Manchester: And what else happened last week? A round-up of the rest of the news in brief.
- Accenture said it has been selected to team with Serco Group PLC on a four-year, £36 million management contract awarded by the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) to deliver service transformation across the MOD's Defence Business Services. The contract features an innovative 'payment-by-results' element for back-office services.
- Capgemini is working with SAS to help government agencies reduce revenue losses from tax and welfare fraud, and improper payments. Their collaboration exploits SAS's business analytics software and services and covers Europe, Brazil, India and Asia-Pacific. This public sector initiative follows a series of successful fraud and risk management projects in financial services, delivered with Capgemini's Business Information Management (BIM) Global Service Line.
- The count for the 2012 Scottish Local Government Elections on May 4 was hailed as one of the most efficient and transparent on record after a special 'eCounting' system provided by Logica successfully delivered a result under the Single Transferrable Vote mechanism. By 4.45pm all votes for the 352 wards in 32 constituencies had been counted, with the Orkney Islands the first to return its elected members at just 10:30am in the morning. Logica with partner Opt2vote won the £5.2m contract to provide the eCounting technology for the Local Government elections in 2010.
- Financial services specialist Capco, has expanded its US operations, opening its first office in Chicago. The new office is led by Michael Pugliese, Capco partner and region leader, along with Capco partner TJ Campbell, who heads the Emerging Clients initiative for Capco North America..
- CSC in Australia announced that wealth management company AMP Limited has extended its relationship with CSC for another five years to 2016. The comprehensive services contract, signed during the fourth quarter of CSC fiscal year 2012, is worth more than AUD$220 million, and designed to support the merged operations of AMP and AXA Asia Pacific Holdings (AXA APH) Australia and New Zealand.
- Japanese IT services conglomerate, NTT DATA Corporation, which is now trading as a single global brand, has reported revenues of 1,251 billion Yen ($15.7 billion), up 7.7%, for the year to March 31 2012. Net income for the year fell 18.4% to 30.4 billion Yen ($381 million). The company expects net income to grow 24% in the current fiscal on revenues up 2.3%. It says that both its 2011 performance and the outlook for this financial year reflect signs of recovery in Japan's economy, offset by continuing constraints in Japan because of power supply issues, and the downturn in economies "hurt by the European debt crisis".