BBC Casts Around on Future Software Investments

The BBC plans to talk to various organisations about the standard of their financial software systems and how they may be improved to save energy.

The BBC is aiming for an efficiency saving of £1.9bn for the five-year period from 2008/09 to 2012/13.

The head of finance operations at the BBC, Richard Payne said, "We have to demonstrate that we are meeting our efficiency saving target and that has to be done in an auditable way."

Richard Payne is currently in discussions with SAP, the supplier of enterprise resource planning (ERP) and financial systems, about how best to achieve maximum efficiency with the new technologies available.

He is also in dialogue with outside advisors as and other organisations looking to get additional value out of current software investments.

The BBC has already achieved a 50 per cent reduction in the cost of running the finance function by deploying systems within the SAP product set.

"So obviously SAP is among the suppliers we are having discussions with to find the most appropriate way forward in a changing world," Payne commented.

Payne has also stated that he believes it is important to talk not only to software suppliers, but their customers and neutral third parties to fully understand supplier roadmaps.

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