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Another year, another government shared services strategy . This time Whitehall wants to roll out Oracle Cloud across departments - a move it says will require "substantive negotiations" with the Sopra Steria-run joint venture.
No estimated cost savings or timelines were included in the strategy (PDF), naturally.
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The Cabinet Office's "Shared Services Strategy for Government" doc said the next step is apparently to "open and conclude negotiations" with the 75 per cent Steria-owned Shared Services Centre Limited (SSCL) outsourcer, which runs Oracle licences across a number of departments.
There is no publicly available ERP spend figure for departments, something the current shared services centres were created to manage. Annual licensing costs for Oracle, the largest provider, are thought to be around £300m. SAP is the second largest supplier, and is used by HMRC.
Insiders - Government - SSCL - Contract - Steria
Insiders have said the government wants to renegotiate the SSCL contract, so Steria manages the software-as-a-service agreements directly with Oracle – rather than having layers of systems integrators involved – such as in the case of Fujitsu.
The 16-page doc said adopting cloud software "will lead to wider value" – pointing to the example of the Oracle Cloud Home Office pathfinder being extended to other departments.
Home - Office - Big - Red - Fusion
The Home Office is currently trialling Big Red's Fusion, which allows any user to access the product via their internet...
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