Edinburgh set to stick with BT after project improvements

Edinburgh Council is set to stick with BT as its IT partner until 2016, after the outsourcer achieved an 88% success rate in meeting a range of improvement targets.

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Edinburgh Council is set to stick with BT as its IT partner until 2016, after the outsourcer achieved an 88% success rate in meeting a range of improvement targets.

The council set out 33 specific targets in 2006 and promised BT it would extend a contract originally signed in 2001 until 2016, if the outsourcer hit 75% of its targets.

The contact extension will be put to a council meeting this week with the the city being promised more than £22 million in savings over the next eight years from the deal.

Edinburgh Council recently completed an IT overhaul using Microsoft’s Infrastructure Optimisation Model, which was designed to give the council a future-proof IT infrastructure.

The project standardised 6,500 desktop and laptop computers on the Windows XP operating system, while more than 200 servers, 11 domains, 26 directories and 4,500 business applications were also consolidated onto Microsoft technology

Councils across Scotland are facing tight financial constraints, according to Councillor Gordon Mackenzie, convenor of the finance and resources committee at Edinburgh Council.

"We have the challenging task of modernising and improving services for the people of Edinburgh," said Mackenzie. “Continuing our partnership with BT until 2016 will bring more than £22m of savings over the next eight years which we can use to deliver the best possible frontline services and help us modernise as a council.”