GBS Selects Unit4’s Complete Enterprise Cloud Suite to Deliver World Class Student Services
Unit4, a leader in enterprise cloud applications for mid-market services organizations, today announced that GBS has selected Unit4’s complete product suite, including ERPx, the next-generation intelligent Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solution built specifically for mid-market, people-centric organizations, to support its growth and deliver automation and control across the entire student lifecycle. A purpose-built, agile, and responsive cloud platform will optimize the flow of information throughout the organisation, enabling staff to spend more time focused on delivering high quality education and student services.
GBS is a higher education provider offering a range of industry-focused courses across five campuses in London, Manchester, Birmingham and Leeds. They work in partnership with several leading UK universities to deliver vocational, undergraduate, and postgraduate programmes.
The school has major expansion plans and expects a large increase in student numbers during the academic year 2021/22 and beyond. As the student population grows so does that of the staff, with expectations to increase the current team from 200 to over 750. The existing systems in place covering student management, finance, HCM and budgeting, cannot scale and flex to support this growth.
GBS needed a new digital platform with industry-native functionality and the ability to reflect changes quickly and effectively to future proof the school while catering for the large increase in students.
By implementing Unit4’s modern ERP and integrated systems, GBS will benefit from:
- A modern, people-centric, and future-proofed solution, purpose-built for higher education institutions, that spans the whole organization.
- A unified, agile, and responsive cloud platform that shares real-time information, enabling better insight and alignment.
- The ability to make flexible plans for financial and operational resilience.
- Quick response times to change, scale and improve institutional effectiveness.
- Greater personalization and digitization of services to students and teaching staff.
- Automation and control across the entire student lifecycle —including: Admissions, Academics, Financial and Billing, Communications, Reporting & Analytics.
“GBS works with students who have missed out on the opportunity to enter higher education to help them earn a degree and to build a better life for themselves and their families,“ said Professor Ray Lloyd, Chief Executive Officer, GBS “We want to extend our capability to offer these opportunities and so have major expansion plans and need an all-encompassing cloud solution that is fit for purpose which can flex as we grow. We selected Unit4 as a strategic partner with leading-edge, innovative technology solutions to help us transform how we work, freeing up time to focus on delivering high-quality education and student services.”
“Education is a right for all who seek to learn a new skill or specialist trade, and now more than ever it is important that institutions are enabled with the tools they need for student success,” said Chris Richards, Regional President, UKI, Unit4. “We live in a fast-changing world, and higher education organizations such as GBS are under pressure to deliver everything from a seamless student experience to demonstrating value and providing transparency, at the same time as reducing administration. With a purpose-built higher education solution, Unit4 is the ideal partner to help GBS transform and modernize their operations, add strength and agility to their planning processes and help them to grow and be successful.”
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Unit4’s next-generation enterprise solutions power many of the world’s most people-centric mid-market organizations. Our state-of-the-art cloud platform, ERPx, brings together the capabilities of Financials, Procurement, Project Management, HR and FP&A onto a unified cloud platform that shares real-time information and is designed with a powerful, people-centric approach, so employees can benefit from better insight and become more effective and increasingly engaged. It supports rapid and continuous change while delivering individualized fit for customers at scale, delivering the right tools to unify the processes across their organization, and connect their people. Unit4 serves more than 6,000 customers globally including, Bravida, Havas, Migros Aare, Americares, Save the Children International, Action against Hunger, Metro Vancouver, Forest Research, Southampton City Council, Habitat for Humanity, Selkirk College, FTI Consulting, and Surrey County Council.