The Home Office has signed two major contacts with IBM totalling £50 million and one with Deloitte to support its digital, data and technology (DDaT) capability.
All of the deals are set to run for two years, with the largest being for £30 million with IBM for the role of central data services partner.
An attachment to the contract notice indicates that this began life as the DDaT data and data architecture service, the initial Digital Marketplace notice for which indicates that it is aimed at meeting demands for technical delivery management of internal and public facing services.
While the DDaT team in the Home Office owns and directs the relevant capabilities, the demand for its services fluctuates to a degree that it needs supplementary services. These cover integrated support and delivery across the range of DDaT business areas, with an emphasis on leadership, the delivery lifecycle and assurance for data and data architecture.
The second deal with IBM covers the central security architecture and is valued at £20 million.
It covers the evaluation of complex applications and architectures, decisions on high complexity risks, articulating the impact of vulnerabilities and advising on security concepts and guidance.
Deloitte has got in on the business with a two-year, £6 million contract as central business architecture partner for DDaT.
The Home Office has taken on the consultancy to provide the relevant capability across its DDaT technical portfolios, working with a number of teams across the department, according to the contract notice.
The initial tender document outlined a need for support in the design, planning, scoping and delivery of business solutions that work across the different functions of the Home Office.
This includes building and promoting a business architecture, managing and/or coaching the relevant teams, identifying opportunities to re-use elements from other areas of government and developing relationship with other business architects and design professionals.
These are the latest steps in the department’s programme of strengthening its DDaT capability, having recently developed data functions for its border operations, revealed plans for an augmented data catalogue, and last year setting out six principles as part of its strategy for relevant operations.