Not-for-profit replaces aging systems with Board's Intelligent Planning Platform
- Industry: Pharmaceutical & Healthcare
- Department: All
Specifically, we wanted a solution that could grow and be quite flexible for us. We don’t do just one element of aged care. We operate in quite diverse areas. We went into this change with a very open mind in that we didn’t want to simply replicate what we had. We wanted to find the best way of budgeting and forecasting.
The Company As one of Victoria and Tasmania’s leading community service providers, Baptcare provides care and support to vulnerable and marginalised people. The faithbased organisation administers over 70 community service programs across 30 locations. These include residential services for older people, transitional housing for people seeking asylum, foster care, family, children and youth services, and mental health services.
Baptcare receives most of its funding from federal and state governments. In 2014/15, the organisation received $150m in revenue, with 80% spent on service delivery.
Baptcare’s top priority is delivering high-quality programs and services to older people, children, families, people with a disability, financially disadvantaged people, and people seeking asylum. Accurate budgeting, forecasting and reporting are essential for ensuring these valuable services continue.
Baptcare’s 1700 employees cost and monitor every project to ensure budgets stay on target. Variances are identified and accounted for as early as possible, and funding bodies for each program are kept up-to-date with regular, in-depth reports.
However, by 2014, Baptcare had outgrown its budgeting and forecasting platform. It was about to lose support from the developer and lacked transparency, which meant employees did not understand or trust the numbers produced.
The platform didn’t have all the capabilities that the growing not-for-profit required for financial visibility.
Baptcare sought a new tool to make budgeting and forecasting faster and more accurate. Unlike its predecessors, the solution needed to be scalable, flexible and allow employees to:
Create multiple budgets and forecasts across any range of months
Budget using either a detailed bottom-up process or top-down approach
Take into account complex awards and allowances when budgeting and forecasting payroll
Build a transparent budget framework
Produce complex reports without IT support
Specifically, we wanted a solution that could grow and be quite flexible for us. We don’t do just one element of aged care. We operate in quite diverse areas. We went into this change with a very open mind in that we didn’t want to simply replicate what we had. We wanted to find the best way of budgeting and forecasting.” –Tammy Campbell, Senior Finance Business Partner
Baptcare engaged a partner for a budgeting and forecasting solution. As one of Australia’s leading technology solution providers, Baptcare trusted the partner to deliver a cost-effective, value-adding project that would support its mission and vision.
The partner recommended Baptcare implement Board, the Intelligent Platform for budgeting, forecasting, planning, and analytics. In addition to being flexible and user-friendly, Board eliminated the need for separate planning applications and analytics tools – helping Baptcare’s IT budget go further.
The Board solution provided:
Dynamic online budgeting and forecasting across the organisation
Support for complex calculation rules and assumptions to accurately model future revenue
Management of complex planning areas, including:
Budgeting across multiple cost centres using varying capitalisation dates, depreciation methods and asset classes
Allocations based on percentage of revenue, number of FTEs and occupancy
Integration with Microsoft Dynamics AX
The Board solution introduced a detailed Human Resources section, incorporating hourly rates by shift and multiple shift allowances. These new capabilities allowed finance to assist the business to:
Calculate pay increases, bonuses and leave loadings
Split staff across multiple cost centres
Account for variations in working hours, such as when an employee takes maternity leave
Integration with Baptcare’s CRM and payroll systems, to provide a single, holistic view of business performance
Self-service financial reporting and analytics, including visualisations and dashboards, to provide instant access to income statements, balance sheets and cash flow projects
Rolling forecasts to reduce budget preparation efforts, while also improving forecast accuracy
Other than the time savings, the big change for us has been user confidence in the system. There was always a level of mistrust in the old system because of the inability to see how numbers were processed. Now everyone can drill down quite easily and see how the numbers are derived.” –Tammy Campbell, Senior Finance Business Partner
We liked the transparency inherent in the forecasts and the demonstration opened our eyes to how flexible the design could be. We could see there was an almost endless ability to keep improving the system.” –Jess Anderson, Finance Business Partner