Wipro bags UK Link Programme contract from Xoserve

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Bangalore: Wipro Ltd. today announced that it has won a seven-year engagement with Xoserve, an organization which is an integral part of the gas distribution and transmission market in Britain. Xoserve supports Britain’s gas market through the provision of centralised information and data services for gas transporters and shippers. The company is jointly owned by the five major gas distribution Network companies and National Grid’s Gas Transmission business.

The Wipro contract is part of the UK Link Programme which will involve the replacement of Xoserve’s two decade old legacy UK Link suite of applications by best-in-class enterprise applications with more contemporary technologies. UK Link is a suite of highly complex information and technology systems, managed by Xoserve on behalf of the UK Gas Industry that ensure the smooth running of Britain’s competitive gas market. The new platform will enable Xoserve to meet the expected demand growth generated by the roll-out of Smart Meters in the United Kingdom as well as enable Xoserve to be more responsive to changes in the gas market.

The UK Link Programme, led by Xoserve and supported by a number of business partners, will help meet a number of customer and industry wide requirements for the medium to long term. These include the ability to receive and store more meter readings; to introduce more flexibility in system enhancement and reporting and the ability for the gas market to utilise information from smart meters for the benefit of customers.

Arun Krishnamurthi, Global Head – Utilities, ENU (Energy, Natural Resources & Utilities) business unit, Wipro said, “The complex stakeholder matrix, and Xoserve’s central role in delivering the changes to the entire Gas industry in the UK, make this programme unique and transformational in nature. This is an immensely prestigious project for us and we look forward to partnering with Xoserve to ensure seamless delivery of this critical programme.”

Chris J Murray, CEO, Xoserve said, “The UK Link suite of IT systems is the life blood of the competitive gas market; enabling key processes that are critically important to the whole industry. It is fantastic news that we have Wipro – a high calibre and experienced partner – working alongside us to deliver this transformational programme.”

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