Tampa joins Hillsborough County in pioneering joint software purchase
A day after a similar vote at the Hillsborough County Commission, Tampa City Council members Thursday unanimously approved a pioneering city-county purchase of a major software operating system.
The $34.2 million Oracle software system will be used for budgeting, finance and human resources. The city's share of the contract is about $15.3 million. Officials say they expect the new system to save taxpayers an estimated $6.5 million and make it easier to keep, organize, retrieve, use and analyze data.
"We've all been frustrated when we've been asked to provide information, data, historical analyses and our system just can't do that," city chief of staff Santiago Corrada told council members. "This is really a solution that will revolutionize our technology and our ability to make efficient and timely business decisions."
The purchase follows years of sometimes testy relations between city and county officials, but it may not be the last of its kind. Tampa and Hillsborough officials have said they also are exploring whether to merge elements of minority and small-business contracting, purchasing and fleet maintenance.