City of Detroit Base

By Edward Cone  |  Posted 2002-08-06 Print this article Print

The city of Detroit had a perfectly clear blueprint when it committed $48 million to an Oracle system a few years ago. Then how come it came out like this?


City of Detroit Base Case

Headquarters: Coleman A. Young Municipal Center, 2 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48226

Phone: (313) 224-3270

Business: Provide city services to population of nation's seventh-largest city

Top Technology Executive: Dave Rayford, Chief Information Officer

Financials in 2002-2003: $3.7 billion budget

Challenge: Implement Oracle ERP software to bring city financial and human resources software into the late 20th century

Baseline Goals:

  • Consolidate 43 agencies and 22 systems onto Oracle financial software
  • Convert 100% of payroll operations to new system

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    Senior Writer and author of the Know It All blog

    Ed Cone has worked as a contributing editor at Wired, a staff writer at Forbes, a senior writer for Ziff Davis with Baseline and Interactive Week, and as a freelancer based in Paris and then North Carolina for a wide variety of magazines and papers including the International Herald Tribune, Texas Monthly, and Playboy. He writes an opinion column in his hometown paper, the Greensboro News & Record, and publishes the semi-popular EdCone.com weblog. He lives in North Carolina with his wife, Lisa, two kids, and a dog.

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