Capgemini helps six London councils share cloud services


Six London borough councils have signed a four-year contract with Capgemini that will see them move their finance, procurement, HR and payroll services to the cloud.

The shared services project involves Lambeth, Lewisham, Barking and Dagenham, Brent, Croydon and Havering councils.

It is the first programme to be announced under Project Athena, which will lay the foundations for a single ICT platform for use by all London-based public sector organisations.

Capgemini claims the deal is the most ambitious IT programme ever undertaken by local government and will pave the way for similar initiatives across the UK.

The councils' new systems are scheduled to go live in July 2013 and will be managed by Capgemini for a further three years.

Mike Suarez, executive director for finance and resources for Lambeth Council, who led the bid for the transformation contract, said: “All councils share common support functions - like HR, finance and procurement - but we have our own ways of doing them. If we can use the same system, we will streamline our processes and save money without cutting services.

"Managers will have access to budgets in real time and not need to complete endless paperwork for the simplest of tasks – making real savings for the tax payer," he said.

Suzy Foster, head of local government of Capgemini UK, said: “We have helped many public sector bodies improve services to the public and save money by streamlining their IT and business processes. We are now delighted to have the opportunity to deliver these same benefits in the greatest city in the world.”

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