back to article Kyndryl bags short-lived HMRC mainframe contract

IBM spin-off Kyndryl has won a 15-month contract from the UK tax collector to manage its mainframe estate and prepare the services for cloud migration. Hayfever Bless you: Yep, it's IBM's new name for tech services spinoff and totally not a hayfever medicine READ MORE Officially spun out of Big Blue in 2021, Kyndryl is …

  1. m4r35n357 Silver badge

    Love letter

    Hi America, enjoy our data!!!

    The British taxpayer


  2. alain williams Silver badge

    Why the cloud ?

    HMRC is big enough and it's workload stable enough to non see any real benefit from running its compute load on someone else's servers.

    So: why ? Who is really benefiting and how ?

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Why the cloud ?

      HMRC hasn't run it's own servers for a long time now. It's the usual suspects who are benefitting, mostly via the medium of cold, hard taxpayer's money.

    2. Alan_Peery

      Re: Why the cloud ?

      The workload is not as stable as youi might think. Consider even just the changes to your personal taxation over the last 5 years.

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    >HMRC has one of the largest and most complex IT estates in Europe with over 600 systems, 800 terabytes of data, 1,000 IT changes a month, and a 24/7 IT operation. It serves 45 million citizens and more than 5 million business taxpayers.

    Erm, the population of the UK is ~67m, so even accounting for the 12-13m who are kids, who are the 10 million or so citizens that aren't paying tax? They can't all be Tory MPs or the Royal Family...

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Love children of Tory MPs?

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        And the non-dom Tory donors.

      2. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        You mean "Tory Bastards!"?

    2. Ian Johnston Silver badge

      Those ten million aren't non-taxpayers; they are the ones who aren't being served by the system. Though frankly I'd be surprised if HMRC was only screwing over 10 million of us.

  4. phils

    Looking forward to the article in 5 years that this contract is still running.

    1. NeilPost

      15 FTFY.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      I'd say in 5Y some changes will occur to this contract including extension. :-)

  5. notretiredyet

    The Fujitsu (ex ICL) legacy software and Applications (CESA CHIEF etc ) (Which all work perfectly fine with no bugs or hacking problems !) now all run on UpToDate state of the art Fujitsu Servers and disks and will continue to do so. Plus migrate onto the latest servers when available.(Trust me I know ) So whats the problem with that ? Never been convinced by the 'everything in the 'cloud' patter.. Just means somebody else has all your data and has you by the balls !! If it ain't broke don't fix it !!

  6. M7S

    Server (as in “non-pc”) joke

    Any chance that “Debian does DALAS”?

    (Younger readers may need to ask and relatives old enough to remember VCRs)

  7. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Is this OK or not?

    After reading many years many complaints about big blue prices and legacy mainframe monopoly and so on, this news seems something related to modernize services and maybe cut costs or not? Something hybrid instead of just legacy mainframe?

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