Enterprise software developer TechnologyOne has poached 21 Western Australian government department and agencies' financial management platforms from Oracle as part of the decommissioning of the WA Shared Corporate Services project.
In 2011, the state's Economic Regulation Authority stated that the 2003 business case for the shared services project was too ambitious, and recommended that the system, implemented using Oracle eBusiness system, be scrapped. The report said that the overall project was overdue, over budget, and unlikely to deliver its promised value for money. About 90 WA agencies were expected to use the system.
At the time that the decision was made to drop the shared services project, WA premier Colin Barnett made the recommendation that each government go back to procuring their own IT, rather than adopting a shared services approach.
The latest decision to use TechnologyOne will see 21 agencies return to a single but independently implemented package, using the vendor's OneGovernment software. This offering covers financial, procurement, contract, and payroll management; business intelligence; project tracking; and real-time reporting.
"TechnologyOne develops, sells, implements, and maintains its own software, and this unique business model allows us to take complete responsibility for the success of each and every one of our customers' implementations," TechnologyOne executive chairman Adrian Di Marco said in a statement.
The 2011 report projected the cost of upgrading Oracle's systems to the latest versions and eliminating the need for costly customisations to be AU$35 million. The value of contracts for the OneGovernment platform for the 21 agencies has not been disclosed.
Of the 21 agencies, the Small Business Development Corporation, Tourism WA, and Department of Water have also chosen to use TechnologyOne's Cloud offering.
The 21 agencies are:
Department of Aboriginal Affairs
The Aboriginal Affairs Planning Authority
Department of Local Government
Equal Opportunity Commission and Heritage Council of WA
Small Business Development Corporation
Department of Culture and Arts
The Art Gallery of WA
Perth Theatre Trust
State Library of WA
Western Australian Museum
Swan Bells Foundation Incorporated
Department of the Registrar
Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission
Department of Racing, Gaming and Liquor
Gaming and Wagering Commission of Western Australia
Racing Penalties and Appeals Tribunal of Western Australia
Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions
Department of Water