Capgemini agrees £6.3m G-Cloud deal to provide FCO with cost effective ERP

Capgemini has been tasked with updating the Foreign and Commonwealth Office [FCO] enterprise resource planning [ERP] system in a two-year deal that is worth some £6.3 million.

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The deal, which was signed through the government’s G-Cloud procurement portal, runs until the end of 2015 and is the largest deal to be signed under the third version of the G-Cloud scheme.

“With the change in approach to service delivery, this new deal with Capgemini will allow us to make significant cost savings, while ensuring systems continue to support a large number of Government Departments that reside on the overseas platform provided by the FCO,” said Tim Gardner, the FCO’s Corporate Services Centre Director.

The FCO’s ERP system manages the finance, procurement, projects, HR, and payroll functions of the department with the new approach to deploying resources aimed at saving the FCO money and it conforms to the Cabinet Office requirement to deliver greater value for money.

"We are pleased to be continuing our work with the FCO. This new agreement will give the FCO a seamless upgrade to the latest software versions and excellent value for money, with the support of a leaner and more flexible team,” said Chris Gravestock, Account Director FCO, Capgemini.

The government already has a deal in place with Capgemini under the Aspire IT replacement deal that is worth some £3.7 billion and G-Cloud, on the whole, has generated some £78 million in revenues over the past three years.

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G-Cloud was originally set up by the government to deliver IT services in a flexible and cost effective way in order to support the work of the government and small to medium sized businesses [SMBs]. Those SMBs have accounted for £43 million of the £78 million spent through the service so far and deals with large enterprises, like Capgemini, left with less of the G-Cloud pie as a result.