An article in the Winston-Salem Journal points out some major systems challenges for North Carolina. They have a 25-year old payroll system that is being held together by a soon-to-retire employee. They are projecting an $85.7 million project to replace the system. That's a lot of money for a payroll/personnel system. I will simply say that it was done for a small fraction of that cost in Utah. But that's only the beginning. They spent $90 million for a financial system for the Department of Transportation. Financial systems should be statewide, but I certainly understand why they did what they did.
And talk about megasystems: Ohio is prepared to spend $158 million on a new ERP that they're calling OAKS. They claim that the system will save the state $251 million over a period of five years. Good luck. I have rarely seen an ERP of this size that was completed on time and under budget, BUT they're starting out with a pretty big budget so maybe they can do it. Accenture was recently selected as the integrator of the new Peoplesoft system.