Consortium of three will share third-party applications maintenance and outsourcing for French public research organization’s information systems
Capgemini Sud SAS (“Capgemini”), a subsidiary of the Capgemini Group, one of the world’s foremost providers of consulting, technology and outsourcing services, together with Logica, a major player in IT services; and Bull, a specialist in large infrastructures both open and secure; have together been awarded a six-year contract with the CNRS, the French National Center for Scientific Research and the world’s leading organization for scientific publications. The consortium will handle third-party applications management and outsourced IT systems for finance and accounting activities, plus the Human Resources (HR) and salary management system for the Center. As consortium leader, Capgemini will lead the overall contract, while Logica will act as a joint consortium member.
CNRS is the main multi-discipline public research organization – in all fields of knowledge – in France, working under the direction of the French Ministry for Higher Education and Research. Within the framework of its organization project the CNRS has modernized its IT tools, notably equipping itself with a new accounting and budgeting system (BFC), along with a new human resources and salary management system (Sirhus). The Center launched a call for tender at the beginning of 2009 for third-party applications management and outsourcing, for these two SAP-based systems.
This new contract will see the consortium building the technical architecture and taking care of progressive and corrective maintenance, as well as outsourcing, for the two IT systems: Sirhus, for human resources administration and salary management for CNRS employees, and BFC for budget execution monitoring, spending, projects, revenue, financial monitoring of research contracts and both general and analytical budget accounting.
Capgemini, Logica and Bull won the CNRS contract for their respective experience in the implementation of big transformation projects in the public sector. The consortium also has a very good knowledge of the Center’s specific challenges in the accounting/finance and HR areas. All members of the consortium have individually been working with the public research organization on different projects for the past four years. Capgemini led the implementation of BFC, Logica led the Sihrus implementation, and Bull was charged with the outsourcing of the SAP and Enterprise Application Integration (EAI) systems, an integration infrastructure which allows the different IT system applications to communicate.