Derbyshire County Council completes IT transformation on schedule in collaboration with Capgemini

| Press release
New systems seen as key to streamlining services and boosting productivity

Derbyshire County Council has just completed a major transformation of key IT systems in a project carried out with Capgemini UK plc. The council says that the new systems are key to its plans to streamline services to the public and boost staff productivity.

The project has been completed on schedule after a close 11-month collaboration between Capgemini UK plc and the council. It involved replacing older-generation mainframe software with the latest SAP enterprise-wide systems designed for local government. They span financial control, logistics, property services, procurement, human resources, workforce management and payroll. The new systems are now being used by some 8,000 council employees across all departments.

Andrew Lewer, Leader of the Council, said: “The successful completion of this major project is good news for everyone who lives or works in Derbyshire. It will enable us to provide faster, better and more streamlined services to the community and support our policy of continuous improvement in our efficiency and the way we do business.”

Capgemini UK plc will also be providing support for the new systems for a 12 month period while transferring additional technical knowledge and skills to the council’s in-house IT staff to enable them to become self-sufficient in the new technology.

Nick Hodgson, Chief Executive of Derbyshire County Council, said: “Our new IT systems will transform the flow of information within and between council departments, support improved budget and revenue control and enable more informed decision-making. It will also help us identify procurement savings, and cut time spent by council staff in processing and accessing data.”

In a separate project, Capgemini has also completed the first phase of a plan to deploy a new Electronic Document and Records Management system at Derbyshire County Council, based on software from EDRM market leader Open Text. The system has been successfully implemented in the council’s Property Services Division and has also automated financial and procurement activities such as vendor invoice management. The system eliminates the delays and difficulties of handling large volumes of paperwork and significantly boosts staff productivity. Derbyshire County Council plans to extend deployment of the system across other departments during 2010/2011.

Barrie Graham, Business Development Director for Local and Devolved Government at Capgemini UK plc, said: “Derbyshire County Council are clear that information is a vital asset that must be managed efficiently to support first-class customer service and business efficiency. We are therefore delighted to work with them to deliver the many benefits that today’s information technology can offer.”

About Capgemini
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 ExperienceTM. 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 2009 global revenues of EUR 8.4 billion and employs 90,000 people worldwide.

More information is available at www.uk.capgemini.com

Rightshore® is a trademark belonging to Capgemini

Press contacts:

Tom Barton
Capgemini UK plc
Tel.:+44 (0)870 238 2491
Email: tom.barton@capgemini.co.uk

Jennie Hodgkinson
Press and PR Officer
Derbyshire County Council
Tel: +44 (0)1629 538234
Email: Jennie.Hodgkinson@Derbyshire.gov.uk