Local government finance systems have long been based on the 'we are special' approach, frustrating finance professionals entering council employment and unable to take advantage of what other industries take for granted. This has resulted in overly complex, highly bespoke financial environments, from convoluted chart of accounts, to incredible arcane procurement processes. After all the money spent on implementing and maintaining these systems, often the finance staff end up highly reliant on Microsoft Excel to make any sense of council finances. These are not features our industry needs - they inhibit flexibility, and are very expensive.
No two councils are the same, so it comes as a surprise when we come in contact with councils running financial systems inappropriate for their size and needs. The frustration they express, however, comes as no surprise!
For councils with budgets of less than $50M, CouncilWise offers a tailored Xero implementation, delivering an agile, modern solution at an effective price without compromising on the features a local government requires.
For councils with budgets of more than $50M, there are times where it is more appropriate to employee a more substantial enterprise resource planning solution. In this case, CouncilWise offers Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central, the cloud-based Dynamics 365 offering based on Dynamics NAV.
Financial management, cost accounting, fixed assets and banking. All your normal AP/AR functions. Budgeting, cash flow forecasts. Advanced general ledger, and capability of handling sub-entities. Payroll and timesheets. Clear, configurable dashboards for common tasks and oversight. Integration with assets and property. Easy to configure standard reports for everything from monthly financials to annual statements with notes. And a bit more!
Mobile apps providing access on the go? Check. Automatic email of invoices and online payments? You bet. Business intelligence and brilliant reporting capabilities (without the need to go to IT) - got it. Payroll that makes sense? Yup. If you can think it up, we can do it.
With more than 1 million customers spread across 180 countries, there is a reason that for four years running Canstar Blue has named Xero #1 in customer satisfaction on factors including ease of use, value for money, ease of integration, functionality, reporting, customer service and overall satisfaction for small and medium sized businesses. All of this for an absurdly low price. So why not bring that level of satisfaction into your council?
A council's finance system cannot operate in isolation, and that won't be the case when CouncilWise migrates your finances to Xero. Not only do we handle the complete migration from your current system, we build in integration with our Property and Rating system to ensure you will be all smiles on go-live. We also expose Xero within the Office 365 platform, putting together access, email and single sign, providing a seamless user experience for your staff.
Then we connect your Xero data into PowerBI dashboards, giving you a business intelligence experience which is very hard to rival.
Used by more than 150,000 businesses worldwide, Dynamics NAV is seriously good software. Dynamics 365 Business Central is the SaaS version of this enterprise resource planning and finances software package, built to work within Office 365. We strip out the non-council functions, add a bit of magic sauce, and deliver you a beautiful and capable financial system.
That is because it is. Built to work seamlessly with Microsoft Office, you will find common tasks can be completed from your Outlook inbox. And because the CouncilWise solution is Microsoft Azure based, incredible financial analytics come as part of the package through Microsoft Power BI. Mobility is baked in, with phone and tablet applications available for download.