The Home Office has signed an India-based IT services firm to work alongside its Immigration Platform Technologies (IPT) team to develop and test a Shared Service Bus (SSB) and a Common Data Platform (CDP).
Mastek was procured via the government's G-Cloud, a framework that lists thousands of commodity-based cloud services available to the public sector via an online catalogue.
The Home Office's IPT programme is designed to significantly update and refresh legacy systems to modernise immigration technology within the department.
The SSB will support communication between various immigration and enforcement systems, whilst the CDP will create a single and consistent view of immigration and related data, with the aim of reducing data inconsistency issues and shutting down legacy system once their data is transferred to the CDP.
Both developments will be conducted using the agile methodology, a preferred method within Whitehall departments. All work will be done onshore.
Joe Venkatamaran, chairman of Mastek UK, commented on the award: “Mastek is delighted to be selected as the IT development partner to the Home Office on these two projects.
“Our solution is aligned to the UK Government’s Service Design Manual and fully meets the technical, Agile and collaboration requirements of the programme.”
He added: “We recognise the strategic importance of these projects and we look forward to bringing our expertise in support of the Home Office vision for the IPT programme to transform the way immigration into the UK is managed.”
Mastek also recently won a project with NHS Health and Social Care Information Centre, via the G-Cloud again, to develop an identity assurance service.
Anthony Miller, managing partner at analyst house TechMarketView, said that the latest win with the Home Office signals that the government isn't necessarily preferential to UK-based firms.
“It seems clear that the UK government is taking a pragmatic view on awarding IT contracts, showing a willingness to include India-based firms in the mix on an equal footing with other non-UK (and UK-) headquartered suppliers,” said Miller.