Continues to manage infrastructure at heritage sites
English Heritage has signed a £7m IT services contract with Atos Origin to manage IT infrastructure at over 120 heritage sites in the UK.
English Heritage or the Historic Buildings and Monuments Commission for England, is sponsored by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. It is responsible for the conservation of heritage sites and buildings in the UK. In December this year, the organisation pledged £45,000 for repairs of a 12th century St Leonard’s Church in North Yorkshire.
The organisation also takes measures to make the sites more accessible to the public. In 2007-08, English Heritage had 5.3 million visitors to its staffed properties.
Under the two-year IT contract, which is an extension of an earlier one signed in 2002, Atos will manage desktop, data centre, network, customer support centre, disaster recovery and application support services at sites across the UK, from Tintagel Castle in Cornwall through Stonehenge in Wiltshire to Hadrians Wall in Northumberland.
In addition, Atos will provide training, maintenance and service management for English Heritage.
Anne Ware, vice president for public sector at Atos Origin, said: “Since working with English Heritage we have completed a number of projects including relocation to a new head office in London, desktop and server technical refreshes. We will continue to work closely together to ensure service excellence across its entire organisation and to improve their business processes.”
In addition to the English Heritage contract, Atos has recently signed a four-year agreement, valued at E9m, with the French Air Force. Atos will design, develop and deploy a single unified system based on SAP, to cover human resources and payroll applications for French Air Force military personnel.