Fujitsu finally signs up for government efficiency agreement

Fujitsu has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the UK government, which it says will help tackle the nation’s deficit.

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Fujitsu has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the UK government, which it says will help tackle the nation’s deficit.

The IT supplier is the tenth company to undertake a contracts review, following BT last month. Other suppliers who have signed MoUs with the government include HP, Oracle, Microsoft, Siemens, Atos Origin, Accenture, Logica and Capgemini.

The contract reviews are the result of negotiations that Francis Maude, minister for the Cabinet Office, initiated in July.

As part of the MoU, Fujitsu said it will continue to deliver all its existing contracts with the government. Meanwhile, the company has also confirmed that it will be looking at working with the government on a a single-client approach to procurement as one of its efficiency measures.

One of the contracts being reviewed is with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). Fujitsu won a desktop deal worth, worth £330 million over six years, with the department from HP in February.

Fujitsu is also a supplier for a £6 billion, four-year framework contract for desktop, hardware, IT infrastructure, software and related services, which will be available for use by a range of government departments, including central government, NHS bodies and local authorities. The framework replaced the IT Goods and Associated (ITGAS) Framework Agreement, which ended in April.

Other central goverment contracts include a Home Office shared service agreement, as well as long-term contracts with HM Revenues and Customs and the DVLA.

Recently, Andrew Brabben, CTO of Fujitsu’s apps division, said that the company was starting to engage with the government about the use of cloud services.

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