BCG develops education strategy for distressed schools

31 December 2014

The Walton Family Foundation (WFF) and the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation (WRF) have joined forces to support better education for students at Arkansas public schools in their ForwARd initiative. The philanthropic organisations have appointed The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) to carry out an analysis and recommend a comprehensive strategic plan.

The ForwARd initiative is the name of the collective effort – which includes philanthropy, parents, educators, businesses, policymakers, and advocacy groups – to develop a strategic plan with specific recommendations for academically distressed schools and districts. Individual schools and districts are declared academically distressed when, over a three year period, more than half of the student population scores below proficient levels on state exams. Currently the Arkansas Department of Education has designated 26 schools as academically distressed.

BCG develops education strategy for distressed schools

The purpose of the WRF and WFF are to strengthen public education in Arkansas so that all children have the opportunity to succeed in school and life, regardless of race, income level, geography, or any other factor. “We recognise that schools operate in different contexts and economies,” says Cory Anderson, Vice President of Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation. “The goal of the Forward partnership is to create a comprehensive plan for kindergarten through college,” which “is in response to the idea that we all want a school where every student graduates from college or enters the workforce.”

In order to realise the goals of the WRF and WFF, The Boston Consulting Group has been appointed to prepare a strategic plan for helping students at Aransas schools. In a press release the advisory committee of the Arkansas Department of Education states that the consulting firm was chosen based on its “expertise in public education systems and experience working with the private, public, and non-profit sectors to address critical challenges and reform systems.” The strategy consultants have been given approximately nine months for their assessment, spread across three phases:

Phase 1: Develop a State of Education in Arkansas report to establish a common fact base.
Phase 2: Identify and convene stakeholders as part of a strategic planning process.
Phase 3: Produce a P-16 Education Strategic Plan with specific recommendations for distressed schools and districts.

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The final report is expected to be delivered in the summer of 2015. “We wanted to partner to help all schools improve,” Walton Family Foundation spokesman Kevin Thornton said. “We had an opportunity to provide strategic thinking to accomplish that goal. We will look at specific and strategic action steps.”


Capgemini provides IT services for BAE Systems Maritime-Submarines

24 April 2019

BAE Systems Maritime-Submarines has confirmed a five-year contract with Capgemini to take over the provision of a spectrum of IT services in the UK. The deal will help BAE Systems Maritime-Submarines reduce the cost of IT from its base in Barrow-in-Furness in Cumbria.

Since the firm’s UK profits were found to have halved in 2018, Capgemini has been working to improve its offering and attract new clients. In the summer, the global IT services consultancy combined a number of its creative wings to form Capgemini Invent, while a deal with Amazon Web Services enabled the firm to improve its cost-saving digital offering to clients looking for IT outsourcing work.

In the last year, Capgemini has subsequently won a series of contracts leveraging its IT delivery services on behalf of a variety of entities. The firm partnered with Statoil to deliver digital innovation across the company, as well as taking a role to innovate the fan experience of the Rugby World Cup 7s tournament, and replacing Atos as the IT services provider of McDonald’s

Capgemini provides IT services for BAE Systems Maritime-Submarines

Now, the firm has continued this surge of new business with the confirmation of a partnership with BAE Systems, which will see Capgemini collaborate on a key defence contract. Capgemini’s five-year contract with BAE Systems Maritime-Submarines will see Capgemini take over the provision of a spectrum of IT services for the BAE wing in the UK, including service orchestration, networking, hosting, end-user computing, DevOps, reporting and analytics, automation, and a digital service desk.

BAE Systems has been looking to improve its bottom line in the UK in recent years, and the move is aimed at transforming its Maritime-Submarines business IT delivery, allowing the company to take advantage of innovative digital technologies, create better user experiences, ensure high service availability, and reduce the cost of IT, from its base in Barrow-in-Furness in Cumbria. Capgemini’s IT solution was selected because of its ability to support the company’s evolving requirements, including the need to further enhance the responsiveness of the IT service, and effectiveness and agility of the delivery model.

Stephen Cole, CIO, BAE Systems Submarines, said, “As we embarked on this critical programme for our Submarines business that will deliver improved agile digital services, world-class service transformation and orchestration capabilities underpinned by very strong references were essential in our selection process. We are confident that Capgemini met these requirements and is the right partner for us. The team really understands where we are trying to get to as a business and its collaborative approach alongside its commitment to developing skills in the local area were paramount to our decision.”

Paul Margetts, Managing Director, UK Business Unit at Capgemini, added, “We are delighted to expand upon our business relationship with BAE Systems. Having worked with the company over the past four years, we have seen the tremendous opportunities for change that this programme presents and are hugely excited to be part of the journey at BAE Systems Maritime-Submarines, to help the company make a step change and satisfy new business requirements. We also look forward to increasing our involvement with the local North West community and Barrow in particular.”