Ministry of Justice reveals £108m application development contract for FITS

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has launched a £108 million application development, maintenance and support framework that will underpin its upcoming Future IT Sourcing Programme (FITS).

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The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has launched a £108 million application development, maintenance and support framework that will underpin its upcoming Future IT Sourcing Programme (FITS).

The department’s current major ICT contracts were negotiated prior to the creation of the MoJ, and as such are broadly aligned to business units, rather than “supporting economic, standard and integrated services across the MoJ”, according to an online contract notice. These legacy contracts are due to expire in the next few years.

The FITS programme is organised into service towers, a preferred approach amongst government departments in recent months, which allows for the MoJ to set up ‘towers’ that provide different services – such as desktops, networks and so on – across the whole organisation. This latest framework makes up the application development tower for the department.

It is hoped that the MoJ will save approximately £100 million over the next three to five years in ICT costs by replacing or renewing all of its contracts under the FITS programme.

The framework is split into two lots – the first covers application development, maintenance, and support for the courts, tribunals, headquarters functions, and arms length bodies (worth £64 million), whilst the second supports prison and probation services (£44 million).

The contract notice reads: “The application maintenance and support suppliers shall be responsible for a key component of the FITS services, namely second and third-level application maintenance and support for the application layer of the in scope business applications that are delivered from the hosting supplier's and end user computing services supplier's environments.”

Hosting and end user computing services will be two other, separate towers.

It continues: “In addition the application maintenance and support suppliers may be invited to provide application development services which deliver change to existing applications or create new applications that meet business initiated change.”

The contracts will run for a minimum of three years.

It was recently revealed, however, that the MoJ has halted its £300 million end user computing tower contract, with the aim of getting a better deal and potentially involving smaller companies.

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