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Universities across Scotland are clubbing together to soften up the market in preparation for an enterprise software procurement estimated to be worth £42m. The historic Cloisters of Glasgow University The historic cloisters of Glasgow University Advanced Procurement for Universities and Colleges (APUC), the buying company …

  1. Pascal Monett Silver badge

    "Universities across Scotland are clubbing together"

    This is interesting. Given the atrocious history of ERP projects I have been reading recently, I am really curious : what makes them think that grouping universities is going to make it work better ?

    Or maybe it will, since there will be less manglement of the project and it will be managed by a group that wants the whole thing to actually work instead of being managed by one guy who just wants a star on his CV, or a group of psychotics who view this as an empire building exercise (by excluding all other empires, of course).

    So, I'm curious.

    1. Aristotles slow and dimwitted horse Silver badge

      Re: "Universities across Scotland are clubbing together"

      Like large companies with multi country divisions or operations they'll probably host it all on a central tower with each University having access to its own separate client and data.

      The key to this is getting stakeholder and technical agreement on who owns what in terms of that central tower - and who makes the decisions when common or integration change is required.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: "Universities across Scotland are clubbing together"

        From what I understand of these Framework agreements they are intended as a sort of "pre qualification" for suppliers to ensure that their relevant offerings meet various agreed standards. This saves each buyer and supplier reduplicating effort on the common due diligence stuff. Then the actual tender from any particular University can concentrate on the specific detail. Suppliers inside the Framework are preferred, those outside the Framework need some specific advantage to justify access. What actually happens is a question well above my pay grade!

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: "Universities across Scotland are clubbing together"

      "what makes them think that grouping universities is going to make it work better ?"

      Well, those setups make it much easier to pass the buck and shift the blame when it all goes tits-up. As ERP project generally do.

      1. AMBxx Silver badge
        Facepalm

        Re: "Universities across Scotland are clubbing together"

        Maybe they should include the dockyard building the ferries in with this too!

  2. trevorde Silver badge

    Meanwhile at Oracle...

    [Larry] Mwahahahahaha!

    [goes back to leafing through super yacht catalog]

    1. Ian Johnston Silver badge

      Re: Meanwhile at Oracle...

      Let's hope he buys his next super yacht from Fergusons. Maybe that could even be a condition of the deal ...

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Does it never occur to anyone

    that £42m is more than enough to fund a completely open version of something that they'll be able to get real support for?

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