MoJ awards £235m NOMS desktop contract to HP
Award coincides with the possibility of MoJ CIO Andy Nelson heading for DWP
The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has awarded a £235m contract to HP Enterprise Services for the provision, hosting and maintenance of ICT services.
The move could be the last major MoJ procurement overseen by its chief information officer (CIO) Andy Nelson who is being tipped to leave the MoJ and take up a similar role at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).
The DWP insisted today that a competition is still running for the CIO role with a spokesperson saying no decision had yet been made.
Government ICT vendor sources were this morning suggesting Nelson was being lined up for the DWP CIO role vacated by the untimely passing before Christmas of Philip Langsdale.
The MoJ NOMS contract replaces the current outsourced ICT services under the Quantum PFI agreement and will last for three years with options to extend by two further periods of 12 months. It will deliver a whole range of end-to-end ICT services, including infrastructure provision (desktop PCs, laptops, networks, fixed telephony and application services) to prisons, headquarters sites and data centres as well as the service management and support elements necessary to maintain the infrastructure and applications.
The contract is expected to provide an interim solution to ensure business continuity up until the end of December 2015 and transition to the MoJ's Future ICT Sourcing (FITS) target operating model (TOM).
The FITS programme is intended to change the way ICT services are delivered from the current end-to-end contracts by line of business to the MoJ-wide "Service Tower" model, with separate contracts for service integration, end-user computing, networks, hosting, security, application maintenance and development.
HP will deliver services to a geographically dispersed estate that comprises NOMS HQ offices, area offices and 131 prisons, 12 of which are privately operated.
The choice of Nelson, if confirmed, would provide DWP with an immediate solution to the gap left by Langsdale's passing. It will, however, leave a vacancy at the MoJ. If he takes the DWP's CIO position, Nelson is thought likely to have to give up his government CIO role.
Commenting on the MoJ NOMS contract, Richard Trevor, HP's Enterprise Services' Acting Regional Vice President for UK Public Sector, said, "HP is pleased to continue providing services to the Ministry of Justice and will share more details in due course."