NZ Post settles on PeopleSoft

After a drawn-out tender process, NZ Post has settled on PeopleSoft to provide its new $4.5 million-plus human resources and payroll system. NZ Post had gone to the market in February and has since been assessing the SAP, D&B and PeopleSoft products. Earlier, none of the vendors had a New Zealand-adapted payroll. PeopleSoft will release its New Zealand payroll module in January 1998.

After a drawn-out tender process, NZ Post has settled on PeopleSoft to provide its new $4.5 million-plus human resources and payroll system.

NZ Post had gone to the market in February and has since been assessing the SAP, D&B and PeopleSoft products.

Earlier, none of the vendors had a New Zealand-adapted payroll. PeopleSoft will release its New Zealand payroll module in January 1998.

That was a factor in the decision, says Post HP information systems manager Ken Stokes. “But it was more about the comprehensiveness of their system.”

The plan in phase one is for 200 managers at around 30 branch sites to work through the PeopleSoft system on centralised data. This will devolve the workload from around three dozen HR and payroll staff who previously worked with data input at four regional sites and which, says Stokes, was difficult to access.

In phases two and three of the project, the system will be rolled out to between 700 and 1000 people at “hundreds” of branch sites (Post has 300 branches).

The HR and payroll system will run on an Oracle database on a Sun server. It replaces an HR system on a Fujitsu mainframe, which Post will decommission in favour of a client-server approach.

Stokes says Post is still negotiating to find an implementation partner. The project is scheduled to be rolled out in the second half of 1998.

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