PDP appoints Capgemini as digital technology partner

The Pensions Dashboards Programme (PDP) has appointed Capgemini to deliver its central technical architecture, ending the project’s first phase.

The announcement explained that the selection of Capgemini had followed an extensive period of engagement, with both the pensions industry and potential suppliers, which PDP said had shaped the development of the technical requirements and included several market engagement exercises and webinars to explain aspects of the digital architecture.

Capgemini will deliver the pensions finder service, consent and authorisation service, and governance register, and will partner with Origo to deliver the specified elements of the central digital architecture.

Following completion of the five-month tender process, PDP added that the firm’s bid had been successful due to its quality and value for money, as well as the credibility and expertise of both parties to deliver the contract.

The appointment heralds the conclusion of the first phase of PDP outlined in its timeline, with the next planned objectives focusing on construction of necessary software elements and testing the ecosystem with volunteer organisations.

Money and Pensions Service (Maps) PDP programme director, Richard James, commented: “I’m delighted to partner with Capgemini and Origo, who really impressed us with the quality of their bid; and whose deep pensions industry expertise coupled with extensive experience of delivering major programmes makes them superb partners for the programme.

“PDP now formally moves into its delivery phase, and I am looking forward to working with our new supplier, and across the industry, to make a success of pensions dashboards, and enable individuals to take control of their retirement planning.”

Pensions Minister, Guy Opperman, added: “This is a crucial milestone for the dashboards programme, taking things to the next phase, where the concept starts to become a reality. We’ve already put in place the primary legislation needed to pave the way for pensions dashboards.

“Now the programme, in partnership with Capgemini and Origo, can start to implement the technical elements, bringing the delivery of the first functioning dashboards even closer.

“I have previously urged pension schemes to get their data ready for dashboards. My message remains – schemes should be improving their data quality as part of their preparations for participating. The clock is ticking and this achievement is yet another reminder that schemes must be getting ready to connect.”

Capgemini UK managing director, Paul Margetts, said his firm was “delighted to have been chosen” as the project’s digital technology partner, adding that it was “looking forward to working with PDP to support them in delivering a seamless service that will allow UK pension holders the control and visibility to take action and plan for the future”.

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