Ministry Of Justice Selects Savvis' GWS Cloud Platform

The UK Ministry of Justice has penned a £14 million contract with cloud infrastructure company Savvis to bring its ERP platform to the cloud.

Under the contract, the Ministry of Justice will gain access to Savvis' Government Wide Service (GWS) platform for its enterprise resource planning system.

Savvis offers GWS as an infrastructure-as-a-service platform that allows government departments to host their entire IT infrastructure and operations on the cloud.

The MoJ's ERP platform, which is being designed by Steria, will be built on the GWS platform and will be implemented and maintained by IT services provider Accenture.

The new ERP system, which is expected to go live by Spring 2013, will result in annual savings of £28 million by 2014. According to the MoJ, the platform will offer services to more than 80,000 users including human resources, finance, purchase and payroll.

Neil Cresswell, managing director for EMEA, at Savvis, said in a statement, “By selecting Savvis' GWS, the Ministry of Justice gains instant access to secure infrastructure and obtains the interdepartmental connectivity required for the ERP system.”

“The platform also eliminates the extensive and costly design, construction and testing process typically associated with infrastructure required for this type of project,” he added.