5th April 2011
Mansfield District Council selects Capita IB Solutions
Capita IB Solutions, part of the Capita Group and a market leader in providing world-class financial accounting software, e-Procurement and bespoke solutions to service-centric organisations, today announced that Mansfield District Council has signed a five-year contract for the provision of Integra Open Enterprise.
Using the Capita IB Solutions system, Mansfield District Council will streamline its financial processes and make key financial information, including departmental budgets, instantly accessible to authorised staff, improving financial transparency throughout the council.
Linda Miller, Financial Information Systems Manager, said, "Following an extensive and competitive tender process, we selected Capita IB Solutions based on the functionality of its finance and procurement solution. We were initially impressed with the software at the first presentation, and after the second demonstration, it still outshone the others and had a wow factor."
Miller continues, "Capita IB Solutions' experience and success in local government were also important factors in our decision. We believe Integra Open Enterprise is the "best fit" for Mansfield District Council, and the system's advanced functionality and ease-of-use also met all our needs."
The deal is for an end-to-end financial management and purchasing solution, plus a range of additional modules including document imaging (OCR), budgeting, self-service requisitioning and business intelligence.
Linda Miller says, "We had outgrown our previous system. It had been in the organisation a long time and was heavily supported by the extensive use of both manual processes and Microsoft Excel spreadsheets, which are both open to error. We envisage that Integra Open Enterprise will give us much improved automation around these processes, resulting in reliable and timely management information."
"Budgeting and forecasting is also an area we are looking to improve dramatically using Integra Open Enterprise. The new system will facilitate the download of historical data and allow us to upload budget data, resulting in better informed business decisions. Used in conjunction with the electronic procurement functionality, which enables authorised personnel at the council to electronically procure goods, the council will be provided with a robust solution to streamline financial transactions and enable greater financial control."
"Faced with tight budgets and smaller IT departments, councils need intuitive business systems that help them optimise resources, control costs and drive efficiencies," said Eamonn Morris, Managing Director, Capita IB Solutions. "Our applications are proven to help local authorities simplify administration and manage costs, which is critical as providers are facing continual pressures to do more with less."
Morris continues, "Mansfield District Council joins a growing number of organisations replacing their end-of-life business software with Integra, based on our reputation of delivering real business results at the lowest total cost of ownership. The combination of affordable business applications and ease-of-use helps local authorities focus their time on serving their communities."
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