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IBM IT solution to help MOD run its property assets

The Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO), the MOD’s property and services provider, has awarded a contract to IBM, the global IT giant, for the implementation and support of its new information management system (IMS).

DIO’s future technology solution will replace outdated legacy IT systems and help staff work more efficiently and effectively through automated processes. It will also help to further improve management of the Defence estate by providing staff with a system that is easier to use and delivers better information.

Andrew Manley, DIO Chief Executive, said:

“The award of this contract for our new Infrastructure Management Solution represents a major milestone in transforming DIO. It will allow us to work more efficiently and effectively in providing a Defence estate which meets military needs and supports our Armed Forces.”

Under the terms of the contract, IBM will provide an integrated property management solution comprising software and consultancy services. The solution, in the form of an integrated workplace management system, will give the DIO central visibility of all of its key data, along with the analytical capability to reveal the performance of its extensive global property holdings.

The solution will also enable processes to be streamlined and rationalised across this diverse organisation and, via links to the systems used by DIO’s Next Generation Estates Contractors, will greatly speed-up and improve the flow of information between the organisation and its industrial partners.

Robin Thomson, IBM Global Business Services, added:

“Having the right data at the right time is essential for MOD’s Defence Infrastructure Organisation. To this end the solution, based on IBM TRIRIGA, will help provide a new level of intelligence about physical infrastructure performance that will enable the DIO to make the timely and critical decisions about their assets that are essential to the success of their operations.”

The technology will be launched in a number of capability releases through to April 2014. The contract was signed in October 2012.

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