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Edinburgh prepares to exit 15 year-BT partnership with new £2bn contract

o Derek du Preez
06.02.2014 kl 08:05 | Computerworld UK

The City of Edinburgh Council has revealed plans to exit its current outsourcing arrangement with BT and find a new service provider for all of its IT requirements, in a deal that could be worth up to £2 billion.

 

The City of Edinburgh Council has revealed plans to exit its current outsourcing arrangement with BT and find a new service provider for all of its IT requirements, in a deal that could be worth up to £2 billion.

BT has been Edinburgh's main IT services partner since 2001 and the council has described the relationship as "challenging" in the past, with complaints that BT wasn't responsive enough and didn't focus on service outcomes.

The contract with BT is due to expire at the end of March in 2016.

Edinburgh is now seeking a new ICT service provider that can "adjust to the City of Edinburgh Council's developing requirements over time" and can "develop innovative solutions to its requirement" that offer financial savings.

The council has also said that the volume of services it requires, the method by which those services are delivered and the specific types of services to be delivered may change over the lifetime of the contract.

The contract could last up to 19 years, but Edinburgh is considering an initial seven-year term with options to renew.

An online contract notice states: "The City of Edinburgh Council is expressly looking for a solution to its ICT service provision which is sufficiently flexible and scalable so as to provide a long-term resolution that offers significant future-proofing."

The chosen service provider may also have the opportunity to provide ICT services to a number of other contracting authorities in the area, including the Scottish Police Authority, a number of NHS Trusts and some local councils.

Edinburgh expects that it will require desktops and devices, wide area networks, local area networks, platforms, data networks, data centres, service design and transition, service desk, applications and security.

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