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London-based council to cut costs, boost digital citizen engagement and increase efficiency by 30% with help of Sungard AS
London, United Kingdom: Sungard Availability Services ® (Sungard AS), a leading provider of information availability through managed IT, cloud and recovery services, today announces that it is working with Enfield Council to help support its “Digital by Default” strategy.
Enfield Council has a strong reputation for technological innovation, and is focused on increasing engagement with all constituents via digital platforms. Its pioneering Artificial Intelligence (AI) contact centre programme can answer citizens’ questions at 60% of the human cost, Enfield is the first council in the country to deploy such technology. To continue its sector leading work, the council needed a strong IT partner that could provide the robust, reliable, and agile IT infrastructure required.
Enfield Council’s current outsourcing agreement was coming to an end and with 320,000 constituents reliant upon the council’s services, constant availability is of vital importance. The council urgently needed a trusted partner that could deliver a flexible and robust solution with zero downtime.
“Recent research found that public sector IT decision makers felt that digital success equates to both increased customer satisfaction (49%) and revenue growth (33%). “
Enfield Council chose Sungard AS to manage the transition and continued running of its complex hybrid IT infrastructure. The move was so successful that, not only was there zero downtime of services, but Enfield Council’s own staff were unaware any transition had taken place. Efficiency and cost-effectiveness were also key factors in the choice of Sungard AS. Government funding cuts meant that the council was under increased pressure to continue its great service at a reduced cost. Sungard AS delivered a pay-as-you-go enterprise cloud solution, meaning the council only pays for the cloud services it needs, allowing it to scale capacity up and down, as required.
The decision to partner with Sungard AS is already forecasted to achieve major cost-savings for the council, as well as over 30% efficiency gains. Sungard AS has further eliminated the IT infrastructure management burden from the council, allowing in-house staff to focus on satisfying the 18 service standard points required by “Digital by Default” status. Enfield Council is now working towards furthering its digital aims, all with the peace of mind that Sungard AS is supporting its critical IT systems.
“Our citizens rely on the council to be there when they need us. We cannot afford even the smallest amount of systems downtime. For example, if there’s no IT service on the day we pay housing benefit, it could mean eviction for some of our citizens. With individuals’ well-being and the council’s efficiency at stake, there really is no room for error. Through partnering with Sungard AS, citizens will always be able to access council services.”
“Enfield is a vibrant, multicultural borough where English is not always the first language so being able to access council services via digital platforms, that are available in multiple languages, is essential. Sungard AS provides the robust infrastructure that allows the council to work towards meeting its digital goals, as well as supporting all of our citizens,” concluded Durbin.
Kathy Schneider, Chief Marketing Officer at Sungard Availability Services continued: “Enfield Council’s case is just one example of the challenges organisations are facing with hybrid IT infrastructure models. It is essential to have inbuilt resilience to maintain robust security and constant availability of services – whether running across digital or legacy IT platforms. Enfield citizens and council staff would settle for nothing less.
“Our recent research found that public sector IT decision makers felt that digital success equates to both increased customer satisfaction (49%) and revenue growth (33%). But with the IT landscape becoming more complex and legacy IT potentially holding back innovation, the road to digital transformation in the public sector isn’t straightforward. Without a datacentre strategy that can support both old and new IT functions, local governments will fail to meet their ‘digital by default’ ambitions. Pairing with a reliable partner means that Enfield can continue to achieve its goals while allowing Sungard AS to shoulder the concerns of core infrastructure management.”
” Enfield Council’s case is just one example of the challenges organisations are facing with hybrid IT infrastructure models. It is essential to have inbuilt resilience to maintain robust security and constant availability of services – whether running across digital or legacy IT platforms.”
Further information on Sungard AS’ work with Enfield Council can be found here.
About Enfield Council
The London Borough of Enfield has a history of firsts: The world’s first solid state circuitry colour televisions were manufactured by Ferguson in the town, the first dishwasher to be mass produced was in Hotpoint’s Enfield plant and the Barclays Bank branch in Enfield was the first place in the world to have an ATM cash machine. Today, the council serves a population of some 324,500[i]. Twelve miles from the centre of London, the diverse borough has welcomed people from across the world and is home to large Turkish, Greek and Cypriot communities. The Labour-controlled council needs to save £56m by 2020 following government funding cuts and necessity is driving innovation. Enfield is pioneering an Artificial Intelligence (AI) programme in its contact centre that can answer citizens’ questions at 60% of the human cost and, faced with a severe housing shortage, has embarked on a large-scale municipal housebuilding programme. In an unusual departure, this entails funding the developments itself, holding on to the land, and retaining control of all building[ii].