How do you find the right people for the job?

The award of the DII contract to deliver a secure and coherent information structure, at minimum whole-life cost, while maintaining continuity of service required the right people and the right technology.

As a massively interconnected, highly complex and mission critical programme, DII demanded the very best people to deliver. They would need enormous experience, sufficient capability and flexibility to meet the challenging requirements and exacting standards - and to de-risk the project as much as possible.

Essential to the future of the MOD, DII replaces some 300 outdated and disparate IT systems with a single, unified platform connecting around 300,000 Defence users in 2,000 locations across the globe. So perhaps the greatest factor in determining the success of DII was to draw together the best in the IT world.

World leading companies, world leading solutions

It’s not every day you find four of the largest and most successful IT companies in the world working together and in partnership with the MOD to deliver a project.

But then, DII is the biggest infrastructure rollout in Europe and has demanded an unprecedented level of knowledge and experience to successfully implement the 10-year programme.

Today, the ATLAS Consortium comprises Hewlett-Packard, Fujitsu, CGI and Airbus Defence and Space. Hewlett-Packard is the prime contractor with each company bringing its own specialist areas of expertise to bear upon the design and rollout of the programme.

A relationship based on trust

For benefits to be consistently delivered, there needs to be a good level of trust on which to build a successful long term relationship.

Given the duration of the DII programme, developing a long-term relationship with the Defence Information Services Team and the wider MOD has been a fundamental benefit to overcoming the challenges of DII and to fully realising its full potential.

This on-going relationship, founded on mutual trust, is further enhanced by the clear understanding of the business imperatives between all parties. It has led to a productive and effective relationship, which in turn, has enabled the consistent delivery of benefits.

Did you know the ATLAS Consortium can draw on the knowledge of some...


...employees all over the world - and the output of billions of pounds of investment in commercial R&D?

The collective strength and scope of capability delivered by ATLAS is unique. The Consortium has the ability to meet the challenges of DII and deliver a system capable of allowing the secure, seamless sharing of information across the MOD, UK Secure Government, its partners - including NATO - and the wider defence industry.

Hewlett-Packard is the world’s largest IT company, operating in more than 170 countries around the world.

Appointed to lead the ATLAS Consortium, Hewlett-Packard has impressive global credentials with the management of more than 300,000 servers, 3,000,000 desktops and 156 data centres globally.

The company is the defence prime contractor in the US, implementing and running the world’s biggest infrastructure project, the Navy/Marine Corps Intranet (NMCI).

Fujitsu is the world’s third largest IT services provider, offering ICT-based business solutions in 100 countries around the world.

As part of the ATLAS Consortium, Fujitsu brings a wealth of knowledge to both its partners and the DII project.

It is the leading Japanese information and communication technology company, operating in some 100 countries and supported by over 170,000 Fujitsu people - making it the world’s third largest IT provider.

CGI is a business and technology service company employing 41,000 people in 44 countries.

Committed to long-term collaboration, CGI plays an integral part in the ATLAS Consortium. 

The company has over 41,000 employees providing business consulting, systems integration and outsourcing to clients around the world - including many of Europe’s largest organisations.

Airbus Defence and Space is a division of Airbus Group.

Formed by combining the business activities of Cassidian, Astrium and Airbus Military, the new division is Europe’s number one defence and space enterprise.

It is the second largest space business worldwide and among the top ten global defence enterprises. It employs some 40,000 employees worldwide.