Croydon Council Looks Forward to Another Five Years with Capgemini

| Press release
New IT contract extension to 2013 will deliver further transformation of local government services

Croydon Council is extending its contract with Capgemini UK plc for the provision of IT services until 2013 as a key part of its programme of transformation which has already improved the quality of local services and delivered significant efficiencies.

The new contract extension means that for the next five years (2008-2013) Capgemini will be supporting all the Council’s IT and telecommunications infrastructure and networks, including some 4,000 desktop computers, and the Council’s key business applications including finance, procurement and customer service. Capgemini will also provide consultancy expertise to support the wider transformation of local services.

The total value of the services to be provided by Capgemini to Croydon over the five-year period is estimated at some £83 million.

The two organisations have been working in close collaboration on Croydon Council’s transformation programme since 2003 under a Private Finance Initiative (PFI) contract, and the extension to 2013 will make the contract one of the biggest and longest-running in UK local government. The Council, which was recently awarded the government’s highest four-star rating for its use of resources, has developed one of the largest and best performing contact centres in the country, and has achieved national recognition for its success in the take-up of its on-line services.

The Council says that extending its contract with Capgemini will enable its programme of service transformation to be further accelerated alongside significant investment in new technologies such as a new wireless network infrastructure, the upgrade of key business systems and hardware and a new Council-wide Geographic Information System.  Croydon has already successfully rolled out full wireless technology to all of its elected Councillors which enables them to work from any location day or night.

Nathan Elvery, Director of Finance and Resources at Croydon Council, said: ‘Capgemini has already proved key in helping Croydon to achieve a step change in our IT effectiveness and overall business efficiency. After five years together the relationship is stronger than ever. They have demonstrated that they understand our needs and have been able to deliver innovative IT services on time and within budget. I am delighted that they will be continuing their good work at Croydon.’

Lee Hatt, Business Development Manager at Capgemini, said: ‘This is a great vote of confidence for Capgemini’s relationship with Croydon and what we are delivering for them in terms of transformation. Our achievements over the past five years of our partnership with Croydon are the result of great teamwork with Council employees at all levels, and of the open and collaborative approach that we both adopt to every new challenge. I am confident that this approach will continue to deliver results as the journey of transformation continues.’

Services under the new contract will be provided using Capgemini’s Rightshore® delivery model, which maximises cost-effectiveness by making the company’s global network of resources available to UK clients. The services to Croydon will be carried out on-site at the Council’s offices and at Capgemini centres in the UK, Europe and India.

Croydon Council is the largest London borough by population.

About Capgemini 

Capgemini, one of the world’s foremost providers of consulting, technology and outsourcing services, enables its clients to transform and perform through technologies. Capgemini provides its clients with insights and capabilities that boost their freedom to achieve superior results through a unique way of working - the Collaborative Business Experience - and through a global delivery model called Rightshore®, which aims to offer the right resources in the right location at competitive cost. Present in 36 countries, Capgemini reported 2007 global revenues of EUR 8.7 billion and employs over 83,000 people worldwide.

More information is available at www.uk.capgemini.com.

Press contact:

Tom Barton

Capgemini UK plc

Tel.:+44 (0)870 238 2491

Email: tom.barton@capgemini.co.uk