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January 11, 2011

Logica announces exclusive Microsoft cloud partnership, SOCA deal

IT services firm starts the New Year in style

By Jason Stamper

Logica has announced an exclusive alliance with Microsoft that will see it deliver Microsoft’s public and private cloud offerings across EMEA. Logica said it estimates that the exclusive alliance will result in a 10% growth in its cloud revenue over the course of 2011.

Logica also today announced that a Logica-led consortium has won a 10-year, £157m outsourcing contract to deliver the UK Serious Organised Crime Agency’s (SOCA’s) ICT and related services. Logica will deliver the contract with its key partners in the successful i2d consortium: QinetiQ, Detica and Cable & Wireless.

Logica said the Microsoft alliance will enable clients to realise the benefits of cloud services by combining Logica’s business consulting approach and industry specific offerings with Microsoft’s Windows Azure platform, Hyper-V Cloud and Microsoft Office 365.

Logica and Microsoft’s alliance is already bearing fruit with three new clients: Talentsoft, Backelite and Ventadis are now working with both companies’ teams in France to use Windows Azure in their business.

"Today’s alliance announcement is significant for our clients across the European region as they are now able to access the benefits of market leading cloud platforms combined with Logica’s unique understanding of their business," said Andy Green, Logica CEO. "We have partnered with Microsoft because of their industry leading approach to cloud and we share a common desire to deliver business benefits to customers."

As part of the agreement Logica architects and consultants will have early access to Microsoft cloud technologies and solutions. This will allow European clients to accelerate their business transformation while experiencing the reliability, speed and cost savings which cloud technologies can provide, Logica claimed.

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"We are currently at a critical juncture where enterprises are moving from consideration to adoption of cloud services," said Jean-Philippe Courtois, president, Microsoft International. "Our joint industry offerings will combine Logica’s in-depth client knowledge with Microsoft’s cloud solutions and expertise. This alliance will empower leading companies across Europe to start the journey to the cloud with confidence with Microsoft and Logica."

As for a Logica-led consortium winning the £157m UK SOCA deal, Trevor Pearce, director general of SOCA, said: "This contract secures an efficient and sustainable IT platform which will enable us to modernise and enhance our technological capabilities in fighting crime and improve the effectiveness of UK law enforcement in dislocating criminal markets."

The programme is said to be aligned with the Government’s commitment to achieve savings through smarter use of technology, re-use of existing Government assets and shared services. The Cabinet Office’s Efficiency Reform Group reviewed the supporting business case last summer and it was approved by the Home Office and Treasury.

The i2d solution will provide SOCA with a platform for improved collaboration with its partners, exploitation of intelligence and case management, as well as creating efficiencies through consolidation of data centres, networks and desktops.

"This is a fantastic win and clearly shows how we can use our expertise in deploying technology to help the Government deliver mission critical services while saving money in the process. We are delighted to have been able to work collaboratively with our partners to secure this key contract," said Craig Boundy, Logica UK CEO.

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