There was another positive step forward for Xansa this morning with the news that we've won a major contract with the Government to establish and manage an Internet platform which will allow three central Government departments (Department of Health, Department for Education and Skills, and Directgov) – collectively known as 'The Club' – to deliver essential electronic services.
This is great news for us as it's a significant five-year contract, where we'll provide fully managed web and content management services to the departments. It's also great news for The Club as it provides improved services to the public at a reduced cost to serve.
What's particularly interesting to me in the Commercial world is the similar concept around shared services that the Club contract provides. The plan is that other Government departments will be able to 'join the Club' to share development, component reuse and so on, at a reduced cost and risk compared to reinventing the wheel with running their own systems. A similar concept to what I see emerging within, for example, the utilities space around the potential sharing of back-office services.