Western Bay of Plenty content with Objective

Western Bay of Plenty content with Objective

April 8, 2009:An Objective Enterprise Content Management (ECM) solution has been chosen by New Zealand's Western Bay of Plenty District.

One of the fastest growing districts in New Zealand, it covers some 212,000 hectares and has a population of just over 42,000.

In selecting Objective, Western Bay of Plenty Regional Council undertook a limited tender process open only to vendors who could prove success and reference-ability in similar Local Government environments.

Mr Bruce Balfour, Support Services Manager, Western Bay of Plenty District Council said: “Local Government’s are made up of discreet business units that need to work together. Currently, silos of information exist which has restricted collaboration and transparency across the business and within our community.

“We selected Objective because of their strong integration capabilities, robust architecture and their ability to adapt to our future business needs. We were impressed with their reliable technology and their understanding of the core capabilities of Local Government. They really understand our business requirements,” he said.

"Objective will store all incoming correspondence such as applications or Building Consent forms in a single location. Therefore we can reduce the time it takes to handle and process applications, resulting in cost cutting and a faster response time to the citizens of the District,” said Mr Balfour.

In addition to document management, the Council will use Objective to improve collaboration and authoring of documents.

Objective will integrate with the Council’s core application system, Origen, which is the authoritative source of data on the Council’s residences, properties and business transactions. It will also integrate with the Geographical Information System (GIS), the Councils intranet, Microsoft Office applications and standard Windows operating system.

“Local Governments collaborate, share experiences, resources and knowledge. Moving forward, Objective will allow us to share our information with other Council’s in the region. Likewise we can leverage off existing Local Government knowledge, without having to start from scratch.“We will be able to share documents across Councils and geographic locations. This is a very powerful tool for us and Objective will make this possible,” said Balfour.

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