The Home Office has said it will cut between £40 million and £50 million from back office costs, after completing a shared services programme based on Oracle software.

The Shared Business Services programme is run by IT services firm Fujitsu, and centred on Oracle eBusiness enterprise resource planning software.

The shared services integration has been running since 2006. Three years before that, the Home Office installed the eBusiness software in its own operations, covering finance, procurement and human resources, and affecting 25,000 users.

John Collington, programme director at the Home Office, said the department had "successfully delivered a major government IT programme, on time and to budget, which is now delivering tangible benefits to the business, including projected cost savings of £40-50 million”.

Productivity within the Home Office was also being improved as a result of the scheme, the department said, with more self service functions available. Performance increases included improvements in invoice and expenses payments.

The Home Office also said it had improved management information through the scheme, with more “accurate and timely” data available for “improved decision-making”.

In October, the department signed a £330 million contract extension with Fujitsu, providing services to 24,000 IT users in the Home Office and UK Border Agency. Services covered include desktop maintenance, application hosting, and network services and infrastructure, in collaboration with Atos Origin.