The Labour Party has chosen Azzure IT as its implementation partner in switching ERP software to Microsoft Dynamics NAV finance system, seeking significant long-term efficiency gains and cost savings.
A modern solution was needed to meet the needs of a national political party and to replace an aging system, which was proving both inefficient and expensive to run. During a thorough selection process, Labour was recommended Sheffield-based Azzure IT and struck a deal that sees the new finance system go live this month.
Dynamics NAV records all the financial information of the National Labour Party, controls costs through the purchase order system and delivers real time reporting to the senior management team, the executive board and the National Executive Committee. Cost savings and improved efficiency are the key benefits expected from the new 50 user system, which is accessible at all offices across the UK, including its HQs in London and Newcastle and 11 other regional & national offices.
The system not only allows higher levels of access for the finance team but also provides real-time reporting for budget holders. A Labour Party spokesperson, explains: "Previously, budget holders and department executives who wanted to see the detail of their spending had to make a request by email. Now they are able to login to the system directly, access information in real time and drill down to see the detail of individual transactions. It makes life a great deal easier for them and saves the finance team a lot of time too, which is particularly significant in the run up to an election, when it can amount to several days' work."
Microsoft Dynamics NAV provides all this at a fraction of the cost of the old solution, with annual licence fees now substantially reduced.
Labour was particularly drawn to Azzure as its implementation partner, says the spokesperson: "When we met Azzure, we were impressed straight away. We'd seen what the Dynamics NAV system could do but the presentation from Azzure was a vast improvement on what we'd seen from other suppliers. We were confident this was an organisation that could deliver the system for us."