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Take two: Greater Wellington council inks deal with TechOne to replace SAP

A five-stage roll-out is planned ending in September 2021
  • Rob O'Neill (New Zealand Reseller News)
  • 06 July, 2020 12:40

Greater Wellington Regional Council is having a second stab at replacing its SAP enterprise software, this time with TechnologyOne.

The council embarked on its systems replacement project, called Optimus, in 2016 and selected Dutch software company Unit4 as its provider in 2018 only to abandon them and go back to market the following year.

At the time, the council expensed $3 million of spending on the first project and some planned investment was also pushed out into thee current financial year.

The council inked a deal with TechnologyOne to implement its OneCouncil cloud based software last December. 

The council said the project has five major releases: enterprise budgeting (planned for delivery in October 2020); HR and payroll (November 2020); finance, capital project delivery, contracts and enterprise asset management (May 2021); extended asset functionality, e.g. strategic asset management (estimated September 2021), and; extended HR and procurement functionality (also estimated September 2021).

Greater Wellington Regional Council initially declined to share the project's budget with Reseller News but it has now been provided after a Local Government Official Information Act request.

While one council minute from 1 June 2019, before the TechnologyOne contract was inked, put the capital budget at $5.5 million, the council said the total budget for the two-year programme (excluding the SaaS licence fees) was $7.6 million.

The value of the five-year SaaS license contract was $3.8 million, the council said. The contract covered the following functional areas: financial and supply chain management, human resources and payroll, corporate performance management, contracts, project lifecycle management and enterprise and strategic asset management.

Greater Wellington is implementing the ERP programme in partnership with TechnologyOne in a phased, two-year rollout. 

Wellington City Council also runs TechnologyOne's OneCouncil which was selected in 2015 and rolled out in a project that reportedly cost $19.75 million. 

According to TechnologyOne, 73 per cent of Australian and New Zealand residents live in a council powered by its software.