Fujitsu today announced that it has secured a deal with Essex County Council to transform its Corporate Systems estate. Under the terms of the contract, Fujitsu will implement a fully integrated and modernised ERP environment that also delivers enhanced functionality to retained legacy applications. The project supports the Council’s long-term financial strategy to save at least £235m over the next three years while helping it to become more operationally efficient and expand the services it can offer to other public bodies throughout the UK.
The contract, which is worth £16.6 million over seven years, will see Fujitsu implement a fully managed service covering Oracle E-Business Suite, Hyperion, OBIEE and Taleo, while harmonising this with existing applications which continue to deliver good value to the people and businesses of Essex.
The new Oracle-based back office IT structure will enable the Local Authority to take advantage of the extra system capacity to offer shared services to schools, libraries and other publicly funded institutions outside the boundaries of Essex and thus generate extra revenue for the County in the future.
Cllr Derrick Louis, Essex County Council’s cabinet member for corporate services and transformation, said: “Awarding this contract is the culmination of two years’ hard work to replace more than 30 old and disjointed IT systems. These new, highly efficient, systems, which we aim to have up and running within the next financial year, will remove frustrating and unnecessary administration, duplication and repetition. Not only will there be significant savings over the coming years, this investment shows our commitment to making lasting changes to the way we deliver top quality services for the benefit of our residents and businesses. For example, it will soon be much easier for companies to do business with us as we streamline our online financial processes.”
Sandy Vann of Fujitsu UK & Ireland’s Business & Application Services said “We’re incredibly proud to have the opportunity to work with Essex County Council; supporting them into and through the next phase of their transformation vision to make life easier and more productive for the people of Essex. Fujitsu actively supports their strategy to help Essex businesses grow and create jobs for local people by providing the infrastructure and environment they need to attract investment and unlock sustainable growth opportunities. By providing easy to use, Oracle-based self-service facilities, Essex County Council employees will experience an enhanced ability to excel in their work while saving money that can be invested in other areas. By delivering innovative solutions such as these, Fujitsu supports and helps create vibrant communities that ensure residents can access jobs and public services in an efficient and sustainable way.”