Wipro staff to be based in city centre office
10th March 2017
Wipro has opened a new delivery centre in Inverness as part of our growth plan and service delivery for the Highland Council. 40 to 50 staff will be based at Moray House in the city centre. A number of services such as Desktop Support and Service Desk will be delivered from this delivery centre.
The Council awarded the 7 year ICT Services contract to WIPRO Holdings UK Ltd in September 2016.
The contract will deliver a significant reduction in costs over the lifetime of the contract.
Chair of Resources Committee, Cllr Bill Fernie (Independent) said: "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."
“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.”
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 Highland 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 Highland 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.”
Provost of Inverness, Cllr Helen Carmichael said: “I am delighted that Wipro will be basing a significant number of staff in the city centre. This is really good news for Inverness and demonstrates a commitment by the Council and by Wipro to invest in the Highlands.”
The Highland Council's Planning Performance Framework has been agreed for submission to the Scottish Government. All Planning Authorities in Scotland are required to submit an annual Planning Performance Framework to the Scottish Government, setting out how they have performed over the previous financial year.
Leader of the Highland Council Margaret Davidson commented following her meeting with Police Scotland on 16 August 2017, saying: "I am very grateful to ACC Hawkins and other officers for a very candid and useful meeting and for providing the information which we requested. "I remain, however, extremely disappointed in the recommendation going to the SPA and the poor governance in that decision making process.
Members have today approved proposals to expand the Inverness and Highland City-Region Deal funded free open public Wi-Fi system to 14 towns across the Highland. Towns recommended for the free Wi-Fi programme are Alness, Aviemore, Dingwall, Dornoch, Drumnadrochit, Fort Augustus, Fort William, Invergordon, Nairn, Portree, Tain, Thurso, Ullapool and Wick.
The Council has agreed to updated developer contributions for the delivery of new schools in the Inverness area. Taking account of the forecasted phasing of housing sites, school roll forecasts indicate that 13 Primary Schools in Inverness will be under pressure within the next 5 years.
Motorists are advised of a temporary road closure in Caithness to allow repairs to be carried out to approximately 1km of the B876 at Killimster Moss. The road will be closed from 8am on Monday 28 August 2017 until 6pm on Saturday 30 September 2017.
The Leader of the Highland Council, Margaret Davidson, has urged the Scottish Government to start using devolved powers to mitigate the impact of benefit changes in the Highlands. The call follows a meeting with Inverness MP, Drew Hendry, where she discussed the problems created by the introduction of Universal Credit.
The Council is to review developer contributions for schools in the Inverness area. Taking account of the forecasted phasing of housing sites, school roll forecasts indicate that Primary Schools in Inverness are under pressure and require significant additional capacity to support growth.
One hundred and forty two probationer teachers who are on the Teacher Induction Scheme and a few probationer teachers on the Flexible Route were recently welcomed to the Highlands (on Friday 11 August 2017) at an induction course held in Smithton Free Church Hall. Bill Alexander, Highland Council's Director of Care and Learning welcomed the probationers saying: "It's really good to see so many young people starting their careers in education here in the Highland and I wish them all well.
Highland Council has written to the Wick Stakeholder Group, Wick High School Parent Council and Newton Park Primary School Parent Council to provide a statement of assurance regarding the new Wick Campus facility. The letter states: We refer to discussion at recent Wick stakeholder group meetings, at which a request was made for the Council to provide a statement of assurance regarding the new Campus facility, and to address media reporting and local concerns over recent months.
Members are to be asked to approve proposals to expand the Inverness and Highland City-Region Deal funded free open public Wi-Fi system to 14 towns across Highland. Town centres recommended for the free Wi-Fi programme are Alness, Aviemore, Dingwall, Dornoch, Drumnadrochit, Fort Augustus, Fort William, Invergordon, Nairn, Portree, Tain, Thurso, Ullapool and Wick.
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