Under a six-year, $27.5 million deal, Unisys Corp. and Corio Inc. will provide the U.N. Development Programme with a fully managed suite of 18 PeopleSoft modules, including customer-relationship-management, human-resources-management, and financial applications.
Redundancy for the United Nations' effort is critical; a Web-based system provides data to Iraq workers.
Like many private-sector organizations, Sanders says, the U.N. Development Programme found that a hosted model was the fastest, most economical way to migrate to what is virtually an entirely new business infrastructure. "We did not wish this process to drag on ad infinitum," he says.
Sanders also believes that opting for a hosted environment ultimately will cost less. Buying and building a similar system would cost between $15 million and $20 million, he estimates. That's not including what it would cost to staff the operation and build in redundancy, which is critical given that the U.N. Development Programme has been providing vital information to U.N. workers in Iraq over its Web sites. The PeopleSoft initiative is part of a larger effort under way at the United Nations--called for by Secretary General Kofi Annan--to simplify operations and promote collaboration within the organization.