Capgemini will replace existing outdated systems in areas such as finance, human
resources, payroll and procurement with a new integrated business management information
system. The transformation programme starts this month and is scheduled for completion
by October 2007.

Councillor Ray Theodoulou said: “Gloucestershire County Council is already recognised
as an authority that is performing well and providing good value for money, and
where local people recognise improvements in services. But we are determined to
press forward in our quest for excellent service, ever greater efficiency and
maximum cost-effectiveness, and equally determined to give our staff the tools
they need to achieve these objectives.”

The Council and Capgemini have together identified potential significant cost
savings over the five-year period 2007-2011 via the use of new technology and
the streamlined business processes which the new IT will facilitate.

Dilys Wynn, Director of Business Change at Gloucestershire County Council, said:
“Following a competitive tendering process we have selected Capgemini as our partner
because of their convincing and cost-effective proposals, their willingness to
study our requirements in depth and their clear focus on the business benefits
of IT. They have demonstrated their ability to work in close and effective collaboration
with our own teams, and their bid was backed by a great track record in the UK
public sector including local government.”

The Capgemini plans centre on the use of the SAP Business Suite, a fully integrated
set of software applications that is already used by more than 40 local authorities
in Britain. In addition to designing and implementing the IT solution, Capgemini
business consultants and local government specialists will also work with Gloucestershire’s
own business change team to help them transform current business processes across
the Council, streamlining workflows, eliminating duplication of effort and reducing

The Council says that the new systems will improve management at both the strategic
and operational level. They will provide easy access to better financial and people
management information, and this will allow for faster and better planning, decision
making and business support. As well as reducing the Council’s administration
costs, the new systems will provide a platform for supporting future development
and continued operational improvement.

John Duncanson, Vice President, Capgemini said: “We look forward to proving that
with our help Gloucestershire can win major efficiency gains and cost savings,
just as many other local and regional authorities across England, Scotland and
Wales have done as a result of working with us.”

Simon Etherington, Director SAP Public Services, said: “SAP is delighted that
we will be working with such a high performing Council to further improve the
delivery of services to its citizens, and we look forward to extending our successful
alliance with Capgemini.”


Notes to Editors

About Capgemini 

Capgemini, one of the world’s foremost providers of Consulting, Technology and
Outsourcing services, has a unique way of working with its clients, called the
Collaborative Business Experience. Backed by over three decades of industry and
service experience, the Collaborative Business Experience is designed to help
our clients achieve better, faster, more sustainable results through seamless
access to our network of world-leading technology partners and collaboration-focused
methods and tools. Through commitment to mutual success and the achievement of
tangible value, we help businesses implement growth strategies, leverage technology,
and thrive through the power of collaboration. Capgemini employs approximately 61,000
people worldwide and reported 2005 global revenues of 6,954 million euros. More
information about individual service lines, offices and research is available