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Gloucestershire Council signs Cantium for enterprise services


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Gloucestershire County Council has agreed on an enterprise services support contract with Cantium Business Solutions.

The deal, which was agreed in October, will run for an initial two years with a value £3.7 million and comes with an option for extensions up to three more years.

It will involve the local authority trading company - owned by Kent County Council - managing Gloucestershire's IT infrastructure, security operations, storage and databases - as well as providing architectural services and facilitating a move to the cloud.

This reflects Gloucestershire’s plan to migrate to Microsoft Office 365 and begin using Teams for remote working.

The new agreement follows an earlier deal in March 2021 for Cantium to support the council’s transformation programme in moving its core infrastructure away from an incumbent supplier, standing up an internal service desk and acting as managed IT service provider.

Cloud benefits

Gloucestershire’s deputy leader, Cllr Lynden Stowe, said: “Migrating to the cloud will benefit the council in today’s hybrid world by offering our employees greater flexibility and anytime, anywhere access. 

“Looking ahead, this solid cloud based foundation will enable our future initiatives, from realising sustainability goals to implementing remote care technology to make peoples’ lives easier. Smart digital solutions need the right back office infrastructure in place, and we’re excited to see what ours will enable.” 


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