Hampshire County Council and Oxfordshire County Council have signed an ICT partnership to save £1m and create more resilient systems.
The partnership will initially focus on the councils’ SAP systems for HR and financial services.
Oxfordshire has a service contract due to end in 2012. Under the proposed arrangements, Hampshire will support Oxfordshire’s SAP system, saving Oxfordshire £1m over the next three years and generating shared capacity for Hampshire County Council.
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It is hoped the agreement will lead to further collaborations in shared services and support and maintenance skills.
David Robertson, deputy leader of Oxfordshire County Council, said: “Skills- and knowledge-sharing would bring added resilience to both organisations.”
Stephen Reid, at Hampshire County Council, said: “This is another example of Hampshire County Council encouraging shared services to reduce cost and exploit the potential of IT to modernise.”