech giant take over the day-to-day running of IT systems for the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), for up to 17 years.

Under the terms of the contract, IBM will manage, support and upgrade Defra's desktop IT infrastructure and business systems. IBM beat Capgemini to the contract, part of the government's overarching modernisation programme, after what ministers described as a "rigorous evaluation process".

Alun Michael, Minister of state for rural affairs, said the agreement will create capacity to accelerate the department's pace of change. IBM is also expected to provide "a continuous source of technology and business process innovation", according to a statement issued last week.

The finer points of the deal are still being worked out, and should be settled within a matter of weeks. This period will also see a detailed consultation with trade unions over the transfer of staff.

The deal will run for between seven and ten years, with an option to extend for a further seven once the initial contract is completed. ®

Related stories

E-minister urged to intervene in Yorkshire broadband spat
Accenture boss appointed UK e-envoy
Public sector urged to think Microsoft
Public-sector IT closes salary gap

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

More from The Register

next story
Facebook, Apple: LADIES! Why not FREEZE your EGGS? It's on the company!
No biological clockwatching when you work in Silicon Valley
Lords take revenge on REVENGE PORN publishers
Jilted Johns and Jennies with busy fingers face two years inside
Yes, yes, Steve Jobs. Look what I'VE done for you lately – Tim Cook
New iPhone biz baron points to Apple's (his) greatest successes
Happiness economics is bollocks. Oh, UK.gov just adopted it? Er ...
Opportunity doesn't knock; it costs us instead
Ex-US Navy fighter pilot MIT prof: Drones beat humans - I should know
'Missy' Cummings on UAVs, smartcars and dying from boredom
Sysadmin with EBOLA? Gartner's issued advice to debug your biz
Start hoarding cleaning supplies, analyst firm says, and assume your team will scatter
Facebook pays INFINITELY MORE UK corp tax than in 2012
Thanks for the £3k, Zuck. Doh! you're IN CREDIT. Guess not
Edward who? GCHQ boss dodges Snowden topic during last speech
UK spies would rather 'walk' than do 'mass surveillance'
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
Three 1TB solid state scorchers up for grabs
Big SSDs can be expensive but think big and think free because you could be the lucky winner of one of three 1TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO drives that we’re giving away worth over £300 apiece.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.