Palmerston North City Council is close to replacing its ageing core enterprise resource planning systems having completed a shortlist of potential prime vendors.
It has also issuing a request for information (RFI) for delivery partners to assist the shortlisted suppliers implement the selected new modules across six core areas.
Palmerston North City Council said in its RFI that it was embarking on a transformation to "replace and rationalise ageing technology, modernise business processes and systems and establish more integrated solutions that can drive efficient, best practice based, end-to-end business processes across multiple applications and across the Council."
The RFI said council recognised that the scope of its core requirements was expansive and few, if any, suppliers would be able to deliver all its requirements.
"The council will pass on to all shortlisted suppliers, the information supplied in responses to this RFI," it said. "It will then be up to shortlisted suppliers and respondents to this RFI to explore possible collaboration opportunities."
The six core areas of requirements, which the council said may be delivered by one or more software applications, include: core financial; regulatory; property and rating; procurement and contract management; planning, budgeting and forecasting, and; reporting and analytics.
"We do not want a solution that requires any customisation or bespoke development to meet our needs," the RFI said. "We are not seeking proposals that focus on future products or capabilities that are yet to be developed or released to the market. We want an off the shelf solution which will meet our requirements."
The Council wishes to adopt software as a service for its replacement corporate applications and said it would adopt standard, out-of-the-box functionality requiring "minimal configuration and no customisation".