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OneWorld Enterprise Software Integrates Financial Processes

J.D. Edwards and Deloitte & Touche today announced a new contract worth over £3 million to provide Nottingham City Council with J.D. Edwards' OneWorld enterprise solution. A joint project team, involving the Council, Deloitte & Touche and J.D. Edwards, is implementing the solution, focusing initially on financial systems.

Nottingham City Council is an exceptionally large and diverse local authority, comprising twelve departments and serving many areas of the community. By improving its core financial business processes, through the implementation of J.D. Edwards' OneWorld solution, the Council plans to integrate its disparate computing infrastructure. OneWorld will enable Nottingham to provide staff across the organisation with accurate financial reporting and a streamlined, efficient financial system to manage the purchasing process through to fulfilment.

Nottingham City Council evaluated bids to replace dated technologies from a range of vendors. The evaluation was based on quality, the ability to adapt to support future business change, and functional fit with the council's technical and management requirements - J.D. Edwards was chosen because OneWorld met all criteria.

Ian Brandwood, Assistant Director, Nottingham City Council, commented, "Like other councils, Nottingham is experiencing a great period of change and is operating in a fast moving environment. It is essential for us to implement a solution that not only provides both the quality and functionality we need today, but can also adapt to help us to meet our future objectives. During selection, the teams from J.D. Edwards and Deloitte & Touche demonstrated that they were the best qualified to achieve these goals and we are looking forward to working together to implement the new solution."

Brandwood continued, "Implementing OneWorld will enable us to ensure that all the staff who need it have access to online financial information that can be analysed and reported to meet individual needs. Accurate data will vastly improve our decision-making processes and increase efficiency. OneWorld will also enable us to move towards a paperless office and eliminate the need for staff to work across a number of systems, duplicating and reproducing information, which wastes both time and money."

Trevor Salomon, marketing director, J.D. Edwards commented, "Deloitte & Touche will use Nottingham's prime site to base future 'out of the box' pre-configured local government solutions that can then be rolled out to other UK councils. This will enable speedier implementation at lower costs. Our software gives organisations the freedom to modify solutions, integrate with other vendor's technologies and choose their own IT strategy to suit changing needs."

He continued, "Nottingham City is dedicated to streamlining its processes and improving efficiency. We are delighted to be working with Deloitte & Touche on this project and are confident that OneWorld will enable the Council to achieve its objectives."

Implementation of OneWorld started in August 2000 and will roll out over 24 months. The solution will run on a Bull/AIX platform using an Oracle database.

About J.D. Edwards

J.D. Edwards is a leading provider of agile, collaborative solutions for the Internet economy. The Company's open solutions give organisations the freedom to choose how they assemble their internal applications and how they collaborate with partners and customers across the supply chain to increase competitive advantage.

Founded in 1977, J.D. Edwards is headquartered in Denver. Additional information can be obtained by contacting the Company via the Internet at http://www.jdedwards.com


or at 0118 9091808.

J.D. Edwards is a registered trademark of J.D. Edwards & Company. The names of all other products and services of J.D. Edwards used herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of J.D. Edwards World Source Company.

About Deloitte & Touche

Deloitte & Touche is a Global Strategic Partner of J.D. Edwards with over 700 practitioners in 24 countries. Our commitment to J.D. Edwards and our focus on clients needs helped our J.D. Edwards UK practice to be awarded the Consulting Partner and Overall Alliance Program Partner in both 1999 and 2000. Our proprietary methodologies and business process tools, developed specifically for J.D. Edwards, are proven to bring bottom-line results. We provide the business expertise, technical knowledge and implementation skills to turn your challenges into solutions.

Deloitte & Touche is one of the UK's largest professional services firms with 24 offices and over 8,000 staff nationwide. It is the UK practice of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, a global leader in professional services with over 90,000 people in 130 countries and fee income of $10.6 billion.

For further information on Deloitte & Touche, you can access our website on http://www.deloitte.co.uk


About Nottingham City Council

Nottingham City Council is a large unitary authority, the city is the regional capital of the East Midlands. Nottingham City Council has a reputation for being innovative due to its involvement with central government initiatives such as Education Action Zones. The Council provides services to 287,000 citizens, as well as the thousands of businesses comprising its commercial base. A substantial owner of commercial estates, the city employs some 15,000 staff across 12 departments.



Contact:

Trevor Salomon

J.D. Edwards

0118 9091516

trevor_salomon@jdedwards.com


Cally Finch

The Weber Group Europe

020 7240 6189

cfinch@webergroup.co.uk


Natasha Clement-Jones

Deloitte & Touche

020 7303 8425

natasha.clement-jones@deloitte.co.uk


Ian Brandwood

Nottingham City Council

01159 154900

Ian.brandwood@nottinghamcity.gov.uk

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