Prophecy Proves Good Catch for Dept of Marine
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
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
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
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
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
CSP director, sales and marketing, Alan Greig, said the DMH sale
was a significant endorsement of PROPHECY by a major government
"DMH went through a very rigorous selection process with short
listed systems comprising the top products on the world market,"
"The selection of PROPHECY recognises it as a world-leading