2014 Report details for project: CONNECT Project (formerly ICT Relet Project)

Project name: CONNECT Project (formerly ICT Relet Project) - there are 2 reports for this project: 2013, 2014
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Organisation: DCLG (D4) - see all reports for this organisation
Report year: 2014 (data is from Sept 2013)
Category: ICT - see all reports for this category
Description: DCLG wanted to take advantage of a break in legacy IT contracts in August 2013, The legacy supplier service contracts had already been extended to the end of its original OJEU and the IT estate was up to 7 years old and required updating. • The service includes circa 3,000 desktops across 20 offices and 50 key business applications. • DCLG reformed its Arms length bodies (ALB), including merging the Planning Inspectorate and Infrastructure Planning Commission. By March 2013, the staff numbers covered will be expected to reduce by 30% and more modern flexible technology was required. . The key objectives of the project are to: • Ensure continuity of service replacing the functions of the current Steria and Verizon contracts when they expire in February-August 2013 • Improve efficiency through a shared services model which enables PINS and (with options for other Arms Length Bodies, such as the HCA to join as and when appropriate). • Maintain flexibility by not tying the group into an arrangement which would preclude our ability to join emerging shared Government IT solutions. • Support DCLG by aligning IT with the Departmental Business plan, the wider HM Government IT Strategy including and DCLG Group Shared Services Programme. • Improve the overall quality of ICT service provision to meet changing DCLG Business needs
DCA (RAG): Amber/Green
DCA text: Transformation is proceeding at pace and the DCLG deployment to the central Department and local offices is complete The DCLG deployment completed on the 10th March 2014. Planning Inspectorate transformation will continue through April and was delayed while a key business applications was configured and to ensure that the work of planning inspectors was not interrupted by the implementation of new IT.
Start date: 2011-11-16
End date: 2014-02-28
Schedule text: Time scales - The DCLG deployment is complete PINS transformation will continue through April.
Baseline: £4.83m
Forecast: £4.83m
Variance: 0.00%
Variance text: Cost - DCLG costs are within the project budget - no variance expected within current budgets as at 2013/14 Q2
Whole Life Cost: £24.60m
WLCost text: The Budget total reflects actual cost for yrs.11/12, 12/13 and 13/14 forecasts, the remaining years are based on forecast projection. Transition and Transformation activity was completed slightly under budget. The forecast for 14/15 continues to reflect savings of circa 40% or £3m per annum. This price was subject to competition but to verify that the price represented a market rate DCLG engaged with benchmark consultants to provide analysis of market pricing . The price analysis was based on a peer average price and the annual service charge is just below the recommended average price.
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Sourcefile: IPA_2014.csv

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