IT services company Sx3 has signed a £5m deal to provide Birmingham City Council with a housing management software solution that will encompass a housing stock of 80,000 properties, and it expects more such deals in the future.
The Council will use Sx3’s iWorld integrated FIRST housing solution, enabling it to access internal reporting information instantaneously and offering customers an online information service.
Pete Banahan, Sx3 lead consultant, told Management Consultancy that he expects many more IT public sector deals to come into fruition as the e-government 2005 deadline approaches.
‘The last couple of years has seen the implementation of several Pathfinder projects around the country – other Councils will look at how these deals have worked and we expect activity to pick up next year,’ said Banahan.
He believes the e-government 2005 deadline will act as a ‘benchmark’ for Councils, and will see the government aiding and/or reprimanding those that have not attained their target.