Birmingham whittles bidders down to two


Birmingham whittles bidders down to two

Antony Savvas

Birmingham Council has shortlisted Capita and IBM as potential strategic partners for a major business transformation and IT services outsourcing project.

Rival bidders EDS and Specialist Computer Centre have been dropped from the procurement process. As Birmingham is one of the biggest local authorities in the UK, the potential contract is huge. 

Stephen Hughes, Birmingham’s strategic director of resources, said, “There is still a long way to go before we can finally select who we would want to work with as a long-term strategic partner. Given the potential for vast improvement in the delivery of council services and financial savings with the right partner, we need a thorough process which councillors can feel confident about.”

Councillor Paul Tilsley, deputy leader of the council, said, “The council needs to make best use of modern technology to support its business processes. I am looking forward to working with both Capita and IBM to develop their proposals, so that we can identify a preferred long-term partner.”

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