Royal Mail Group Limited, the national postal service of the United Kingdom, has signed a six-year IT contract with Capgemini UK plc. a subsidiary of Capgemini group, one of the world’s foremost providers of consulting, technology and outsourcing services, in a move which aims to transform its business and consumer online services, help to reduce its annual website IT costs and support expansion and diversification into a wide range of new web-based business opportunities without the delays and expense of traditional IT.
The contract is for cloud computing, a technology breakthrough which enables IT-on-demand to be piped into an organization as a ‘smart utility’ on a money-saving pay-as-you-go basis. The new technology can be quickly and easily reconfigured to support RMG in launching new business ventures and bringing new services to market as quickly as possible. Areas seen as strong candidates for expansion and diversification at Royal Mail Group (RMG) include services for personal and small or medium business customers, and high-quality, innovative parcel delivery services to meet the needs of the UK’s boom in online shopping. The new technology will also empower RMG to keep pace with the emerging technologies and media being adopted by today’s consumers.
Capgemini won the contract against competitive bids on the strength of its innovative and creative approach and ability to meet RMG’s security requirements and complex, dynamic business needs.
The deal centres on Capgemini’s Infostructure Transformation Services (ITS) and on Capgemini Immediate, its best of breed cloud computing solution. ITS is a Capgemini global service line which enables clients to address the fundamental design, build and running of their informational structure, or ‘infostructure’. Capgemini Immediate enables an ‘ecosystem’ of third party IT suppliers to provide services seamlessly within the overall solution, with Capgemini acting as services integrator and prime contractor. It also enables the ecosystem to evolve rapidly as RMG’s business develops in the future.
Cloud computing removes the need for big investment in new hardware and software licences and allows services to be added or changed in days or weeks rather than the months or years typical of conventional IT. It reduces technology selection risk enabling IT solutions to be explored at high speed and low cost on a pilot basis before selecting the best solution roll-out.
For more information about Capgemini and Sogeti’s Infostructure Transformation Services, please visit: http://www.capgemini.com/its