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Cumbria County Council names new IT supplier

Cumbria County Council names new IT supplier

Life after Capita and Agilisys

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Cumbria County Council has named Comptacenter as its preferred bidder for a contract to supply ICT services from 1 April 2012.

The five-year contract, which is worth £10 million in the first year, will start when the existing contract with Agilisys ends on the 31 March.

Computacenter beat off competition from BT Global Services, Commendium, Fujitsu and TCS for the contract to provide ICT services, which was valued at around £60 million in total.

Under the new contract, Computacenter will deliver and maintain the council's ICT systems, hardware and security, and help it use new technology to improve delivery of and access to council services.

Councillor Liz Mallinson, cabinet member and portfolio holder for ICT at Cumbria County Council, said: "The new contract has been designed in a way to give us complete flexibility, as both modern technology and the requirements of the county council will no doubt change over time.

"I am in no doubt that this contract will be a very successful one. That said, all credit has to go to the current supplier [Agilisys], who have served us well over the last five years and who have made a significant contribution to the council's improvement journey."

Analysts at TechMarketView have noted the absence of Agilisys in the council's shortlist for IT suppliers, which was announced in June last year.

"It strikes us that the council was looking for a very different type of supplier at re-tender in order to support the next phase of its ICT strategy. The next phase of Cumbria's ICT strategy has a heavy focus on transforming the council's use of technology in order to support, for example, smart working, greening its ICT and self service enablement. It also needs to deliver its ICT with less resource," said Georgina O'Toole.

Cumbria concluded a 10-year, £20 million-a-year contract with Capita for a range of business services – including ICT, payroll and HR services– at the end of January 2011.

When it revealed its decision to do this in August 2010, it said that it planned to do more of its business functions in house and to share services with other councils and public bodies.

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