The Student Loans Company (SLC) has signed Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) as strategic transformation partner for technology change and integration services.
They have agreed on a seven-year deal, which went into effect in March, valued at up to £178 million for the company to provide a wide range of relevant services.
It is part of SLC’s Strategic Partnership Programme, under which it is working with a small number of partners to modernise its technology estate.
TCS is the third company to join the programme after contract awards last year to Capgemini for platform delivery and technology services Atos for customer enablement services.
It said key elements of its role will include supporting the use of commercial-off-the-shelf technology, supporting SLC’s increasing take-up of cloud services and expanding its enterprise integration platform. It will also support a variety of programmes and projects with the upgrade or decommissioning of legacy services.
Stephen Campbell, chief information officer at SLC, said: “SLC is focused on improving the digital services that we offer our customers throughout every stage of their funding and repayment journey.
“This new partnership with TCS is a significant part of our technology strategy and builds on the success of our previous strategic partner appointments. Its expertise will be invaluable in the successful delivery of SLC’s software-as-a-service roadmap, as well helping to develop capabilities and resilience to in-house technical skills that will drive our strategic technology agenda.”
Amit Kapur, head of TCS UK and Ireland, commented: “TCS will help modernise SLC’s systems and adopt new technologies so they can better meet the needs of their customers and stakeholders.”