Select Committee on Defence First Special Report


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.

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