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United Utilities property search system "could fail at any time"

Derek du Preez | Jan. 3, 2014
United Utilities is looking for a new commercial off the shelf product to replace its current property search system – which it says "could fail at any time".

United Utilities is looking for a new commercial off the shelf product to replace its current property search system - which it says "could fail at any time".

As one of the UK's largest water companies, United Utilities provides water and sewerage services to approximately seven million people in the North West of England.

The property search system provides customers with detailed maps of how properties within the United Utilities footprint may be served by water services and drainage facilities.

However, the company has said that the IT infrastructure that hosts the current system is "unstable and out of support".

It is now looking to take advantage of cloud computing technologies to replace the legacy system.

An online contract notice states: "We require a replacement system that is automated, on-line and integrated with United Utilities' new ESRI GIS systems and eradicates all existing infrastructure issues providing a reliable, supported and fully integrated suite of applications with the flexibility to make changes required as part of legislative need or future business places, without risk to systems or infrastructure."

Those interested in participating in the tender process have until 27th January to submit their applications.

In other news, United Utilities recently signed a 10 year contract with Fujitsu to improve its data centre set up.

 

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