Post Office: Here's £100m, Computacenter. Now get us up to date, for pity's sake

Reseller bags cloudy refresh & PC estate gig

Services-based reseller Computacenter has bagged a £100m project to refresh and manage tens of thousands of PCs for the Post Office, in line with the customer’s aim to drag itself into the 21st century.

The four-year End User Computing Tower involves CC buying, configuring, installing and maintaining more than 30,000 devices across 11,500 branches and at corporate HQ. It also run to legacy kit disposal.

John Beard, director of the financial services and retail sector at Computacenter, told us it spent two years bidding for the business and pipped both HP and Fujtsu to the post.

He claimed his firm’s “credibility and references” meant it scored “relatively highly” against rivals.

The Post Office is separating from the Royal Mail, and to support the push, CC is to deploy a workplace platform that includes Office 365 and manage print, hosted at its tier four certified bit barn in Romford.

In a canned statement, Post Office CIO Lesley Sewell, said the contract was designed to help it “modernise” IT systems and make it “more responsive and customer focused”.

As is de rigueur in tech circles, the Post Office split its contract into four towers: Atos won the Service Integrator portion, operating a central service desk and service management function across incumbent suppliers and the other Tower supply chain providers.

The Network procurement and Applications Towers are still being tendered and an announcement of the winner is expected next year. ®

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