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ONS picks Certus to help with Oracle cloud apps migration

David Bicknell Published 06 September 2016

Organisation plans to use Oracle ERP and HCM apps in what is claimed to be first complete Oracle Cloud suite implementation across government

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) plans to implement Oracle’s Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Human Capital Management (HCM) cloud applications with a target date of next month.

The ONS has struck up an implementation partnership with Certus Solutions in what is said to be the first complete Oracle Cloud suite implementation across Whitehall.

According to Certus, the ONS’ current ERP system Oracle E-Business Release 11 is “an ageing product which has only minimal sustaining support.”

Consequently, ONS needs to update its ERP system to help drive improvements to its financial management and “enable a deeper granular level understanding of the cost of its workforce, investments and underlying cost drivers.”

Certus, which is an Oracle Platinum Partner and an implementer of Oracle Cloud Services for finance, procurement, HR and payroll operations, has previously worked for several government organisations including the Ministry of Justice (MoJ), National Offender Management Services, the Home Office, and the Department for Work and Pensions. Its founders were the original programme team behind the HM Prison Service Phoenix Shared Services Programme.

Paul Layland, director of finance at the ONS said, “Strong financial management is more important than ever across the Civil Service and I believe this solution will rapidly move us towards alignment with some of the outcomes from HM Treasury’s Financial Management review. Work is already underway on the Oracle Cloud with a target implementation of October 2016.”

Certus described the project as an “exciting opportunity for the organisation’s staff”, with those involved being able to learn new skills in digital cloud-based solutions thereby building in-house capability for the future.

Mark Sweeny, Certus Solutions chief executive said, ”This engagement is an absolute first for central government and the ONS and Certus Team are leading the way with back office digital transformation in line with the government’s digital agenda through the implementation of Oracle ERP and HCM Cloud.”

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