Warwickshire County Council is smaller than its historical past, which included areas of Birmingham as well as the cities of Coventry and Solihull. Today the council is still based in the county town of Warwick, but Nuneaton is its largest town. Within the county there are five district councils for North Warwickshire, Nuneaton & Bedworth, Warwick and Stratford-on-Avon.
IT Leader: Tonino Ciuffini, Head of information assets
In role since: 1985
Reporting line: Reports to strategic director of resources David Carter
Board level seat: No
IT budget: £14 million plus £9 million for schools
IT estate and or number of log on accounts under the control of the IT leader: 5,500 PC’s, taking into account schools computers which come under the council adds an additional 85,000
Level of the workforce that relies on technology to carry out their tasks: 70-75 per cent
IT staff currently employed: 230
IT management team and reporting structure: Six managers, covering strategy and programs managers, in regards to relationships with business, they have a business liaison manager who works in customer and supplier services.
Primary technology platforms at the organisation: ERP by Oracle for HR and Agresso. Lotus Notes, CareFirst case management system for social services and a high level of local government specific applications
Primary technology suppliers: Virgin, BT, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, HP
Significant strategic technology deals been struck in the last 12 months: Agresso financial management systems, Microsoft Windows Server
Strategic aim of the CIO and IT operations for the next financial year: Financial downturn means improving efficiency of council IT to protect social care and libraries for example. IT is developing e-services to become more cost effective and encouraging staff to be more modern and flexible in their working practices.
Always looking to improve efficiency and operations of the council.
Technologies considered by the leader to offer their organisation potential: Leading a government cloud pilot which is considered very important. The council is already using virtualisation at server level with mobile devices.
Future transformation and technology vision for the organisation: Warwickshire County Council want to develop web services and make information about the council more public by opening data to the community. The council is looking at a consumerisation agenda to allow the workforce to use iPads and Blackberry devices for work.