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Monday, September 3, 2007

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Global Dispatches

British Ministry Delays IT Project

LONDON - The U.K. Ministry of Justice last week said the rollout of its Libra case management computer system to 370 Magistrates' Courts is now expected to start late next year. This is the latest in a series of delays for the troubled project.

In a report on the state of the effort, Alex Allan, permanent secretary of the ministry, blamed "a number of external factors" for the delay, including supplier problems and the need to rewrite some applications.

Development of the system began in 1998, and an earlier effort to roll it out was halted in February.

The estimated cost of the system, set at £146 million ($290 million U.S.) in 1998, is now £950 million ($1.9 billion U.S.), according to the ministry. -- Tash Shifrin, Computerworld UK

Stolen U.K. Server Held Police Data

SEVENOAKS, England - A database containing administrative data and case files from multiple U.K. police forces has been stolen from a company that carries out forensic investigations for police departments across the U.K.

Forensic Telecommunications Services Ltd. acknowledged last week that the files were stored on a server stolen from its headquarters here during a break-in on Aug. 7.

The company said the theft will not "compromise ongoing police operations." A Scotland Yard spokesman added that the theft is not likely to "have any serious impact on current or historic investigations." -- Tash Shifrin, Computerworld UK

Briefly Noted

Reuters Group PLC has awarded a 10-year, £500 million ($991 million U.S.) outsourcing contract to Fujitsu Ltd. The agreement calls for Tokyo-based Fujitsu to run the bulk of London-based Reuters' internal IT operation from facilities in Lisbon and Kuala Lumpur.

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