The Queensland Department of Education and Training (DET) will take a significant step to solidify the independence of its ICT infrastructure, approaching the market for a new SAP solution that will eventually replace functions currently performed by the existing Whole-of-Government ECC 5 platform.
According to tender documents released by the DET, the new SAP ERP 6 solution will be wholly owned and operated from within the Department.
“A fully owned and managed SAP solution would give the department the tools to improve functionality and flexibility, implement an integrated strategic reporting solution, manage the data within the department’s data management framework and provide improved corporate Governance,” said the documents.
In order to implement the solution, the DET is looking for experienced contractors from either one or multiple vendors to assume the following roles:
- SAP AA Funcation Consultant
- SAP AP/AR Funcational Consultant
- SAP MM/Workflow Funcational Consultant
- SAP GL/CO Functional Consultant
- SAP PS/PM Funcational Consultant
- SAP OCM Team Manager
- BI/BW Funcational Consultant
Whilst the report acknowledged a continuing need for shared services within the State’s public sector, it recommended that both Health and Education acquire full control over their finance and HR services, due to the size and complexity of both agencies.The DET’s move away from shared services was one of the key recommendations of the Shared Services Review published in September 2010. Conducted by PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC), the report examined the finance and human resources management services of Queensland Health (QH) and the DET.
Since the report was handed down, the Queensland Government has split the State’s shared services provision into three tranches, two operated internally from DET and Queensland Health, and another, Queensland Shared Services (QSS) to serving the remainder.
A comprehensive business case for the SAP replacement, one of the steps recommended in the PwC Report, was compiled by DET officials through extensive consultation and collaborative work with Queensland Shared Services, CITEC and SAP Australia.
The evaluations and conclusions of the business case have led to the publication of the current tender and for the eventual separation of the DET’s financial and data services away from existing shared service arrangements.
The tender documents have indicated that these contract positions are due to commence in February 2012 and run for the duration of the project, which is expected to be 18 months.
All vendor applications for the project are due by 2 February 2012, 5PM EST.