The Selection of the IT Platform: Enterprise System Implementation in the NZ Health Board

The Selection of the IT Platform: Enterprise System Implementation in the NZ Health Board

Maha Shakir (Zayed University, United Arab Emirates) and Dennis Viehland (Massey University, New Zealand)
Copyright: © 2005 |Pages: 12
DOI: 10.4018/jcit.2005010102
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Abstract

The Health Board is one of the largest public health care providers in New Zealand (NZ). In early 1999, a supply chain optimization review recommended an enterprise system (ES) implementation to provide better control and reporting of organizational finances. The focus of this case is the IT platform decision made in conjunction with the ES implementation process. This decision was thoroughly considered by all Health Board stakeholders and the final choice was made in alignment with the Board’s strategic IT policy. Nevertheless, initial testing two months prior to go-live revealed major performance problems with the new system. The case documents the events that led up to the selection of the original IT platform and the challenges the project team faced in deciding what to do when the platform did not meet contractual specifications.

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