FirstGroup searches for ERP IT partner

FirstGroup, the company behind UK train operator First Capital Connect, is tendering for a global IT services company to develop its ERP strategy.

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FirstGroup, the company behind UK train operator First Capital Connect, is tendering for a global IT services company to develop its ERP strategy.

FirstGroup is looking for IT suppliers to support the delivery of its IT strategy which includes ERP, a management information system, web services and a mobile platform, together with a strategy to consolidate applications run by business units.

The train company has also awarded a range of IT contracts worth £36.2m over five years to Atos Origin and Computacenter, for IT support, IT user service desk, e-mail management, datacentres and hosting at its UK operations.

Through the contract, Atos Origin will host and support FirstGroup's datacentres supporting back office applications, engineering systems and front office ticketing systems. Atos will manage the Windows, Linux and Unix environments in these datacentres together with the LAN and SAN infrastructure.

Atos Origin is also providing managed collaborative services. This will include e-mail, instant messaging, calendar and mobile messaging services.

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