Rapid roll out for UN's global ERP

The United Nations Development Programme has deployed Oracle's PeopleSoft enterprise resource planning software across 145 countries in just 14 days, enabling its international offices to collaborate more effectively and improve many of its business processes.

The United Nations Development Programme has deployed Oracle's PeopleSoft enterprise resource planning software across 145 countries in just 14 days, enabling its international offices to collaborate more effectively and improve many of its business processes.

The ERP package, which includes Human Capital Management, Supply Chain Management and Financial Management modules, has replaced many disparate systems being used internationally by the UNDP.

Jens Wandel, project director of the Centre for Business Solutions at UNDP, said dozens of separate financial, HR and supply chain applications, plus hundreds of spreadsheets used to manage personnel, projects, donors and suppliers, were able to be replaced.

"The UNDP is an extremely complex organisation comprised of many offices around the world that use different business processes, languages and resources," said Wandel.

"Prior to the implementation, the UNDP relied heavily on paper-based processes. We needed an integrated system to automate our business processes and speed our response time."

He said the software also appealed because of its internet-based architecture.

"It would have taken a very long time to deploy a solution if we needed to touch each user machine worldwide. Instead, we were able to deploy the entire solution in just 14 days and allow our employees to access the system from anywhere via the internet."

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