Southwark council in London is to outsource its IT in a new deal worth around £30m over five years.
The council already outsources its IT to Serco, but that deal is about to come to an end.
The new deal will form part of the council’s 10-year Southwark 2016 strategy, which is the authority’s plan to overhaul council services and regenerate some of the borough’s run-down areas.
The new outsourcing contract will cover software development and hosting, infrastructure management, project management and a technology refresh.
The contract will also form the basis of a framework agreement which members of the London Contracts and Supplies Group can consider.
This procurement body is made up of other councils and different public sector bodies, such as the police and education organisations.
Southwark’s new contract is expected to start from July 2007, with the council retaining an option to extend the deal for another two years.