EDS to develop offender management system
The Home Office has contracted IT services firm EDS to develop technology to manage the UK's offender population, in a contract worth at least £39m. EDS will supply a National Offender Management Information System, designed to provide a single view of an offender from court to custody to probation. The contract will be delivered under the existing Quantum agreement with HM Prison Service and will run until 2012
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Nats to use Spanish air traffic control system
National Air Traffic Services is to customise Spain's air traffic control system, Sacta, for use in the UK. Nats and its Spanish equivalent, Aena, will invest £104m over six years in new technology. The IT system will control radar, flight data processing and communications. Nats and Aena are also talking to German air traffic control organisation DFS about a further joint venture to incorporate the German system into the Sacta platform.
Microsoft appoints Wal-Mart executive
Microsoft has appointed Kevin Turner, one of retailer Wal-Mart's top executives, as its new chief operating officer. Microsoft is the second IT supplier to appoint a former Wal-Mart executive in recent weeks. Hewlett-Packard appointed former Wal-Mart chief information officer Randall Mott as its CIO last month.
Capita preferred for £100m council contract
Harrow Council has named Capita as the preferred bidder for a 10-year partnership worth an estimated £100m. Council officers agreed that Capita would provide the council with a customer contact centre and technology to route tasks to departments. No staff will be outsourced under the deal, although redundancies could not be ruled out.
Indian firms 'as good as Western suppliers'
Most UK businesses that have used Indian outsourcing companies believe the service available on the subcontinent is as good as that provided by UK outsourcing suppliers. According to a study by outsourcing advisory firm TPI of 100 UK business managers responsible for outsourcing, 60% said Indian companies were as good the large outsourcing providers in the West on service.