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Enterprise IT, Featured, News - Wednesday, March 5, 2014 14:03 - 11 Comments
news The Federal Government has started discussing the possibility of setting up a shared services function that would provide centralised Enterprise Resource Planning services to various departments and agencies, despite the fact that this very same model has abjectly failed several Australian State Governments over the past half-decade and been abandoned.
The news, first reported by iTNews yesterday, is contained in a series of briefing documents which the Department of Finance has recently published. Finance houses the offices of both the whole of government chief information and technology officers for the Federal Government. The briefing documents relate to an investigation which the department is undertaking into the most efficient approach to providing ERP services such as finance, admin and payroll systems to the public services over the medium to long term.
There are two key briefing documents which the department has published with relation to the scheme. The first, relatively brief document (PDF) published in September last year merely states the nature of the project being undertaken by Finance. It notes that the devolved nature of the public service has resulted in Federal Government departments and agencies implementing different, often customised, ERP systems over time. This fragmented approach might have reduced the overall efficiency and effectiveness of government operations, the document notes, adding that the department will investigate the best future for the provision of ERP services in future, with a report on the issue due to Government in 2015.
A second, much more detailed briefing document (PDF) which the Department published this month outlines the situation in significantly greater detail.
The document notes early findings from the project, including the fact that there is an “understanding” across the public service that “the current state of ERP processes and systems is not sustainable”, and that the situation must be improved, for reasons ranging from cutting costs (the Government paid ERP vendors a total of $730 million over the past four years) to the need to garner better data from the systems, to provide greater transparency and use new technologies such as software as a service (cloud computing). Continue…
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