Northern Ireland Water will replace Oracle E-business Suite • The Register

Utility provider Northern Ireland Water (NIW) has set aside £ 28million to replace its current Oracle E-business suite with a new HR and finance system.

According to the recently released tender documents, the company is looking for technical equipment to “provide, implement and support a suite of new core business systems for its finances, trade, inventory, human resources (HR), payroll, learning and development (L&D) Needs. “

The prior information notice, designed for early market engagement prior to the official start of the competition, said the need for new enterprise software arises due to “the upcoming expiration of license and support contracts for its products. current core business systems “.

The advisory goes on to say: “NI Water needs future business solutions that are sustainable over time, based on modern technology, and which seize the opportunity to introduce new technologies to positively transform the way we work. and the experiences of our customers, suppliers and employees. . “

The company plans to publish a procurement notice, which will officially launch the competition, on November 26, 2021. A few social media posts show that the £ 419million turnover that NIW currently manages Financial Services Resources human resources, purchasing and Oracle E-Business Suite assets. management system to version r12.2, as well as Hyperion BI tools for planning and strategic finance.

It is not obvious that the user is in such a hurry to move. Although R12.2 was introduced in 2013, Oracle says [PDF] Premier Support will be available until at least 2031.

Consulting firm WD Buckley Associates was hired last month as program manager for the project on a contract valued at £ 745,000 for two years, according to tender documents.

The water company has been working with Japanese IT services giant Fujitsu to deploy the Oracle application system since 1995, according to a case study released by the provider. With help from Fujitsu, in 2005 NIW reimplemented version 11.5.10 and declared that it was using Business Objects XI.

A 2012 blog post indicates that NIW went live on EBS R12 in December 2011, making it one of the first organizations in Ireland to do so.

The register has contacted Fujitsu and the Water Utility to find out when this relationship has ended or is about to end, although social media posts suggest Fujitsu support teams are still working on the system.

Northern Ireland Water, a public company, supplies drinking water to 840,000 households and businesses, for a total of approximately 560 million liters of water per day and collects 330 million liters of wastewater per day. It manages 26,700 kilometers of water pipes and 15,600 kilometers of sewers in Northern Ireland.

Fujitsu has a sizable footprint in Northern Ireland’s public sector, questioning the need for competition in the province.

In March this year, the government extended a contract for the civil service HR system, also based on Oracle software, for up to six years for an estimated amount of £ 86.8million, raising the total value at £ 302million, according to tender documents.

In June, Fujitsu was awarded a £ 9.2million contract extension from the Northern Ireland Education Authority for changes to the implementation of an Oracle HR and payroll system that was already nearly three years old. delay.

In January last year Libraries in Northern Ireland renewed an IT services contract with Fujitsu worth £ 12million after running out of time to launch a tendering process.

Meanwhile, the Japanese supplier has led a consortium to win a £ 200million contract to implement Brexit controls on goods at Irish Sea after the UK leaves the EU. ®

Mary H. Martino