Three government departments have awarded Xansa a five-year £27m contract to establish and manage a shared internet platform to deliver government services.
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Xansa is providing fully managed web and content management services to central government services portal Directgov, the Department of Health’s corporate web service, and the Department for Education and Skills (DfES).
The system will be designed to lower the cost of ownership and reduce the management time involved in maintaining the systems.
The three departments involved are known in Whitehall circles as “The Club”. They say the contract will allow them to share development, create common functionality and allow the re-use of components within the platform, reducing time to market as well as cost.
It is planned that additional government departments will be able to join The Club at a reduced cost and risk, when compared to running their own systems.
Kevin McLean, head of strategy at the DfES technology performance unit, said, “Our aim is cost-effective, high-quality public sector online services, so that people can quickly access what they need.
"This partnership across government will deliver cost efficiencies and improved quality of e-government services,” he said.