How does Agresso’s MoU with UK government cut costs for public sector organisations?
Herefordshire College of Technology has upgraded to version 4.0 of QL Finance, Student and Personnel software from Agresso under the MoU signed by the company in 2006 with OGCbuying.solutions, an arm of the UK’s Office of Government Commerce.
Agresso offers enterprise resource planning software that deals with data management (information warehouse), process modelling (business processes) and information delivery (reporting and analytics). Its web-based services include financial management, human resources and payroll, project management, procurement management, field service management & asset maintenance, reporting & analytics and business process automation.
Agresso’s MoU with the Office of Government Commerce offers unrestricted user site licences for its software to central government, local government, health, education, criminal justice organisations and emergency services. It envisages public sector savings of £12 million over three years through a restructured pricing model and reduced support and maintenance fees. The MoU comes to an end in September 2009.
Edward Rehm, director of finance at Herefordshire College of Technology, said: “We were very keen to upgrade our systems but we were concerned about the increase in support costs. Under the MoU, we get all the benefits of the latest technology whilst reducing monthly costs. It also made contract negotiations easy as we knew we were getting a good deal through arrangements already negotiated by the OGC.”
In July 2008, Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has become the 50th organisation to avail of Agresso’s ERP software under the MoU.