Ideal opportunity for IT Undergraduates at the University to gain some useful experience and may be get some money off tuition fees. Aspects of the upgrade to be done as coursework?
England's University of Manchester is casting the net for a tech integrator to help with its Oracle Financials upgrade in a project that could be worth £4m to the winning bidder. The 196-year-old establishment is looking for an implementation partner to help it move from version Oracle E-business Suite v12.1.3 to v12.2.8 or …
Based on other anecdotal evidence I've seen, MU will be strong armed into going onto OCI whether they really want to or not. Oracle are offering very "competitive" pricing to move stuff into their bit barns, past history would suggest you will be gouged in year 4 at renewal time.
All in all, make sure you know OCI if you're bidding for this.
It's a bit of a stretch to describe Manchester University as 196 years old. It was granted its charter as a university in 1880. Manchester Mechanics' Institute opened its doors in 1824, and whilst it's a venerable institution with a proud history, including as a predecessor to UMIST, it wasn't a university.
With the recent track record of that University's use of third party IT companies what could possibly go wrong? Accenture, HCL, Cognizant, Mosaic, Deloitte, ROC, Xerox have all been great success on time and under budget... sorry just got to catch one of those flying pigs. But I'm sure it will go right this time and if not another restructure will fix everything. Oh, whats that? They've already announced an IT restructure that's a relief.