The challenge recognised by Bolton and Wigan would be to deliver a future-proofed IT infrastructure and systems so that the service remains fit for purpose as technology and demands evolve.
The partnership between Agilisys and B&W was created with the vision to save the partnership over £1.8m p.a. by year 3 of the contract and a guaranteed £11.697m over the lifetime of the contract. Agilisys were contracted to deliver a new data centre facility, situated locally and managed by local people to improve resilience and remove reliance on existing premises; a VDi deployment that will deliver cost savings, improved telephony to deliver a standard approach across both Wigan and Bolton. A transformation component would also be included that would deliver improved customer service and efficiency savings.
Solution and benefits
The initial projects included a number of ‘smarter working’ initiatives, that included desktop virtualisation and WAN migration, as well as development of a new centre facility – all of which gave the partners added resilience as well as the flexibility to benefit from additional property savings.
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Cllr Ged Bretherton, Wigan Council’s cabinet member for efficiency, praised the new partnership. He said: “Increasingly as councils we’ve got to think imaginatively to find new ways of saving money. Creating partnerships like this with neighbouring councils is a proven and effective way of driving down costs.
I’m really pleased we’ve been able to work together on this contract. Getting our IT systems right is hugely important, and without that technology the services we provide to the public would suffer. But it’s also right to find the best deal for taxpayers. I’m confident we have got both those things right in this case.”