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Departmental Information and Communications Technology

Volume 497: debated on Monday 12 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what IT systems have been in development for use within his Department in the last five years; what the reason for the development of each system was; how much has been spent on the development of each system; and which systems have been subsequently (a) implemented, (b) terminated prior to implementation and (c) terminated following implementation. (290550)

The following IT systems have been in development for use within the Department for International Development since July 2004:

The Quest project introduced an Electronic Document and Records Management (EDRM) system, upgraded the Email system and Desktop software, and developed a Collaborative Working system. The project was completed in March 2006 at a cost of £11.68 million.

The ARIES Enterprise Resource Planning system was developed to support DFID’s project management, finance, procurement and reporting needs. The contract cost was £17.6 million, and the system has been operational since November 2007.

The HR Transformation project was primarily a business change project but included a number of smaller IT components to help manage staff administration, including the Performance Management System and 360 Feedback System. The cost of the HR Transformation project was £6.0 million.

The Knowledge and Information Management Programme began in 2008 and contains a number of IT projects, including the Chapter system to manage ministerial and parliamentary correspondence and an upgrade to the Quest EDRM system. The programme is on track to complete in March 2011. The current cost estimate is £6.8 million.

All the systems mentioned have been implemented and are in use. No major IT systems have been terminated either prior to implementation or before their planned lifespan after implementation.

One IT project run by DFID Pakistan was cancelled in September 2008. The project had spent £7,000 at the point of cancellation.