Northamptonshire County Council and its county are the bridge between East Anglia and the Midlands, so the county has borders with a wide range of authorities from Cambridgeshire in East Anglia to Oxfordshire in the south and Warwickshire in the Midlands. The council is responsible for a community of 69,676 people, according to the census of 2001 and four major urban conurbations; Northampton, Kettering, Corby and Wellingborough.

IT Leader: Rocco Labellarte, Director of Operations

In role since: Northamptonshire- since September 2009, Cambridgeshire- since October 2010

Reporting line: Northamptonshire to chief executive, Cambridgeshire to chief executive, as IT leader for both also Joint board- managing director

Board level seat: Yes- Cambridge council board of directors, Northamptonshire council board of directors and a joint board

IT budget:  £15 million

IT estate and or number of log on accounts under the control of the IT leader: 8,000 users
Level of the workforce that relies on technology to carry out their tasks: Approximately 95 per cent

IT staff currently employed: 140

Split between in-house/outsourced staff:  All in-house but there are anywhere between 1 and 30 contracted, outsourced IT staff operating at anytime

IT management team and reporting structure:  Northamptonshire- one head of IT and one business solutions and innovation manager. Cambridgeshire- one head of IT

Primary technology platforms at the organisation: Wintel, but Northamptonshire uses Citix

Primary technology suppliers: Virgin, Kcom, ERP by Oracle, Fujitsu, Microsoft Office and 230 other various applications

Significant strategic technology deals been struck in the last 12 months: Cambridge has awarded countywide network deal to Virgin Business Media, Northamptonshire has awarded a major deal to Kcom 12 months ago

Strategic aim of the CIO and IT operations for the next financial year: Using technology to enable efficiency and innovation across both councils

Technologies considered by the leader to offer their organisation potential: Cloud is on the agenda for the next 12-18 months

Future transformation and technology vision for the organisation: Technology will become a utility service akin to gas and electricity, available 24/7 and on demand. It will become a commodity and it will be accessible anywhere and at anytime.