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Thursday, March 08, 2018

It Looks Like Queensland Health Has Learned Some Lessons From The Payroll Fiasco!

This appeared last week and brought a wry smile to my face:

Qld Health nears delivery of new ERP system

By Justin Hendry on Feb 27, 2018 6:00AM

Asks KPMG to mitigate risks.

Queensland Health expects to have its new SAP ERP system up and running by August this year, but will spend several months transitioning staff across to mitigate potential risks.
The $105 million financial system renewal project (FSR), which the agency has been working on since December 2016, will replace a heavily customised, 20-year-old SAP R/3 4.6B ERP suite known as the finance and materials management information system (FAMMIS).
FAMMIS has been out of support for a decade, forcing the agency to “put in place mitigating action to maintain system performance and stability until the financial system is replaced”, according to a recent financial audit by the Queensland Audit Office [pdf].
The project will see Health and all hospital and health services across the state move to a new on-premise version of SAP's S/4HANA solution, which will interface into the agency’s now-stable SAP payroll system.
It is the second time the agency has attempted to replace the system, after aborting a $36 million upgrade effort in 2014-15.
Queensland Health began building a prototype in early 2017 to fast track the project and build user confidence before embarking on the rest of the project.
It also went looking for a partner at the same time, noting the “potential risk from an unsuccessful transition”.
Lots more here:
Lessons from the previous try and the infamous Payroll replacement are clearly informing the plans here – but I always wonder why it is these things are left to the last minute so increasing the risk.
Good luck for a smooth implementation and I hope KPMG have a quiet time of it!
David.

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