Coventry City Council acquires new ERP platform
£1.2m contract to help drive change at the council
Coventry City Council has awarded a £1.2m contract for a new Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) platform to support its drive for efficiency.
The purchase, which is part of the council's transformation agenda, in particular its 'fundamental service review of finance', is aimed at both improving the quality of council services and helping keep costs down.
The Agresso Local Government ERP Platform, provided by UNIT4, is being introduced with the hope that the new software will "drive change to the commercial culture at the council, streamline back-offices processes and improve services", according to a company spokesperson.
Coventry will deploy the platform using an Assisted Build Local Government Template which means that the council will be able to add and remove functionality according to its requirements and keep its technology constantly up-to-date.
One of the key criteria for the council was a solution that would fit into its transformational agenda. Like many local authorities, Coventry City Council is being forced to rapidly adapt to a decreasing budget. Indeed, earlier in December council leaders warned that they need to save £61m over the next three years to avoid expected budget shortfalls. This acquisition is part of the push to cut costs and drive efficiencies, and will help support the council's strategy in the coming years.
400 employees, including budget holders, will have access to Agresso Financials, which will allow them to access up-to-date, standardised accounting information so they can observe and manage their finances more effectively.
Barry Hastie, Assistant Director Financial Management at Coventry City Council, said, "When we looked at the cost of an upgrade of our existing system we decided it would be in our best interests to consider other ERP solutions in the market."
"After a rigorous procurement exercise the Agresso Local Government Platform scored highest against our key criteria that included rich functionality, a robust implementation plan and value for money", he added.
"Self-service and best-practice processes will foster a more commercial culture in the council whereby finance becomes a business partner rather than an administrator. This is critical to the transformation," continued Hastie.
"Agresso supports this more dynamic way of working because it is easy to configure, this means that rather than being a cause for concern when we change strategy, it actually facilitates the process."