Accenture and Steria win major public sector contract in Norway

by Editor 1/20/2009 3:25:00 PM
IT consulting firm Accenture and IT services company Steria were selected by the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund as uts system development partners in association with the recently agreed pension reforms. The contracts are expected to be worth over € 32 million (16 million each).

The two IT services firms will develop a new systems portfolio for the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund (Statens Pensjonskasse), which will include implementing the pension reforms and migration to a new platform.

The project is scheduled to run from January 2009 to 2011, with the possibility of a further 12-month extension. Over 100 employees from Statens Pensjonskasse, Accenture and Steria will be engaged on the project from the early months. Around 60 of these will be consultants. Steria will provide expertise in Scum and agile systems development, user friendliness, Java development, data warehousing and process flow. Accenture will provide consultants with expertise primarily within the areas of pensions, Java development, integration, security and the existing specialised systems.

“Accenture and Steria will each deliver their own sub package, while at the same time working closely with each other and with the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund (Statens Pensjonskasse) - under the same roof at the project office in Oslo. Close and healthy consultation is one of the most important success criteria for the project,” said Finn Melbø, Managing Director of Statens Pensjonskasse.

“This pension reform work will make Statens Pensjonskasse one of the most exciting places to work in the public sector over the next few years,” he added.

Kjell Rusti, Managing Director of Steria in Norway, said: "Steria has worked with systems development based on agile methodology in the public sector for many years, experience that we look forward to leveraging when implementing the PERFORM project. The agreement confirms Steria as most highly qualified supplier of choice to the most demanding organisations."

Accenture Norway Managing Director Nils Øveraas added: "Working with Statens Pensjonskasse and on other large and demanding ICT projects in the public sector over the past few years has enabled us to build up a tremendous amount of experience and expertise related to the pension reforms in The Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration (NAV). We look forward to utilising this know-how in partnership with Statens Pensjonskasse and Steria to deliver the largest ever agile ICT project in Norway."

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