Earlier this year, with the support and guidance of Integra Associates, the University of East London (UEL) became not only the first university, but the first organisation in the UK to implement Financial Information Centre (FIC) within their Unit4 Business World (Agresso) ERP system.
Their upgrade from v55 also included a new integrated implementation of the Research Costing and Pricing module, as well as the upgrade of the standard Financials and Logistics modules. Go Live was achieved on schedule and within budget.
Here is how it was achieved:
The University of East London is one of London’s leading modern universities for research, innovation and enterprise. They chose Unit4’s Research Costing and Pricing module to support the capture of research grants.
Recruiting and retaining students and staff in this competitive sector requires comprehensive system upgrades to be completed in a timely manner.
At the same time, there needed to be minimum interruption to the running of the education institution and the staff who use and rely on such systems. Our focus was to ensure this happened within budget and on time.
Working in an increasingly commercial and competitive sector, it is important to ensure that the system supported efficient and effective processes, in UEL's case this meant improving budget management and the timely submission of bids for research grants.
“We tendered for a partner to help us deliver an ambitious project to upgrade Unit4 Business World to Milestone 4.
"This involved delivering additional new modules around research costing and financial reporting within a 6-month deadline.
"Integra proved their ability to add value to the project, and having already worked with them before, we had confidence in their knowledgeable and dedicated staff.
"The project was completed on time and on budget, I would certainly recommend Integra to anyone who is considering a Unit 4 Business World (Agresso) implementation.”
John Headley - Finance Director
University of East London