6/11/2003 - The Courts Service, the independent body established to manage and administer the Irish courts system, has selected Fujitsu Services to manage its entire IT infrastructure. Initially for two years and valued at over €3 million, the contract is extendable to four years. Fujitsu won the contract following an open EU procurement process against intense competition from all the major players.
Fujitsu will provide a complete managed service covering 43 locations and 70 offices throughout Ireland; 1,250 desktops and 140 servers, as well as managing other service providers, and supplying a range of call-off services as required. The service will be provided through leading-edge enterprise management software and the management features of Windows 2000. Service take-on commenced on 1 May 2003.
According to Mr. P.J. Fitzpatrick, chief executive of the Courts Service:
“We wanted a single strategic partner to provide information technology support services, with proven capacity, capability and experience, to whom we could hand over the day-to-day running and management of our IT infrastructure, freeing us to focus on our core business of efficiently and effectively supporting the operation of the courts. Fujitsu has the necessary experience and key partnerships to make this goal possible. We look forward to working with them over the next two to four years to further enhance our capability to provide modern information technology services that will deliver an enhanced level of services to our customers.”
John Walsh, government client director at Fujitsu Services:
“Fujitsu has a very strong competitive services offering for the Irish marketplace. This contract reinforces our position as the leading provider of managed services to the public sector.”
About the Courts Service
The effective operation of the courts system is a critical element of the well being of any society. Courts, by virtue of their role, have a significant impact on lives and welfare. Their effectiveness is therefore of considerable importance. Effectiveness is not influenced solely by the manner in which cases are dealt with by judges in the courtroom environment, but also by the administrative and institutional framework, which exists to support and facilitate the operation of the courts. In Ireland this framework is provided by the Courts Service, which was established on 9 November 1999 following on from the enactment of the Courts Service Act, 1998.
The legislation establishing the new Service set out its mains functions as being to:
The establishment of a new independent body to manage and administer court services is an historic move by the Irish Government. Our constitution embodies the concept of the separation of powers and this is reflected in the decision to create a separate administrative infrastructure to support the judicial branch of Government.
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 and deployment. 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.
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