6/16/2003 - EDS and Fujitsu announced their team bidding for the UK MoDís Defence Information Infrastructure (DII) project under the Atlas consortium. In addition to EDS and Fujitsu Services, Atlas also includes three other key members: Cogent Defence and Security Networks, General Dynamics United Kingdom Limited and LogicaCMG. No one single Atlas member company will account for a majority of the workload, in accordance with the MoD's procurement criteria. Under the Atlas banner, the five companies bring together a unique combination of skills, experience and capabilities in successfully delivering major public sector and military projects in the UK and worldwide.
Graham Lay, Head of EDS Defence, said the consortium members were all clear leaders in their respective fields of expertise and would combine to offer the MoD strength, depth and diversity.
"Atlas is one of the most distinguished, capable and experienced teams ever assembled for this type of undertaking. DII is a huge and challenging assignment, which very few organisations are capable of meeting.
"We support the MoD's assessment that diversity of supply - and avoiding single point of failure - is imperative to the success of this procurement."
John Dunn, DII Sales Campaign Director at Fujitsu, said: "DII will act as a substantial enabler for business change. It will form a key element of the platform that will deliver functionality such as Networked Enabled Capability and systems harmonisation. The Atlas consortium has a unique combination of skills and experience that can successfully deliver these complex and diverse capabilities whilst using its vast project experience to minimise programme risk."
The Atlas alliance's members - and their respective strengths - are as follows:
About Defence Information Infrastructure (DII)
In its Investment Strategy for 2002, the MoD stated: "We intend to put in place a Defence Information Infrastructure (DII) to enable us better to exploit our information assets for both operational and business purposes.
"At present the Department and the Armed Forces operate a wide variety of information systems acquired piecemeal over a number of years. This not only leads to inefficiencies in the conduct of Departmental business processes, and obstacles to meeting e-Government targets and legislative requirements, but also hampers the ability of the Services to operate together as they are increasingly required to do in the modern strategic environment.
"The aim of the DII programme, currently in its assessment phase, is to update and merge individual information systems to provide all staff with a common platform for business applications, enabling many current paper-based processes to be replaced by equivalent electronic services."
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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 (Ä2.8bn), 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 (Ä35 billion) leader in customer-focused IT systems and services for the global marketplace.
Fujitsu Services website: services.fujitsu.com
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