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2012 London Olympics – Accenture wins back-office contract – what about Document Exchange?

According to computing magazine, Accenture has beaten BT Global Services, IBM and LogicaCMG to win the lucrative contract to run the back-office systems of the The London Organising Committee for the 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (Locog).

Accenture will integrate Locog’s systems and services to create a platform which will drive the planning of the games. The integrated system will provide a single repository for all new and recorded data used in the planning process of the London Games across functions including finance, accounting, facilities, ticket allocation, scheduling, personnel and procurement. The deal will not cover the Games’ time operating systems or the core Games management systems that relay results, events and athlete information to spectators and media around the world during the event, which will be provided by Atos Origin, the IT systems integrator responsible for the design, build and operation of the Games IT infrastructure.

That’s all fine, but what about streamlining the document exchange among stakeholders?

In September 2006, Phil Brown, CEO of Causeway Technologies who runs Tradex met with Chairman of the Olympic Delivery Authority, Jack Lemely during EMAP Contractor 100 Breakfast Club event sponsored by Causeway. Here is an extract from the news release:

In his opening address Phil set out both the opportunities and challenges that the London 2012 Olympic Games represent not only to the UK construction industry, but to the overall UK economy. With approximately 5 years and 11 months to deliver up to £6.5bn of investment which is set to include world class sporting venues, significant regeneration of our capital and the enhancement of much of the capitals infrastructure, London 2012 represents an unrivalled opportunity to showcase the efficiency of the UK construction industry in front of a worldwide audience.

In his speech Jack Lemely spoke passionately regarding the role of the Olympic Delivery Authority and his vision that the ODA will become recognised as an intelligent client. Jack also stated that the ODA will not be responsible for building any venues that do not have an ongoing use once the games are finished; therefore underlining that London 2012 will leave a lasting legacy on our capital.

Given the current success of Tradex within the construction industry, Causeway perhaps has the best chance of ensuring that ODA remains an intelligent and efficiently run organisation by streamlining how it exchange structured documents with its suppliers as well as how various supply chains remain efficient. In this regard, Tradex (or whoever win the contract) would need to work alongside Accenture and perhaps Atos Origin.

It will also be interesting to hear which ERP system Accenture will choose as the back-end system. Please do share any information you might have on systems selected.

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