Unit4 2016 Customer Award Winners

Unit4 Customer Awards – winning on all fronts

Posted by  Maggie Kerr-Southin

Innovation, growth, people-centrism – these are some of the things we say set Unit4 products apart.

If you really want to know what your product can do, just ask the people who use it!

Sorting through this year’s Customer Awards applications resulted in the usual bittersweet mixture of inspiration from the creativity, and sadness at not being able to reward all with a prize. We made our selections just in time for the North American Unit4 Connect conference during late-May in New Orleans.

Here is a list of our 2016 award winners and their projects:

Business Innovation: Travel Leaders Group – Using Unit4 Business World capabilities, Travel Leaders Group built a comprehensive web dashboard that improves customer service and ROI by providing travel agents extensive reporting tools and up-to-date information on customer sales trends.

Time to Value: Square Enix – In a span of six months, and all in the same fiscal year, Square Enix implemented Unit4 Consolidation at nine global offices, as well as upgraded to Business World Milestone 5 across six global locations. After the rapid implementation, reporting has become more accurate and streamlined, and staff are able to focus on higher-level tasks.

Growth Champion: Grayson College – To meet their ambitious 2020x2020 strategy – a goal of 2,020 graduates annually by the year 2020 ‒ Grayson College implemented CAMS-Enterprise, and has already reached major milestones including the successful conversion of 50 years of data into the system. During the conversion, the college saw the highest course completion rate in a decade and the highest fall-to-spring retention in 16 years.

Best for People: Bastyr University – To better serve prospective applicants, Bastyr University used CAMS Enterprise to develop an innovative software matrix for automatically sorting applications, assigning recruiters, and scheduling a series of next steps. The new system has greatly improved the accuracy of recruiting activities and has freed up staff time, allowing them to dedicate more time to student-focused activities.

Best in Cloud (tie): City of Port Coquitlam – Recognizing the benefits of the cloud to manage and store data, the City of Port Coquitlam developed a system to transfer historical and transactional data from the city’s external systems to their cloud-hosted Unit4 Business World On! solution. Port Coquitlam is now the first Canadian municipal government in the cloud, while complying with tough data residency and privacy legislation laws.

Best in Cloud (tie): ACL Services – In less than a year, ACL Services rolled out and implemented Unit4 Business World On! in the cloud, as well as built a full API integration to Salesforce.com for bidirectional data transfer using Business World’s XML webservices. The integration includes validation and synchronization for accounts, sales order/invoices, processing, records, and projects.

Special Achievement/Social Impact: Heifer – In 2011, Heifer implemented Unit4 Business World On! to more efficiently and effectively manage business processes and to provide real-time financial information for decision-making. Since implementation, Heifer is saving an average of $125,000 annually that is given directly back to their mission of helping end world hunger and poverty through sustainable intervention strategies.

Congratulations to our winners, and thank you to all who entered the awards for taking the time to write their stories and apply for an award. These organizations were already winners even before entering, as they were saving money, creating innovative solutions to their business challenges, reallocating funds and reassigning staff to more interesting work.

Watch this space over the coming weeks for inspiring stories, interviews and more!

Maggie at Unit4

Maggie Kerr-Southin

Maggie is the Marketing Communications Manager at Unit4 in North America and is interested in trends, public relations strategy planning, media outreach and researching arcane subjects.

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