Toowoomba Regional Council has chosen software from enterprise software company, TechnologyOne, as part of a whole-of-council project to deliver transformational change.
The council said it is making these big changes, including implementing new enterprise software to realise ambitious cost reduction targets over the next five years, as it aims to transition into a digital local government.
Toowoomba finance and business strategy group general manager and chief financial officer, Arun Pratap, said it recognised that its previous business software would no longer support the size and complexity of the organisation and that it needed to have the latest technology in place to support contemporary business processes and deliver efficient and effective services to the community.
“This is the whole reason council exists. Since going live with TechnologyOne’s software, we’ve already secured efficiency gains in payroll processes and management,” he said.
“We’re expecting that, with better strategic and operational asset management, we’ll also have a two percent gain in our depreciation figure - which equates to a savings of about $2.5 million per annum. Council will make an ongoing investment in continuous improvement to drive further efficiency gains moving forward, and will make a full return on our investment within five years.”
Pratap also said this project has just brought the organisation to the starting line for further innovations and efficiency gains.
“The implementation brings Toowoomba Council into a growing group of TechnologyOne customers among A/NZ councils. We were operating without peers. Most of the other councils around us were operating on TechnologyOne software, and we felt as though we were very much missing out,” he said.
TechnologyOne executive chairman, Adrian Di Marco, said the company’s preconfigured OneCouncil solution significantly reduces the time, cost and risks associated with large scale enterprise-wide software implementations.
“We have a deep understanding and engagement with the local government sector, and have built OneCouncil in collaboration with more than 200 Australian councils. The preconfigured approach has proven hugely successful, with customers like Toowoomba Council reaping the benefits of our preconfigured solutions,” Di Marco said.