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Glasgow has agreed a new IT contract with CGI that it hopes will transform digital services across the city.
The council has confirmed it will enter a seven-year deal with CGI, an IT and business consulting services firm, which already provides services to the City of Edinburgh and Scottish Borders councils, as well as the Scottish government.
The deal will not only secure support for the council’s own IT systems, but will kick-start a step change in digital services required to support jobs, education, innovation and health for decades to come.
The council agreed to award a contract to CGI earlier this year. The city has now accepted an offer from the IT firm that meets its requirements and both parties are working to conclude the deal and prepare for the start of the new contract in April 2018.
The council has moved to protect the jobs, pensions and pay and conditions of the current workforce.
Angus Millar, Glasgow City Council’s Digital Champion, said: “We have an opportunity to completely redesign how we use technology to improve the lives of all Glaswegians.
“From world-class digital learning in our schools, to protecting the health of our most vulnerable citizens – we need to innovate and be ready to embrace opportunities to use technology creatively to deliver for the city.
“Since approval of the outline business case in April, we have focused a great deal of attention on developing and refining the staffing model; to ensure the deal is right for the workforce and puts them right at the heart of driving forward change in our city.
“That includes establishing a Workforce Board, which I will chair, as a key part of the governance arrangements for the contract.”
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