Cornwall seals £7m ERP contract

Cornwall Council has signed a £7 million ERP implementation contract with Capgemini, based on Oracle software.

Capgemini was selected as a preferred supplier for the ERP system last year. With the contract now confirmed, the council has revealed more details, saying it would save £20 million over the next five years by streamlining internal services such as finance, purchasing and human resources.

The Oracle system will replace largely paper-based processes that Cornwall Council inherited from the old county and district councils, "with a single integrated online system that will cut duplication, bureaucracy and costs", said Capgemini.

Michael Crich, Cornwall Council’s corporate director of resources, said: “The ERP system and new business processes will make an enormous difference to the way we work. At present we have staff across the organisation processing the same types of paperwork in different ways using the systems that belonged to the old councils."

He said the old systems were not designed for an organisation the size of Cornwall Council, were out of date and were scheduled for replacement "several years ago".The council will also aim to introduce industry standard business processes to streamline its operations.

The Capgemini team implementing the new system will be based at the Cornwall Council main building in Truro.

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