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Watford FC nets Freedom ASP deal

Watford Football Club is aiming to slash its IT costs by outsourcing 90% of its IT infrastructure to an application service provider (ASP).

The migration from Windows on its own Novell server to renting Microsoft Office 2000 Professional, Outlook and Exchange 2000 from ASP Freedom, along with its Sage accountancy software, was completed this month by the Nationwide League club.

‘We now have an enterprise-class IT infrastructure in an organisation with fewer than 100 people,’ said James Barton, director of IT and ebusiness at Watford FC.

‘Our cost of ownership for each PC has gone down by about 65% because we are able to use old hardware,’ he added. ‘The service will run on our old [Pentium] 486 processors just as well as a Pentium III.’

Watford FC, which has 45 fixed and 10 mobile-PC end-users, previously had no full-time IT staff and had to rely on costly consultancy services to run and maintain the IT systems, explained Barton.

‘Our ticketing software is on a Novell platform, but if it was on NT we would move it over now. And the retail system for our shops will be outsourced this way in the next three months,’ he said.

Most of the club’s important applications are now hosted by Freedom. The remaining 10 per cent will be moved over in the next 12 months.

The Freedom service costs £120 per user per month and also gives Watford FC the capacity to migrate its Microsoft Access databases to SQL databases, and use Microsoft’s IIS web server to deploy intranets and extranets.

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This article first appeared in Computing.

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