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~Sheffield City Council 'goes live' with 1000 users providing the foundations to meet the Government's 2005 eGovernment deadline~


7 June 2001, J.D. Edwards, a leading provider of agile, collaborative solutions for the Internet economy, together with Deloitte & Touche, announced today that it has successfully implemented the first phase of the OneWorld enterprise solution at Sheffield City Council. The project, focused on financial systems, has been implemented by a joint project team involving the Council, Deloitte & Touche, J.D. Edwards and CSL (the Council's IT and Financial Business Processing outsourced provider).

By implementing the solution, Sheffield City Council has reached a key milestone towards improved financial management and administration and established clear and enforceable internal processes. The implementation is also enabling it to reach its aim of being a Best Managed Council, to provide for its residents the best quality public services in the country.

Eugene Walker, project sponsor, Sheffield City Council, commented, "Implementing OneWorld has provided us with a high level of integration and will improve our financial analysis and reporting. It has enabled us to establish clear and enforceable processes. and to better support our decentralised services.

Walker continued, "OneWorld's flexibility and ability to support future business change was key to implementing this solution. It provides Sheffield with a firm base for future developments to meet the targets of the Government's initiative, to provide 100% of public sector services online by 2005."

"Over 1000 staff at Sheffield are already trained and able to use the system. Integral to the success of this implementation has been the partnership of the Council, CSL, J.D. Edwards and Deloitte & Touche.

Trevor Salomon, marketing director, J.D. Edwards, commented, "Now that the first phase of implementation has been completed, Sheffield City Council is working to accomplish the next four phases. We our confident that our combined solution with Deloitte & Touche will continue to show significant efficiencies for Sheffield City Council and provide it with the foundations of a comprehensive eGovernment solution."

Implementation of OneWorld began in autumn 1999 and will roll out over the next four phases by the end of 2001. The solution is running on a Hewlett Packard UX operating system with 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 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.



Contact:

Trevor Salomon
J.D. Edwards
01189 091516
trevor_salomon@jdedwards.com

Vicky Entwistle
The Weber Group Europe
020 7240 6189
ventwistle@webergroup.co.uk

Bernie Clarke
Deloitte & Touche
020 7303 8315
bernie.clarke@deloitte.co.uk

Steve Warburton
Sheffield City Council
0114 273 6355
steve.warburton@sheffield.gov.uk





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