Derbyshire County Council has selected Capgemini UK plc as its transformation partner in a plan that will replace existing IT with new technology beginning next April. Under the £5.6 million contract, Capgemini will replace the Council’s existing IT systems, which are based on older-generation mainframe technology, with the latest SAP enterprise-wide systems designed for local authorities.
Derbyshire County Council is already a top-rated local authority, with a four-star rating – the highest possible – from the Audit Commission’s latest Comprehensive Performance Assessment. The County Council views the new technology as vital to its pursuit of even greater efficiency in delivering essential services to the people of Derbyshire.
The new systems, which will be used by some 8,000 Council employees, are expected to transform the flow of information within and between Council departments, support improved budget and revenue control, enable more informed decision-making, identify procurement savings, and cut time spent by Council staff in processing and accessing data.
David Hickman, Transformation Director at Derbyshire County Council, said: “We are committed to continuous improvement in the way we work, in the services we provide and in making the best use of taxpayers’ money, and the record shows that we have delivered on those commitments year after year. We plan to do even better in the near future and our new IT platform will be key to achieving that aim.”
The majority of the new IT systems, including financials, procurement, HR, payroll and business intelligence, are scheduled to go live in April 2010, with the 25-strong project team of Capgemini IT and business consultants being based at the Council’s headquarters in Matlock until then. Capgemini will deploy its Rightshore® strategy, which makes its global resources available to UK customers, on the project. Capgemini will also be providing applications support for the new SAP systems for up to 12 months post-go-live, while transferring knowledge and skills to the Council’s in-house IT staff to enable them to become self-sufficient in the new technology.
Barrie Graham, Business Development Director for Local Government at Capgemini UK, said: “We have already helped many local authorities win the important benefits of modern SAP technology and we are delighted with the opportunity to bring our experience to bear here in Derbyshire.”
Derbyshire County Council is also currently exploring with Capgemini the business case for a new electronic document and records management (EDRM) system, integrated with the SAP and other business systems, to further improve the efficiency of information handling across the Council, eliminate paperwork and avoid time-consuming manual processing of data.
Capgemini, one of the world’s foremost providers of consulting, technology and outsourcing services, enables its clients to transform and perform through technologies. Capgemini provides its clients with insights and capabilities that boost their freedom to achieve superior results through a unique way of working, the Collaborative Business Experience. The Group relies on its global delivery model called Rightshore®, which aims to get the right balance of the best talent from multiple locations, working as one team to create and deliver the optimum solution for clients. Present in more than 30 countries, Capgemini reported 2008 global revenues of EUR 8.7 billion and employs over 90,000 people worldwide.
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