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Council looks to technology for transformation

Council looks to technology for transformation

Queensland's Ipswich City Council has signed a four-year contract worth $37 million for a project which includes the deployment of an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system.

The local government authority, which inked the deal with Fujitsu Australia, is looking to technology to assist with an influx of more than 100,000 residents to the area in the next few years.

Paul Tully, the council's IT chairman, said council will spend up to $1.5 billion over the next decade on new and refurbished infrastructure.

"The total project budget over the next four years will exceed $37 million including access to Fujitsu resources, employing project staff and procuring new hardware and software applications to replace ageing systems," Tully said.

"It is vital for the future of Ipswich that we move into this next important chapter of development armed with the necessary technology and systems.

"Like all organizations there must be a regular cycle of change and review, and this partnership with Fujitsu will be the most far-reaching and important review of how we operate that I have seen in 26 years as a councillor."

Paul Pisasale, Ipswich's mayor, said Fujitsu's role is to advance the business transformation process, as well as develop the long-term capability of the organization by providing specialist consulting resources and expert methodologies.

"Council must run its affairs like a business so we get the best return on investment for the people of Ipswich," he added.

Rod Vawdrey, Fujitsu CEO, said the Ipswich region will gain from this partnership through the transformation of council processes and services, and re-skilling of staff.

He said the contract builds on a number of successful projects undertaken with the council over the past 12 months.

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