The Surrey Golf Course mansion has become shorthand for top of the pile residences of the nouveau and super rich, be one a rock star or a city slicker.
England’s richest county is the fifth most populous non-metropolitan council in England and is home to just over one million people in an area of 644 km/2.
The council’s website has approximately 8,000 pages and in March 2007 broke through the 200,000 visitors per month mark with the council reporting that 70 per cent of visitors found what they were looking for.
Also in March it was announced that SurreyCC.gov.uk was one of three council sites to just miss out on achieving an excellent rating by one criteria out of 10 in the Better Connected survey of local authority websites conducted by Society of IT Management (SOCITM).
The council is very much an IBM shop having signed a 10-year business transformation partnership with IBM. It runs on IBM eserver p and sSeries servers running Tivoli storage manager and DB2 databases. IBM recommended SAP mySAP for business intelligence, marketplace and enterprise portal.
In terms of procurement of IT systems, the Surrey procurement policy states that: “All ICT purchases in excess of £50,000 must be directly approved by the head of county ICT”.
It adds that systems over £25,000 in procurement cost will be subject to an external IBM accessibility check, costing £1,500, to be met by the procuring party.