Fujitsu Services, a leading European IT services provider, has reached a deal with the UK Cabinet Office to supply shared service, public sector Flex to a government department.
Public sector Flex, the framework which allows the Cabinet Office and Fujitsu Services to provide information and communication technology (ICT) as a shared service across the public sector, has signed up the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS).
Fujitsu Services will start by providing a single managed service to meet the new Government department's immediate need for IT services. This service will later be transformed to the public sector Flex shared service in spring 2008.
Fujitsu Services will provide DIUS with access to the appropriate business applications whilst providing a standardised IT service that incorporates a service desk, mobile working and business continuity service. Interest in joining public sector Flex from other public bodies is continuing to grow which brings with it significant benefits for Government, the taxpayer and the environment.
Shared service, public sector Flex offers Government bodies ease of procurement, guaranteed quality of service, significant cost reductions, environmental savings and enhanced functionality through a shared infrastructure and reuse of systems. The Cabinet Office, which has taken up the service itself, also acts as a purchasing authority for other public bodies.
"[Shared service, public sector] Flex...offers us great value for money, utilising a well proven infrastructure and the opportunity to contribute to a shared services solution that will offer benefits and economies of scale across Government," says Karen Delafield, Chief Technology Officer of DIUS.
Eithne Wallis, Managing Director of Government at Fujitsu Services said they were expecting more public bodies to sign up to public sector Flex; "We are currently in discussions with over fifteen public sector organisations who are interested in reducing costs and improving the effectiveness and functionality of their IT infrastructures."
Fujitsu Services is a leading European IT services company with headquarters in London. It provides comprehensive IT solutions to a range of private and public customers, including retail, financial services, healthcare and government. Its business is in helping customers realise the value of IT through IT consulting, systems integration and managed service contracts.