Unisys Led Consortium Wins Four Large European Commission IT Service Provider Contracts
Contract represents major milestone in Unisys relationship with the EC
BRUSSELS, Belgium, December 12, 2006 – Unisys Corporation (NYSE:UIS) today announced that the European Commission has awarded a Unisys led consortium, ONE4EU, four out of seven lots of the ESP-DESIS Call for Tender (External Service Provision for Development, Studies and Support of Information Systems). ESP-DESIS represents a major milestone in Unisys relationship with the European Commission.
The four IT service provider framework contracts are primarily time and materials contracts with a base term of two years with two one-year options exercisable at the discretion of the European Commission. The contracts have a potential value for the consortium of €45 million for the base years and €180 million overall, including option years, if the European Commission orders the current estimated number of labour hours. Unisys share of the value is 32 per cent.
The consortium, which consists of Unisys Belgium, Sogeti Belgium, IRIS and Reggiani, will assist the European Commission with its IT development and management needs including development and support of IT systems, database management, document and content management and data warehousing. As part of the contracts, Unisys will also provide on-site services as well as fixed price off-site developments.
To deliver the services, Unisys has set up a unique delivery model that has been specifically adapted to fit the structure of the European Commission. As a result, all resources can be deployed quickly and efficiently with up to 160 Unisys employees on hand as and when required. The contracts will also mean the start of a significant recruitment drive for Unisys in order to support future growth.
“These contracts have been won against fierce competition, in an area that can be considered one of the most competitive IT markets in the world. We are especially delighted that our services, prices and quality were seen to offer the best value to the European Commission,” says Bart Steukers, managing partner, Global Public Sector, Unisys Continental Europe. "ESP-DESIS puts Unisys amongst the top IT providers to the European Commission and gives us the opportunity to further develop our business in the different Member States.”
The ESP DESIS Call for Tender includes a full spectrum of IT services across seven specific lots, to all Directorate-Generals and services of the European Commission. Service delivery will take place in cities across Europe such as Brussels, Luxembourg, Ispra, Seville, Dublin, Geel, Petten and Karlsruhe. DG DIGIT, the Directorate General in charge of IT services, will act as the contracting body.
"Thanks to the strong relationship with our partners and affiliates, and to our own Unisys capabilities, we were able to set up an innovative sourcing model that optimises delivery efficiency. As a result, the European Commission should have the best resources to match its needs,” says Dimitri Angelou, European Union Practice Leader Unisys Belgium. “Our unique model will form the basis of the new services with which we want to reinforce European public sector strategy.”
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