Atos set to deliver new IT Services to Historic Scotland
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Atos, an international IT services company, has signed a contract with Historic Scotland, which will provide support to the agency in the delivery of their key IT programmes including a new Visitor Attraction System.
Atos, whose Scottish headquarters are based in Livingston, will provide service desk, desktop and data centre services to Historic Scotland – the Scottish Government’s agency responsible for safeguarding the country’s historic environment - to enable their IT modernisation programmes.
Atos will deliver IT services to over 70 locations across Scotland including Edinburgh Castle, Stirling Castle and Urquhart Castle on the banks of Loch Ness, as well as Orkney’s Skara Brae Prehistoric Village and Linlithgow Palace.
The initial three-year agreement represents the first time Atos has worked with the Scottish Government agency and Atos’ Senior Vice President in Scotland, Gavin Thomson, believes the relationship will have significant benefits for all involved.
“This contract win is incredibly good news for our business growth in Scotland. We look forward to developing a long term relationship with Historic Scotland, focussing on delivering their key business objectives and utilising our experience in delivering critical IT services within the public sector.” said Mr Thomson.
“From Summer 2012, Historic Scotland will start to use the new service. The renewal of the organisation’s IT and how it is delivered, is vital to their success in delivering their corporate plan and championing Scotland’s historic environment.”
The contract represents Atos’ first win as an approved supplier on the national framework placed on behalf of the Scottish Public Sector by Scottish Procurement, which provides all Scottish Public and Third sector bodies access to leading IT managed services organisations, allowing a more streamlined procurement process, and access to the most competitive prices.
The framework includes Atos and other service providers that are capable of meeting a diverse range of services to meet the requirements of public sector bodies including service desk, desktop support, server support, application and website hosting, application and website support, and disaster recovery services.
“With 1,500 employees in Scotland, serving customers in over 100 locations across Scotland from Dumfries and Galloway to the Highlands and Islands, Atos is well equipped to meet the evolving needs of Historic Scotland,” added Mr Thomson.
“Our shared service delivery model will make it easier to scale-up and down services based on Historic Scotland’s needs, to meet seasonal demands and business change. “
Jimmy Budge, Historic Scotland’s Head of IT, said: “This contract is an important step towards delivering a more modern, robust and efficient IT system for Historic Scotland. This will enable us to provide IT systems across the business and a number of key visitor sites that will deliver a better service to customers and more effective ways of working across the agency.”
In March, Atos was announced as an Official Supporter of Glasgow 2014 for Games Management Systems and Games Information Systems. The company is already the Worldwide IT Technology Partner of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.