According to a report in the Guardian, the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has moved towards a shared enterprise resource planning (ERP) system for all its organisations with the award of three contracts for the core technology. It has signed five year deals – worth £56 million in total – with Accenture, Steria and Savvis for a system, set to go live in spring 2013, to handle human resources, payroll, finance and procurement operations under its Common Operating Model for 80,000 users in the organisations under its umbrella. These will include the MoJ's head office, the Courts and Tribunals Service and the Prison Service.

It will involve a move to using a cloud computing platform under the £14m deal with Savvis. The MoJ will use the Savvis Government Wide Service (GWS) as the infrastructure for the operations, making it one of the first central government departments to use a cloud computing platform on such a large scale. It will be delivered on an infrastructure-as-a-service basis. The contract with Accenture, worth £22m, covers the design and systems integration and the provision of an IT service desk. Steria, under a £20m deal with the MoJ, will take charge of business applications development, implementation and maintenance of an ERP system, built around the Oracle e-Business Suite R12, serving as a common operating platform. This will provide the portal for the system, along with case management, document management and management information applications.

The three companies will work together and have said the system is forecast to provide £28m a year in savings by 2014. < Yeah, right!