Andersen wins UNSW system upgrade deal

Andersen wins UNSW system upgrade deal

Andersen Consulting and Peoplesoft have scored a $20 million deal with the University of New South Wales (UNSW) to upgrade its student administration, human resources, payroll and financial management systems.

The 10-year-old system was deemed obsolete by the university because of its inability to manage the information generated by its 30,000 staff and students, and concerns about its Y2K compliance.

Tender process

So a tender process to replace the aging system was initiated early this year.

Undergoing a process of selection that focused upon the candidate's ability to work with existing university resources, Andersen and Peoplesoft emerged victorious against regular rival, Ernst and Young.

Ian Napier, an Andersen partner, cites a proven track record with universities and working with Peoplesoft in the United States as the motivation behind UNSW's decision.

"Andersen and Peoplesoft are both global companies that have previously worked together, so we were able to bring out an experienced and comprehensive team from the US to be involved in this project," Napier said.

System overhaul

The university has decided to completely rejuvenate the system by implementing a Sun Microsystems database and application server and upgrading its Oracle 7.3 database to Oracle 8.

To optimise Peoplesoft's latest student administration technology, Andersen Consulting staff are getting involved in a training and knowledge capacity designed to provide the university with additional capabilities worth approximately $10 million, according to Napier.

Installation is projected for completion towards the end of 2000 with initial systems operational by April 1999.

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