IBM has won a seven year application maintenance and development contract with the Department for Work and Pensions.
IBM is taking on 60 applications, many of which will support the introduction of Universal Credit, the government’s major new benefits system reform.
Other applications covered by the contract include finance and HR which are also used by a number of other government departments.
IBM says “The contract forms the cornerstone of a long-term strategic relationship between DWP and IBM,” which aims to drive more of the department’s services online. It promises to cut costs by re-using existing IT assets and “utilising IBM analytics expertise to provide greater insight into the Department's data”.
IBM said the contract covered the design, build and implementation of new applications as well as managing the ongoing maintenance of both new and existing applications.
It may provide technical consulting support to the DWP and the seven year deal, which begins immediately, has a three year extension clauses.