The UK Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) has granted a £300 million contract to Japan’s Fujitsu Limited, in which DWP will install thin client IT architecture infrastructure which will enable the government to cut costs and save on power and other critical resources.
The contractual deal between DWP and Fujitsu is being cited as the biggest thin client deal in the UK and will involve Fujitsu supplying 140,000 desktops which will significantly reduce the power and the overall technology related costs for the department.
Commenting on the implication of the deal, Joe Harley, IT director general for the DWP, said in a statement that “This is the first in a series of competitions to replace our existing IT and telephony services contracts by 2015. It will further transform DWP’s desktop estate.”
Interestingly, the IT services provider had to edge out Capgemini and HP Enterprise Systems in order to acquire the multi-million pound contract, which will officially begin in September.
Fujitsu has been quite actively lobbying to acquire UK government contracts in the past few years and has even managed to secure some government contracts that span for the next 40 years.
The DWP has been trying to modernizing its operations for the past few years, but now it seems that the department is bent upon outsourcing its operations for want of better productivity and low costs.