Feeds

Australia ponders 160,000-seat ERP possibilities

'Transformational, progressive approach to government business architecture' sought

Security for virtualized datacentres

Australia's government has released an information paper titled “Investigation into optimising ERP Systems across the public service” that will consider how the nation's government can best procure, and wield, enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems.

The release of the information paper (regwalled PDF here should come as no shock: its creation was flagged in Australia's budget back in May, when $AUD2.8m was assigned to the task.

The new paper is clearly a product of that funding, and promises an investigation that will

  • ”include an ERP environmental scan;
  • focus on business processes, noting IT capabilities;
  • investigate how ERP systems can support common business processes of Commonwealth entities, to achieve greater productivity, efficiency and effectiveness; and
  • explore options to achieve efficiencies and where appropriate provide a road map that outlines key steps to achieve the most efficient approach to providing ERP services over the medium to long term.”

The paper seems keen on consolidation of systems as it notes that the current fleet of diverse and customised ERPs has given “Commonwealth entities the opportunity to pursue systems and processes that best meet their needs” but “may also have reduced the overall efficiency and effectiveness of government operations.”

The paper also says the Department of Finance, which will conduct the review, feels it is an opportunity “to establish a transformational, progressive approach to government business architecture.”

Might that translate as “one ERP to rule them all, one ERP to bind them”?

The investigation's report is due in the first half of 2015. If the current political climate prevails at that time, it is hard to see anything that doesn't quickly save money being taken seriously. While on the campaign trail, Australia's new government declared the nation is experiencing a “budget emergency” that justifies austerity. Any project to consolidate or replace ERP systems on a scale to match the 160,000-employee Australian Public Service would struggle to keep its budget beneath the billion-dollar mark, a tricky sell for any government at any time, never mind one elected with a brief to keep the national wallet shut. ®

Security for virtualized datacentres

More from The Register

next story
Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer
More than 5,500 jobs could be axed if rescue mission fails
JINGS! Microsoft Bing called Scots indyref RIGHT!
Redmond sporran metrics get one in the ten ring
Driving with an Apple Watch could land you with a £100 FINE
Bad news for tech-addicted fanbois behind the wheel
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
Sony says year's losses will be FOUR TIMES DEEPER than thought
Losses of more than $2 BILLION loom over troubled Japanese corp
Radio hams can encrypt, in emergencies, says Ofcom
Consultation promises new spectrum and hints at relaxed licence conditions
Why Oracle CEO Larry Ellison had to go ... Except he hasn't
Silicon Valley's veteran seadog in piratical Putin impression
Big Content Australia just blew a big hole in its credibility
AHEDA's research on average content prices did not expose methodology, so appears less than rigourous
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
The next step in data security
With recent increased privacy concerns and computers becoming more powerful, the chance of hackers being able to crack smaller-sized RSA keys increases.