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The Ministry of Defence is expecting to see a February decision on the supplying consortium for its £4bn Defence Information Infrastructure project.

Likely to be the most complex single IT project in the UK, the project aims to replace the MOD's outdated IT infrastructure with a single system. There are now just two groups bidding:

  • The Atlas group, led by EDS with Fujitsu and other players and
  • Radii, a consortium led by Computer Sciences Corporation with BT and Thales.

The MoD is expected to choose by February 2005 and offer a 10-year contract.

In its Investment Strategy for 2002, the MoD stated: "We intend to put in place a Defence Information Infrastructure (DII) to enable us better to exploit our information assets for both operational and business purposes.

"At present the Department and the Armed Forces operate a wide variety of information systems acquired piecemeal over a number of years. This not only leads to inefficiencies in the conduct of Departmental business processes, and obstacles to meeting e-Government targets and legislative requirements, but also hampers the ability of the Services to operate together as they are increasingly required to do in the modern strategic environment.

"The aim of the DII programme, currently in its assessment phase, is to update and merge individual information systems to provide all staff with a common platform for business applications, enabling many current paper-based processes to be replaced by equivalent electronic services."

The project is expected to include over 150,000 desktop PCs and integrate IT for 320,000 military users in 2,000 sites. Bottom line, Defence Information Infrastructure is expected to slash MOD annual IT spend by £600m or 20 per cent over the next three years.

EDS and Fujitsu have just announced their team bidding for the UK MoD’s Defence Information Infrastructure (DII) project under the Atlas consortium. In addition to EDS and Fujitsu Services, Atlas also includes three other key members: Cogent Defence and Security Networks, General Dynamics United Kingdom Limited and LogicaCMG. No one single Atlas member company will account for a majority of the workload, in accordance with the MoD's procurement criteria. Under the Atlas banner, the five companies bring together a unique combination of skills, experience and capabilities in successfully delivering major public sector and military projects in the UK and worldwide.

Graham Lay, Head of EDS Defence, said the consortium members were all clear leaders in their respective fields of expertise and would combine to offer the MoD strength, depth and diversity.

"Atlas is one of the most distinguished, capable and experienced teams ever assembled for this type of undertaking. DII is a huge and challenging assignment, which very few organisations are capable of meeting.

"We support the MoD's assessment that diversity of supply - and avoiding single point of failure - is imperative to the success of this procurement."

John Dunn, DII Sales Campaign Director at Fujitsu, said: "DII will act as a substantial enabler for business change. It will form a key element of the platform that will deliver functionality such as Networked Enabled Capability and systems harmonisation. The Atlas consortium has a unique combination of skills and experience that can successfully deliver these complex and diverse capabilities whilst using its vast project experience to minimise programme risk."

The Atlas alliance's members - and their respective strengths - are as follows:

EDS - offers an unrivalled proven capability designing, building, rolling-out and supporting large-scale IT projects, often in very challenging environments; significant provider of services to the MoD (back office and battle space) and proven credentials as a prime contractor in the IS/IT domain.

Fujitsu Services - major provider of secure infrastructures, desktop and other services to the MoD and other public and private sector customers, in particular as prime contractor for the CHOTS and CASH services, and a significant involvement in the DII/C programme. Key strengths are in the areas of large-scale, high-availability integration projects, messaging and security systems.

Between them, EDS and Fujitsu have the largest 'footprint' in terms of IT service provision to the MoD, with more than 40,000 seats in total, and support in excess of two thirds of formal messaging users in the Department.

LogicaCMG - the global solutions supplier and an existing major supplier to the MoD of consultancy and a wide range of technology services, with particular strengths in the areas of security architecture and application delivery. LogicaCMG is a member of the consortium that successfully competed for the MoD's SKYNET 5 satellite communications programme.

Cogent Defence and Security Networks - part of the EADS space and defence group, and provider of secure communications solutions and services across the defence end-to-end environment. Cogent provides LAN and WAN services from the defence business space to battle space, including systems such as LDCN, Hourglass and Cormorant. In addition, parent company EADS is the prime contractor for SKYNET 5 (see above).

General Dynamics United Kingdom Limited - prime contractor for the MoD Bowman battlefield digitisation programme, a tactical, secure, voice and data communications system to support land and littoral operations.

Quelle: Publictechnology, 08.11.2004

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