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Thursday 08 April 2021

Capgemini becomes Home Office DevOps partner

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The Home Office is an important client for Capgemini. Its relationship with the department has its roots within the Home Office Data Analytics Capability. And over recent years it has been focused on raising its profile in digital, cloud platform engineering, and cyber security. In terms of DevOps capability, its footprint to date has been mainly in Borders, Immigration and Citizen Services. Now, a new contract (‘Central Specialist DevOps Service’), which has been published with a value of £40m over two years (with the potential to be extended by a further two years), has consolidated its position as a strategic DevOps partner to the department and its agencies.

This is an interesting deal as it highlights the product/profession centre model that has been developed by the Home Office. DevOps is one of a range of product centres that will offer enterprise-scale services to the entire organisation; others will include, for example, technical architecture, software engineering, business analysis, product management and UI/UX. The primary aim is to drive more consistency/common standards across the department and its agencies, allowing more frictionless interoperability between the various Home Office functions, all of which are intrinsically linked. It will, of course, also drive greater efficiency.

Interestingly, another key Capgemini client – HMRC – is, arguably, the other major central government department that has moved towards this model. We will watch other central government departments – like MoD, Defra, and MoJ – closely to see if they move in a similar direction.

This is an important win for Capgemini. It tells us it has worked hard over the recent years to develop key capabilities and align with the Home Office strategy of achieving consistency and efficiency in deploying and managing cloud platforms. Looking ahead, we can now expect similar procurements as the Home Office seeks similar professional capability to support its other product/profession centres.

Posted by: Georgina O'Toole at 21:00

Tags: centralgovernment   contract   DevOps   public+sector  

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