SAP replaces own legacy system at UK council for £7.3m

Gloucestershire County Council (GCC) is implementing a major upgrade to its ERP system using SAP’s  RISE service. The UK authority signed a £7.3m contract with the German software giant, marking a milestone in SAP’s push with its RISE with SAP program into the UK’s public sector.

The council has been using SAP for HR, payroll, finance, procurement and employee and manager self-service since 2007, according to a council document from 2021.

The council cabinet approved its replacement of the old SAP system in June 2021, launching the procurement of a new system and implementation partner which is anticipated to go live in 2024.

Steve Mawson, executive director of corporate resources for GCC said: “We want to share our experience with the public sector. We want to learn what others can do as well as what SAP partners can do, using all our information on best-of-breed applications such as finance, HR procurement and trying to link those better, in a better way for a modern workforce.”

“We’ve used extensive evaluation in the market and we found that SAP’s product gives us our best fit in terms of value for money and the future-proofing that we’re trying to get out of our product going forward. It takes investment of time and energy to get to those future positions.”