CHESHIRE — Earlier this summer time, city councilors unanimously supported getting into into a brand new three-year contract with the knowledge know-how firm that has been with the city since 2011.
Final month, councilors voted in favor of the contract with Apex Know-how Group for tech companies for each the city and faculty district.
The annual value will likely be $331,080, with the time period working from July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2025. The brand new contract is costing the city $93,000 extra yearly than its current phrases with Apex.
Steve Carroll, chairman of the city’s know-how research group, stated the city initially employed two IT technicians. When the research group was fashioned in 2011, nonetheless, Carroll, together with different city officers, decided the method was was not efficient.
“Round 2011, I used to be requested to become involved within the know-how research group by the city supervisor then and it rapidly turned obvious that the standing of our know-how in Cheshire was one thing near a dumpster hearth,” Carroll mirrored. “If it wasn’t damaged, it was going to interrupt quickly. That’s when the know-how group got here to be.”
The know-how group employed Apex as consultants,tasked with figuring out “crucial components” that wanted to be addressed, in response to Carroll.
“They stored at it and, actually, we’ve addressed all the pieces thus far,” Carroll stated. “I feel we’ve bought a top-notch community.”
Carroll added that using two technicians now, which might be senior-level positions and require advantages, would value the City at the very least $350,000 per 12 months. Not solely would using two new employees be costly, however their information can be restricted.
“They’re not going to know all the pieces about all the pieces as a result of there aren’t any two technicians or two individuals on the planet that know all the pieces about all the pieces,” Carroll stated. “What you achieve with Apex is you achieve entry to all of their experience.”
Apex and the know-how research group have already got plans to additional improve know-how companies on the town, together with implementation catastrophe restoration, which might enable the city to make use of cloud companies to get better misplaced knowledge.
Apex additionally proposed co-location of an information heart, which Carroll stated the city doesn’t have the infrastructure or area to accommodate because of particular necessities corresponding to temperature, humidity and hearth prevention.
“We don’t actually have the environmentals to help that right here until you needed to make a capital funding,” Carroll stated.
Co-locating elsewhere “alleviates the up and down capital spending” the city would in any other case have to take a position, Carroll added.
City Councilor Peter Talbot, who additionally serves on the know-how group, agreed with Carroll.
“The council has been extraordinarily supportive of capital cash through the years,” Talbot stated. “Up entrance, it was so much (increased requests for funds) however we’ve gotten ourselves, within the 11 years, we’ve gotten ourselves to the standing of upkeep fairly than taking part in catch as much as repair all the pieces.”