Caithness Map :: Links to Site Map Paying too much for broadband? Move to PlusNet broadband and save£££s. Free setup now available - terms apply. PlusNet broadband.  

 

Council awards new ICT Contract To Gain £11 Million of Savings

22nd September 2016

Photograph of Council awards new ICT Contract To Gain £11 Million of Savings

The Highland Council has awarded a 7 year ICT Services contract to WIPRO Holdings UK Ltd.

The Council has procured a cost effective, value for money, corporate Information and Communications Technology (ICT) solution that will deliver excellent operational performance and contribute to the continuous improvement of services.

The contract will deliver a reduction in costs in the region of £11 million over the lifetime of the contract.

Chair of Resources Committee, Cllr Bill Fernie (Independent councillor for Wick) said: "I am delighted to announce that the Council has awarded this important ICT contract to WIPRO Holdings UK Ltd.

"Information and Communications Technology (ICT) is a fundamental enabler in us delivering modern 21st century services and this new contract will support and enable considerable business change and transition within the Council, as well as exciting developments such as computer tablets for pupils."

Cllr Fernie added,"In this new contract we will see Replacement and rationalisation of 17,000 managed desktop devices covering Corporate and Curriculum using a mixture of thin clients/laptops/desktops. We will in addition be arranging 20,000 Chromebooks for every pupil from P6 age upwards. Other parts of our contract will see new investment in upgrading our networks to improve access. I have been involved with the council group looking at Our ICT for 13 years and this is one of the best deals we have struck since I started."

A requirement within the contract is to make a significant reduction in the cost of ICT Services, over the lifetime of the contract, as well as delivering a programme of community benefits. Wipro are proposing to have a significant workforce based in the Highlands and it is expected current Fujitsu ICT staff will transfer over to WIPRO as part of the TUPE regulations.

Cllr Fernie continued: "The Council also has a duty to provide the best possible value for public money in the provision and delivery of all its services.

“We need to deliver significant cost savings through delivering services in innovative ways, making the best use of new technologies and I am confident we have chosen an ICT supplier which is best placed to help us achieve this. The total reduction in cost from the entire re-provision programme will be in the region of £11 million over the lifetime of this contract."

Chair of Education, Child and Adult Service, Cllr Drew Millar added: “This contract will give us the opportunity to modernise and transform learning and teaching in the classroom with flexible and modern solutions delivered to schools on multiple platforms which will include the introduction of around 20,000 one to one devices to every child from P6 upwards

“Children and young people deserve the latest top quality technology available to assist them in achieving their best in a modern technological world and the resources which we will provide through this ICT contract will maximise the potential to give our young people access to the latest technology and a better, brighter future."

Srini Pallia, President, Consumer Business, Wipro Limited said: “Wipro's vision is to empower progress in the public services using technology as a catalyst. We are delighted to partner with the progressive Highlands Council, to drive positive outcomes for the citizens. This is a defining engagement for Wipro in Scotland and we shall leverage our expertise in citizen-centric services backed by our deep technology capabilities.

“In order to keep pace with changing socio-economic scenarios and citizen expectations, governments must reinvent their technology landscape including legacy IT infrastructure and data centre services. Wipro's ServiceNXT platform will enable this transformation for The Highlands Council”.

Ashok Tripathy, Vice President & Global Head, Public Sector vertical, Wipro Limited said: “Wipro's belief in empowering public services and education has paved the way for this strategic engagement with The Highlands Council. The Council and Wipro share a common vision of technology transformation to deliver robust IT services to the citizens of the Highlands. We remain committed to investing in the region and emerging opportunities in this market.”

PHOTO
Nitesh Jian (VP Consumer Business, Wipro) and Cllr Bill Fernie sign the new contract.

 

Related Businesses

 

Related Articles

16/10/2017
Council gets tough on unlicensed HMO
Last week, The Highland Council issued rent suspension orders (RSO) in relation to a number of properties being operated as unlicensed houses in multiple occupation (HMO).   The orders, which have been served on the owners and tenants, mean that the tenants are no longer under any obligation to pay rent to their landlord.  
14/10/2017
Council Leader Welcomes Scottish Government's Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund
The Leader of The Highland Council Councillor Margaret Davidson welcomed the First Minister's announcement of a Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund to deliver much needed improvements to tourist infrastructure to support the rising numbers of visitors to the Highlands.   This comes the week after figures were published for August which showed Highland visitor attractions were performing 17% higher compared to August last year, a result that is backed by accounts from residents and businesses that the area has been hugely popular with visitors this season.  
14/10/2017
Highland is ready for winter - are you?Thumbnail for article : Highland is ready for winter - are you?
The Highland Council is ready for winter and prepared to grit council roads as the council's winter maintenance programme starts on 14 October.   Trunk roads in Highland are the responsibility of Transport Scotland and their operators Bear Scotland.  
9/10/2017
Trading Standards are looking for Test Purchasers
Trading Standards are looking for young people to take part in test purchasing exercises.  We want to find out which shops are breaking the law by selling age restricted products to young people under 18.  
3/10/2017
Killimster Moss Road OpeningThumbnail for article : Killimster Moss Road Opening
Caithness Civic leader Cllr Willie Mackay (centre) cuts the tape at the opening of the newly refurbished half mile Killimster Moss stretch of the B876 Wick to Thurso road.   Looking on are some of the Highland council workers praised for the project which was done on time and within budget.  
3/10/2017
Praise for B876 Killimster Moss road refurbishmentThumbnail for article : Praise for B876 Killimster Moss road refurbishment
Caithness Civic Leader Cllr Willie Mackay has welcomed the reopening of the B876 Killimster Moss Road.   A stretch of the Caithness Wick to Thurso road at Killimster Moss was refurbished over a four week programme of improvement and reopened on Friday 29 September.  
2/10/2017
Consultation on review of Highland polling stations
A chance to have your say.   Voters are being invited to have their say on a review of polling places throughout the Highland Council area The Council has today (Monday 2 October 2017) launched a consultation over its review of election polling districts and polling places.  
30/9/2017
£1 million for school libraries over 3 years
The Scottish Government is allocating £1 million to improve school libraries over the next three years.   Launched today by the Deputy First Minister, the School Library Improvement Fund will be open for education authorities to apply for funding on behalf of school libraries in their area.  
29/9/2017
Highland Council responds to SPA decisions on the Inverness Police Control Room
The Scrutiny Lead for The Highland Council, Cllr Matthew Reiss responded to the decisions made today by the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) at their meeting in Inverness.   He said: "We are naturally deeply disappointed by the decisions today to close the Inverness Control Room and to spread the National Database Enquiry Unit between Inverness and Govan.  
29/9/2017
Independent councillor returns in by-election - Tain and Easter Ross by-election resultsThumbnail for article : Independent councillor returns in by-election - Tain and Easter Ross by-election results
The by-election for a councillor to represent the Tain and Easter Ross Ward on The Highland Council has been won by Alasdair Rhind (Independent) who was one of six candidates who contested the vacancy.   The bi-election was brought about by the resignation of Jamie Stone following his success in the Westminster elections He joins Councillors Fiona Robertson (Independent) and Derek Louden (SNP) in representing Ward 7 on The Highland Council.  

[Printer Friendly Version]