Dutch Ministry of Agriculture chooses Capgemini for outsourcing office automation
"Virtual desktop’ environment will support greater mobility, flexibility and energy efficiency.

Fuente:   www.consultant-news.com   Fecha:  27/08/2009

Dutch Ministry of Agriculture chooses Capgemini for outsourcing office automation

The IT Operations Service of the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality has chosen Capgemini Nederland B.V. as its partner in an office automation initiative.

Capgemini will be responsible for 9,000 workstations belonging to both the core department and the Ministry’s operational services, in addition to managing the automation of the central networking and server infrastructure, data storage, fixed telephony, coordination over mobile telephony and distributed print services.

Within the contract, worth €50 million over the next five years, Capgemini will manage the implementation to take place over the next two years and the governance of the office automation, which will span the five year period.

The core element of the technology Capgemini is offering is a ‘virtual desktop’, enabling a high degree of mobility and flexibility for the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture’s workforce. The ‘virtual desktop’ environment is delivered from Capgemini’s data center, located in Amsterdam, to the most appropriate device, depending on each employee’s requirements (e.g. laptop, desktop, PDA or other device). For the majority of end-users, Capgemini will deploy Sun Ray clients to replace PCs. This energy-efficient, ultrathin client hardware developed by technology partner, Sun Microsystems, is used with Sun’s Virtual Desktop Infrastructure software and VMware Hypervisor.

“We are very pleased to collaborate closely with the Ministry in implementing a sustainable IT solution that offers a cost reduction over the long term, in addition to promoting innovation and transformation towards a greener alternative,” said Peter Croes, Head of Outsourcing Services, Capgemini Nederland B.V.

The workplace concept and the new infrastructure are set to enable the Ministry of Agriculture to further expand the use of open source software for the entire department. In accordance with the demands of the tender, Capgemini will provide a blend of open source and proprietary software platforms with the implementation of a number of open source packages to begin immediately.

In addition to the technology implementation and management, the agreement includes a transfer of approximately 53 IT employees who are currently responsible for workplace management within the Ministry to Capgemini Outsourcing in the Netherlands.

The new system will first be introduced in the Plant Protection Service, a division of the Ministry of Agriculture. Other divisions will migrate to the new environment once the changeover within the Plant Protection Service is completed.