Nottinghamshire County Council set to transform with SAP strategic improvement programme

Local authority aims to realise significant efficiencies to divert resources to frontline services

LondonSAP AG (NYSE: SAP) today announced that Nottinghamshire County Council has selected the full SAP ERP suite including HR, financials, procurement, business intelligence and other related service areas as the first step in a strategic improvement programme that it hopes will completely transform the Council’s operations.

The budget constraints and increase in demand for services mean that Nottinghamshire County Council has to find £150 million worth of savings over the next three years. This was a key driver behind the Council looking at its systems and processes to better understand how it could be more efficient without affecting frontline services that its citizens receive.

Until now, Nottinghamshire County Council has been using a number of bespoke IT systems across HR and finance, which the Council felt were no longer fit for purpose, were difficult to maintain and significantly limited the Council’s ability to transform its processes. The Council decided that in order to reap mid to long-term benefits, it would need to invest in a fully integrated ERP solution that could provide the platform for the Council to ensure efficient, automated processes were put in place.

“We looked very closely at a number of different vendors on the market and shortlisted both Oracle and SAP. Benefits realisation is the priority for us – we are not seeking to replace existing systems as a technical exercise. We are determined to transform the Council through this programme and realise the expected financial and efficiency benefits. This ambition is paramount and will always be at the forefront of our minds,” said Tim Gregory, Corporate Director at Nottinghamshire County Council.

Tim Gregory continued, “The Council made the decision to go with SAP because we felt that the functionality fulfilled all of our requirements and would provide a robust platform for this programme. SAP also has a successful track record of helping to transform local governments, which was important to us.”

The deal was signed in October 2010 and a phased go-live approach will take place from September 2011.

Tim Noble, Managing Director, SAP UK and Ireland commented: “We are delighted that Nottinghamshire County Council has selected our solutions as part of its programme to gain maximum efficiency and provide value for the taxpayer. SAP is committed to working side-by-side with the Council to help ensure its transformation is a success so that resources can be diverted to frontline services benefiting the citizens of Nottinghamshire.”

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