The Atomic Weapons Establishment, which supplies nuclear warheads to the controversial Trident submarine, has signed a £45 million, ten-year infrastructure services renewal deal with HP.
The contract signing comes at a difficult time for Trident - and HP, which this week forked out a further £48 million to reach a £318 million settlement with BSkyB over a failed EDS system implementation. And last week, HP announced 9,000 job cuts in its IT services division.
User productivity and service levels will be targeted under the deal, in which HP will provide workplace services to all 7,000 AWE end users – including contractors – in multiple sites. The HP team will work on site, in order to maintain security levels.
The services include asset management, license management and IT procurement, as well as a PC refresh. HP will also provide technology optimisation software, and target reduced outage times.
David Maitland, chief information officer at AWE, said staff needed the right technology “to complete their jobs with speed and efficiency”.