Financial IT

FSA split involved more than 100 IT projects

Karl Flinders

A Fujitsu project to support the Financial Services Authority's split in to two separate organisations took 100 individual IT projects and involved the migration of 1,300 users.

On 1 April 2013, the FSA split into the Prudential Regulatory Authority (PRA), a subsidiary of the Bank of England, and the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). This was the government’s plan to address key weaknesses in financial regulation.

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The government set a target of 1 April for the organisation to split. IT services provider Fujitsu, which has supplied the FSA since 2007, was responsible for five major tasks.

Fujitsu migrated 1,300 users from the FSA to the PRA in three months, and managed the IT components of the relocation of 900 FSA users to a new building, again over a period of three months.

It rebranded FSA email and supported the rebranding of other systems. The infrastructure was put in place to allow PRA staff to access shared services hosted at the FCA. Fujitsu continues to support users at the PRA to ensure they have a consistent user experience.

“This was a complex and large-scale migration programme,” said Lee Ellis, IS transition manager at the FCA. “The successful continuation of operations at the FSA was imperative during the split.”

Steria, Capgemini and Cognizant were also involved in the split as part of a supplier framework.


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