Ministry won't confirm preferred supplier rumour

Supplier has been chosen but no green light for project yet

The Ministry of Education says a preferred supplier for a new financials and HR system has been selected, but won't confirm or deny that it's Australian HR software maker Talent2 International.

An Australian IT website this month reported that Talent2 Works, a subsidiary of Talent2, had been selected as preferred supplier for a $10 million-plus, five year project to provide a replacement for the Ministry's payroll system and some new associated HR systems.

Talent2 was reported to have bid jointly with a New Zealand partner, but whether the project will go ahead is yet to be determined, Ministry resourcing manager Kevin Wilson says.

In a written statement, Wilson told Computerworldthat although a preferred supplier has been selected, a decision on whether the project will proceed is still to be taken.

"The Ministry is still working through the normal processes and a final decision is yet to be made by the Government and the establishment of a preferred supplier is just one step in the process of consideration of future options for the schools payroll and HR system," Wilson says.

The new payroll system will serve 75,000 ministry employees and distribute approximately $2.5 billion.

Ministry spokeswoman Fleur Templeton says the present system, provided by Datacom and in use since 1996, "is outdated and needs to be upgraded".

The Ministry's preferred supplier selection process has included visits to reference sites and Templeton says the preferred bidder "best matched the ministry's requirements".

However, Templeton won't name the preferred supplier or share details of the selection process. "It is not appropriate to announce this company or release the RFP until the process is finalised," she says.

Templeton confirmed that Datacom will provide "onging administrative support services for schools and help the Ministry implement the new system."

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