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Capgemini public-sector drive gathers pace

Capgemini continues to add public sector expertise to its management team with a former deputy Chief Constable appointed CIO of its Criminal Justice Sector...

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Capgemini continues to add public sector expertise to its management team with a former deputy Chief Constable appointed CIO of its Criminal Justice Sector unit.

The company last month named Ruth Ormsby, former head of the NHS shared business service, as its public sector BPO head.

With the government calling on the private sector to apply its technology expertise to public-sector cost-cutting, Capgemini is investing in public-sector expertise.

The IT outsourcing supplier has invested heavily in its shared service offering targeted at police authorities.

Roy Toner has taken the Capgemini post after a 30-year career in the police force.

He said: "Exploiting today's technologies offers police forces the prospect of immense gains in efficiency and cost effectiveness at all levels, from front-line officers to back-office support, and my mission is to help the police across the UK to deploy such technologies with maximum speed and effectiveness. This programme will include working with police forces to exploit the potential of shared services, to streamline data handling by improved integration of IT, and to understand how to apply the power of cloud computing."

The CEO of the National Police Improvement Agency (NPIA), Peter Neyroud, said that better use of technology will help the police save £200m by 2015. The NPIA, which advises police authorities on technology, was told by the coalition government to cut £30m in costs.

It will make £25m IT savings this year out of a total of £1bn savings across police forces.

Public-sector BPO head Ruth Ormsby said there is a shared services opportunity across government.

She referred to parts of the public sector such as the police and education, which are similar to the NHS in that they are made up of lots of local organisations. "These organisations have the same back offices, but do it differently.

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