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Prophecy Proves Good Catch for Dept of Marine and Harbors
Released 18 September 2000

South Australia's ports management authority has selected locally-developed financial management software to help it become a world-class organisation.

The Department of Marine and Harbors (DMH) chose the PROPHECY suite of software, developed by Kent Town-based Computer Software Packages (CSP), as part of a complete overhaul of its computer system.

The department will run PROPHECY on a Sun computer from Fujitsu Australia as the financial backbone to support its core business services such as port management. Benefits of the new system include:

* A competitive edge in the marketplace.
* Improved productivity and enhanced services.
* Reduced costs of computer maintenance and administration.
* Helps decentralise decision-making while improving accountability.

DMH, the port and marine authority for South Australia, is responsible for managing the Port of Adelaide and nine regional ports, overseeing maritime safety and providing maritime services. The organisation, which is entirely self-funding in its commercial operations, has an annual turnover of about $50 million and employs a staff of 370.

Since 1989, the department has undergone a transition from a conventional State Government agency to a Public Sector Business Enterprise, a process that required the replacement of its existing 10-year-old computer system.

The new organisation-wide system will provide improved communication and information-sharing both within DMH and with outside bodies through the planned development of Adelaide as the transport hub of Australia for the collection and distribution of national and international freight.

PROPHECY is a suite of financial products for medium to large corporate and government users. Based on the INGRES relational database, it contains 18 modules including general ledger, accounting services, purchasing, payroll, leave management, personnel services, assets and project costing with graphically oriented executive management facilities.

Since its release in 1990, PROPHECY has become the world's most successful open systems financial package for large and complex users with more than 500 installed sites around the world.

CSP markets PROPHECY through a global network of 32 distributors selling into more than 30 countries. generating turnover of more than $31 million in 1992. It is predicting a growth rate of 30 per cent this year, principally due to the phenomenal market acceptance of PROPHECY.

Department of Marine and Harbors manager, applications services, Peter Gulyard, said PROPHECY was a key part of the department's strategy of implementing major business development to meet the challenges of commercialisation.
He said the new computer system would provide DMH with a standards-based information and communication system that would enable it to take advantage of business opportunities that arose through operating in an open system computing environment.

"Our aim is to be the leading port authority in Australia which means our pricing must be internationally competitive. PROPHECY will enable us to continually review our cost structures and measure our comparative financial results against our key performance indicators.

"We had a set of strategic criteria and we felt PROPHECY provided the best solution towards meeting those requirements. We are very impressed with CSP as an organisation and Towhold Information Systems, the local company that is supporting the product.

"Also PROPHECY had been already installed in several other port authorities including Fremantle in Western Australia and at the Portnet authority (with eight major sites) in South Africa: We had extremely favourable responses from all reference sites we contacted."

CSP director, sales and marketing, Alan Greig, said the DMH sale was a significant endorsement of PROPHECY by a major government trading enterprise.

"DMH went through a very rigorous selection process with short listed systems comprising the top products on the world market," he said.

"The selection of PROPHECY recognises it as a world-leading product."


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