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Dubai eGoverment upgrading GRP

Dubai eGovernment embarks on government systems upgrade project

Dubai eGoverment upgrading GRP
The GRP system is a major part of the services that Dubai eGovernment provides to Dubai government entities.

Dubai eGovernment is upgrading the government resource planning (GRP) solution that are currently in use to administer 42 government departments.

The Dubai eGovernment is set for a phased update to its Oracle 11i, to Oracle R12, the latest version of the platform.

The upgrade, which will be carried out by Mahindra Satyam, will cover seven main modules that the eGovernment department provides to government entities, including Human Resources, Payroll, Finance, Purchasing & Inventory and Assets Management Employee Self-service Systems. These systems are composed of 25 streams that provide a platform for more efficient management of basic resources and human competencies.

In order to ensure a smooth upgrade, Dubai eGovernment is holding briefings on the update processes and benefits for government personnel in Dubai this week.

HE Ahmed Bin Humaidan, Director General of Dubai eGovernment, said: "The importance of these systems stems from the fact that they are based on standard procedures adopted by 42 government entities in Dubai. These systems therefore represent one of the major systems that Dubai eGovernment provides to governmental entities to create an integrated infrastructure that helps them manage basic resources most effectively and efficiently and contribute to achieving eTransformation and promoting eGovernance in Dubai as per the vision and directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, for promoting government integration in the emirate. The GRP systems provide a comprehensive network for connection, communication and exchange of information among government entities, while maintaining the privacy of all of them.

Bin Humaidan added: "In light of Dubai eGovernment's efforts to adopt the world's latest technological advances that facilitate the daily operations of government entities and serve their staff, customers and suppliers, Dubai eGovernment has taken the initiative to adopt a newer version of the GRP systems that are compatible with modern trends in the management of Dubai Government's resources, assets and human capital. The value of this upgrade lies in the fact that it updates the systems in line with the requirements of government entities and allows the new features provided by the upgraded version to be optimized.

"Dubai eGovernment follows a methodology of partnership and integration with government entities for making a success of the upgrade, which will cover all GRP systems. Hence, all government entities should terminate all the procedures related to the previous version before moving on to the actual application of the updated version," he added.

Huda Mohammed Al Hashimi, director of Government Resources Planning Systems Department, said: "Dubai eGovernment has carried out a comprehensive analysis of the GRP systems in its upgraded version R12. The internal dedicated teams have also compared the upgraded version with the previous one 11i to develop a plan that will require officials of government entities to undergo training in the new version that will last until July. Subsequently, the new version will be tested until August so that the final recommendations would be made as to the launch of the system and bringing it to use by the end of October. The company in charge of executing the system is committed to provide support during the first three months of implementation."

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