The NSW Trade and Investment Department has signed a $14.5 million agreement with SAP Australia to deliver cloud-based software to the department and its agencies. As part of the three-year deal, SAP will deliver a range of cloud solutions that includes Business ByDesign, SAP Payroll and cloud consulting services. This is SAP’s first cloud platform win in the Australian public sector and the company’s largest Business ByDesign win to date. The project will involve the transition and consolidation of NSW Trade and Investment’s ERP system including 16 agencies totalling over 8,500 employees onto a single, consolidated SAP cloud platform. The NSW Trade Department expects to deliver savings of more than $12.5 million a year. Deputy Premier and Minister for Trade and Investment, Andrew Stoner said the partnership will result in greater efficiencies across the organisation enabling the department to focus on investment and jobs. "This innovative investment in government efficiency will enable our State’s economic development agency to improve both internal and client services," he said. "By consolidating the department’s ERP systems onto a single cloud-based platform, we can now focus more of our energies on building investment and jobs, and generating a positive business environment for the State of NSW," he added. SAP Australia’s president and managing director, Andrew Barkla said the deal was strategic for both the NSW Trade and Investment and SAP. "By consolidating its ERP onto SAP’s cloud platform, the department will realise the benefits and value that software-as-a-service delivers," he said. "This solution aligns with both the NSW Government’s goals under its Corporate and Shared Services Reform Program and the recently released 2012 ICT strategy. Together, we can build and deliver a highly effective cloud solution that can better enable NSW Trade & Investment to achieve its goals," he added.