NSW searching for greater SAP value

Will run a strategic planning study to evaluate an SAP upgrade, modules, business process changes

NSW Police is to carry out a strategic planning study to assessing multiple means of extracting greater value from its 10-year-old Systems Applications and Products (SAP) system.

The organisation is considering a full upgrade to the latest version of SAP — which NSW Police uses for its finance, human resources (HR) and payroll functions — and the addition of SAP modules to improve fleet, asset and real estate management.

The study will also assess possible changes to the organisation’s business processes to make the most of NSW Police’s SAP-based systems.

“[The] SAP strategic planning study is the first phase of a long-term program of work aimed at upgrading this core information system and protecting its significant investment,” documents on the project read.

“It is a key first step in ensuring that the expected future investments that will be made in the SAP system over the next few years will provide [NSW Police], and the NSW Government, with an appropriate level of benefits and financial return.”

The strategic planning study precedes a number of major SAP-related projects planned at NSW Police, including adapting SAP systems to a shared services model and upgrading the hardware which supports the SAP systems.

Additional planned projects include and e-learning system for staff training (iLearn), an injury case management system (OLIMS), and an accounting process automation implementation.

An integrated rostering system, document management integration, and an e-Procurement system are also planned.

NSW Police will also consider projects recommended as a result of the strategic planning study.

According to the documents, any upgrade from SAP R/3 version 4.7 must be completed by the first quarter of 2013.

“The upgrade has to be complete by no later than March 2013 as the extended maintenance for [NSW Police’s] current version of SAP expires then, and there will be a major risk to the continued operation of this critical system if an upgrade has not been completed by that date,” the documents read.

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