The council expects the return on investment to come through on individual IT programmes, as part of targeted savings of £100m over the next four years.
Charlie Anderson, head of IT at the council, said the programme would not lead to further redundancies. The deal came about due to Fife council needing to undergo a number of large IT projects along with its savings programme.
Charlie Anderson said the deal was not an outsourcing arrangement.
“We were mindful of the risks involved in these types of deals, so we made sure it was a non-exclusive relationship,” he said. This means the council is not committed to spend £26m with Capgemini over the period of the framework. He said it will also look at other ways of cost-saving such as the CloudStore.
“We need to realise the benefits of our IT upgrades sooner, so this is a way of acceleration things like our upcoming enterprise resource planning (ERP) project which we want to deliver to an aggressive timescale of 12 months," Anderson said.
He said it will provide the opportunity to up-skill the council’s existing IT staff. “It will also bring things like project management skills and more technical knowledge to the council, particularly as we now have fewer managers to land the projects.”
The partnership will be led by a joint Partnership Management Board comprising three people each from Fife Council and Capgemini. A shared resourcing model will be deployed, with people from both organisations working together for the partnership to meet the needs of specific projects.
Capgemini said it will use of variety of technology by deploying an ecosystem of suppliers.