The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded a £20m contract to systems provider MASS Consultants to manage IT facilities supporting the operation of the UK's nuclear deterrent.
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MASS, which is part of the Silicon Valley Group, will be working with IBM, Matra BAe Dynamics, CSC, CSF Solutions and Planned Maintenance Engineering, to carry out a wide range of engineering activities. These will include maintaining IT infrastructure, creating and implementing an IT strategy, operational analysis, software engineering and the management of a UK MoD computer facility.
The ministry has recently undergone a radical re-organisation, and is now keen to adopt modern and efficient business processes and to break down internal barriers, making its procurement more efficient.
Earlier this year, the MoD awarded a £50m contract to French IT company Cap Gemini Ernst and Young to supply it with e-business systems.
Malcolm Lowes, MASS business operations director, said, "We will support the strategic systems integrated project team to the best of our abilities and we look forward to establishing a close, successful and mutually advantageous working relationship."