The Public Private Partnership agreement under which Capgemini UK plc runs the Defence Electronic Commercial Service (DECS) for the UK Ministry of Defence is to continue until 2012 following the signing of a contract extension between the two organisations. Provided as a managed service from a Capgemini secure data centre in the UK, DECS is the primary electronic interface between the Ministry and the defence industry, facilitating collaboration on complex defence projects as well as efficient electronic purchasing of regular supplies.
Since its implementation by Capgemini at the MOD in 2000, DECS’ annual transaction volumes have grown to £2.6 billion in 2008. Originally designed solely for ePurchasing, the DECS service now supports a wide range of e-based activities at the MOD including purchase-to-pay, travel booking, bulk fuel inventory management, training services, and information sharing and project management support for external defence contractors and groups within the MOD working in collaboration.
John Taylor, MOD’s Chief Information Officer, said: “The DECS service has delivered many cost-saving and time-saving efficiencies at the MOD over the last eight years and I am pleased that Capgemini, who have consistently exceeded the very high service levels that we demand, will continue to work with us in the years to come. I also look forward to continuing the highly collaborative partnering arrangement with Capgemini that has delivered real innovation in the way we work, both internally and with our defence and other industry partners.”
With the expansion of the DECS applications into areas such as travel, remote Internet Access to Shared Services (IASS) and other shared services, the number of DECS users now totals over 15,000 MOD civilian and military personnel in the UK and around the world, with over 750 trading partners and three other government departments.
Cliff Evans, Vice President of Defence and Identity Management at Capgemini, said: “DECS has proved a shining example of new ways of working, and of the corresponding
efficiencies and cashable savings that can be won in the public sector by moving
to shared services operating models based on modern technology. I am absolutely
delighted that the MOD is actively helping us to spread this vital message to
other government departments.“
He added: “At the MOD, our DECS service has expanded considerably year by year in terms of transaction volumes, number of users and range of services provided, and I am confident that it will continue to do so. In this way, DECS is expected to enable MOD to realize further savings from back office functions to release money for re-investment in front-line capabilities.”
Capgemini, one of the world’s foremost providers of consulting, technology and outsourcing services, enables its clients to transform and perform through technologies. Capgemini provides its clients with insights and capabilities that boost their freedom to achieve superior results through a unique way of working, the Collaborative Business Experience. The Group relies on its global delivery model called Rightshore®, which aims to get the right balance of the best talent from multiple locations, working as one team to create and deliver the optimum solution for clients. Present in more than 30 countries, Capgemini reported 2008 global revenues of EUR 8.7 billion and employs over 92,000 people worldwide.
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