Leicestershire County Council has signed a £5.5 million network services deal with Logicalis.
Under the five year deal, Logicalis will provide local and wide area network services, as well as a VoIP network. The services will be used by 6,000 council staff across 300 sites, and Leicestershire said it wants to improve its “network and service availability”.
The council said the deal was part of a long term efficiency strategy, and that it had a “risk and reward” service level agreement that placed accountability with all parties to identify new cost-saving systems and processes. It serves over 630,000 people.
It has also been consolidating the number of suppliers it works with in order to reduce supplier management tasks.
Andy Roberts, head of IT at the council, said the savings made will be partly redirected “into new services and applications that will further streamline existing processes or improve customer services”.
In 2007, Leicestershire County Council implemented an electronic document management system to tie in with its Oracle back office software.