£16.6m County Hall IT deal ‘to save millions’: Essex County Council to bring in new computer system

Southend Standard: £16.6m County Hall IT deal ‘to save millions’: Essex County Council to bring in new computer system £16.6m County Hall IT deal ‘to save millions’: Essex County Council to bring in new computer system

Essex County Council says it will save millions once its major new computer systems come online.

Fujitsu has won a £16.6million contract to replace ageing IT systems in County Hall’s finance, payroll, procurement and HR departments.

The council is hoping the five-year deal will save millions of pounds by improving efficiency.

The savings will then be channeled into frontline services.

Derrick Louis, councillor responsible for corporate services, said: “This 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 running within the next financial year, will remove frustrating and unnecessary administration, duplication and repetition.

Not only will there be significant savings, but this investment shows our commitment to making lasting changes to the way we deliver services.

“For example, it will soon be much easier for companies to do business with us as we streamline our online financial processes.”

The project is part of the council’s drive to save £235million over the next three years to cope with Government cuts.

The council says the new systems will also help it make better decisions because it will provide up-to-date and accurate information helping to identify trends, act on forecasts and gather evidence to improve services.

Sandy Vann, of Fujitsu’s Business and Application Services, said: “We’re incredibly proud to have the opportunity to work with Essex, supporting it into and through the next phase of their transformation.”

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1:04pm Tue 18 Feb 14

Howard Cháse says...

How long before we start reading about how this new system is terrible and being scrapped after costing millions?
How long before we start reading about how this new system is terrible and being scrapped after costing millions? Howard Cháse
  • Score: 20

1:15pm Tue 18 Feb 14

Kim Gandy says...

£16.6 million to save money...

you mean like the £6.7m spent on the streetlighting switch off fiasco to save £1m a year.

Who's doing the budget, a primary school maths class? No sorry I take that back. Give the budget TO the primary school maths class.
£16.6 million to save money... you mean like the £6.7m spent on the streetlighting switch off fiasco to save £1m a year. Who's doing the budget, a primary school maths class? No sorry I take that back. Give the budget TO the primary school maths class. Kim Gandy
  • Score: 13

2:04pm Tue 18 Feb 14

volunteer driver says...

Note the word hope
Note the word hope volunteer driver
  • Score: 10

2:21pm Tue 18 Feb 14

Nebs says...

For that price you could employ your own computer team. Why pay a middleman who will take a massive profit from the contract.
For that price you could employ your own computer team. Why pay a middleman who will take a massive profit from the contract. Nebs
  • Score: 12

2:53pm Tue 18 Feb 14

emcee says...

As with ALL new IT systems, it only takes a matter of months for it to be an old IT system. I doubt very much that this £16.6m system will ever recoup its costs let alone save millions more in the process and would not mind betting that a completely new system will be required not long after the five year contract is up. Watch this space.
As with ALL new IT systems, it only takes a matter of months for it to be an old IT system. I doubt very much that this £16.6m system will ever recoup its costs let alone save millions more in the process and would not mind betting that a completely new system will be required not long after the five year contract is up. Watch this space. emcee
  • Score: 15

2:57pm Tue 18 Feb 14

All_talk_no_action says...

Terrible .what a crock of sh!t
Terrible .what a crock of sh!t All_talk_no_action
  • Score: 5

3:13pm Tue 18 Feb 14

jolllyboy says...

If anything like other tries at a new IT system we will later hear nothing about it until it is abandoned as being unworkable or cannot input the old data etc etc. more job losses and stress whilst they try .
If anything like other tries at a new IT system we will later hear nothing about it until it is abandoned as being unworkable or cannot input the old data etc etc. more job losses and stress whilst they try . jolllyboy
  • Score: 9

3:17pm Tue 18 Feb 14

catflap1 says...

what a load of ****
what a load of **** catflap1
  • Score: 5

10:50pm Tue 18 Feb 14

woolstone says...

Now we know the real reason the street lights are being turned off, so they can buy a new IT system.
Now we know the real reason the street lights are being turned off, so they can buy a new IT system. woolstone
  • Score: 2

11:15pm Tue 18 Feb 14

howwhy says...

emcee you are spot on.
emcee you are spot on. howwhy
  • Score: 1

10:46am Wed 19 Feb 14

Opsiomath says...

And their website is down again today!! http://www.essex.gov
.uk

IT Competent? I think not..
And their website is down again today!! http://www.essex.gov .uk IT Competent? I think not.. Opsiomath
  • Score: 1

7:04pm Wed 19 Feb 14

jut1972 says...

emcee wrote:
As with ALL new IT systems, it only takes a matter of months for it to be an old IT system. I doubt very much that this £16.6m system will ever recoup its costs let alone save millions more in the process and would not mind betting that a completely new system will be required not long after the five year contract is up. Watch this space.
Read the contract have you? No didn't think so.
What's the cost of the previous systems? More than 16.6m?
Your just making wild assumptions based on nothing.
[quote][p][bold]emcee[/bold] wrote: As with ALL new IT systems, it only takes a matter of months for it to be an old IT system. I doubt very much that this £16.6m system will ever recoup its costs let alone save millions more in the process and would not mind betting that a completely new system will be required not long after the five year contract is up. Watch this space.[/p][/quote]Read the contract have you? No didn't think so. What's the cost of the previous systems? More than 16.6m? Your just making wild assumptions based on nothing. jut1972
  • Score: -3

12:19am Thu 20 Feb 14

Lawford Lass says...

Now they just need to get some decent half witted people to use this new system because the people in most of the departments mentioned are complete and utter MUPPETS!!!
Now they just need to get some decent half witted people to use this new system because the people in most of the departments mentioned are complete and utter MUPPETS!!! Lawford Lass
  • Score: 1

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