Sheffield City Council is responsible for the metropolitan borough of Sheffield, the industrial Yorkshire city and is currently a Labour controlled authority. A 2004 re-organisation of its wards created 28 new wards.
IT Leader: Paul Green, CIO/IS director
In role since: 2005
Reporting line: Reports to the executive director of resources
Board level seat: Part of council of directors
IT budget: £11-12 million, 1.4 per cent of revenue
IT estate and or number of log on accounts under the control of the IT leader: 8-9000 IT users
IT staff currently employed: 40
Split between in-house/outsourced staff: 130 outsourced staff
IT management team and reporting structure: Have a head of IS business partnering- relationship management, a head of enterprise architecture, head of IS governance and assurance and a head of IS service management.
Primary technology platforms at the organisation: No real a main technology platform; Oracle for finance, IBM Resource Link for HR, CareFirst for social care services and enterprise content management by Microsoft
Primary technology suppliers: Microsoft, Oracle and Kcom
Significant strategic technology deals been struck in the last 12 months: Have a long term, seven year strategic IT partnership with Capita that started in 2008.
Strategic aim of the CIO and IT operations for the next financial year: To continue to deliver the business requirements with a reduced budget, whilst at the same time trying to find technology enabling opportunities that can provide savings for services across the organisation.
Technologies considered by the leader to offer their organisation potential: Currently have a virtualised environment and planned service. Consider all technologies important as they are interconnected to form a resilient and robust network infrastructure.
Future transformation and technology vision for the organisation: Any technology that will support the enablement for a more flexible organisation by using mobile and flexible technologies. There is a challenge of allowing that due to security issues over allowing people to use their own devices, however could turn out to be cost effective.