BT has been selected for a new pan-London public sector procurement framework agreement worth up to £200m to provide IT services to the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea, the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham and Westminster City Council.
Customers will be able to select from a range of BT products and services, including local and wide area networking, cloud services, fixed and mobile telephony, unified communications and conferencing.
This is the latest of four frameworks set up by the Tri-borough, and BT has benefited hugely from the deals. The company has signed agreements with Westminster City Council and the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham to manage end user computing and data centre services, and with the London Borough of Islington to provide strategic consultancy services.
Bromley Council selected BT earlier this year to provide computer and data centre services in a £9m contract, again through a Tri-borough framework. In fact, in this case, as with two of the other Tri-borough frameworks, BT is the sole supplier.
The latest framework is open to all 33 London boroughs and can be used in other public sector bodies in the capital, including the NHS, schools, TfL and the Metropolitan and City Police forces.
The aim of the frameworks is to make it easier for an organisation's procurement department to deal with one supplier, so that they don't have to put contracts out to tender and can make savings on the associated time and money spent on processing numerous suppliers.
Following another shared services deal between Richmond and Wandsworth councils last week, John O'Brien, a research director at TechMarketView, suggested that jointly procured shared services ventures by different local authorities are few and far between because of their complexity.
"The Tri-borough managed service programme between the local boroughs of Westminster, Kensington & Chelsea and Hammersmith & Fulham, which uses Unit 4's Agresso platform, is arguably the only other one today. This, however, has proved a complex programme with significant implementation challenges," he said.
V3 has contacted Tri-borough CIO Ed Garcez for further comment and will update this story accordingly.
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