Derbyshire County Council has signed a £5.6 million contract with Capgemini to overhaul its IT systems.
The council will move to a range of enterprise SAP software on new HP servers, replacing legacy bespoke systems on its existing mainframes. The new systems, which will go live as soon as April next year, will be used by 8,000 employees.
Derbyshire said the software would enable it to improve cost control and procurement savings, as well as speeding decision making. The system would also reduce the time needed to access and process data, it said.
The first systems to be rolled out are SAP financials, procurement, human resources, payroll and business intelligence, using a 25-person team of Capgemini IT and business consultants at the council’s headquarters in Matlock.
After April next year, Capgemini will provide a mixture of offshore and onshore staff, to support the systems and train council staff, over the following 12 months.
David Hickman, transformation director at the council, said the SAP platform was “key” to the council’s future operational efficiency. A major SAP implementation in the West Country has become a political football in the run up to Thursdays' Euro elections, as "teething problems" have left bills unpaid to local businesses.
Derbyshire is also considering an unnamed electronic document and records management system, which could be integrated with SAP to further improve information handling and eliminate paperwork.
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