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Key IT Projects to watch in 2016

Jan 22, 2016

As we begin 2016, there are a number of public sector transformation projects underway. These include HMRC Aspire, The Home Office, Defra, Emergency Services Network and FITS: HMRC Aspire: The end of last year brought a series of developments in HMRC's exit from Aspire, which is due in eighteen months' time in June 2017. HMRC created a new technology and digital company, Revenue and Customs Digital Technology Services (RCDTS) and set out to persuade 250 Capgemini staff to transfer to it. In the latter half of 2015, management consultancy Bain & Company won a contest to become HMRC's strategic lead partner for Aspire, and the department also sought an infrastructure transformation director for the Aspire Replacement Programme. Home Office and Defra The Home Office and Defra both have multiple large IT outsourcing contracts serving their various agencies. Both departments have also recognised that they need to increase the overall number of suppliers to accommodate more small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs). Progress on both fronts is underway, hopeful to make an impact. Emergency Services Network Since April 2014, the Home Office has been conducting a procurement exercise for the emergency services network (ESN) to provide integrated critical voice and broadband data services for the three emergency services. A contract was awarded to Kellogg Brown & Root as the ESN Delivery Partner in August. User services and mobile services contracts were also given to Motorola Solutions and EE last December. The ESN service is due to begin between July and September 2017. The Home Office suggests replacing the existing TETRA communications system can save an estimated £1bn in costs from the emergency services over a fifteen-year period. FITS The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) is carrying out a major review of its Future IT Sourcing (FITS) programme. The programme was created to implement a service tower and service integration and management (SIAM) operating model for the delivery of ICT services across the MoJ. A series of contracts have been let to CGI (hosting, applications), Atos (end user computing) and Lockheed Martin (SIAM). You can find more information here Seeking to win a public sector contract may be discouraging as it requires a competitive and strong tender submission. This takes preparation, planning and time. Tender specialists, Thornton & Lowe have a wealth of experience helping businesses to win public sector contracts. With an 80% + success rate in tendering and a 90% + success rate for PQQ assessments, why not see if Thornton & Lowe can help. If you are looking for bid writing training or simply with support responding to a PQQ or tender then please contact us.

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