FOI release

ICT within the Department for Education

A Freedom of Information (FOI) disclosure about ICT within the Department for Education.

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  • Date requested: 2 December 2010
  • Publish date: 22 December 2010
  • Updated: 20 April 2011

Request

How many staff (full head-count rather than full-time equivalents) are employed in information technology functions?

Do you have an internal information technology team or is information technology totally outsourced? If outsourced, to which company?

Is your information technology infrastructure managed internally or outsourced? If outsourced, to which company?

Are your desktop computers managed internally or outsourced? If outsourced, to which company?

Is your systems development/applications management managed internally or outsourced? If outsourced, to which company?

How many desktop and laptop computers are in use?

Which server platform(s) do you use?

  • BM/PCM Mainframe
  • UNIX: Microsoft Windows
  • System I
  • Others

How many physical servers are in use?

How many virtual servers are in use?

Release

  • How many staff (full head-count rather than full-time equivalents) are employed in information technology functions?

The current number of staff working in Chief Information Officer (CIO) Group is 152. This figure includes all staff involved directly in technical functions and support as well as staff working on non-technical functions, for example, contract and service management and architectural services including standards. CIO Group’s responsibility also extends beyond internal IT services to include many of the department’s “frontline” systems and services.

  • Do you have an internal information technology team or is information technology totally outsourced? If outsourced, to which company?

No. The CIO Group is an internal team which provides technology based services to the department with the support of suppliers.

  • Is your information technology infrastructure managed internally or outsourced? If outsourced, to which company?

It is managed internally.

  • Are your desktop computers managed internally or outsourced? If outsourced, to which company?

They are managed internally.

  • Is your systems development/applications management managed internally or outsourced? If outsourced, to which company?

The department’s systems development/applications management is outsourced to Capgemini.

  • How many desktop computers are in use?

2,996.

  • How many laptop computers are in use?

1,596.

  • Which server platform(s) do you use?

Microsoft Windows - various versions.

  • How many physical servers are in use?

Currently around 300 production servers.

  • How many virtual servers are in use?

Currently around 30 although we are in the process of rationalising physical servers and deploying more virtual servers.

Published 22 December 2010