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Case Study - Welsh College of Horticulture

"Over the past two years M4 have helped the Welsh College of Horticulture develop Dynamics GP into a seamless system from requisition to commitment reporting. Dynamics GP enables effective budget planning and with the use of Vision, an ease of reporting seldom delivered. In budget meetings with non-finance managers Vision can be used interactively to aid their understanding. The development is continual and we look forward to M4’s support in the future."

Graeme Lavery A.C.C.A.
Director of Corporate Services
Welsh College of Horticulture

Located in Northop, overlooking the Dee Estuary, the Welsh College of Horticulture (WCOH) is the premier land-based College in Wales. WCOH offers a wide range of study options and courses for students of all different ages and abilities. The qualities which make the College stand out from others are innovative teaching methods, developing close relationships with industry so that courses are structured to meet current technology and business requirements, excellent facilities and last but not least beautiful surroundings.

WCOH became a customer of SAGlobal in 2002. They were looking to replace a product called MultiSoft which, following the acquisition by Sage, was nearing the end of its life. They were looking for a comprehensive solution which could provide the following:

  • Integration with their Student and Record and Payroll systems
  • Creation and easy amendment of budgets/forecasts/virements
  • Requisitioning, with purchase ordering integrated with the budgeting module so that budget holders could easily see their position (actual + committed) in relation to their budgets and be warned when entering a PO that results in their budget were being exceeded
  • Real-time reporting

SAGlobal delivered on these requirements and more with Dynamics GP. This system provided the College with up to the minute accurate information covering all areas of their business with an ability to show a position at any historical point in time. It enables them to extract and analyse data very quickly and easily, using many industry-standard tools, including Excel (including Pivot Tables), Crystal Reports, OLAP Services (free with Microsoft SQL Server). Commitment reporting and powerful budgeting ability is inherent within the system.

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