The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has signed up IT services firm Xansa to provide systems and consultancy for its modernisation programme in a deal thought to be worth £15m.
The ONS is updating its technology and statistical capability to support the delivery of a number of initiatives, including the Neighbourhood Statistics and Citizens Information projects.
Much of the modernisation work will be underpinned by system upgrades, the aim of which is to transform ONS into an online business with an integrated, enterprise-wide IT architecture.
Georgina O’Toole, an analyst at Ovum Holway, said, “The O'Donnell Review, which reviewed the future for organisations dealing with tax policy and administration, advised that Inland Revenue/Customs & Excise needed to strengthen its links with both the ONS and the Department of Work and Pensions.
“As a supplier of both the latter mentioned departments, Xansa will be well placed to assist with the complex tasks of systems integration and business process improvement.”