Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council is updating its IT infrastructure in a project that it hopes will deliver cost savings of £1m over the next five years.
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The council has signed a £2.1m, five-year contract with Esteem Systems to install and manage an infrastructure based largely on Sun Microsystems technology. The deal includes architecture design and implementation, the migration of applications to the new platform, remote infrastructure monitoring, disaster recovery provision and on-site support.
The council is hoping that efficiencies gained from the project, which includes the roll-out of Sun Solaris and Oracle systems, will reduce costs across departments including children's services, health and social care, and corporate resources.
Norman Keats, cabinet member for finance and information society technologies at Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council, said, "We are improving efficiency while also reducing costs, meaning taxpayers in Knowsley will get better value for money."
Under the managed services agreement, Esteem's staff will monitor systems remotely and provide around-the-clock support. Keats said this would free council IT staff from routine maintenance tasks, allowing them to focus on strategic projects.
The use of Esteem's support staff and the supplier's partnership with Sun Microsystems would also give Knowsley access to a level of expertise that it was difficult to attain in-house, said the council.