New ICT contract begins in Edinburgh

CGI will begin providing the City of Edinburgh Council’s ICT services from today (Friday), following the signing of a seven-year contract last August.

The technology company will deliver transformational outsourced ICT services to enable the Council’s digital channel shift, with cost savings of £45m over the seven year term, in addition to further efficiency savings anticipated.

Under the contract, valued at £186m, CGI has committed to boosting Edinburgh’s economy through the creation of more than 200 new jobs and 60 modern apprenticeships, at the same time as investing in social enterprises and community groups.

Schools are also set to benefit from increased bandwidth – 50 times greater in secondary schools and 100 times greater in primary schools – helping pupils and teaching staff access  online educational tools.

Councillor Alasdair Rankin, Convener of the City of Edinburgh Council’s Finance and Resources Committee, said:  “We look forward to working with our new partner CGI in delivering the highest quality digital services to the citizens of and visitors to Edinburgh.”

Maggie Morrison, Director, Public Sector Scotland, CGI, said: “CGI is delighted to be embarking on a long term partnership with the City of Edinburgh Council. This unique and ambitious programme has been designed with the citizen at its heart and will transform the way in which citizens access and use public services.”

CGI is currently in the process of updating ICT systems across Council services while developing digital self-service resources to improve service quality for the public and increase efficiency and effectiveness of citizen engagement.

In addition, as part of CGI’s SME Accelerate programme, local small and medium enterprises (SMEs) will be included in the company’s supply chain, while providing opportunities for SMEs through its innovation fund, jointly financed by the Council.

Once the seven-year contract with CGI is complete, there will options for its extension, initially by five years, with further extension options after that period.

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