BBC deploys artist and contributor payments system developed in Genero, managed by Xansa
Outsourced finance and accounting deal will release funds for creative programming
Xansa, the outsourcing and technology company, won preferred supplier status with the BBC for outsourced finance and accounting (F&A) services last October following a competitive bid against Capita, Infosys BPO and the current incumbent EDS.
The new contract, signed in November 2006, called for Xansa to take over responsibility for the services in July 2007.
The new artist and contributor payments system was the result of a concerted effort to combine the benefits of several disparate applications.
Working closely with BBC Finance, Xansa will deliver finance and accounting services across the BBC, including purchasing and sales transaction processing, artist and contributor payments, financial management and project accounting, payroll processing and expenses.
As prime contractor Xansa will also be working with Siemens Business Services to provide infrastructure, applications support and customer service facilities.
The contract, worth around £85m over 10 years, will be one of the most prominent F&A deals let to date and will save the BBC in excess of £200m over the life time of the contract, equivalent to 1.5 million licence fees. This will be a major contribution to the BBC’s strategy to minimise the cost of its support services and release more money into their creative output.
Zarin Patel, BBC Group Finance Director, had this to say about the announcement:
Alistair Cox, Xansa’s Chief Executive, confirmed the importance of this win:
“We are particularly pleased to be the BBC’s first offshore business process outsourcing partner. This comes on the back of our recent prestigious award from the National Outsourcing Association for Offshoring Operation of the Year and is another terrific endorsement of our leading offshore position and capability. We very much look forward to working with the BBC.”
Xansa is an international business process and IT services company creating and delivering process and technology solutions that significantly improve its clients’ business performance. Through strong relationships, commercial innovation and its integrated Indian delivery capability, Xansa drives real and long-term cost reductions, performance improvements and new ways of working tailored to each client. Its services are Business and Technology Consulting, IT Implementation, IT Outsourcing and Business Process Outsourcing. Employing around 6000 people in the UK and across three process and technology centres in India – Delhi, Pune and Chennai – the FTSE 250 Company is listed on the London Stock Exchange under the codeXAN.L.