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The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has freed up resources for its frontline environmental work… by moving its back-office functions to the cloud.

The EPA, in collaboration with New Zealand cloud IT specialist PrimeQ, will use cloud technology to save time, free up resources and inform better decision-making for environmental sustainability and protection.

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

EPA General Manager Finance & Systems, Philip Lim, said PrimeQ had implemented the new system on time and under budget.

“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,” Mr 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.

“The EPA’s previous accounting software was managed primarily by our finance team. 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.”

Mr Lim listed a number of benefits of moving to Oracle Cloud with PrimeQ, including:

  • No capital investment costs in terms of future upgrades and enhancements.
  • Lower range of specialist IT support staff required in-house.
  • Future expansion and requirements efficiently accommodated.
  • Potential for greater functionality now and in the future.
  • Employees able to run their own projects and billing, giving greater control and understanding of financial considerations to all users.
  • Meeting the New Zealand Government requirement to be on cloud services.

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,” Mr Lim said.

“We chose Oracle as a recognised global leader in financial systems, with the New Zealand Government’s Oracle Software Framework Agreement bringing access to this solution within our reach.

“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.

“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 New Zealand General Manager Mr Paul Hearnden said the EPA’s cloud first approach would create significant benefits.

“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,” Mr Hearnden said.

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

PrimeQ is New Zealand’s leading provider of Oracle Cloud enterprise software with offices in Auckland and Wellington led by New Zealand General Manager Paul Hearnden.

Business leader and former Fonterra director David MacLeod was recently appointed Director of the PrimeQ Group and Chair of the PrimeQ New Zealand Advisory Board.

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