Anglian claims £100m IT services alliance is groundbreaking in the UK

Anglian Water has claimed UK groundbreaking status for its £100m services alliance formed to meet its IT requirements over an eight-year term.

IT services players Atos, Capgemini and Cognizant have agreed to collaborate in an alliance serving Anglian starting this year. It is, said Anglian, "the first time any of the three suppliers have worked in this way on this scale in the UK."

Head of information services for Anglian Water, Iain Fry, said: “By forming an alliance and not simply outsourcing all our IT needs to a third party we’ll be able to build up a reservoir of knowledge and skills between the suppliers. This know-how will remain within the alliance and enable us to extract the maximum long term benefits.

"We have been at the frontier of establishing alliances in the construction and engineering sector, but in the IT world this is still quite new."

Anglian Water has been pioneering the alliance model with its construction partners for more than a decade and recently formed 15 year alliances for all its engineering activities.

The IT alliance contracts begin in 2016 and are expected to run until 2024, with a review in year four.