TCS bags 5-year contract with UK Home Office

Indian IT services giant will manage technology needs of a newly formed unit within the U.K.'s Home Office for an initial five years, in a deal reportedly worth US$232 million.
Written by Jamie Yap, Contributor

India's Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) has scored a multi-year contract in which it will manage the IT needs of a new unit within the United Kingdom's Home Office.

Spanning an initial period of five years, TCS will manage the technology needs and support services for the newly-formed Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) unit of the UK Home Office department, according to a statement the company released Thursday.

Under the contract, TCS will introduce electronic applications and improve online services to enhance user experience to transform DBS. The two organizations will also collaborate to update DBS' business processes to improve decision making and reduce processing times, the statement added.

Shankar Narayanan, country head for U.K. and Ireland at TCS, said the company's proposed IT offering supports the U.K. government's "Digital by Default" initiative and is designed to meet the business objectives of DBS "to modernize and transform its business".

The latest contract adds to several technology-enabled service transformation programs TCS has been involved in with the U.K. public sector in recent years, the Indian IT services giant said. Other U.K. government clients include the National Employment Savings Trust and Cardiff City Council, it said.

The company did not disclose the value of the contract, but unidentified sources in a Business Standard report said the initial five-year tenure was worth 145 million pounds (US$232 million).

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