Lambeth council is saving £300,000 a year on its software licensing costs as a result of a three-year £1.1m desktop deployment deal with outsourcer Civica Services.
It will standardise 5,000 desktops using Microsoft software as part of the deal.
Civica will deploy new desktops, common operating systems and applications, as well as management and helpdesk support across seven council directorates covering 100 different sites.
This will include the roll-out of 650 PCs at Lambeth’s new Vauxhall Cross offices. In addition, Civica is centralising management of different departments’ software assets and licensing agreements.
Simon Morioka, Lambeth divisional director responsible for business transformation and IT, said, “This partnership has allowed us not only to reduce the immediate costs of licenses to the council by £300,000 per year, but it is also a building block for our future development.”
Civica is working with Lambeth’s in-house ICT teams and contractors to complete the programme, which is due for completion this autumn.
Civica is a major Microsoft Large Account Reseller. As a result, the borough has negotiated a three-year Microsoft Enterprise Agreement in line with Office of Government Commerce (OGC) requirements, to reduce software pricing.