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‘Ones to watch’ for defence sector IT contractor

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Boeing Defence has announced that seven IT companies will share in its contract with the Ministry of Defence (MoD) as delivery partner for the Logistics Network Enabled Capability (LNEC). The defence and security business, which is a unit of the Boeing Company, was awarded the £800m, 11 year Future Logistics Information Systems (Flis) contract in November 2010, and will manage the sub-contractors as part of its responsibility in delivering operationally essential logistics information.

The seven main sub-contractors, who will undoubtedly be looking to expand their workforces as the project starts to take shape, are Ark Continuity, Bearing Point, EMC, HP, IBM, Miro Technologies and Steria. So the advice to IT contractors is, keep a close eye on these companies as they look to increase their skill base over the coming months. In more detail, the responsibilities of each are as follows:

  • Ark Continuity will lease and provide the managed service for two data centres.
    Bearing Point will provide an analytics capability and the managed service of the enterprise data warehouse to integrate MoD data.
  • EMC will provide IT hardware and software and manage the implementation of the data centre storage and backup service.
  • HP will provide IT services and hardware, a ‘break fix’ service for legacy hardware, implementation and support for the service desk management tool, other hardware and management of some of the legacy land applications.
  • IBM will provide IT services, hardware and software, as well as management of information exchange services and engineering and asset management system for the airspace.
  • Miro Technologies will provide software and consulting, development, run the base inventory management systems project, and manage an engineering and asset management application.
  • Steria will provide IT services and software, and manage the service for some of the legacy applications.

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