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Natural Resources Wales adopts Unit4 ERP in digital transformation drive

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The Welsh government’s environmental protection body is using Unit4 enterprise resource planning, from Trustmarque, as part of a digital transformation programme

Natural Resources Wales (NRW) is responsible for protecting and promoting the nation’s natural environment. Founded in April 2013, it brought together the Countryside Council for Wales, the Environment Agency Wales and the Forestry Commission, and currently employs some 1,900 people with a budget of £180m a year.

So, three separate IT systems and estates had to be brought and simplified, all under the usual public sector banner of getting more for less, says Paul Subacchi, head of business support services at Natural Resources Wales, adding that the “the creation of NRW resulted in a complex and disparate IT estate”.

In order to simplify this, the Welsh-government funded organisation chose, in February 2014, an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system from the G-Cloud, delivered by reseller Trustmarque, and based on Unit4 Business World product.

“Our ERP system is absolutely critical to the organisation, enabling us to become more efficient and offer greater self-service functionality to our employees. Cloud is a significant part of our IT strategy, so we need a platform that is available, resilient, flexible and secure,” says Subacchi.

In March 2016, NRW decided to renew its contract with Trustmarque for another two years.

Benefits of consolidation

It had originally selected Trustmarque from the G-Cloud to implement Unit4, in a private cloud, to consolidate the ERP systems it was using for finance and human resources.

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