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August 19, 2015

Cloud goes down the drain to London super sewer

Thames Tideway Tunnel gets multi-tenant cloud-based ERP system.

By Joao Lima

Accenture has deployed its cloud technology at the Thames Tideway Tunnel to help manage costs and complexity associated with the project.

The company revealed that it has implemented the NetSuite OneWorld cloud-based enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution in the project.

To deploy the technology, Accenture added that it worked with enterprise alliance partner NetSuite to support the core finance, financial planning and procurement functions of the project, including financial consolidation, multicurrency and tax compliance.

According to Accenture, this is the first implementation of a true multi-tenant cloud-based ERP system at a regulated utility in the UK.

The Thames Tideway Tunnel is a 25km sewer tunnel, which will intercept the 34 most polluting Combined Sewage Overflow (CSO) points along the River Thames, according to the company.

Construction works are due to start in 2016, and the project is due for completion in 2023.

Thames Tideway Tunnel, the company tasked with building and maintaining the capital’s "super-sewer", will operate as a standalone regulated company.

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The project aims to deliver environmental, health, and economic benefits to the capital by preventing millions of tonnes of sewage from overflowing into the River Thames each year, according to the firm.

Maureen Costello, MD at Accenture’s utilities practice in the UK&I, said: "The NetSuite platform will enable Thames Tideway Tunnel to streamline its core operations and make faster and more-informed business decisions based on real-time data."

Robin Johns, head of information systems at Thames Tideway Tunnel, said: "An agile and intuitive back-office IT system is critical for effective management and delivery of large-scale infrastructure projects."

Thames Tideway Tunnel added that today, 39 million tonnes of raw sewage pours into the river after heavy rainfall in a typical year.

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