Bristol City Council is migrating its IT infrastructure to the cloud and outsourcing the management of its IT estate as part of a £90m cost savings programme.
The council has awarded a two-year £1.5m contract to Eduserv, the not-for-profit managed cloud services provider, in support of a council wide building consolidation programme.
Steven Pendleton, service manager for commissioning and supplier relationship management at Bristol City Council, said: ‘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.
‘The council will not need to own much of its ICT in future; it will buy services that match demand in a much more flexible way. IT transformation plays a critical role in allowing us to achieve that. Moving our IT estate to the cloud will give us a more flexible cost-effective resource which can adapt to our changing needs.’