Derbyshire County Council has selected Capgemini UK plc as its transformation partner in
a plan that will replace existing IT with new technology beginning next April.
Under
the £5.6 million contract, Capgemini will replace the Council’s existing IT systems,
which are based on
older-generation mainframe technology, with the latest SAP enterprise-wide
systems designed for local authorities.

Derbyshire County Council is already a top-rated local authority, with a four-star
rating – the highest
possible – from the Audit Commission’s latest Comprehensive Performance Assessment.
The County Council views the new technology as vital to its pursuit of even
greater efficiency in delivering essential services to the people of
Derbyshire.

The new systems, which will be used by some 8,000 Council employees, are expected
to transform the flow of information within and between Council departments, support
improved budget and revenue control,
enable more informed decision-making, identify procurement savings, and cut
time spent by Council staff in processing and accessing data.

David Hickman, Transformation Director at Derbyshire County Council, said: “We are
committed to continuous improvement in the way we work, in the services we
provide and in making the best use of taxpayers’ money, and the record shows
that we have delivered on those commitments year after year. We plan to do even
better in the near future and our new IT platform will be key to achieving that
aim.”

The majority of the new IT systems, including financials, procurement, HR, payroll
and business intelligence, are scheduled to go live in April 2010, with the 25-strong
project team of Capgemini IT and business consultants being based at the
Council’s headquarters in Matlock until then. Capgemini will deploy its
Rightshore® strategy, which makes its global resources available to UK
customers, on the project. Capgemini will also be providing applications
support for the new SAP systems for up to 12 months post-go-live, while
transferring knowledge and skills to the Council’s in-house IT staff to enable
them to become self-sufficient in the new technology.

Barrie Graham, Business Development Director for Local Government at Capgemini
UK
,
said: “We have already helped many local authorities win the important
benefits of modern SAP technology and we are delighted with the opportunity to
bring our experience to bear here in Derbyshire.”

Derbyshire County Council is also currently exploring with Capgemini the business
case for a new electronic
document and records management (EDRM) system, integrated with the SAP and
other business systems, to further improve the efficiency of information
handling across the Council, eliminate paperwork and avoid time-consuming
manual processing of data.

About Capgemini

Capgemini, one of the world’s foremost providers of consulting, technology and
outsourcing services, enables
its clients to transform and perform through technologies. Capgemini provides
its clients with insights and capabilities that boost their freedom to achieve
superior results through a unique way of working, the Collaborative Business
Experience. The Group relies on its global delivery model called Rightshore®,
which aims to get the right balance of the best talent from multiple
locations, working as one team to create and deliver the optimum solution for
clients. Present in more than 30 countries, Capgemini reported 2008 global revenues
of EUR 8.7 billion and
employs over 90,000 people worldwide.

More information is available
at www.uk.capgemini.com.

Rightshore® is a trademark belonging to Capgemini.

Press contact:

Tom Barton

Capgemini UK plc

Tel.:+44 (0)870 238 2491

Email:
tom.barton@capgemini.co.uk