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BT Syntegra, BT’s global consulting and systems integration business, has been awarded a contract by the City of Edinburgh Council to implement its Enterprise Finance project. Under the deal, worth £13.4 million, BT Syntegra will put in place a new system that will improve dramatically the way in which all council departments complete their purchasing, ordering, payments and budgeting.

As part of the project BT Syntegra will replace a paper-based procurement process with a web-based e-procurement system that will give Council workers greater control of costs through online requisitioning and supplier management. In addition, the new system will allow department managers to keep better control of budgets by providing increased visibility of financial information.

The City of Edinburgh Council is introducing Enterprise Finance, as part of its ‘Smart City’ vision, a programme designed to place Edinburgh at the cutting edge of modernised service delivery in Europe. BT Syntegra has previously worked with the City of Edinburgh Council on a wide variety of other projects on behalf of BT in its role as strategic partner and supplier of information and communication technology to the Council.

Tom Aitchison, chief executive of the City of Edinburgh Council, said: “This venture will enable the council to transform the way it conducts its financial management and reporting, improving efficiency and reducing costs. It represents another major step along the way towards the goal of ‘Edinburgh – the Smart City’.”

BT Syntegra began work on the Enterprise Finance project in January 2004. The first phase deployment is expected to be completed by April 2005. This will be followed by a gradual roll-out across the council's operations, with the project reaching completion in December 2005.

Scott McBain, director for Scotland and Ireland at BT Syntegra, said: “We are delighted to continue our working partnership with the City of Edinburgh Council. With our powerful combination of technical and commercial skill and our proven track record of working with local and central government I believe that BT Syntegra has got exactly what it takes to turn the Enterprise Finance project into reality.”

About BT Syntegra

BT Syntegra plays a key role in BT's Information and Communications Technology (ICT) strategy as its expert in business transformation and change management.

It employs more than 5,000 business and technical professionals worldwide and in the financial year ended March 2003 reported revenues of £623 million.

BT Syntegra helps organisations transform the way that they operate by applying business knowledge and technology to make possible new and better ways of working.

Its primary activity is the provision of consultancy and systems integration services including business consultancy, complex programme management and custom systems design, development and operation.

To complement its own specialisation BT Syntegra, where needed, is able to call upon skill and expertise from other parts of BT.

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