Highland Council turns to TechnologyOne for digital overhaul

The UK’s largest council by land mass, Highland Council, has chosen TechnologyOne to support its digital transformation.

The council, which serves a third of the land area of Scotland, will implement TechnologyOne’s solutions to streamline and automate its operations and gain access to real-time data for better decision making amid increasing inflationary pressures across the UK local government sector.

The solution, which includes Financials, HR, and Payroll, will be rolled out via TechnologyOne’s new transformational end-to-end offering, SaaS+. The SaaS+ offering is said to provide a guaranteed outcome and a drastically reduced implementation timeline.

The TechnologyOne solution will allow the unitary authority to capture all financial information in a single place and manage the entire employee lifecycle from recruitment to off-boarding, thus providing dynamic reporting and enquiries for real-time decision making.

Leo Hanna, UK executive vice president at TechnologyOne, said: “We know local governments in the UK and around the world are facing huge challenges. Information sharing is stifled by a lack of integration of legacy systems and ageing infrastructures are carrying with them significant and increasing risk. When combined with inflationary and budget pressures, it means councils are continuously asked to do more with less.

“Digital transformation in a time of severe economic pressure is hard. Our customers know it is no longer a ‘nice to have’, but the key to delivering services that are better targeted and more efficient. This was certainly the case with the team at Highland Council. They are absolutely committed to supporting their community by streamlining operations to find efficiencies and better ways to connect with residents.”

Edward Foster, Highland Council’s head of corporate finance, said: “We’re delighted to partner with TechnologyOne on this large-scale digital transformation program. We saw not only how great their product was, but also realized our organizations were greatly aligned through a relentless focus on people and collaborative approach to problem solving. The new solution meets changing requirements, offers better value, resilience and security and is flexible and adaptable for the future.”