Exploring the Unit4 nonprofit industry model for ERP
When you think “ERP,” you probably think of big, monolithic software platforms built for a one-size-fits-all model.
And in the past, you’d be right to think this way. ERP evolved to manage the processes and needs of large manufacturing companies – and one factory is more or less like any other.
At Unit4, we’ve developed our ERP platform specifically for people-centric organizations. The kind of organization where “one size fits all” isn’t an option – either in the way services are offered, the way work is carried out, or the way software helps you deliver your goals.
This is why we’ve developed a variety of “industry models” for the implementation of our solutions. These are based on our experience of working closely with key industries for decades, and our knowledge of their specific needs and requirements.
At Experience4U this October, our Senior Solution Manager for Nonprofit, Jeroen Figee, explained the specifics and advantages of our nonprofit industry model. Exploring its differences from the standard approach to ERP implementations and how this helps organizations to quickly see ROI and improvements to their operations.
ERP for the nonprofit sector must contend with two existential realities:
- Expectations are changing rapidly – and business processes need to change just as rapidly in order to scale resourcing levels to meet demand.
- Budgets are shrinking or stagnant – meaning the rapid cost increases associated with one-size-fits-all implementations that require heavy customization are unacceptable.
For large-scale implementations like ERP – which generally only happen a handful of times in an organization’s life cycle – scope creep has traditionally been a huge problem. This, combined with a lack of flexibility, leads to systems that should make resources more readily available to you as you work to achieve your mission becoming an active drain on your resources.
This means that the gap between a successful implementation and an unsuccessful one can be huge. If your people can work more simply, more quickly – and take advantage of industry knowledge and best practices – the positives are obvious. If they can’t do this, they can strangle your organization’s ability to deliver impact.
We created our nonprofit industry model to ensure that your ERP solution fits your needs, rather than forcing you to fit its needs.
Like all our industry models, it’s based on pre-configured processes structured around a core model with optional additions, allowing you to define a scope that suits your unique needs more easily with an out-of-the-box solution that covers all major nonprofit functional areas. Delivery is standardized – each scope includes a pre-set number of days which you can adjust to your needs and requirements. Helping you be confident in your timelines and budgets.
We’ve developed our solutions – and the models to deliver them to you quickly - with an eye to four strategic priorities:
- Maximizing your available funding
- Making more impactful decisions
- Modernizing while maintaining mission focus
- Building trust and accountability
As well as the core model and additional components, the industry model consists of a series of familiarization materials (that help your teams understand how the project will run and what to expect), pre-defined processes (that keep the implementation on track and running smoothly), and delivery materials (that ensure you have everything you need to run your solution successfully from the get-go.
It’s a tried and tested model focused on reducing time-to-value and streamlining your business processes – taking advantage of our low- and no-code configuration capabilities to help you get exactly what you want out of your solutions.
Learn how Unit4 can help your nonprofit successfully implement a modern, cloud ERP system that improves your people experience so you can deliver more impact
Click below to watch the whole X4U session on demand and discover more about the components of the nonprofit industry model, how the implementation and onboarding processes work for your company and your people, and how we continue to support you after you’re up and running. You can also access every other session from the event via the X4U portal.