The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), which has been hit by strikes over redundancies, has signed a massive desktop services deal with Fujitsu, which itself has been hit by strike action over pensions.
In a statement released this week, DWP IT director general and chief information officer John Harley said that the department had awarded its desktop services contract to Fujitsu with the new contract due to start on 1 September 2010. The exact worth of the deal has not been disclosed but some reports have placed it in the region of £1 billion.
Although DWP has already used Fujitsu for some IT services, this latest agreement sees the computer services specialist oust HP from one of the largest IT contracts in the UK. The deal involves around 140,000 desktops and, according to Fujitsu, is the single biggest desktop and thin client outsourcing deal in the UK.
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