Following close on the heels of the launch of three Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) sub categories in the ICT Services Scheme, NSW has now moved to create two further categories of ERP – for Software as a service and Platform as a service. The two new subcategories will exist within Category Q and be restricted for six months during which only the successful respondents to the Expression of Interest can be eligible for business.
The endorsed suppliers will have the opportunity to offer solutions to agencies via the GovDC Marketplace.
The new ERP categories will take the burden off suppliers registering across multiple categories where “it was difficult for suppliers to highlight the full range of services they could offer,” said Minister for Finance and Services, Dominic Perrottet, when the first new ERP category was announced earlier this year.
ERP services required fall under the following categories:
- Human Resource (including Payroll);
- Platform and utility services for ERP;
Applicants can choose to provide one, all or any combination of the above services, according to the EOI documents.
NSW hopes that the outcome of the EOI will:
- Promote innovation, via the ‘always open’ policy (i.e. except for the initial period of six months);
- Lessen costs, by leveraging economies of scale;
- Facilitate agency alignment with the State’s ICT Investment Policy and Corporate and Shared Services Reform;
- Rectify data sovereignty, security and reliability issues; and
- Reduce red tape and accelerate procurement.
It is almost twenty years since the first mandatory procurement arrangements were put in place for ERP systems in NSW with the Government Selected Application Systems (GSAS) common use contracts.
NSW’s valid GSAS ERP contracts include the SAP contract 2601 which does not expire until March 2023, and ICT Software Agreement Contract 607 with Objective Corporation and Oracle as the listed suppliers, which does not expire until May 2016.
Suppliers have until 17 November 2014 to submit their responses, and will be notified of their success in early December 2014.