IBM Announces Team in Bid for San Diego County Transformation Project

Team Would Be Based in San Diego County

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SAN DIEGO, CA - 15 Jul 2005: IBM today announced it would team with Accenture and Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), for the County of San Diego's seven-year Information Technology and Telecommunications contract.

As the prime contractor, IBM, the world's largest IT services company, would have overall responsibility for one of the largest, most comprehensive outsourcing contracts in local government. The procurement not only calls for managing the infrastructure of the County's IT systems, but helping the County to improve its business processes as well.

In its Request for Proposal, released on May 19, 2005, the County has stated its goal is to "substantially improve the value of services provided by the County to its citizens, to reduce the overall cost of government, and to raise the level of quality of its programs."

IBM and its team members, collectively called Innovation San Diego, have a long history of managing IT and business process transformation projects at the local, state and federal levels. Innovation San Diego team members currently support local government programs in Miami-Dade County, Florida; Monroe County, New York; Clark County, Nevada; Los Angeles, California Unified School District; New York City, New York; and the County of San Diego, California. The Innovation San Diego team will utilize their collective world class IT services capabilities and experience in local government solutions to accomplish the County's goals.

"San Diego is looking to create the model for government not just for today but for the next 10-20 years," said William Ray, IBM's senior location executive based in San Diego. "This is an ambitious project that will demand innovation, creative thinking and full accountability to citizens for the services and benefits it will bring. With our team members Accenture and SAIC, we believe we bring those attributes to the County."

"Accenture is pleased to be part of the Innovation San Diego team, which possesses deep IT outsourcing capabilities," said Jim Hernandez, a partner in Accenture's Government practice. "We at Accenture are eager to put our experience with innovative, large-scale and complex government projects to work for San Diego County."

"SAIC offers both a large local presence and significant County experience to the team," said Michele McDade, SAIC vice president. "We are pleased to join such a capable and experienced team. The joint capabilities of these technology leaders complement the needs of San Diego County as it continues to be a national leader in local government."

The project is scheduled to be awarded later this year.

With a population of three million, San Diego is the third largest county in California and the fourth largest in the United States. Its annual budget is more than $4 billion.

IBM has created a website at for more information about the project and the Innovation San Diego team.

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