The country’s second largest IT services company Infosys has been awarded a CAD $80.3 million contract by Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC), with eyes on further federal departments and agencies.
The deal, that will be executed by Infosys Public Services (IPS), a Canada-based fully owned subsidiary of IT major partnering with public sector organisations, is aimed at modernising and automating PSPC’s procurement processes.
PSPC is a key provider of services for federal departments and agencies. It supports them in the achievement of their mandated objectives as their central purchasing agent, linguistic authority, real property manager, treasurer, accountant, integrity adviser, and pay and pension administrator.
IPS is working with Ernst & Young LLP (EY) and SAP Canada (SAP) to digitise PSPC procurement system through the implementation and management of a cloud-based electronic procurement solution. The new solution, which will be using SAP Ariba, SAP Fieldglass and ServiceNow, will provide an intuitive, web-based portal for PSPC and its suppliers to access procurement information and services in both English and French, the company said.
As the prime system integrator, IPS will implement the SAP-based solution and set up a network that provides Tier-I, II and III support services. EY Canada will facilitate the design and deployment of future state processes and enabling technology to support PSPC procurement modernisation agenda. EY Canada will also provide change management and training support as the program gets rolled out.
Based on the experience within PSPC, the government will determine whether to expand the solution to other federal departments and agencies, the company added. Provincial and municipal organisations will later be offered an option to use this new platform to streamline their procurement processes and reduce the administrative burden while engaging with more than 1,83,000 government suppliers.
“Navigating their programs and services to a digital future requires organizations to not only identify the right technologies to implement, but also to enable them quickly and at-scale,” said Eric Paternoster, Chief Executive Officer, Infosys Public Services. DH