Cumbria County Council has opted to run its ICT services in-house after failing to agree terms with a third-party provider. The previous seven-year contract with Agilisys, which covered ongoing ICT and business consultancy services, had been due to expire on 1 April. Following a tender process, Computacenter (CC) was confirmed …
Err....services and not
serbvices in your SEF path
good on em! old skool!
wonder if there any jobs going.....
"When the initial outsourcing deal was penned between Cumbria and Agilisys in 2005, some 85 staff transferred to the integrator.
Approximately 70 employees are now heading back in the opposite direction, with the process expected to be completed by 1 October."
They may realise it actually makes for more productive working with less time wasted waiting for the contractor do action something.
I don't know about being more efficient. Having delt with them a few times before and after the changeover, things were very "council-ified", ie: took ages for anything to be done anywhere. Plus even in house, the depts still weren't co-ordinating properly, but that seems to be typical of councils.
I worked for a Council ICT dept in 2000. They were brilliant. We have deployed VoIP via broadband connections over a decade ago.
Obviously not all councils/employees are the same. I was lucky to work for a forward looking, progressive and articulate ICT dept.
Unfortunately, negative stereo types don't help. The whole function was eventaully outsourced and you can bet it took ages for anything to be done anywhere!
Don't be British! Tarring all with the same brush is a negative relection of yourself.
How could they save money if it would have cost..
£10million for a year?! Really?
Dare we hope?
Could the be the start of a return to sanity?
Councils always save a fortune when they outsource - and then save another fortune when they bring it back in house.
If they flip often enough they will actually end up with negative costs....
Unlikely to be an improvement... pissup and brewery come to mind...
As this is the same Council which asked the National Health Service to give it some money to grit Cumbria's roads (in much the same way that the NHS would ask Cumbria County Council if it could borrow half a dozen Councillors to work as brain surgeons) and the same Council which gave a massive pay rise to a then Chief Executive who soon afterwards left on 'gardening leave' and then retired on a substantially increased final salary pension which the public purse should never have had to finance. . .
Cumbria County Council is a supremely efficient cost effective Local Authority envied throughout the land.