UK Home Office: Their £20 million ERP Investment

Cloud software is one of the most talked about topics in the tech industry, however, as of late it has been a big topic of conversation across all news platforms. This is due to the fact that the UK home office is putting in £20million into an enterprise resource planning system (ERP).

The aim of this 2-year contract is to increase efficiency within the home office, as well as reduce costs and improve service levels through the use of integrating new technologies. The ERP system, Metis, will be configured on the Oracle cloud platform. Metis will be delivered by the management consulting company Accenture, who have described themselves as having "expertise across more than 40 industries and all business functions" as well as delivering "transformational outcomes for a demanding new digital world". Although some aren't too optimistic about this contract, in 2016 Gartner predicted that "Until 2018, 80% of enterprises will lack the capability to successfully deliver on their postmodern ERP strategy." They also stated that "The risks of making a mess with bimodal IT are substantial, particularly if it creates organizational, architectural, technical or process damage or dysfunction within the ERP backbone. This could disrupt business operations, seriously damage business performance and come with a high price for remediation and mitigation."

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Although, many are optimistic about this contract. Mark Sweeny, the Chief Executive of Certus Solutions, stated that "Certus has extensive proven experience deploying Oracle Cloud solutions for government departments, including the U.K. Office for National Statistics and HM Treasury". Sweeny isn't the only one who sees this contract as the way forward, Director of Finance and Estate at the Home Office Richard Hornby stated that the project will focus on "keeping citizens and the country secure".

This is an uncertain time, but it's clear that this contract is pushing the home office technologically forward and has the potential to do well in the UK.

Do you think this contract is the way forward for the home office? Or is it a £20 million spend on money that could've been better spent?

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