Bristol council migrates to the cloud to aid mandated cost savings

Bristol City Council is moving its ICT estate onto the cloud to help meet wider cost savings mandated by the government

Bristol City Council is moving its ICT estate onto the cloud to help meet wider cost savings mandated by the government.

The council has procured cloud services through the G-Cloud framework to support its £90m cost-saving programme, which is in line with the 30% savings all councils across the UK are having to make.

A £1.5m, two-year deal with not-for-profit managed cloud services provider Eduserv will see the council’s infrastructure consolidated onto the cloud.

Eduserv will take over management of the council’s IT estate, using its cloud migration services to support the move.

Steven Pendleton, service manager: commissioning and supplier relationship management at Bristol City Council, said the authority would not need to own much of its ICT in the future, and would continue to buy services in a more flexible way.

“IT transformation plays a critical role in allowing us to achieve that,” he said. “Moving our IT estate to the cloud will give us a more flexible, cost-effective resource that can adapt to our changing needs.

“Like every council, we are faced with the challenge of delivering high-quality services while reducing our costs by 30%. The ICT market is changing rapidly, becoming much more commoditised and consumer-led, where significant economies of scale are now possible.”

Pendleton added: “We are pleased to be working with Eduserv, supporting SMEs and delivering the Digital City agenda.”

In June, the Cabinet Office announced that 53% of G-Cloud sales had gone to SMEs. G-Cloud sales have now broken through the £200m barrier.

Last month, Bristol City Council launched an open data initiative to encourage citizens to build services using local data.

The council, the Future Cities Catapult and the Connected Digital Economy Catapult plan to release 100 civic datasets from the end of the summer, which will be open for local people to access.

The city hopes this will support developers who want to use the data to create new products and services to improve Bristol, using traffic management data, for example. The open data initiative could result in apps that make it easier to get round the city or provide information on how to reduce waste, save energy and improve air quality.

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