Gloucestershire County Council aims for significant cost savings via IT transformation with Capgemini

| Press release
Gloucestershire County Council has selected Capgemini UK plc (Capgemini) to effect a comprehensive transformation of its IT systems as a key part of its plans for greater customer focus, higher quality services, improved efficiency and lower costs.

Capgemini will replace existing outdated systems in areas such as finance, human resources, payroll and procurement with a new integrated business management information system. The transformation programme starts this month and is scheduled for completion by October 2007.

Councillor Ray Theodoulou said: “Gloucestershire County Council is already recognised as an authority that is performing well and providing good value for money, and where local people recognise improvements in services. But we are determined to press forward in our quest for excellent service, ever greater efficiency and maximum cost-effectiveness, and equally determined to give our staff the tools they need to achieve these objectives.”

The Council and Capgemini have together identified potential significant cost savings over the five-year period 2007-2011 via the use of new technology and the streamlined business processes which the new IT will facilitate.

Dilys Wynn, Director of Business Change at Gloucestershire County Council, said: “Following a competitive tendering process we have selected Capgemini as our partner because of their convincing and cost-effective proposals, their willingness to study our requirements in depth and their clear focus on the business benefits of IT. They have demonstrated their ability to work in close and effective collaboration with our own teams, and their bid was backed by a great track record in the UK public sector including local government.”

The Capgemini plans centre on the use of the SAP Business Suite, a fully integrated set of software applications that is already used by more than 40 local authorities in Britain. In addition to designing and implementing the IT solution, Capgemini business consultants and local government specialists will also work with Gloucestershire’s own business change team to help them transform current business processes across the Council, streamlining workflows, eliminating duplication of effort and reducing costs.

The Council says that the new systems will improve management at both the strategic and operational level. They will provide easy access to better financial and people management information, and this will allow for faster and better planning, decision making and business support. As well as reducing the Council’s administration costs, the new systems will provide a platform for supporting future development and continued operational improvement.

John Duncanson, Vice President, Capgemini said: “We look forward to proving that with our help Gloucestershire can win major efficiency gains and cost savings, just as many other local and regional authorities across England, Scotland and Wales have done as a result of working with us.”

Simon Etherington, Director SAP Public Services, said: “SAP is delighted that we will be working with such a high performing Council to further improve the delivery of services to its citizens, and we look forward to extending our successful alliance with Capgemini.”

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About Capgemini 

Capgemini, one of the world’s foremost providers of Consulting, Technology and Outsourcing services, has a unique way of working with its clients, called the Collaborative Business Experience. Backed by over three decades of industry and service experience, the Collaborative Business Experience is designed to help our clients achieve better, faster, more sustainable results through seamless access to our network of world-leading technology partners and collaboration-focused methods and tools. Through commitment to mutual success and the achievement of tangible value, we help businesses implement growth strategies, leverage technology, and thrive through the power of collaboration. Capgemini employs approximately 61,000 people worldwide and reported 2005 global revenues of 6,954 million euros. More information about individual service lines, offices and research is available at www.capgemini.com