The Brisbane City Council is continuing its technology outsourcing push with plans to contract out the management of its two data centres and fibre-optic network next year.
According to a report in the Sydney Morning Herald, the council will call for expressions of interest at a technology industry event on October 31 and expects to choose partners within months, chair of the BCC’s finance and administration committee Julian Simmonds told Fairfax Media.
With an annual budget of $2.9 billion, the council is Australia’s largest local authority by a considerable margin and employs around 200 ICT staff.
The past three years have seen it move away from its traditional in-house service delivery model and embark on a program to rationalise infrastructure and outsource work to the private sector.
In February 2013 the council signed a controversial five-year outsourcing deal worth $6.5 million a year with India-based services company HCL Technologies. Covering administration, help desk and project services, it is expected to deliver savings of $8 million over five years.
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