Peterborough City Council is to invest £3m in IT infrastructure improvements over the next three years in a bid to boost efficiency and make savings.
The investment follows a review of the council’s IT and communications services and takes into account the requirements of the Gershon public sector efficiency review.
The infrastructure upgrade is expected to increase productivity through improved access to information for council staff, elected councillors and the public. It will also offer more open and transparent reporting.
The upgrade will support the council’s Oracle-based core operating systems in more than a dozen project areas, including disaster recovery, customer service desk, intranet and telecoms. It is also set to improve access to council services via the internet.
The council’s director of strategic resources, Chris Savory, said, “This ICT improvement programme is vital to ensure the success of the city council’s key corporate and community strategies.
“It is also fundamental to the delivery of a range of related projects, such as an improved financial reporting system and a new human resources and payroll software package.”
Last month, the council rolled out a £250,000 human resources and payroll software package from Northgate.