The Metropolitan Police Service has selected the Cubit consortium, led by Capgemini, as its preferred bidder for a £350m seven-year IT services contract.
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The Cubit consortium also includes Unisys and BT.
The metAgility consortium, led by EDS, which lost out at the last hurdle in the bidding, has been retained as a “reserve bidder”.
Cubit and the police service will now thrash out the final details of the contract before it is presented to the Metropolitan Police Authority in November for final approval.
Once the deal is approved, Cubit is expected to start providing IT services to the Met from next summer. Until then, the Met's current suppliers will continue to provide a service to the organisation.
The Met's director of information Ailsa Beaton, said, “Through this contract we aim to increase the quality of ICT service for all MPS staff, set customer-focused service levels, and provide greater visibility of the quality of service.”
Beaton also said that the Met wanted to achieve strategic benefits through streamlined contract management, improved management reporting of service and cost data, and service costs benchmarked against market rates to ensure they remained competitive over the life of the contract.