Feeds

HP goes to bat for the Foreign Office

FCO goes inhouse / outhouse for IT delivery

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

HP has emerged victor of the prize to run the Foreign and Commonwealth Offices's IT systems. The seven-year deal is worth £180m and is the biggest ever signed by the FCO. It will see HP streamline the department's IT into a single online network, and over the next two years, FCO's offices in the UK and abroad - there are more than 200 overseas - will get new hardware, software and services.

It being the government, the project has a code-name: "Future Firecrest". This will replace "Firecrest", as the current FCO's IT infrastructure is called.

Firecrest was designed by an inhouse team, FCO Services. They are not being outsourced to HP, but will work with the computer firm through a "joint service delivery model", under joint management. HP will run the show, but will choose who does what on the basis of "which member of the partnership is best placed to deliver".

Now for a canned quote from Sir Michael Jay, FCO Permanent Under Secretary:

"This has been a ground-breaking procurement, which represents a genuine partnership as opposed to a more traditional outsourcing arrangement. I am confident that HP represents the right choice for us in providing a solution which is flexible yet secure, resilient yet mobile. Having the right IT and high quality services to support it will be critical in helping us realise the FCO Strategy over the next decade.

"We believe that the contract achieves excellent value for money for the taxpayer, enabling us to draw on HP's experience and access to technology to maximise potential business benefits for the FCO."

The FCO also has nice words to say about HP: "The contract also represents a significant achievement for HP who beat off strong competition to secure the deal after a rigorous procurement process."

Press release here. ®

Related stories

Gov.uk delves into EDS finances
Union slams MoT IT system delays
Offshoring inevitable, so get over it
UK.gov IT: it's broke, how can we fix it?
Building disaster into the network: how UK.gov does IT

Whitepapers

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup
IT departments are embracing cloud backup, but there’s a lot you need to know before choosing a service provider. Learn all the critical things you need to know.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.
Rethinking backup and recovery in the modern data center
Combining intelligence, operational analytics, and automation to enable efficient, data-driven IT organizations using the HP ABR approach.
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.