US-based Civica Software has secured a stronger foothold in the New Zealand market, signing a deal with Stratford District Council to remotely manage its in-house computing.
Civica specialises in software for local government and its Australian subsidiary, Civica Pty, will now manage all hardware, software and communications for the Council as part of a five-year contract that starts in September.
This will allow Civica to establish its first local datacentre in Auckland to service the contract and to further promote the company’s services to clients.
Council chief executive Michael Freeman says the pricing and other advantages Civica offered were attractive. In particular “it put to bed a problem we had been aware of for some time with disaster recovery,” he says. “We had not put enough effort into that.” Now it becomes Civica Pty’s responsibility “so if the council offices burn down we will be able to start up from another site”.
As a small local authority, Stratford has just one ICT staff member, who was handling everything from control of new projects down to keeping software patches up-to-date, Freeman says. That person will now be able to devote more attention to the strategic side of the organisation’s ICT.