MICROSOFT SHOWCASE PERTH & KINROSS COUNCIL AT WINDOWS SERVER 2003 SAN FRANCISCO LAUNCH
* Perth & Kinross Council one of world’s first organisations to adopt new Windows Server 2003 platform
* Cedalion helps Perth & Kinross to deliver on e-government vision, to aid improvement in public services for 130,000 Perth & Kinross citizens
* 1800 Council workers up and running on new platform by Windows Server 2003 launch date
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24 APRIL 2003
A local authority in the heart of Scotland appeared today alongside The City of Los Angeles Council and multinational giants such as Cadence Systems and Marks & Spencer, at Bill Gates’ launch of Microsoft’s latest offering - the new Windows Server 2003 operating system.
Edinburgh-based Cedalion, experts in deploying Microsoft IT solutions, has worked with Perth & Kinross Council and Microsoft Consulting Services, in a pioneering project to make the Council one of the world’s first organisations to deploy Windows Server 2003. This is the first release of the company’s core operating system since Microsoft’s much publicised commitment to Trustworthy Computing in January 2002.
Cedalion, a Microsoft Gold Certified Solutions Partner, has been working with Perth & Kinross Council’s Information Systems & Technology team since December 2002 in a fast-track programme to implement the new operating system, rolling it out to 1,800 networked users across seventy sites prior to the product’s release on 24 April. The project was launched in direct response to the challenges faced by Perth & Kinross in delivering Tony Blair’s e-government vision and demonstrates the Council’s commitment to improving public services for over 130,000 Perth & Kinross citizens, by working to make services and information easily accessible to the public via the Internet.
“The new system fits closely with our e-government development plans, including developing the web infrastructure to create a truly transactional website that provides a direct link between the Council and the citizens of Perth & Kinross,” says Alan Nairn, Director of Information Systems and Technology at Perth & Kinross Council.
Windows Server 2003, Exchange 2000, Active Directory and SMS replaces Perth & Kinross Council’s existing Novell systems, streamlining the Council’s IT provision and consolidating its infrastructure into one stable platform, allowing increased efficiency and a substantial reduction in running costs. Savings have been achieved by a variety of methods including server consolidation – the Council’s existing 30+ server Novell GroupWise solution has been replaced by three Exchange servers – and making use of core Windows Server 2003 technologies, such as volume shadow copy, to reduce day-to-day tasks from hours to minutes.
“The overall goal of the project was to give Perth & Kinross a sound and future-proof basis on which to realise their vision of e-government, whilst dramatically reducing the cost of administering the corporate network,” says Roger Woods, Cedalion’s Public Sector Business Development Manager. “But we also had to respond to the additional challenge of maintaining integration between Windows Server 2003 and the Council’s legacy systems, as well as ensuring that any issues arising with the existing infrastructure were carefully managed throughout the migration project.”
By designing a Windows Server 2003 and Active Directory infrastructure that incorporates other Microsoft tools such as SMS, Exchange 2000 and Windows XP, Cedalion has helped Perth & Kinross Council to create an environment that is at once scalable, flexible and easy to maintain but which can also, in conjunction with the .NET framework, be leveraged by the Council’s application development team to deliver scalable and personalised Intranet and citizen facing applications.
This has been proven, only weeks after the initial pilot, when the Windows Server 2003 implementation was already providing the platform required to deliver rich personalised content across the Council’s Intranet. Perth & Kinross Council plans to use the Windows Server 2003 platform and .Net framework to deliver e-learning initiatives for Council staff and pursue numerous projects to automate online processes and back office procedures. These initiatives will allow staff to streamline their workload and reduce administrative overheads and costs and enable citizens to gain access to a range of council services online.
Perth & Kinross Council also plans to develop a ‘How Do I’ resource directory where both staff and citizens will be able to access a wealth of information, such as details on Council services, step-by-step guides to filling in application forms and assistance with specific queries or problems.
“Microsoft is delighted to be working in partnership with Cedalion as part of this step forward for Perth & Kinross Council,” says Mark Adams, Public Sector and Education Manager, Microsoft. “It is so good to see technology making a real contribution to government and it is a pleasure to be involved with Perth & Kinross Council, working with their vision for their citizens.”
With 1800 Council staff now up and running on the new platform, the project team has fulfilled expectations by delivering the system on time and on budget. Having well and truly seized the initiative by becoming a Microsoft early adopter, Perth & Kinross Council can now start to reap the benefits of being a world-class IT pioneer.
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About Perth & Kinross Council
Perth & Kinross Council delivers services to over 130,000 people in a geographical area of 2200 square miles. Located in the heart of Scotland, Perth and Kinross serves as the crossroads of the country and gateway to the Highlands. 90% of Scotland’s inhabitants live within 90 minutes of Perth. Perth and Kinross is an area of great diversity and this is reflected in the wide range of business within the local area. Agriculture, food and drink; retail; service; craft and tourism are the key industry sectors to be found thriving here. Perth and Kinross is the headquarters home to major multi-nationals including Norwich Union, Scottish and Southern Energy and Stagecoach.
Cedalion is one of Scotland’s leading experts in providing Microsoft based IT solutions to the financial, public and commercial business sectors, with established strategic partnerships with Microsoft and Computacenter Scotland. Established in 1995, the Leith-based company delivers a range of world class services including Application Development, Design, Infrastructure and Support services. Cedalion was one of the first companies in Europe to become a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner for e-commerce and enterprise solutions – the highest attainable level of Microsoft accreditation.
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