IBM has described the SAP-based payroll/HR system it is implementing for Queensland Health as the most complicated it has ever seen in Australia.
Queensland ICT Minister Robert Schwarten (Credit: Queensland government)
"I do not have the letter with me, but IBM wrote to me today and
said that it is the most complicated system that they have ever had
to deal with in Australia," Queensland ICT Minister Robert Schwarten told a Queensland budget estimates committee yesterday. IBM would be able to implement the system in three years instead of five, he said.
"Health would probably be the most complex department in terms
of the award structures, the rostering that is required and the
geographic diversity of people throughout the state," director
general of the state's Department of Public Works and Queensland
Government CIO Mal Grierson said.
Queensland had been hoping to roll all government departments
onto one new SAP payroll/HR system. However, the credit crisis and
the amalgamation of departments into 13 instead of over 20 had
changed the focus to standardising and modernising financial
systems. At least each new larger agency should internally have
the same finance system, Grierson said.
"We looked at the state of the systems across the agencies. We
realised that we had a variety of SAP versions out there. There
were about five different versions of finance systems. So we have
changed direction and have now moved to upgrade our finance
systems, starting with the Department of Community Safety, to the
modern last release of SAP," Grierson said.
Now the agency hopes to move to four or five payroll systems and
two or three finance systems. Schwarten believed this would not
incur any extra costs.