Lesson 6, Topic 4
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Nova Scotia – SaaS for Business Transformation

Digital Canada May 24, 2020
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For Nova Scotia this promotional video from SAP SuccessFactors provides a quick overview of their digital transformation strategy. Kevin Briand, Executive Director of Business Solutions, explains that the province is going through a significant digital transformation initiative.

The primary use case for this particular project is that Nova Scotia has eight school boards, each doing recruitment slightly differently. So the goal of implementing SuccessFactors is to rationalize these into a single, common approach.

This is part of the Shared Services initiative, intended to guide government’s efforts to share services across departments, select Crown corporations and the health sector, intended to realize significant savings through this large scale efficiency.

Nova Scotia’s move to the Cloud has been a measured one; their analysis identified that moving to Ariba would account for over half of the cost savings they would enjoy, in excess of $25-30 million.

Before their approach saw each individual hospital implement their own procurement practices, each buying for a different price. Standardizing on Ariba enabled them to build a single catalogue for the whole province of the best negotiated pricing. Nova Scotia has applied this consolidation and centralization across multiple procurement categories, such as AR, AP and materials management.