The Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills has signed Fujitsu to migrate its IT infrastructure and support services to a shared service.
The contract is the second to be signed under the public sector Flex framework, which allows the Cabinet Office and Fujitsu Services to provide information and communication technology (ICT) as a shared service across the public sector.
Public sector Flex, is a style of framework agreement that aims to deliver a "shared service" to multiple public sector organisations. It has the potential of bringing a real prospect of both significant cost reductions through common infrastructure and more effective collaboration and reuse of systems.
The Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills contract is split into two phases. The first will begin immediately and will see Fujitsu provide a single managed service, to fulfil the newly merged department's immediate need for IT services. This service will later be transformed to the public sector Flex shared service.
Through the contract, 1000 users across London, Sheffield, Darlington and Runcorn will be given access to business applications. Fujitsu will also take responsibility to build a standardised IT service that incorporates a service desk, mobile working and business continuity service.