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March 31, 2009

Carillion to unite IT at Sutton Coldfield and Matthew Boulton Colleges

Staff and students get single IT infrastructure

By Steve Evans

IT services provider Carillion has announced that the unified Sutton Coldfield and Matthew Boulton Colleges has selected it to provide IT managed services.

The two colleges, based in Birmingham, are in the process of merging and the new unified college boasts over 22,000 students and 1,600 members of staff. Carillion has been selected to unite the two existing IT infrastructures into a single service.

The company hopes to offer a single IT services helpdesk to act as a central point of contact for all IT queries across both colleges. Remote technical support will be offered as well as an on-site team providing desktop support, Carillion said.

Clive Hill, executive director of IT and estates of Sutton Coldfield and Matthew Boulton Colleges, said: “Through this contract with Carillion a service will be developed that will not only support us through a period of significant change and development, but more crucially, will deliver a more flexible, modern learning environment for staff and students alike. This project will make a significant contribution to the development of education, skills and future prosperity in Birmingham and the local area.”

The initial six-month period will see Carillion bring together existing systems and data before launching the unified IT services platform.

Carillion IT services provides outsourcing, managed services and network infrastructure platforms to public and private sector companies. Other recent contract wins include a deal with Derbyshire County Council to provide Internet access to all residents in the county via community access points based in libraries, community centres and residential homes.

In February this year it announced a deal with Hopwood Hall College to install a new IT infrastructure as part of the Manchester-based College’s £80m redevelopment programme.

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