Wednesday, 24 June 2009

IBM beats Capita, Mouchel, TCS and T-Systems to Essex deal

(By Anthony Miller – Wednesday 24th June 2009 9:15am). Our good friend – and ace reporter - Mike Simons at Computerworld broke the news yesterday that IBM has been selected as preferred bidder for a multi-billion pound ‘transformation’ deal at Essex County Council (see here). Essex had narrowed the field to five consortia, led by IBM (with Trillium and WS Atkins); Capita (with Axon, Telereal, and PriceWaterhouseCoopers); Mouchel (with VT, Capgemini, Experian, Ipsos Mori and Outcomes UK); TCS (no partners mentioned); and T-Systems (with Vertex, PA Consulting, and Drivers Jonas). The total project could be worth up to £5.4b over 8 years, dwarfing IBM’s £400m ‘South West One’ JV with Taunton & Somerset councils, set up in October ’07. Apparently, some of the Essex Councillors have been up in arms about potential job losses, more so that some of the work might be ‘offshored’. So, another big test for the finely balanced argument between ‘best value’ and ‘best jobs’.

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