Departmental ICT

International Development written question – answered on 29th January 2009.

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Photo of Jennifer Willott Jennifer Willott Shadow Secretary of State, Shadow Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the initial estimated (a) cost and (b) delivery date was of each ICT project initiated by his Department in each year since 1997; what the (i) outturn cost and (ii) completion date was of each such project subsequently completed; which contractors were hired for each project; and how much has been paid to each contractor in respect of each project to date.

Photo of Michael Foster Michael Foster Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for International Development

The ASSIST 2000 programme began in 1999 and completed in June 2004. The total cost of the programme was £4.32 million. The primary contractor was Methods Application Ltd and the contracted cost was £1.33 million.

The Human Resources Database project began in 2001-02. The initial estimated cost and delivery date was £1.18 million and March 2004 respectively. The project was completed in March 2004 at a cost of £1.22 million. The primary contractor was RebusSoftware Limited (now Northgate-Arinso) and the contracted cost was £1.22 million.

The Quest Electronic Document and Records Management (EDRMS) project began in 2001-02. The initial estimated cost and delivery date was £8.98 million and December 2005 respectively. The project was completed in March 2006 at a cost of £11.68 million, which included additional options available under the original contract. The primary contractor was LogicaCMG (now Logica) and the contracted cost was £11.68 million.

The PRISM (Performance Reporting Information System for Management) programme began in 2001-02. The cost at completion was £1.14 million and the programme was completed by March 2005. The programme was carried out largely using in-house resources.

The ARIES Finance, Procurement and Reporting System began in 2004. The initial estimated supplier base cost was £11 million, the initial estimated delivery date was October 2008. The current expected completion date is September 2009 with an estimated supplier cost of £17.6 million. This estimate reflects agreed changes to the scope of the project, a software upgrade, additional consultancy support for change management, development of end-user training materials, and assistance with training and rollout. The primary contractor is Agresso Ltd.

The HR transformation project started in March 2005 and was completed on time in March 2008. The original budget was £6.5 million and the cost on completion was £6.0 million This was primarily a business change project but included a number of smaller IT components.

The Desktop Refresh project started in 2005 and was completed on time in March 2006. The cost at completion was £1.87 million. The project was carried out using in-house resources and equipment was purchased from Hewlett Packard Ltd.

The Laptop Refresh project started in October 2007 and was completed on time in December 2008. The original budget was £1.8 million and the final outturn was £1.7 million. The project was carried out by DFID staff and equipment was purchased from Dell Ltd.

The Web Transformation project began in December 2007 and is on track to complete in July 2009. The original projected budget was £2.0 million and the current forecast is £2.5 million. The project is managed in-house but uses a range of smaller contractors.

The Knowledge and Information Management Programme began in 2008. The project is at an early stage but is on track to complete in March 2011. The original cost estimate of £6.8 million is still accurate. This programme is managed in-house but uses a range of smaller contractors.

The Information Technology Infrastructure Programme (ITIP) began in 2007 and is on track to complete in March 2011. The original estimate of £5.0 million is still accurate. This programme is managed in-house but uses a range of smaller contractors.

DFID has also let a number of small IT related contracts. However, our central records do not distinguish IT contracts, so provision of details for these projects would incur disproportionate costs.

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