Fujitsu to Lead Enterprise Integration Programme at Reed

4/25/2003 - Fujitsu Consulting, the worldwide consulting arm of the Fujitsu Group, is to deliver the first phase of a strategic enterprise integration programme and portal solution for Reed, the recruitment and human resources consultancy group.

The contract follows a decision by Reed to devolve its various business divisions and implement an IT infrastructure that would support the new business model, whilst providing a single view of the business for its employees across many applications via a single login.

The preliminary phase consisted of a consulting assignment to develop a roadmap for a systems development strategy that has the ability to evolve and exploit the 'Connected World' realities of the developing technology environment of the early 21st century and yet preserves and exploits Reed's historical investment in core business applications. Fujitsu designed the roadmap as a series of distinct phases, giving Reed the flexibility to select different suppliers if desired. Fujitsu was Reed's partner of choice when it came to implementing the changes. Said Edward Hickman, a Director of Reed, "We selected the Fujitsu team because they demonstrated a sound understanding of our business strategy and proposed an innovative architecture and implementation approach to meet our requirements".

Phase one involves enhancing and integrating existing recruitment and support systems. Vicki Philips, client manager at Fujitsu Consulting added, "The portal solution will preserve Reed's investment in existing systems. The single-view interface for all Reed's business systems will allow employees to exploit data in easier-to-manage applications and enable them to work more efficiently."

Philips continued, "These changes are designed to increase revenue, limit costs and provide new and enhanced services, including the development of workflow management applications that will allow Reed to maximise efficiency and track against targets."

Fujitsu has also been contracted to deliver an integrated payroll and human resource system using Oracle HRMS. The initial phase of this implementation will involve migration of data to the new Oracle platform to deliver an efficient and user- friendly payroll system. It will also provide Reed employees with self-service functionality to view and manage all their personnel details. Further phases will provide training, recruitment, self-service and online CV management.

About the Reed Group
Reed, the UK's leading recruitment and human resources consultancy group, offers a combination of on and offline services with over 250 branches and 2000 specialist consultants across the UK and Ireland. All Reed's services are fully integrated with, the UK's biggest Internet job site which carries over 100,000 opportunities fir more than 30,000 recruiters. Reed is listed on the London Stock Exchange as Reed Executive PLC.

About Fujitsu Consulting
A trusted provider of management and technology consulting to business and government, Fujitsu Consulting is the global consulting and services arm of the $38bn Fujitsu group. Fujitsu Consulting integrates the core expertise of the Fujitsu companies and its partners to deliver complete business solutions in the areas of Enterprise Value Management, Enterprise Mobility and Managed Services. Through its industry-recognized strategic approach, Macroscope®, Fujitsu Consulting enables clients to build more value into their IT investments and drive their leadership in the marketplace. For more information, please see:

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