Waimakariri District Council has chosen Technology One’s One Council local government software to replace an internal line of business system which had been in place since the 1990s.
It’s the first sale of One Council in New Zealand. The new software comprises preconfigured business processes and supporting databases for local government organisations.
Waikmakariri council will spend $1.9 million over the next 10 months, which includes implementation, training and other associated costs. The cost will be loan-funded and expensed over 15 years, thus spreading the costs and benefits derived.
“This will be a long-term investment,” says Jeff Millward, the council’s manager of finance and business support.
“The decision has been made not only on the technical functionality but also on the best available value for money for the community.”
The council had spent 18 months evaluating major software providers.
The new software underlies the council’s customer database, customer services, financial management and asset management, project management, planning building, environmental services and online interaction with the community.
“While we had very good service from our previous system, technology itself has made such huge advances in the past two decades, as has the range and complexity of service expectations from the community,” Millward says. “There was a strong need to take a decisive step forward technologically.”
The changeover from the current system won’t occur till March next year. The interim period will be used for audit and transfer of current data and detailed testing to ensure a smooth transaction.