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  • 31 Oct 2007 12:00 AM | Anonymous

    The Housing Corporation has signed a three-year managed IT infrastructure deal with Steria worth £7.5m.

    The government agency funds and regulates housing associations. Its infrastructure will serve 520 Housing Corporation staff across nine offices and 2,000 external users from registered social landlords and local authorities who have access to housing investment and regulatory systems.

    Under the terms of the deal, Steria will manage core infrastructure services, including servers, storage security and applications. The IT services firm will also manage and upgrade the corporation’s desktop infrastructure.

  • 29 Oct 2007 12:00 AM | Anonymous
    NCS Group, a leading regional information technology and communications engineering service provider in the Asia Pacific and Middle East regions, has successfully implemented the Mobile Banker System, enabling the two subsidiaries of Ceylinco Consolidated, Seylan Bank and The Finance Co. Ltd, to offer banking and financial services respectively for its customers.

    This concept will revolutionise the manner in which banking and financial services is done in Sri Lanka, and is in line with the vision of its Chairman, Deshamanya Dr. Lalith Kotelawala to bring banking and financial services to the people anywhere, anytime. With this new system, both Seylan Bank and the Finance Co Ltd’s customers now have the choice of conducting banking and financial transactions at the home or work place instead of going to a branch or near-by ATMs. This system will revolutionise the way of conducting banking and financial transactions especially in developing countries where customers in villages may need to take hours to commute from home to a near-by branch for banking or financial services. It also provides the bank and the finance company a new channel that can be used to expand the customer base and enhance loyalty. The contract was awarded to NCS in January 2007. NCS is responsible for the design, development and implementation of the Mobile Banker System. It only took NCS less than 10 months to implement the Mobile Banker System. The system will be rolled out on a progressive basis across the island from today. The Mobile Banker System enables the business development officer (BDOs) of the Seylan Bank and the Finance Co Ltd to carry out secure banking and financial transactions on the Personal Digital Assistant (PDA). Each BDO will be equipped with a PDA and a small portable printing device. They can perform functions such as cash and cheque deposits, cash withdrawal, remittance disbursement, loan application and account opening at this stage. Additional services will be introduced in the future. Through the Mobile Banker System, the BDO is able to retrieve relevant customer information, aiding his understanding of the customer’s total relationship with the bank or the finance company. If a customer wishes to apply for a loan, the BDO can submit the loan application electronically, and the system will perform customer credit checking. Once the customer creditworthiness is ascertained, he will be able to provide an in-principle approval to the customer on the spot. Dr Chong Yoke Sin, CEO, NCS Group, said: “With mobile devices being truly ubiquitous, banks can now deliver mobile banking services to the consumers. NCS’ solution provides Ceylinco Consolidated a convenient new channel for conducting banking and financial business, giving it an advantage over the competition by being first to market. With the mobile device becoming the branch, it will allow Ceylinco Consolidated to reach out to the customers beyond the current branch network rapidly and without the burden of physical infrastructure. The Mobile Banker System offers anytime, anywhere information and services for its people on the go and provides reliable, secure transaction service - the ultimate in banking convenience in a secure IT environment.” “NCS has consistently delivered the reliability, availability, and performance demanded for mission-critical applications, backed up by solid support. The launch of Mobile Banker System further reinforces NCS’ position as a top tier IT services provider status in both the Asia and Middle East regions with best-in-class technology and differentiated solutions for business,” she added.

  • 24 Oct 2007 12:00 AM | Anonymous
    US companies signed fewer outsourcing contracts in 2007 and committed less time and money to those they did purchase, according to the most recent TPI data.

    TPI recently released findings from its study of the first three quarters this year and found that the number of outsourcing contracts awarded globally declined 16% when compared with the same period in 2006. The total contract value of deals worth more than £25m awarded in the past nine months reached about £24bn, which is 17% less than the comparable period in 2006. And annualised contract value – contracts valued at £25m or greater – also decreased by 18% over the same time last year.

  • 17 Oct 2007 12:00 AM | Anonymous
    Patni Computer Systems, a leading global IT services provider, announced a multi-year US$200 million deal with The Carphone Warehouse.

