Fancy £200m? Tell HMRC you'll help them sort their IT out

Taxman offers not-quite-so-mega contract for various outsourced services

HMRC has put £200m up for grabs by one lucky desktop services supplier as the government body attempts a major – and potentially risky – overhaul of its IT.

The taxman is looking for end user devices, application performance monitoring and virtual desktop services.

The contract will include overseeing mobile devices, such as those provided by Blackberry, as well as the software and hardware underpinning managed desktop services and video-conferencing equipment.

"This contract covers a range of commodity services such as management and support of end user devices, application packaging and deployment, IMACD ['Install, Move, Add, Change and Decommission'], administrative infrastructure, remote access, application performance monitoring and virtual desktops, but also includes some requirements bespoke to HMRC," said the tender notice.

The contract will begin next year in 2017 and end in 2020, with the possibility of a two-year extension.

It noted that the contract may be suitable for small or medium enterprises (SMEs).

The tender document warned that the department "is currently undergoing a significant period of transformation" therefore some of the details of the programme will not be available until later in the tender proces.

It appears to be part of the department's move away from its £10bn IT contract with Fujitsu and Capgemini. HMRC is keen to disaggregate the monster deal and hand out chunks to smaller businesses. However, MPs have warned that represents a high risk move. ®

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