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Computer system reboot to cost ECC millions

Erie Community College will spend more than $7 million over the next five years to install and implement a massive overhaul of its administrative computer systems.

ECC officials are now asking Erie County legislators to approve the new Enterprise Resource Planning software for the college.

ECC trustees have chosen to replace the college's current Ellucian Colleague system with software designed by Workday System, which is charging a $1.6 million subscription fee over five years. IBM has been selected to install and implement the new system. The system will cover administrative functions such as human resources, payroll, finance, student registration, financial aid and other student services.

In addition to the subscription and implementation costs, the college also will have to pay for additional staff, training and other software. All costs connected with the project will add up to $2.4 million in 2017-18.

College officials believe the new system will help in retaining and recruiting students. They also estimate that the new system will end up saving the college $3.7 million over 10 years, with those savings starting in the fourth year of implementation.

The Legislature's Community Enrichment Committee is scheduled to consider ECC's request for authorization of the Workday contract at its next meeting on Thursday.

The full Legislature must approve any ECC contracts that exceed $50,000.

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