The New South Wales Department of Services, Technology and Administration is moving ahead with plans to consolidate its ERP systems into a single software platform with multiple agencies running from the same servers.
The project, titled Back Office Application Consolidation, was discussed in a request for tender document released today, revealing further details of the ERP consolidation announced last month.
The document reveals NSW is seeking to develop "a standard, NSW government configuration for 'core' functionality to reduce implementation, upgrade, support and maintenance costs" for ERP systems.
It further aims to achieve a reduced number of processing centres via the formation of clusters for NSW government agencies and departments, and to consolidate the number and various instances of software applications.
The government aims to reduce software licensing costs by making the Crown "the central custodian of all [ERP] application licences". It will centralise planning for all corporate applications into a new office based in NSW Procurement.
These plans form part of a comprehensive review of Government Selected Application Software (GSAS) Panel Contracts: "a series of panel contracts for the provision of corporate service software systems to the NSW Public Sector" covering the areas of finance, HR and payroll, records and information management and integrated management solutions.
The review is a joint effort of the NSW Department of Services, Technology and Administration, the NSW Government CIO and NSW Procurement.