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Capita wins Barnet mega deal worth £474

Capita has finally signed off its protracted BPS deals at Barnet Council, following closure of a judicial review and appeal process, which ruled in favour of the council’s outsourcing plans on 2 August.

There are two contracts being awarded to Capita for the so-called ‘Easycouncil’ programme – a name that seems wholly ironic now. The first is for Barnet’s new support and customer service organisation (NSCSO), for which Capita was initially announced preferred bidder back in November 2012 and which was expected to start in spring 2013. NSCSO covers corporate programmes, customer services, estates, finance, human resources and payroll, information systems, procurement, and revenues and benefits, and should be worth c£320m over 10 years. It will now start on 1 September 2013.

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OFT questions anti-competitive government IT practices

OFT questions anti-competitive government IT practices

If market conditions weren't hard enough for System Integrators now the Office for Fair Trading (OFT) has got in on the act infering anti-competitive practices exist that act as barriers to entry for all but a handful of major IT suppliers. The barriers to entry cited inclue the costs and difficulties of switching because of factors such as the terms of licence agreements / contracts; lack of interoperability with other systems / software and the risk of disruption to critical services.

The OFT project will also examine the degree to which procurement practices interact with supply side anti-competitive practices and whether they could create additional barriers to entry in public sector ICT markets. Cited procurement processes that could be creating barriers to entry in various ways include:-

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Skyscrape win Home Office DBS PaaS contract

Skyscrape win Home Office DBS PaaS contract

Skyscrape announced this week that they have been awarded a contract by the Home Office to provide Cloud PaaS for the Disclosure Barring Service. The contract was awarded via GCloud and is reported to be valued at £1.5m per annum.

This award is significant as it is one of the first sizeable infrastructure/hosting contracts to be awarded through GCloud. It also demonstrates SMEs have a real role to play bringing to market innovative offers that offer's government departments and agencies value for money.

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Memset win contract to host the GCloud's CloudStore

Memset win contract to host the GCloud's CloudStore

The Cabinet Office have announced Memset a UK IT hosting company and IL2 accredited IaaS provider to host the G-Cloud's new CloudStore website.

The G-Cloud team is leading by example by working with smaller businesses like Memset, while fellow UK SME Redbox Digital were also chosen to be part of the team that designed and built the site.

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