Following a recent deployment of 2,500 monitors and docking stations to Wiltshire Council, Ci’s remit was to supply, build, configure and deploy nearly 4,000 new laptops, and safely dispose of the de-commissioned devices.

Ci has been working closely with Wiltshire Council for the past ten years, so they were able to suggest a solution that met all the Council’s requirements. Ci provided the right product, at the right price, all successfully project managed within the tight three-month timescales.


Wiltshire Council was experiencing a shift in culture, from mainly desk-based staff to a more mobile work force. They closed several offices, and wanted all users connected to the network with hot-desking available throughout the remaining offices. One of the Council’s main stipulations was that the new laptops had to be compatible with their existing docking stations.

A large number of the legacy laptops were out of warranty and support. Laptops were beginning to fail and many were beyond economic repair. This was becoming costly for the ICT team in both time and money, and was putting a huge strain on the Service Desk and Desktop Support resources. User downtime was also having an associated impact on the business.

Despite the urgent requirement to upgrade their laptop estate, as with all Local Government, Wiltshire Council faced challenging financial times. They needed a provider who could support the Council’s ICT staff to implement an optimal technical solution which met their budgetary limitations, as well as their scheduling demands, to deploy the initial 2,300 laptops in just three months.

The tender process

Ci has over 33 years’ experience of IT project-based Service Delivery within the Public Sector. They helped Wiltshire Council with a technical refresh in 2010, procuring the new IT hardware, and the Council deployed it themselves. For the 2017 tech refresh, Wiltshire Council decided that they also needed deployment support from an experienced IT provider.

Ci spent several months evaluating and researching the most suitable solution for Wiltshire Council’s upgrade. They fulfilled all the risk mitigation measures to ensure successful execution of the project. Ci are not only WEEE compliant and hold the ADISA (Asset Disposal and Information Security Alliance) accreditation with Distinction, but they also have a robust Quality Management System that comprises multiple ISO accreditations.

“We are delighted with the way the project was managed and deployed by Ci. They met the rigorous deadlines, seamlessly switching over the laptop estate in multiple stages to meet our demanding requirements. There was minimal disruption to the users during the rollout and the smooth implementation was down to Ci’s experience and expertise. They not only fulfilled but exceeded the Council’s expectations.”

Paul Broadstock, Head of IT at Wiltshire Council

“I worked closely with the Ci factory team at the production centre on a daily basis for the duration of this project. Ci had the expert capabilities to fully support Wiltshire Council, from assisting in the creation of the laptop build, playing a pivotal role in planning the deployment with the Council staff, right through to the asset retirement of the old laptops – all of which made for a seamless and efficient deployment.”

Andy Donaghue, Business Development Manager for Regional Government & Emergency Services at Ci, has seven years’ experience working with Wiltshire Council, in addition to fifteen years’ experience working in partnership with Dell