Wokingham Borough Council purchases new ERP platform
Wokingham follows trend in switching supplier to achieve savings
Wokingham Borough Council has replaced its Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) platform as part of its drive to cut costs.
The council expects the new platform to support its aim "to be leaner, reduce costs, be more self-sufficient and adapt to change more easily".
The Agresso Local Government ERP platform, provided by UNIT4 Business Software, will replace an Oracle solution. All of the platform's core modules will be implemented by the council, including financials, procurement, HR and payroll, and it will be used by more than 1,000 employees.
Andy Hopson, Commercial Operations Manager at Wokingham Borough Council, said, "We felt that modifying our existing Oracle ERP platform to address constant business change was becoming too complex and costly. We needed a solution that would adapt easily, quickly and cost-effectively to the dynamic environment in which we operate, and the UNIT4 Agresso Platform better demonstrated this with the Agresso ERP Solution.
"We will be utilising IT solutions to help us advance our business strategy. Agresso will facilitate business change and help Wokingham Council reform its operations and proactively face up to the challenging financial situations faced by councils especially as Wokingham is the lowest funded Unitary Authority in the country", Hopson added.
Wokingham follows in the footsteps of a number of other councils, such as Coventry City Council last month, who are switching from incumbent suppliers to new ones in order to achieve savings.