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News shots …. 7 April 2016



Eduserv takes Adur & Worthing to cloud

Adur & Worthing Councils has selected Eduserv to support the migration of its IT infrastructure to the cloud.

The not-for-profit service provider will carry out two work pieces: a cloud adoption assessment, identifying the areas of the IT estate that are ripe for the move and any issues that might arise; and a preparatory technical project, optimising the council's in-house servers before the migration.

Paul Brewer, Adur & Worthing's director for digital and resources, said: “As a council we have a clear vision for digital to be at the heart of the transformation agenda. Moving to cloud IT infrastructure is a key part of that plan but we want to avoid simply replicating our current infrastructure in a cloud environment and identify the potential to increase efficiency and reduce our needs in this area over time.”

Agilisys wins Scottish Borders role

Digital specialist Agilisys has signed a contract with CGI Group as part of the latter's transformation contract with Scottish Borders Council. It will provide a new enterprise resource planning solution to replace the council's finance and HR systems, along with a self-service portal for the public based on its Agilisys Digital platform.

Last month Scottish Borders signed CGI as a digital services partner in a 13-year, £92 million deal that also involves local job creation and the setting up of a centre of excellence.

Louise Ah Wong, transformation director at Agilisys, said: “Working closely with CGI and Scottish Borders we will enable simpler and more accessible digital services for local citizens, whilst also transforming vital back office functions, to enhance mobile working practices.”

The signing of Agilisys mirrors that of a deal between the two after CGI's contract signing with City of Edinburgh Council. This involved the creation of the council's Public Sector Partner procurement framework, with Scottish Borders being the first authority to take up.


Flintshire extends Proactis deal

Flintshire County Council has added an extra five years to its partnership deal with e-procurement software firm Proactis, with plans to use the company's Supplier Network in addition to its Purchase-to-Pay and Source-to-Contract suite.

Leader of the council Aaron Shotton said: “We are very excited about adopting the Proactis Supplier Network as it provides a wide range of electronic connectivity options to streamline just about every aspect of our supplier relationship.”

Flintshire has more than 4,000 suppliers and an annual bought-in spend of approximately £130 million.

Oil and Gas adds to open data

The Oil and Gas Authority has made contribution to the open data movement with the release of 40,000 line kilometres of new and legacy seismic data. It covers the areas of Rockall Trough and Mid-North Sea High and comes from last year's £20 million Government funded seismic survey. The data has been published under the Open Government Licence.


Pictured: Cumulus clouds in fair weather by Michael Jastremski - Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons

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