East Susses Nilfanion, created using Ordnance Survey data; derivative work: dummelaksen, CC BY-SA 4.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0>, via Wikimedia CommonsEast Sussex County Council has chosen to work with Infosys to help implement Oracle Cloud Fusion Applications Suite. This will be a blow to Unit4, which won a deal at Surrey County Council to replace the SAP solution earlier this year. The councils had a joint procurement framework for their SAP ERP that both are now replacing with different solutions.

What is the project?

The original tender was £25 million though the announcement does not specify how much each party will receive. However, East Sussex will replace its existing solution with Oracle solutions for finance, HR and procurement. The list of applications includes:

  • Oracle Fusion Cloud Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)
  • Oracle Fusion Cloud Procurement
  • Oracle Fusion Cloud Enterprise Performance Management (EPM)
  • Oracle Fusion Cloud Human Capital Management (HCM)
Dinesh Rao, Executive Vice President and Global Head, Enterprise Application Services, Infosys
Dinesh Rao, Executive Vice President and Global Head, Enterprise Application Services, Infosys

Dinesh Rao, Executive Vice President and Global Head, Enterprise Application Services, Infosys, said, “Infosys is honoured to be selected by East Sussex County Council together with Oracle to help them navigate a strategic cloud transformation journey that will modernize legacy applications and drive future readiness.

“We have successfully delivered Oracle Cloud applications by harnessing the collaborative strength of our partnership, mutually deep public sector expertise in the UK and the power of Infosys Cobalt offerings. We look forward to enabling East Sussex County Council drive greater service experience to its residents.”

East Sussex Council has chosen to go with a larger vendor with a wider range of applications than many competitors. Importantly the Fusion Application Suite is a fully-meshed set of applications. In Infosys, it has selected an experience. It recently completed the digital transformation of Brent Council with Oracle ERP & HCM Cloud.

Phil Hall, Chief Operating Officer, East Sussex County Council, said, “By connecting and rationalizing our business processes across functions, we are able to more quickly resolve internal process gaps and delays, realize significant efficiencies across departments, and refocus our resources on providing the best possible service to our residents. In Oracle and Infosys, we have partners that understand how local government works and the unique challenges we face.”

Enterprise Times: What does this mean?

Good news for both Oracle, Infosys and their partnership. Guy Armstrong, Senior Vice President of Applications, Oracle UK and Ireland, commented, “Government organizations like East Sussex County Council are taking on expanded and more complex remits while having to be more resource-efficient—do more with less—and meet higher service expectations from their residents. With Oracle Fusion Applications, the Council now has an integrated business platform that can help it meet both its current and future needs, and better service its staff and residents.”

However, the hard work is just beginning. There is no indication when the project will complete. When it does so, both companies will hope to have another council become a customer advocate.


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