Cap Gemini Ernst, Fujitsu Work on Inland Revenue's ASPIRE Contract

12/15/2003 - The Inland Revenue announced that its preferred supplier for ASPIRE is Cap Gemini Ernst & Young UK plc (“CGE&Y”). Fujitsu Services, one of Europe’s leading IT infrastructure management services companies, as CGE&Y’s main partner in ASPIRE will have a significant role to play in the delivery of the service.

The estimated £3 billion contract will start on the 1 of July 2004, after a six-month transition period from incumbents EDS & Accenture. Fujitsu estimates its business under the contract will result in revenues of approximately £1 billion. The deal is for an initial ten years with an option to extend for up to a further 8 years.

The Inland Revenue’s business objective is to accelerate the rate of change required for interacting with the UK public, whilst retaining or improving IT service quality, cost of ownership and service delivery responsiveness. The ASPIRE systems will process over 150 million transactions per year and will be key to the collection and management of some £212 billion of UK Government funds.

Fujitsu will provide operational infrastructure services that will underpin the running of the Inland Revenue business across the UK, including Data Centres, application, file & print servers and input and output facilities to support the processing of the UK’s taxation. Fujitsu will also support 78,000 Inland Revenue users at 600 locations and will provide disaster recovery facilities. As part of this contract, Fujitsu will welcome in excess of 900 staff from the incumbent suppliers EDS and Accenture into the company.

As prime contractor, CGE&Y will be responsible for the overall ASPIRE services including managing, supporting and developing the Inland Revenue’s systems and will work with the Inland Revenue in their desire for technology-led change. BT will be sub-contracted to carry out the WAN and Voice Support services.

David Courtley, chief operating officer of Fujitsu Services commented: “We are very pleased to be working with CGE&Y on this contract. The commitment from the Inland Revenue is a reflection of their confidence in our combined strengths to deliver the Inland Revenue’s obligations to the UK public as required by Government legislation.”

About CGE&Y
The Cap Gemini Ernst & Young Group is one of the world's largest providers of Consulting, Technology and Outsourcing services. The company helps businesses implement growth strategies and leverage technology. The organisation employs approximately 50,000 people worldwide and reported 2002 global revenues of 7,04 billion euros. More information about individual service lines, offices and research is available at

About Fujitsu Services
Fujitsu Services is one of the leading IT services companies in Europe, Middle East and Africa. It has an annual turnover of £1.86 billion (€2.8bn), employs 13,100 people and operates in over 20 countries. It designs, builds and operates IT systems and services for customers in the financial services, telecom, retail, utilities and government markets. Its core strength is the delivery of IT infrastructure management and outsourcing across desktop, networking and data centre environments, together with a full range of related services, from infrastructure consulting through integration. Headquartered in London, Fujitsu Services is the European-centred IT services arm of the Fujitsu Group. The Fujitsu Group is a US$38 billion (€35 billion) leader in customer-focused IT systems and services for the global marketplace. Fujitsu Services website:

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