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OneWorld Xe ExpressTM for e-Government implemented in eight months

J.D. Edwards, a leading provider of agile, collaborative solutions for the Internet economy and Deloitte & Touche announced today that they have successfully completed the first implementation of Express for e-Government, the first pre-configured eGovernment solution for the public sector, at Nottingham City Council. A joint project team, involving the council, Deloitte & Touche and J.D. Edwards, implemented the first phase of the solution, focusing on financial systems, in just eight months.

By implementing J.D. Edwards' OneWorld Xe solution, the council has integrated its disparate computing infrastructure and automated its core financial processes. This has provided its staff across the first two of its twelve departments with accurate financial reporting and a streamlined, efficient financial system to manage the purchasing process through to fulfilment.

"Like other councils, Nottingham City is operating in a fast moving environment and it was essential for us to implement a solution that provided the functionality that we need today, with adaptability and flexibility to meet our future objectives. This is particularly important if Nottingham is to meet the 2005 target of the eGovernment initiative," commented Ian Brandwood, Assistant Director, City Treasury, Nottingham City Council.

"This first phase of the implementation, which went live in the Education and Social Services departments, has provided our staff with access to online financial information that can be analysed and reported to meet individual needs. As our staff no longer have to work across a range of computing systems, it has eliminated the need to duplicate and reproduce information, whilst increasing the accuracy of information and freeing up staff to focus on other essential council work."

Brandwood continued, "The benefits of this solution are that it was designed specifically for the public sector, making it easier to implement and configure. This enabled us to implement it in just eight months, which is significantly different from some ERP solutions that can take around 18 months. As this is an open system that provides the Council with the freedom to choose who we can collaborate with, Express for e-Government can allow us, from the initial delivery of financial system, to implement a full eGovernment solution."

Trevor Salomon, marketing director, J.D. Edwards, commented, "Our combined solution with Deloitte & Touche has enabled Nottingham City Council to implement a flexible application to facilitate eGovernment services that are user empowered, offer value for money and improved efficiency. With the solutions agility to integrate with other best of breed suppliers, Nottingham City Council is on track to meet the Governments 2005 'e' targets."

Implementation of OneWorld Xe started in August 2000 and will roll out to the remaining ten departments over the next 16 months. The solution is running 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 www.jdedwards.com or at 0118 909 1700.


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.



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