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BT awarded £28.7m contract extension

BT awarded £28.7m contract extension

BT has been awarded a three-year extension to its contract with HM Customs and Excise to supply, operate and manage the Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight (Chief) service. The Chief system links customs officers with 4,700 traders and freight forwarders who use the system directly, and supports all import and export traders around the UK. Under the extended contract – worth £28.7m – BT will operate Chief until 2010.

Plumpton takes top IT job at Highways Agency

Denise Plumpton, chair of the Corporate IT Forum, next week becomes the Highways Agency’s first director of information. Her new position will involve running a team of 150 IT specialists and putting together a strategy for delivering information for road users. Plumpton also becomes a board member of the Highways Agency.

Microsoft releases beta anti-spyware software

Microsoft is expected to release a beta version of its first dedicated anti-spyware package on 16 January, a month after acquiring anti-spyware company Giant. The software will use Giant’s signature database technology to protect, detect and remove new and modified spyware threats as they are unleashed on the internet, Microsoft said. It has been designed to complement the increased security features bundled into its Windows XP Service Pack 2 software.

University to integrate HR and payroll

The University of Manchester is investing £970,000 over five years in an integrated human resources and payroll system from Northgate HR. It will use Northgate HR’s Resourcelink to automate personnel, payroll, recruitment, web recruitment, training, health and safety, expenses and administration for 10,000 staff.

Data privacy software set to control DBAs

Suppliers will begin offering innovative data privacy products within the next 12 to 24 months to control the activity of database administrators by assigning restrictive roles, analyst firm Forrester Research has predicted. With today’s corporate focus on tighter IT security, Forrester said there was a need to control the access of database administrators to private data such as financial, health-related or credit card data.

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