Steria and Capgemini Win the Maintenance Contract for the French State’s New Financial Management, Budget, and Accounting IT System (Chorus Project)

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Via the Government Agency for Financial Applications (AIFE, Agence pour l’Informatique Financière de l’Etat), the French Ministry of Budget and Government Accounting, Civil Service and State Reform, has retained the consortium led by Steria and its co-sourcing partner, Capgemini France - a subsidiary of the Capgemini Group - for the maintenance of Chorus.

The six-year contract, is worth around €120 million, and is part of the French state modernization program. A part of the Ministry of Budget and Government Accounting, the AIFE is in charge of running the state financial information system in France, which notably includes building, deploying and maintaining Chorus.

The Chorus program is based on an SAP solution. It was designed to make a unique and integrated information system that conforms to the Organic Law Relative to the Laws of Finance (LOLF)1 available to all stakeholders involved in spending, non-fiscal receipts and  accounting2, for financial, budget and accounts management. Chorus contributes to the modernization and rationalization of budgetary and accounting processes of French state services.

Steria and Capgemini at the center of the modernization of the French Administration 
Steria and Capgemini have worked with the French Administration on the deployment of the  LOLF for a long time. After having been selected to take part in the construction of the LOLF Agreement budgeting and accounting system, Steria has handled its maintenance since 2005. Capgemini has also been a major partner in Chorus construction, since 2007.  Capgemini has supported the deployment of all State budgeting and accounting systems, since 2001, and since 2009, the Group has notably handled the deployment of Chorus to half of all ministries, thanks to the mobilization of 230 IT consultants, from 23 sites around France. This new information system will eventually be used by nearly 50,000 users, of which 25,000 will use the core SAP application.

This new contract sees Steria and Capgemini strengthen their position as partners of largescale government IT programs, and continue their support of the French state in its modernization program.

“Steria’s expertise in industrialized global maintenance solutions, and the skill of the 150  team members dedicated to the project - notably from the SAP services center in Toulouse -  who handled Third Party Application Management under very tight deadlines, were deciding  factors in this new contract, and confirm our ability to support major transformation projects  for the Administration,” comments Olivier Vallet, Senior Executive Vice President and CEO  France, in charge of Group Innovation Policy and the supervision of Scandinavia and Belux.

“Our offer stood out for the complementarity of our skills, and ability to respond to the client’s particularly selective quality and cost criteria. Capgemini’s strategy is to accelerate its commitment to public institutions, by building on its international experience and ability to support the Administration in its large-scale modernization projects,” says Jean-Philippe Bol, Head of Technology Services, Capgemini, in France.

Steria, a player in European administration modernization 
Steria has a solid knowledge of the issues and specificities of the public sector, and offers a complete  package combining its skills in consulting, systems integration and outsourcing assets that allow it to  support European administrations in the deployment of major modernization projects. The company’s ability to manage large-scale IT projects, committing to both results and deadlines, and handle its clients’ IT infrastructure, make Steria a trusted partner. More than 50 ministries and 60 public  organizations work with Steria in Europe, notably including the Danish and Norwegian customs  administrations; the Swedish public healthcare administration; the Norwegian, Irish, British and  Swedish police authorities; the Belgian and French Ministries of the Interior; the Spanish, Belgian and  French Ministries of the Economy and Finance; the British and French Ministries of Defense; the armed  forces in Germany; the Navy in France; the French Ministry of Culture; work and health in Spain;  justice in Great Britain and modernization in Norway.

Capgemini, a transformation partner for public institutions on an international scale 
With a worldwide network of more than 12,000 experts, Capgemini supports public institutions in  modernization and transformation, notably in the areas of public security, tax, public healthcare, and  local & regional government. With a portfolio of clients covering all dimensions of public service,  Capgemini provides tailored solutions to the main players in this sector at a worldwide level. Amongst  the Group’s references, are notably the Australian Taxation Office; the Slovak Ministry of Finance; HM  Revenue & Customs, Croydon Council, the National Health Service (NHS) in Great Britain;  Skatettedirektoratet in Norway; CNAMTS (Caisse Nationale de l’Assurance Maladie des Travailleurs  Salariés / national insurance in France); Maritime and Seafaring Authority and CNRS (Centre National  de la Recherche Scientifique) in France.

About Steria:
Steria delivers IT enabled business services which help organisations in the public and private sectors operate more  efficiently and profitably. By combining in depth understanding of our clients’ businesses with expertise in IT and business process outsourcing, we take on our clients’ challenges and develop innovative solutions to address them.  Through our highly collaborative consulting style, we work with our clients to transform their business, enabling them to focus on what they do best. Our 18,300 people, working across 16 countries, support the systems, services and processes that make today’s world turn, touching the lives of millions around the globe each day. Founded in 1969, Steria has offices in Europe, India, North Africa and SE Asia and 2009 revenue of 1.63 billion Euros.  20,3%* of Steria’s capital is owned by its employees. Headquartered in Paris, Steria is listed on the Euronext Paris market.

* This figure includes FCPE (employee shareholding scheme), direct employee shareholding, retired employees,  the SIP Trust and the Steria Employee Trust but does not include that of the Carteron Family (founder of Steria).

About Capgemini 
Capgemini, one of the world’s foremost providers of consulting, technology and outsourcing services, enables its  clients to transform and perform through technologies. Capgemini provides its clients with insights and capabilities that boost their freedom to achieve superior results through a unique way of working, the Collaborative Business  ExperienceTM. The Group relies on its global delivery model called Rightshore®, which aims to get the right balance of the best talent from multiple locations, working as one team to create and deliver the optimum solution for clients.  Present in more than 35 countries, Capgemini reported 2009 global revenues of EUR 8.4 billion and employs over  100,000 people worldwide. More information is available at

Rightshore® is a trademark belonging to Capgemini

1 The LOLF, or Organic Law Relative to the Laws of Finance, of August 1, 2010, profoundly reformed the management of the French State, by implementing a more democratic, more efficient form of management, for the benefit of all – citizens, public services users, tax payers and civil servants. It was adopted in phases, and was applied to all public administration from January 1, 2006.

2 Administrators, financial controllers, accountants, heads of departments