Connections works across the Eastern and Southern metropolitan regions of Melbourne in 35 locations and employs approximately 400 staff and 300 volunteers. In early 2006, Connections took on the role of Cluster Management of Uniting Church kindergartens, childcare centres and occasional day care centres. This transfer resulted in a dramatic growth in staff numbers, changes to infrastructure, an increased number of stakeholders and an inevitable increase in the volume of financial transactions processed.
In order to manage this rise in complexity of its financial management and reporting, Connections conducted a market scan to replace their antiquated financials system with a solution that could provide the flexibility and reporting capabilities robust enough to fulfil its legislative requirements.
According to Mr Remberto Rivera, Director Corporate Services, Connections, “We were rigorous with our selection process, accepting a number of presentations from major software vendors. We also spoke to a number of our business partners within the community services market and found the feedback from current users of TechnologyOne’s solution was fantastic.”
“We chose the TechnologyOne solution because we were so impressed with the flexibility of the system. It allows us to create multiple balance sheets and integrate with our entire range of services. It also gives us the ability to utilise our database for multiple purposes and has the functionality to support customised reports for our specific requirements.”
“In addition to our financial requirements, we were also looking for a system to help us streamline our business processes. TechnologyOne Financials integration capabilities with Microsoft Office programs and its ability to personalise desktops for individual users allows us to automate workflow and create a more efficient workplace by reducing manual data entry and paper trails. Being web-deployed, it also permits users at any of our locations to access the system.”
Mr Adrian Di Marco, Executive Chairman, TechnologyOne says this partnership is a testament to the ongoing relationships that TechnologyOne builds with its customers through the direct-to-market approach.
“As an Australian company which commits a substantial amount of revenue into R&D each year, we are able to deliver solutions that are highly responsive to the needs of our customers, and because we have a direct relationship, we can guarantee they get the best service and continuous upgrades to ensure their solution fits with the changing local regulatory requirements.”
The implementation is expected to go live early in 2008.
TechnologyOne provides solutions to over 100 not for profit organisations around Australia.