Memorandum from the Ministry of Defence
concerning preferred supplier of a Defence Electronic Commerce
System (30 May 2000)
You will wish to be aware that I have announced
today that, following a competition and detailed evaluation process
Cap Gemini has been selected as the preferred supplier of a Defence
Electronic Commerce Service (DECS) to the MoD. Final contract
negotiations are now underway, and my Department expects to place
a contract, under Private Public Partnership Arrangements, by
early July. We are now working in partnership with Cap Gemini
to ensure the delivery of an initial capability from the commencement
of the contract.
DECS is an extremely important development for
the MoD; it signals our determination to embrace e-Business solutions
in order to ensure the best possible support to the Armed Forces.
Whilst the initial capability will be limited, it will be exploited
and expanded rapidly to deliver the maximum possible benefit to
the MoD, providing the Department with a modern, efficient business
interface with its trading partners.