Wiltshire County Council has awarded Logica a seven-year £12m contract to transform its support services.
The contract is part of a business management programme to simplify, standardise and increase the efficiency of internal business processes and applications across the council. The programme is expected to deliver savings of up to £11m a year.
Logica is to lead the transformation programme, and will implement and host a new SAP ERP system to better manage and improve the delivery of the council's applications and processes for finance, procurement, HR, payroll services and performance management.
The business and IT services company will also establish a shared services centre to provide operational and transactional support for a new unitary authority, as five councils merge in to one local authority for Wiltshire from 1 April 2009.
Through the new SAP implementation, all financial and HR information for the new authority will be available for the first time in a centralised system that will be hosted and managed by Logica.
This will ensure important performance management information is more readily accessible to local government management teams, helping to increase efficiency and the effectiveness of the information, said Logica.
Carlton Brand, director of resources at Wiltshire County Council, said, "The creation of a single authority is a major undertaking for us and we needed a long-term partner with experience in creating and operating a shared services model to assure our drive for efficiency and value for money can be achieved."