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High-speed 2 (HS2), the railway line that will connect the North of England to London will use SAP’s SuccessFactor’s Business ByDesign and HCM suite throughout the early stages of the estimated £57 billion infrastructure project.

The bill to build and operate Phase One of HS2 is currently progressing through Parliament and set to reach royal assent next year.

The Department for Transport owned firm is deploying SAP’s HR and business-management systems in preparation, it was announced at SAP’s TechEd conference in Berlin last week.

HS2 predicted that constructing the network will create 9,000 construction jobs, 1,500 permanent jobs as well as 30,000 jobs in station redevelopment areas in London and Birmingham.

Financial details were not disclosed.

Recent IT projects at the company included the digitization of legislation for government, overseen by CIO James Findlay.

This included the production of over 3,000 devices and online publications – which could only be loaded with the data 72 hours before the bill's first reading – which was published to Parliament, local authorities like public libraries and parish councils and on Gov.uk, Findla told CIO recently.

Findlay has said that SME’s have given HS2 access to “ground breaking” technology and allowed the project to move “at breakneck speed” in an interview with ComputerWorldUk.

Original article by Margi Murphy for ComputerWorldUK

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