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Liverpool and Salford City Councils in digital collaboration

A new technology platform will provide enhanced planning capabilities and more user-friendly services for citizens

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Liverpool City Council's collaboration with Salford could pave the way for similar partnerships
Liverpool City Council's collaboration with Salford could pave the way for similar partnerships

Liverpool and Salford City Councils are collaborating on an innovative technology platform to improve public services as well as reduce costs. The system from technology provider SAP, will enable a more simplified IT infrastructure, enhanced planning capabilities and more user-friendly services for citizens. Each council will work on its own private secure network on the platform.

The collaboration marks a shift in the way the councils can deliver services to the public.

“By working together, Liverpool and Salford can collectively build a powerhouse of SAP knowledge in their region which will help deliver efficiencies for both cities,” said Darren Hunt, director, public sector UK & Ireland, SAP. “Critically, SAP S/4HANA solutions will support the delivery of new digital services providing more accurate, real-time information to facilitate better informed and more timely decision making, improved forecasting and to unlock cost savings at every turn.”

As with many other public sector bodies, Liverpool and Salford City Councils are looking for ways to deliver technology innovation across their IT infrastructure and digital services but are faced with budget limitations which have made it difficult to migrate to next generation solutions. The collaboration will enable them to streamline their operations, reduce costs and provide more efficient and effective services for their citizens.

As part of a Government-wide framework, this new partnership will also serve as a model to demonstrate how other local authorities can align with each other to upgrade their legacy IT infrastructure and save costs.

“Salford City Council has always recognised the importance of innovation and collaboration to develop new business solutions that will allow public bodies to work together, share costs and drive real transformation in our cities,” said Salford’s City Mayor, Paul Dennett, who adds it will also help the council to maintain the quality of front line services. “Together with Liverpool City Council, we’ll be able to implement an affordable solution that allows us to focus on the growing needs of Salford’s residents.”

Joe Anderson, Mayor of Liverpool, commented: “The council is facing substantial financial pressures in every area due to significant cuts in central Government funding. This makes it more imperative than ever that, across all aspects of service delivery, move more services online to make sure we can do more with less. We have a long history of delivering innovation and seeking new ways of working. The collaboration with Salford City Council is one such innovation that we have implemented to deliver this new way of working”.

The City of Salford and The City of Liverpool have already started to implement the SAP solutions and will continue to work with SAP throughout the process to ensure a successful roll-out by 2017.

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