London borough expects to achieve savings of 20% through outsourcing to French company
The London Borough of Harrow has signed up systems integrator Sopra Steria to run its IT services under a five year contract worth £37 million.
The company, which is based in France highlights it capabilities in digital transformation, will take on the role from 1 November. It will take on the day-to-day IT services as well as providing new technology and aiming to improve residents' access to digital services.
Announcing the move, Harrow said it is expected to provide savings of about 20% over the five years of the contract and to provide a number of improvements.
The deal will also involve Sopra Steria providing a number of community initiatives such as apprenticeships, work placements and job for Harrow residents.
Councillor Graham Henson, portfolio holder for performance, corporate resources and policy development, said: "Sopra Steria has extensive experience of working with local authorities and a track record of delivering complex projects. This contract represents good value for residents, staff and the young people who will benefit from more apprenticeship places plus a commitment to pay the London Living wage."
John Torrie, chief executive officer of Sopra Steria UK, said: "We will provide Harrow with a flexible IT solution that can drive efficiency and improve service delivery as well as supporting them in developing skills and employment in the local community."
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