£42m ERP tender for Scottish higher education institutions • The Register

Universities across Scotland are teaming up to ease the deal for an estimated £42m enterprise software purchase.

The historic cloisters of the University of Glasgow

Advanced Procurement for Universities and Colleges (APUC), the procurement company for all higher education institutions nationwide, has launched an advance information notice to engage vendors in exploratory talks that are expected to culminate in a formal competition.

The notice states that APUC is looking for service providers for implementation, migration, systems support and maintenance, and hosting. The procurement cycle is divided into three lots relating to systems for HR and payroll, finance and ERP.

The tender notice indicates that the buyer is looking for solutions that could work on multiple campuses.

A contract notice, which launches the formal call for competition, should be published in July 2022.

In addition to APUC members, other buying groups will have access to the framework. These include the Southern Universities Purchasing Consortium; London Universities Purchasing Consortium; North East Universities Purchasing Consortium; North West Universities Purchasing Consortium; and the Purchasing Consortium for Higher Education.

Whatever newcomers earn places in the frame, some well-established incumbents may have to be squeezed out. For example, in 2019, the University of Edinburgh confirmed the migration of its core finance and human resources (HR) functions to Oracle Cloud Applications.

It is not always easy to carry out university ERP projects. Last year, the University of Nottingham awarded a cloud funding and human resources contract worth £29.75 million 2.5 years after a Unit4 upgrade. He decided to switch to Oracle. ®

Helen D. Jessen