TechnologyOne cleans up on council tenders thanks to new solution

TechnologyOne (ASX: TNE) today announced it has won the last five major local government software contracts to go to tender in Australia and is attributing its success to the launch of OneCouncil - a new preconfigured, best practice solution for local government.

Two local government authorities in Victoria - Hepburn and Corangimite Shire Councils - have signed up for OneCouncil in the last month while Devonport City Council in Tasmania and Victoria's City of Port Phillip and City of Casey have also become TechnologyOne customers.

This makes the Australian software company's new business hit rate five for five in the local government sector this year, bringing in more than $1.2 million in new business from that sector alone.

OneCouncil is fully integrated and covers all council functions, including finance, human resources, payroll, capital works, asset maintenance, fleet management, licences, permits, inspections, rates and customer interaction.

It is one of TechnologyOne's 14 new preconfigured sector-specific solutions, which have been developed over the past year by working with hundreds of customers to identify all the challenges of a certain market and tailor software to address these needs.

Other solutions to be released include OneHousing, OneCommunity, OneHospital, OneUniversity, OnePort, OneWater and OnePower.

Hurstville City Council became the first to purchase TechnologyOne's called OneCouncil last October after undertaking a thorough evaluation of enterprise software available on the market.

Chief Information Officer, Fresia Segovia, said Hurstville City Council chose TechnologyOne's solution after investigating a number of options.

"We decided to look for an established provider with a long history in the local government sector, which had done all the ground work to develop tailored software," Ms Segovia said.

TechnologyOne Executive Chairman, Adrian Di Marco, said the new proven practice, integrated enterprise solutions represented a major step forward.

"To achieve our vision we have invested millions of dollars and realigned our sales, research and development, and consulting teams," Mr Di Marco said.

"We did this because our customers told us they wanted to be guided rather than being given a blank sheet and asked ‘what do you want?'.

"People often don't know what is possible, or what other organisations in their sector are doing, so we had an opportunity to gather all the data based on our previous experience and devise a template to show our customers what could be achieved with integrated software."

Mr Di Marco said the new approach would reduce implementation time, cost of ownership, associated risk, and the complexity of the projects, as well as providing a better experience for customers.

"We can quickly and easily finetune each solution to meet customers' specific needs and help them realise a faster return on investment," Mr Di Marco said.

"We have always had the ability to implement our solutions quicker than our major competitors, but this puts us even further ahead."