Headlines, PublicNet: 9 June, 1997

The 2 year project to replace the National Insurance Recording system operated by the Contributions Agency is behind schedule. The new system, which will cost the Agency about £134m, is critical to provide the necessary support for new pensions provisions which came into effect in April 1997. Six months after the Agency signed the contract with Andersen Consulting in May 1995 the first signs began to emerge that all was not well. As a result of protracted negotiations the Agency agreed in July 1996 to vary the contract and to accept a phased implementation starting in February 1997 with completion in April 1998.The replacement system is one of the largest and most complex relational database project in Europe, containing 62.5 million records. It does not use any mainframe technology. When fully operational it will support over 5000 users at the agency in Newcastle and over 100 local offices throughout the UK.

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