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UK Government spending £155 per Civil Servant for 2 million Oracle ERP licenses

7/01/2015 by Sharon Shahzad


YES we need TWO MEELLION ORACLE licences: ag, climate depts

The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs and the Department of Energy & Climate Change are still forking out vast amounts of taxpayer cash on no less than 2 MILLION Oracle licences, despite efforts by the government to slash expensive annual ERP fees.

According to a Freedom of Information response to El Reg, DEFRA, DECC and some other relatively small-fry agencies are paying £155 per employee - typically for many licences per head - at an annual cost of £1.3m per year.

"The ERP licences are held in perpetuity so the support contracts are renewed annually," said the FOI response.

Back in 2012 the Cabinet Office said that all departments should be spending a maximum of £93 on licences, with a view to reducing that down further to £52.

"Wide variations of current costs with the average showing an annual operating cost of £160 per employee, with the cheapest cost per full user at £89 per annum for [the Department for Work and Pensions], this needs to be the target for the whole Oracle estate," it said in its 2012 Shared Services Strategy report.

"ERP annual operating costs could be reduced by more than 40 per cent through consolidation and by up to 70 per cent through the use of lower-cost ERP solutions alongside approximately £32m of avoided system upgrade costs through system consolidation," it added.

DEFRA, DECC and their agencies require more than two million licences because "some applications are separately licensed and because an individual licence is required each time a new employee expense claim is processed," 

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