BT's consulting arm has won a £13.4m contract frmo Edinburgh City Council for the implementation of systems to underpin the authority’s Enterprise Finance project.
The deal, announced today (10 March), forms the latest part of the council’s £150m Smart City partnership with BT, a programme designed to place Edinburgh at the cutting edge of modernised service delivery in Europe.
Under the deal, BT Syntegra will put in place a system designed to improve the way in which all council departments complete their purchasing, ordering, payments and budgeting.
The integrator will replace a paper-based procurement process with a web-based e-procurement system that will give council workers greater control of costs through online requisitioning and supplier management.
The system will also allow department managers to keep better control of budgets by providing increased visibility of financial information.
Tom Aitchison, chief executive of Edinburgh City Council, said, "This venture will enable the council to transform the way it conducts its financial management and reporting, improving efficiency and reducing costs.”
BT Syntegra began work on the project in January, with the first phase of deployment due for completion by April 2005. This will be followed by a gradual rollout across the council's operations, with the project reaching completion in December 2005.
Some other parts of the Smart City initiative have proved problematic for Edinburgh, most notably in the months following the implementation of new back-office systems last September.
The authority struggled to overcome a backlog of council tax and housing benefit claims, which reached a peak in November with 30,000 items.
Edinburgh, which was forced to employ 40 temporary staff to clear the cases, said the backlog was cleared by mid-February.