Bromley council picks BT to deliver desktop and datacentre services

Bromley Council has awarded a contract worth £9m to BT that will see the telecoms firm deliver desktop services to 2,000 Bromley staff.

The contract is expected to generate significant cost savings in the region of 10 per cent for the Council, with services planned to go live in April.

The company will also manage over 350 servers under the deal. The contract was won by BT as part of a pan-London framework agreement for Information and Communications Technology (ICT) services set up by Westminster City Council, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and Hammersmith and Fulham Councils. 

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The procurement framework, available to all 33 London boroughs, is designed to consolidate ICT spend and streamline the procurement process to increase efficiency, cut costs and deliver cutting edge technology. 

A number of local authorities have gone with BT since the framework was set up in 2014. It follows agreements with Westminster City Council and the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, to manage end user computing and data centre services, and with the London Borough of Islington to provide strategic consultancy services.

BT said the deal would give Bromley Council “greater flexibility in running their ICT services with the ability to flex services up and down to suit demand”.

Councillor Stephen Carr, leader of Bromley Council, said the council had an “excellent track record of ensuring all council activities are delivered as efficiently and effectively as possible”.  

“As we move towards our vision of being a commissioning council, we needed a company that would deliver excellent service but also respond to the changing shape of our business.

“The pan-London ICT framework set up by Westminster City Council and delivered by BT gives us everything we need. It provides us with clear and transparent pricing and a more efficient and streamlined buying process, helping us to speed up the delivery of projects and save money,” he said.

Ian Dalton, president of global government and health at BT Global Services, said the framework contracts had a “crucial role to play in the public sector”.

“We understand the various challenges local government faces and look forward to helping to deliver efficiencies as well as providing new and innovative technologies.”


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