Advanced Business Solutions (Advanced) will launch its new information hub, The Advanced Authority, designed to provide a single resource for all areas of local government technology, at the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accounting (CIPFA) Annual Conference. Advanced will also be demonstrating its leading budgeting and forecasting solution Collaborative Planning, on stand 34 at the show on 8th – 9th July 2015 (Novotel London West Hotel).
The Advanced Authority (www.theadvancedauthority.com) provides advice and guidance on how software can support every function of a local authority to efficiently work together, from HR and payroll, to education, finance, procurement and social care.
Collaboration, internally between departments and externally between councils sharing services, is becoming more prevalent as organisations continue to deal with cuts to public sector budgets. According to the Local Government Association, the number of shared services of all kinds has increased from 220 saving £165m a year in 2012, to 416 saving £462m annually this year*.
Two of Advanced’s local authority customers, Graham Jermy, Senior Accountant – Budgeting & Accounting Corporate Finance Team, Norfolk County Council, and Owen Sparks, Operations Manager, oneSource – working on behalf of Havering and Newham Councils, will be co-hosting a workshop, ‘Managing your budget: Excel to Excellence’, at the event at 1.30pm on Wednesday, 8th July (Workshop 1B).
They will discuss their own experiences in using Collaborative Planning to deliver best practice with their financial planning, budgeting and forecasting processes by introducing a unified approach to budget management.
Collaborative Planning is a web-based solution that integrates with all leading financial management systems and is currently used by more than 50 local authorities. The solution automates financial management, improves financial transparency and control whilst devolving greater budget responsibility to managers.
Dean Dickinson, Managing Director, Advanced Business Solutions (Public Sector & Enterprise Division), says, “It has never been more important for local authority finance teams and departmental managers to maintain tight control of their budgets. A joined up approach to financial management can be the key to transforming inefficient processes and systems into a streamlined operation that delivers tangible cost savings.
“We are looking forward to giving delegates the chance to hear first-hand how our customers have achieved significant productivity gains by working collaboratively.”
The annual conference is expected to attract more than 1,000 public finance and accountancy professionals and is themed around ‘Aligning public services: forging a sustainable legacy’.
To find out more about The Advanced Authority visit stand 34 at the CIPFA Annual Conference at The Novotel London West Hotel, on 8th - 9th July 2015, click here or call 0845 160 6162.
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About Advanced Business Solutions
Advanced Business Solutions (Advanced) provides leading integrated business applications and services that enable public, private and third sector organisations to retain control, improve visibility and gain efficiencies whilst continually improving corporate performance. Advanced prides itself on getting close to its customers by understanding their businesses and responding to their evolving needs.
Advanced’s software systems comprise core accounting/financial management, procurement, supply chain management, human resource and payroll systems, integrated with a range of collaborative, document management and business intelligence solutions to extend the value and effectiveness of the finance, human resource and payroll departments.
Management information systems for school and academies are provided through Advanced’s subsidiaries, Advanced Learning and Compass Computer Consultants. Advanced also provides specialist vertical solutions for the not-for-profit and legal markets. All solutions can be delivered as a managed or bureau service.
Customers are from both the public and private sectors and include Companies House, Newcastle City Council, NHSScotland, Norfolk Constabulary, Edge Hill University, WH Smith, Royal Bank of Scotland, Aer Lingus, National Express Group, DFS and RSPB.
Advanced Business Solutions is a division of Advanced Computer Software Group Limited, a leading supplier of software and IT services to the health, care and business services sectors. In 2014, the Group won Tech Company of the Year in PwC’s UK Tech Awards. Advanced was also ranked in the Deloitte UK Fast 50, which recognises the 50 fastest growing technology companies in the UK and ranked in the top 300 technology companies in Deloitte’s EMEA rankings.
Angela Mycock and Kathryn Howard, Advanced Computer Software Group
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