Northland council triggers $1m ERP upgrade

Northland Regional Council has gone live with the first part of a new $1 million ERP system.

Northland Regional Council has gone live with the first part of a new $1 million ERP system.

The Whangarei-based council is implementing a Geac system in three stages covering financial modules, consents and environmental monitoring.

The Geac suite will include a local government management system and a Smartstream financial package. The financial package went live last week, with the consents section going live in October and environmental monitoring going live next February.

The new ERP system replaces a fragmented system and should lead to less duplication, a reduced chance of errors and better use of human resources.

The previous financial system was a Ugen system supplied by two separate vendors. The consents system was an old Wellington Regional Council system that is no longer supported and environmental monitoring currently uses a “home-made” system using Access. “The job got too big for the database,” says corporate services manager Rangi Price.

Price says the main difference won’t be noticed until the third package comes on stream early next year. He says the fully integrated system, approved by council members, represents a major investment for the council.

Like other council IT systems, the ERP system will be available to its offices at Whangarei, Dargaville, Opua and Kaitaia.

The council is meanwhile seeking an information services team leader to help run the system.

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