Herefordshire Council is expected to spend around £450,000 to replace over 600 desktop and laptop devices used by staff.
The council has determined it can no longer support its hardware, around 40% of which have exceeded its five-year maximum service life.
Much of the council’s equipment cannot run necessary applications and many devices’ warranty is either no longer valid or will expire in the near future.
According to the Hereford Times, the outlay has been sanctioned at a senior level and will be undertaken through the Cabinet Office sponsored Crown Commercial Services.
Hereford decided to tender with the CCS in favour of its own tendering process due to improved “collaborative frameworks” that the CCS offers as a recommended best IT practise.
The procurement process is expected to be completed by next March with the delivery of 555 high performance laptops and desktops with a further 100 lower-spec laptops also part of the purchase.
The new devices will be delivered on a month-by-month basis to cover operational need and meet the immediate priorities of staff.
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