South Australian-based software developer Prophecy International has won a tender to develop a new billing system for the South Australian Department for Water Resources.
The department is undertaking a $3.3 million project to update the state's licensing and water management system, $2 million of which will initially be spent with Prophecy.
Prophecy chief executive Alan Greig said his company won the deal against major systems integrators and vendors such as Aspect Computing and a consortium led by Oracle.
The solution will be based on a platform developed in-house by Prophecy, named e-Foundation, using reusable pre-built software components from previous Prophecy developments. This enables the customer to sit down with Prophecy's business analysts and focus on shaping the solution around business processes, rather than building the system from scratch.
"I suppose you could say we were one of the pioneers of component-based or object-orientated development," said Greig. "We recognised its potential as far back as 1995 and knew it was the way to go. Now it is really picking up pace with Web-based development."
The initial project will take around nine months to implement. Greig said there was a possibility the project would forge the necessary relationships for further developments with the department.