The Children’s Society driving efficiencies through hosted software

The Children’s Society is hoping to increase efficiency and maximise the resources devoted to frontline services by implementing an integrated suite of software from Advanced Business Solutions (Advanced).

Enhanced collation and storage of financial data, more detailed and accurate reporting, integrated budget planning, quarterly forecasting and automated electronic workflows are just some of the benefits it is hoped the software package will bring. The charity will also use document management technology to electronically process and archive more than 16,000 purchase invoices every year. Currently all invoices are submitted in paper format.

What’s more, rather than travelling back to the office to submit a paper form, staff will upload their expenses and receipts using a phone or tablet straight into the finance system, via a mobile expenses app. This will further help to eliminate paper and ensure frontline staff can spend more time working with young people.

Russell Craigie, finance project manager at The Children’s Society said: “We want to ensure that our resources are focused on children and young people and this means being as efficient as we can be in managing support services such as finance.

“We also want to ensure that we have efficient business processes and that our managers have access to good financial information so that they can manage money carefully.”

The technology will be hosted in Advanced’s data centre and will go live in July 2016.

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