How PrimeQ is taking NZ environmental authority to the skies with Oracle Cloud

PrimeQ has moved the back-office functions of the Environmental Protection Authority to the Oracle Cloud, in a move designed to free up frontline resources.

By James Henderson May 08th 2018 A-A+

PrimeQ has moved the back-office functions of the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) to the Oracle Cloud in New Zealand, in a move designed to free up frontline resources.

Through leveraging the expertise of the cloud specialists, the EPA aims to use cloud technologies to save time, free up resources and inform better decision-making within the organisation.

Specifically, PrimeQ has implemented an Oracle Cloud Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system across the EPA including financial management, procurement and reporting.

“Moving to the cloud gives the EPA a greater focus on our core work of protecting the environment and enhancing a safe and sustainable way of life for all New Zealanders,” EPA general manager of finance and systems, Philip Lim, said.

“Our new system has freed up resources by removing the significant cost and requirement to buy, run and maintain a centralised on-premise IT system, with the ability to scale and grow to suit our evolving business needs.”

According to Lim, key benefits included no capital investment costs in terms of future upgrades and enhancements, backed up by a lower range of specialist IT support staff required in-house.

In moving to the Oracle Cloud, Lim said EPA also has the potential for greater functionality both “now and in the future”, with employees now able to run projects and billing within the wider business.

“The EPA’s previous accounting software was managed primarily by our finance team,” Lim added. “The new system provides greater visibility across our organisation, allowing access to real-time information in easy-to-understand formats.

“This will allow the finance team to work more closely and collaboratively with our wider organisation, creating greater understanding and accountability within the EPA for the financial impacts of our operations and decisions.”

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Lim said the EPA has implemented Oracle Cloud technology under the New Zealand Government’s Oracle Software Framework Agreement.

The pan-government agreement allows eligible agencies to implement Oracle Cloud technology under standardised terms.

“Cloud computing saves time, resources and provides a greater level of clarity for business decisions,” Lim added.

“We selected PrimeQ as our implementation partner following a competitive tender process. Our evaluation panel rated PrimeQ highly due to its professionalism, clarity of information and industry reputation.

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“Finance systems are crucial to any organisation, so trust in suppliers and especially the implementation partner is critical. Our team was impressed with the knowledge, experience and professionalism of the PrimeQ team.”

PrimeQ operates as one of the country’s leading providers of Oracle Cloud enterprise software, with offices in Auckland and Wellington.

“Moving to the cloud will enable the EPA to better serve the New Zealand public by reducing the cost and complexity of its technology and business processes,” PrimeQ New Zealand general manager, Paul Hearnden, added.

“This will allow the EPA to focus on its important task of environmental protection for New Zealand.”

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The deployment follows the appointment of former Fonterra director David MacLeod as director of the PrimeQ Group and chair of the PrimeQ New Zealand Advisory Board.