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Defra awards next UnITy deal to DXC


The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has awarded DXC Technology with the contract to provide a range of services of parts of its programme.

The £81 million ‘end user environment’ deal is the second to be announced in recent weeks for the programme, following the award of a contract to Atos IT Services for hosting and application support.

No duration is stated on the contract notice but there have been earlier indications it would last for seven years.

Under the new contract, DXC will provide and manage a range of end user devices and foundation services including active directory and single sign-on, assistive technology, end user communication and line of business application presentation.

These will extend to other organisations under the Defra umbrella including Natural England, the Environment Agency, Rural Payments Agency and Marine Management Organisation.

It covers one of five workstreams within the UnITy programme, which is replacing previous deals with IBM and Capgemini as the department’s main technology suppliers.

DXC was established last year in a merger between Computer Sciences Corporation – which is cited as the contractor on the procurement notice – and the Enterprise Services line of HP Enterprise.

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