Tennessee taps Maximus for $70M in ERP software

Tennessee Finance and Administration Department has awarded Maximus Inc. a two-year contract worth nearly $70 million, where the company will implement enterprise resource planning software throughout the state government.

Under the contract, Maximus of Reston, Va., will establish a statewide ERP and enterprise asset management system to meet Tennessee's business needs. The contract also includes a $3 million software license and implementation component for Maximus' enterprise asset, fleet maintenance and facilities management software.

ERP is a business management system that automates and integrates an organization's financial and administrative information systems. For governments, these systems include accounting, budgeting, payroll, personnel and purchasing.

Through the project, Tennessee will 'realize radical changes for improving the operations of its agencies and ultimately the livelihood of its citizens,' Richard Montoni, Maximus' chief executive officer, said.

The Volunteer State has more than 20 systems that run human services and payroll administration, and another 50 systems that support financial management, procurement and other administrative areas.

The fragmented nature of the systems makes it difficult to generate timely and accurate management information. The new system will better help manage its resources effectively, the company said.

William Welsh writes for Washington Technology, an 1105 Government Information Group publication.

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