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Essex County Council (ECC) has signed a £16.6 million deal with Fujitsu to transform its IT infrastructure by replacing many of the elderly and “disjointed” IT systems that it currently uses to run its back-office processes.
It’s all part of a council-wide strategy to reduce spending by £235 million over the next three years and will see Fujitsu implement and manage services that include a wide range of software from Oracle, including enterprise applications, business intelligence and talent management tools. Many of these will be integrated with existing systems that still offer the Council value for money.
According to Councillor Derrick Louis, the Council’s cabinet member for corporate services and transformation, ECC aims to have these “new, highly efficient systems” up and running within the next financial year, removing “frustrating and unnecessary administration, duplication and repetition.”
“Not only will there be significant savings over the coming years, this investment shows our commitment to making lasting changes to the way we deliver top-quality services for the benefit of our residents and businesses.”
ECC is also opening its new and improved environment - a source of new funds for the council. It will offer spare capacity to schools, libraries and other public bodies outside of Essex, as a revenue-boosting ‘shared service’ offering.
The contract with Fujitsu, which is part of the Council’s ‘Transforming Corporate Systems’ initiative, can be extended by a further two years (to seven years in total).