With George Osborne set to stick to his long term economic plan and continue to cut back on public spending, local councils are faced with enduring austerity measures imposed by the government.
For the past 5 years, local governments have had to do more with less money, but how does this relate to technical IT developments?
The funds for new technology are few and far between, making it difficult for our councils to keep up with the innovation currently sweeping the IT industry. But when this has an adverse effect on their processes, with legacy systems becoming obsolete, our government bodies have to make a change – right?
In theory yes. The public sector is not unique, and like all business they must incorporate new IT into their everyday operation to improve efficiency, communications and processes. So, they are firmly stuck between the need to ride the tide of change and the need to deliver up to 40% savings in real terms by 2019-20.
Off the back of these austerity concerns, a few particular IT trends are rising to the fore in the public sector. By now you would have heard the phrase ‘as-a-service’ – virtualising everything from software to full IT infrastructures, the main benefit of which is the cost savings due to lower infrastructure costs. Gone are the arduous worries about the maintenance of hardware and networking equipment, or the concerns about replacing old equipment, replaced with an efficient, usually outsourced, service.
Now that’s all well and good, but what if our councils are unsure which service would benefit their organisation? With the heavy burden of austerity, mingled with the challenging necessity to keep up technologically, the IT procurement process can be an unclear, daunting prospect.
Here at Centerprise, we can identify key potential cost-saving and productivity measures, with the right people, the right skills and the right technology to help, whether local authorities are considering adopting digital transformation to optimise how they interact, a technology refresh following a planned rationalisation of their real estate, or merely wishing to identify savings associated with the under-utilisation of their existing ICT estate. An Information Technology Asset Management (ITAM) audit across a local authority’s entire organisation is the place to start.
The initial stage of the ITAM audit is a non-intrusive, tailored questionnaire. Once complete, we identify any saving opportunities relating to the under-utilisation of software licenses and/or hardware capacity, and also pin point opportunities for ICT optimisation.
And the best part? We are offering our ITAM audits with a risk free guarantee. We’re confident in our ability to deliver results and support this claim by offering this service to local authorities absolutely free of charge if we’re unable to produce material savings.
If you believe your IT infrastructure is currently underutilised, or you’d like to realise the potential of new IT trends in your organisation, contact the Centerprise Team:
Written by Kathryn Tilling