Managed services provider Xaman, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Compaq reseller Computer Solutions and Finance Group, has signed a deal to provide contract management software for the Channel Tunnel rail link project.
Xaman is hosting the software for London Electricity Services, which is involved in high voltage infrastructure projects on the 68-mile line that will link St Pancras station in London with the Channel Tunnel by 2006.
John Mattingley, chief executive at Xaman, told vnunet.com that there are many similar opportunities among medium to large sized manufacturing companies in the UK.
"In revenue terms right now this deal is not that great: a few thousands of pounds a month," he said.
"The kind of manufacturer we look for is not Glaxo or Unilever, which have it sorted out, but the medium to large companies with turnover of £100m to £1bn. They are not very well served by the IT outsourcing community."
The software is hosted at Xaman's London data centre and uses workflow, collaboration and communications features to allow up-to-date information on the contract status to be accessed via a web browser by relevant parties.
This ensures that the contract meets the guidelines set out by the Institute of Civil Engineers.
Other Xaman customers include British Airways and the Tussauds Group.
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