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City of Westminster selects J.D. Edwards' OneWorld

J.D. Edwards, CSL and Deloitte & Touche, announce that they have won a valuable contract to provide the City of Westminster with J.D. Edwards' OneWorld solution. The project, focusing on financial systems, has been completed by a joint team involving the City Council, J.D. Edwards, CSL and led by Deloitte & Touche Management Solutions.

The City of Westminster sits in the heart of London and is home to over 200,000 citizens. The daytime population exceeds 1 million as a result of business, commerce and tourism. Within Westminster's boundaries there are many prestigious landmarks and commercial centres. These include Buckingham Palace, Whitehall, Trafalgar Square, Soho and Oxford Street.

The Council employs more than 4,000 staff, distributed across two central sites and a network of local area establishments including schools and Social and Community Service centres. Of these, 800 will be registered users of OneWorld and at least 200 will access the system each day.

OneWorld will be critical to the day to day management of council finances and management reporting. With the implementation of the foundation, financial and distribution modules of OneWorld, the Council expects to improve its financial reporting, identifying key cost drivers and in turn improving financial management and analysis.

The partnership of Deloitte & Touche, J.D. Edwards, CSL and Prestige Systems was successful in the face of stiff opposition from other leading ERP and best of breed solutions. It is understood that the partnership offered the City Council the 'economically most advantageous' solution and enabled them to meet their stringent payback targets. Within the overall evaluation, OneWorld proved especially attractive on the base functionality, reporting capabilities and user friendliness. Westminster required implementation in a nine-month time frame in order to facilitate the decommissioning of mainframe legacy systems.

OneWorld forms part of Westminster's IT strategy to migrate all systems from the mainframe to more cost effective and responsive IT platforms also maximising the benefits to be gained from new technologies. The City Council considered the partnership to contain the required skills, expertise and knowledge to achieve the ambitious targets in terms of cost, timescales and quality.

Duncan Whitfield, Project Leader at the City of Westminster said, "Westminster are developing a state of the art but practical IT infrastructure to support our ever-changing business needs. We were aware that our legacy systems were becoming uneconomic and the technical base becoming increasingly outdated and unresponsive to the management and processing needs of the organisation. The choice of OneWorld reflects our dedication to technology and provides Westminster with a powerful solution that we are confident will adapt to change."

Whitfield continued, "Our financial management needs are ambitious and will remain so to ensure that we are providing quality services at an affordable price; Council Tax at Westminster remains one of the lowest in the country. We are expecting OneWorld to give us the opportunity to improve our financial management and reporting. Service managers will also become empowered to streamline their processes, assisted by fully integrated software."

Steve Merriman, Data Centre Manager at CSL commented, "Westminster is one of three OneWorld implementations with which CSL have been involved. As a market leader in the provision of business process outsourcing services to local government, CSL has a wealth of knowledge and understanding of local authorities' key business requirements. J.D. Edwards' OneWorld enables us to provide a fully flexible and adaptable solution to our clients. OneWorld fits well within the ever-changing nature of council business. It is a solution that can adapt and evolve in line with the needs of Westminster."

The OneWorld solution will be hosted at CSL's new recently commissioned state of the art business and technology centre in Sheffield. This has been specifically designed to provide high resilience and cost effective solutions to clients. Prestige Systems provided the Hewlett-Packard operating system and technology infrastructure on which OneWorld will run with an Oracle database.

Trevor Salomon, marketing director of J.D. Edwards commented, "City of Westminster is an example of an organisation that wishes to take advantage of the latest advances in information management software. J. D. Edwards is delighted to be working with CSL and Deloitte & Touche to deliver leading edge software that will provide benefits to users across the organisation."


About CSL

CSL is one of the UK's leading specialists in business process outsourcing. The focus of the business is to work in partnership with suppliers and clients to provide high quality and efficient administrative services through long term contracts, which allow clients to focus on their core business.

CSL's service portfolio includes Accounting, Human Resource, Technology and Transaction Services. CSL delivers this activity through advanced information and communication technology, incorporating remote processing, call centre and training centres throughout the UK.

For further information on CSL visit our web site at http://www.cslplc.com


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 for 1999 awards. We have developed proprietary methodologies and business process tools specifically for J.D. Edwards that 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 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 Prestige Systems

Prestige Systems plc is one of the largest privately owned Hewlett-Packard corporate resellers, with over 12 years experience in Hewlett-Packard Platform Technology consultancy, supply and implementation.

Its skills in system sizing, network configuration and pre-configuration of the application software and on-going implementation support, ensures that the chosen platform is delivered to the customer site fully installed and ready for hand-over and subsequent implementation.

Prestige Systems plc has been chosen by J.D. Edwards as their preferred CNC Specialist technology partner for Hewlett-Packard.

The company has seen a steady year on year growth financially, specifically in ASP and e-commerce.


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