    Patni will become a key technology partner providing integrated services across consulting, systems integration, application development and maintenance. In addition, Patni will also be a key partner to The Carphone Warehouse for developing next-generation systems for its global telecom and retail operations. These services will be delivered across pan-European locations by Patni’s global consultants and global delivery centres in India. Commenting on the partnership, Simon Post, CTO, The Carphone Warehouse said, “The Carphone Warehouse is undergoing a rapid transformation of its business. It is critical that we are able to react rapidly to changing market conditions from a technology and operational perspective. We see Patni as a strategic partner who will enable us to create a competitive advantage in the market.” “We are delighted to announce this strategic deal with The Carphone Warehouse”, said Mrinal Sattawala, COO, Patni. “In today’s world, customers want innovation and agility coupled with operational excellence and cost leverage. We have delivered value to CPW across a set of large, complex engagements involving multiple service lines, and this contract creates the opportunity for both firms to drive sustaining mutual value through a strategic, multi-year engagement structure.” Patni’s telecom business offers end-to-end solutions to its customers including consulting, package implementation, systems integration, application development and maintenance, testing services, business process outsourcing and infrastructure support services. It contributes 14.1 per cent to Patni’s revenues. Patni recently acquired Logan Orviss International - a telecoms consulting firm, to strengthen the Company’s consulting and advisory capabilities for its telecom clients.

  • 16 Oct 2007 12:00 AM | Anonymous

    Sutherland will architect a custom solution, maintain a detailed and centralised database, generate MIS reports and perform data analytics to help ensure Deutsche Bank meets certain NASD and NYSE regulatory requirements.

    According to Deutsche Bank, Sutherland Global Services was selected due to its global service delivery capabilities and marquee Fortune 100 client list, which demonstrated success in supporting business processes in global corporations.

    Sutherland Global Services CEO Dilip Vellodi added, “Deutsche Bank is one of the most renowned financial institutions in the world. We are pleased to have the opportunity to leverage our proprietary application platform and domain expertise to develop a customised solution for their specific needs.”

  • 11 Oct 2007 12:00 AM | Anonymous

    North-shoring is a possible geographical shift in the outsourcing market to the North West of the UK.

    Liberata, a private equity-backed firm which specialises in public sector services, will create 300 new jobs in Pendle, a former industrial centre in Lancashire, through its new business and payment processing centre to supply a contract with Pendle Council. The centre is expected to open towards the end of the month.

    In July, the firm also announced a six-year £75m deal with the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) to assist delivery of the Learner Support Programme and made a commitment to create 300 jobs in Barrow-in-Furness through its Shared Services Centre, which opened in March 2006.

  • 10 Oct 2007 12:00 AM | Anonymous

    Accenture will help WorldSpace implement application development strategies and maintenance services designed to help the company get its products and services to market quickly, increase operational efficiency, reduce operating costs and enhance revenue opportunities.

    “We selected Accenture for their process-compliance, Oracle® Billing and SAP® application capabilities,” said Mike Berkley, WorldSpace CIO. “In my experience, no one in the application development area understands or delivers better business results around emerging technologies than Accenture. Outsourcing our billing and financial applications to Accenture helps us deliver better results more quickly and at lower cost than if we were to resource those functions with only internal staff.”

    “Satellite radio companies and emerging providers alike continue to face a rapidly changing, dynamic marketplace and often need functional capabilities to execute their strategy effectively,” said Dan Lauderback, managing director of Accenture’s North America Communications industry practice. “Our experience with satellite radio companies and emerging providers should allow us to deliver immediate business value and enable WorldSpace to improve its business performance by focusing on its core business of delivering quality radio programming to emerging marketplaces.”

  • 8 Oct 2007 12:00 AM | Anonymous
    Outsourcing has moved beyond simply being a cost-effective approach to IT to become a strategic tool in the corporate armoury, according to a definitive new study of the UK's top 100 companies.

    A survey compiled by outsourcing consultancy Morgan Chambers and CW360, today argues that outsourcing has moved from a cost saving to a more strategic function as corporate budgets tighten.

  • 5 Oct 2007 12:00 AM | Anonymous
    PA Consulting Group, a leading global management systems and technology consulting firm, has agreed to outsource parts of its finance function to Outsource Partners International, a leading provider of finance, accounting and tax outsourcing services.

    Daniel Walker, Global Financial Controller of PA Consulting Group stated “PA Consulting Group is pleased to be working with OPI. They bring a wealth of accounting process knowledge to PA and we were particularly impressed with the experience and qualifications of their staff. We welcome the opportunity to use their near shore and offshore facilities.” Bruce Thew, European President of OPI, stated, “OPI is delighted to be supplying a thought leading firm like PA Consulting Group with our services. PA represents the type and size of organization where we can add value to their Finance and Accounts processes whilst improving their costs significantly.”

  • 1 Oct 2007 12:00 AM | Anonymous
    BT Business, the SME communications division of BT Retail, has acquired Lynx Technology, one of the UK's leading suppliers of IT services.

    Lynx Technology specialises in consulting, technology and outsourcing and has more than 500 employees, including 200 field engineers, 50 consultants and 100 service, support and logistics staff.

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