GROUPE STERIA : Steria helps keep Northern Ireland training record right on track

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Steria, a leading European end to end IT services provider has just trained the 5000th civil servant as part of Western Europe's largest Electronic Document Management Record System (EDRMS) under the Records NI initiative.  This keeps the schedule well on track to have over 16,500 staff trained by November of this year, an NI training record.

Everything about the Records NI project is on a huge scale.  The seven year, £20m+ project will see a record 18,500 staff from 11 government departments adopting the new system within nine months, including Department Heads and the head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service, Nigel Hamilton.

Paul Wickens, General Manager of Steria in Northern Ireland said:  "Records NI is one of the key components of a programme that is helping to realise the Northern Ireland government's vision to create the 'Office of the Future'.  Its main aim is to set up a single storage location for all documents and records across all 11 departments which will save time, provide faster access to information and significantly reduce the amount of space currently required to store records and documents.

The mammoth training programme is an integral part of overall project that focuses on a train today use tomorrow principle.  The feedback to date from those who have completed the various courses has been excellent with approval ratings well into the high 90's, for which I should like to thank SureSkills, our partner training organisation, have helped us deliver this most demanding of schedules."

Chris Thompson, corporate services director within the Department of Finance and Personnel said: "I am delighted that a member of our staff has become the 5000th member of the NI Civil Service to have completed their Records NI training.  This project is a vital element in the process of helping government departments to work closer and more efficiently together to provide an even better service to the public.  Already we are starting to see some tangible positive benefits of the effects of the training programme on our staff and systems. 

Not only is this a UK but a European first and I'm delighted that the NI Civil Service has had the vision and commitment to deliver such an ambitious and rewarding project." 

Steria: modernising European governments

Steria has sound knowledge of the public sector and provides a comprehensive offer, combining its skills in consulting, systems integration and managed services. This expertise enables it to partner European governments in rolling out extensive modernisation projects. The Group's ability to manage large-scale IT projects with commitment to results and deadlines and to take control of its customers' IT infrastructures makes it a trusted partner for public services. More than 50 ministries and 60 public bodies currently work with Steria in Europe, from customs authorities in Denmark and Norway, Swedish social security, police forces in Norway, the United Kingdom, Ireland and Sweden, the Belgian and French Ministries of the Interior, the Spanish, Belgian and French Ministries of Economy and Finance, the British and French Ministries of Defence, the German, Norwegian Armed Forces and the French Navy, the French Ministry of Culture, the Spanish Ministry of Employment and Health and the British Home Office, to the Ministry of Modernisation in Norway, the City Councel of Oslo.


About Steria (www.steria.com)

Extensive expertise in its three core businesses of consulting, systems integration and managed services has made Steria a leading end-to-end IT services provider for companies and public authorities throughout Europe.

With a revenue of ¤1.3 billion in 2006 and over 10,000 employees, Steria is one of the top ten European IT services companies.

Understanding the challenges facing its customers enables Steria to design business-specific solutions with high added value in all of its fields of expertise - the public sector and healthcare, banking and insurance, telecommunications and utilities/transport/manufacturing - as well as innovative technological solutions.

Based on over 35 years' experience in managing large-scale projects, an exceptional ability to respond and an industrial approach to business, Steria has developed a result-based culture with a commitment to service quality and customer satisfaction.

Steria's employees, who hold 24% of the Group's capital, draw on its core values of simplicity, creativity, independence, respect and openness to transform the latest and most advanced information technologies into added-value services, enabling Steria to help its customers make progress.

Steria is listed on Euronext Paris, Eurolist (Compartment B).


Steria Group press office
Isabelle Grangé
Tel. : +33 1 34 88 64 44
isabelle.grange@steria.com
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Maya Raimbaud-Cayon
Tel : +33 1 49 09 25 79
maya.raimbaud-cayon@tbwa-corporate.com
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