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UK Highways Agency awards IT contracts

The Highways Agency (HA) is set to improve the efficiency of its operations and reduce costs by modernizing its applications estate under a new IT services contract with Lockheed Martin UK. The company was awarded the two-year application maintenance and support contract, estimated to be worth around £4m (US$6.7m), through the UK Government’s G Cloud III framework. This is part of the Agency’s move towards using specialist suppliers with key strengths to deliver effective IT and drive innovation, rather than rely on a sole IT supplier, leading the move in Government towards dis-aggregation of IT outsourcing contracts. The HA has recently moved to a Service Integration and Management (SIAM) model, which has seen the award of the ‘hosting’ contract go to SCC. In April, Thales was selected to provide secure network connectivity to the Agency across 49 sites. The contract valued at around £10m (US$16.7m) will run for a five-year period and will provide services across the Department of Transport (DfT), including the HA. Under the contract Thales will provide connectivity at government Public Services Network (PSN) standards, services include encryption, local area networks, wide area networks and remote access capability.

Robert Greaves, the HA’s head of ICT, explained, “We are committed to ensuring we work as effectively as possible. Our IT strategy is about ensuring we deliver more for less through modernizing and rationalizing current applications and technology. A key part of that is empowering our workforce by allowing them to access the applications they need, wherever they are. Lockheed Martin understands us and will help ensure we have a clear road-map moving forward that is focused on the future and the continual service improvement needs of the Agency and our customers. The outcome will be a high performing ICT supply chain that is collaborative and flexible, as well as offering better value for money.”

“The management of legacy applications is key to public sector organizations and is vital that organizations have a clear roadmap for application modernization,” commented Iain Cherry, Lockheed Martin’s government business unit director. “We will work in partnership with the Highways Agency to introduce flexibility and future-proofing to its applications estate, proactively seeking continual improvements helping them drive their ambitions towards being the world’s leading road operator. It is great to be working with the Agency, an organization that is so forward-looking in this area.”

June 4, 2014

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