Scotland's national procurement service wins top award for UK eGovernment

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eProcurement Scotland wins the top award at the UK's eGovernment National Awards 2007.

The Scottish Government’s national eProcurement service, eProcurementScotl@nd (ePS), won the top award last night (22nd January 2008) in the UK’s eGovernment National Awards 2007, Best Shared Service category, in a glittering ceremony at the Dorchester Hotel, London.

The awards are the UK ‘s highest level commendation for the best e-Government and technology-driven services - services which, through innovative online delivery or IT implementation, have positively transformed the lives of citizens, local communities, business and stakeholder groups.

Since its launch in 2002 the ePS service has delivered significant efficiencies and cost savings to an expanding user base currently numbering some 80 organisations across the Scottish public sector, and to the thousands of companies supplying goods and services to them.

Capgemini UK plc, with their subcontractor Elcom, are the service providers for this award winning service and have played a key role in its development and rapid adoption by public sector bodies across Scotland.

Commenting on this year’s awards, Prime Minister the Rt Hon Gordon Brown MP said:  ‘Today’s citizens are quite rightly demanding more and technology has the capacity to provide it, breaking new ground and helping to achieve new goals. It enables us to try things out and, ultimately, to do things differently.’

Jessica McPherson, Programme Support and Development Manager for eProcurementScotl@nd at the Scottish Government, said: ‘Beating the competition was no mean feat, with many fantastic finalists trying to impress the judges. However, once again the entry from ePS overwhelmed the panel of judges who agreed that no other eProcurement service in the UK had achieved this level of success. This is sharing services at its best.’

John Duncanson, Managing Director of Capgemini Scotland, said: ‘We congratulate the Scottish Government on yet another victory in their long string of successes in public awards – a victory which shows once again that Scotland is a world-beater in developing and applying the best in new computer technology.’

The e-Government National Awards 2007 are supported by the Government Chief Information Officer (Cabinet Office), the Office of Government Commerce, the Society of Information Technology Management (Socitm), and SOLACE (Society of Local Authority Chief Executives and Senior Managers). Full details of the awards can be found at: http://www.publictechnology.net/index.ph p

About Capgemini

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 - and through a global delivery model called Rightshore®, which aims to offer the right resources in the right location at competitive cost. Present in 35 countries, Capgemini reported 2006 global revenues of EUR 7.7 billion and employs over 83,000 people worldwide.

More information is available at www.capgemini.com.