Centerprise manage all aspects of BCoT’s IT infrastructure and work with the College on their technology roadmap in a strategic partnership that ensures the College has a well maintained, secure and robust infrastructure to support learning, teaching and administration.
BCoT’s computer systems had been run on a fully-outsourced and managed contract for the past nine years. When the time came to review the contract, the college was looking for better value for money and a more strategic partnership.
Centerprise has agreed a “hybrid” contract with BCoT, ensuring a Centerprise engineer is permanently on campus to ensure the college’s IT infrastructure is running smoothly. BCoT’s own IT staff will work alongside Centerprise, benefiting and learning from the company’s strategic expertise.
“This partnership means that college students and staff can work
exactly where we want them to from day to day and Centerprise can keep developing our system”
Anthony Bravo - Principal, BCoT
Centerprise and BCoT signed an innovative “hybrid” agreement, whereby Centerprise takes on overall responsibility for its IT infrastructure, working alongside the college’s IT staff.
A key element of the three-year “hybrid” contract entails a team member from Centerprise being permanently on campus to ensure the college’s IT infrastructure, which supports 1,500 laptop and desktop computers and is used by 8,000 learners across two sites, is running smoothly. The hybrid nature of the contract means that in addition to the embedded engineer, the college can draw on Centerprise’s extensive pool of specialists and experience to help maintain and develop the College’s IT systems.
BCoT’s own IT staff will work alongside Centerprise, benefiting and learning from the company’s strategic expertise. Centerprise is responsible for the system infrastructure as it adapts and evolves and can swing into action quickly if opportunities or problems arise, such as a disaster recovery scenario.
The technology environment is based on Microsoft Windows, VMWare with Cisco Network and communications equipment. Key components include SharePoint, Microsoft SQL and Microsoft Exchange.
A dynamic learning environment that puts a strong emphasis on the use of IT in its teaching requires a partner to take a proactive and flexible approach. That’s exactly what Centerprise has given to BCoT.
By working together, the college are assured they get the best out of their IT – especially as the needs of the college are constantly evolving. In the end it’s the students who benefit from the results.
This is the case at Basingstoke College of Technology (BCoT), a further education college in Basingstoke, Hampshire. There are three campuses, which are split over two sides of a main road. The college has been rated “good with outstanding features” by Ofsted and makes extensive use of IT in its teaching.
In the past, BCoT’s computer systems had been run on a fully-outsourced and managed contract which was inflexible to the college’s on-going changes.
BCoT wanted to move away from the “break-fix” contract that deals only with faults or a very narrow range of administration tasks, to something that can deal effectively with the on-going changes and additions within it’s dynamic learning environment.
The college wanted to achieve an ICT service that copes with deploying a significant number of applications to hundreds of devices throughout the academic year, add additional equipment such as new ICT suites, and work with other college staff on the projects that will require the use of ICT by adding additional servers or updating existing ones.
“The idea of working in partnership with a local company in this way seemed like a powerful opportunity, and there is the potential to do a lot more with them in the future.””
Anthony Bravo - Principal, BCoT
Centerprise are the perfect strategic partner to help evolve BCoT’s systems over time. Our flexible working arrangement allows the college to draw on Centerprise’s expertise when they need it and make use of our broad range of specialism in those areas.
Ultimately, BCoT benefit from greater value for money, as well as a strategic input and a level of control that the college need.
As a multi-campus college that is continually growing and evolving, it is important for BCoT to work with an IT provider that is flexible and able to adapt to the college’s changing needs. The solution delivered by Centerprise ensures the college benefits from a well maintained, secure and robust infrastructure to support learning, teaching and administration.
This innovative “hybrid” contract delivers the best of both worlds for the college – an evolving and constantly up-to-date system that is extremely cost-effective.
As well as delivering day-to-day IT support through a combination of our on-site engineer and managed helpdesk service, Centerprise also offer strategic advice to pro-actively address the college’s current and future needs.
Centerprise will continue to work with BCoT for the remainder of the contract duration, keeping the college up to date as they evolve.
With a Centerprise engineer permanently on-site, BCoT have the assurance that if any issues arise, they will be dealt with promptly to ensure minimal downtime,
to allow the use of technology in education to be maximised.
“Working with Centerprise has
been a breath of fresh air.
The approach and vision provided
by Centerprise has been
proactive and flexible”
- Director of IT, BCOT
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