Birmingham has been awarded to REDSTONE
Contract value - £11 million
Birmingham has been awarded to REDSTONE
Can anyone say whether Morse have withdrawn from BSF? - Andy Davies (who was apparently BSF Technical Director at Morse) seems to indicate that they have... see Andy Davies BSF Wiki / The Scoreboard
Unfortunately Morse have all but withdrawn from the BSF market.
They retain the STaG contract but won't be pursuing any other opportunity and have withdrawn from Durham.
Personally I think this is a huge mistake, but thankfully other integrators like Agilisys and Logica have entered the market.
See there annoucement to the City here...
Morse - Investor Relations - City Announcements - Interim results for the six months ended 31 December 2008
Brief Summary says...
Morse in Education performed below expectations resulting in a review of the business
* South Tyneside and Gateshead (STaG) ‘Building Schools for the Future’ (BSF) project will now be managed as a stand alone project reporting into the Managing Director of the Division
* Sales and management team of the division have been made redundant, additional restructuring charge of £0.1 million in the second half of the financial year
I believe that Durham will be picked up by CITS now (Carillion IT Services), but not had confirmation yet.
according to the article the award of the ICT part of the BSF contract is just an extension of an existing joint partnership between liverpool council and BT (LDL as another poster has pointed out).
These joint partnerships have become increasingly common in providing council IT services, the fact this has been extended to schools IT provision as part of BSF seems like a logical step for any authority which already has one of thes joint partnerships in place. But it also appears to be unique to Liverpool for the moment. Unless there are other examples.
This begs the question, why haven't other authorities with similar deals not gone down the same route ? why do they have one provider for council IT and another for schools under BSF ? Tim warren of liverpool appears to answer this question...
that seems reasonable conclusion, but such a decision by other authorities with existing joint IT partnerships with a private sector supplier to instead provide contracts to education IT specialists smacks of a somewhat disjointed approach to IT service provision.....in many areas the ICT needs of a school are not dissimilar to the needs of a council function. Ofcourse schools have particular ICT needs and a specialist provider has the experience of that.We would not expect many other large deals similar to this one in other authorities in the near future because local education partnerships tend to look for suppliers that will meet the specific needs of schools and do not often look at the bigger picture by trying to find suppliers able to fulfil the combined need of various institutions within the local authority
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In addition to Liverpool extending their joint partnership it seems that Telford & Wrekin will follow the same path with Serco.
However Partnerships for Schools, who obviously control the flow of funds, are anti this approach, as they believe that the ICT need to be procured in conjunction with the building programme in order to achieve tight integration and a combined approach to Education Transformation through the LEP.
Mouchel won Nailsea for ICT only
One thing I don't understand with all of the BSF Programme on the ICT side is how companies like Northgate, Ramesys, RM etc are going to manage the ICT / Networks side when the programme gets into full swing.
Looking at their websites they only employ a small to medium number of network engineers (40-50 on average). Surely this won't cover a programme of this scale across the UK (??)
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