Posts Tagged ‘government shared services’

Seizing the Shared Services Opportunity presentation

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

On November 22, 2011, Doug Hadden, VP Products at FreeBalance delivered the  ‘Seizing the Shared Services Opportunity’ presentation during fmi*igf PD Week in Ottawa. Here’s an overview of his presentation:

“The mandate of shared services is to streamline information technology costs and provide hundreds of millions of dollars in savings on an annual basis. Many experts and government officials suggest it will take many years to provide any savings, and even more time to generate the type of savings that forms the mission of Shared Services Canada. The Seizing the Shared Services Opportunity presentation details a risk-averse approach to shared services that provides an acceleration of speed to savings.”

Customer roundtable presentation: everything you wanted to know about FreeBalance

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

On November 21, 2011, Doug Hadden, VP Products at FreeBalance delivered the following presentation at the FreeBalance Annual Government of Canada Roundtable. During the presentation, he discussed: 

• The speed to savings approach to shared services
• FreeBalance product update and roadmap
• Engaging FreeBalance to get your requirements in the next release of software

Will Shared Services provide an Improved Return on Investment (ROI) with Lower Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) for the Government of Canada?

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

FreeBalance offers Government of Canada Customers a Shared Services ROI & TCO calculator during Financial Management Institute (FMI) PD Week 2011

Ottawa, Canada (November 23, 2011)FreeBalance, a global Government Resource Planning (GRP) software company, announced the release a Shared Services ROI & TCO tool to Government of Canada customers during FMI PD Week 2011, November 22 to 25, 2011 at the Ottawa Convention Centre. FreeBalance has over 25 years experience working with public financial management managers in the Government of Canada and through implementing “whole-of-government” Government Resource Planning (GRP) solutions around the world. This experience including the FreeBalance Shared Services solution, provides FreeBalance with unique capabilities to optimize shared services returns for Government of Canada departments and agencies. Members of the FreeBalance team will be available during the conference to discuss the new FreeBalance Shared Services ROI & TCO tool and how it will provide valuable insight for Government of Canada decision makers.

As part of the Shared Services Initiative, Government of Canada departments will need to migrate from departmental budget, financial and human resources systems to centralized shared services. Version 1 of the shared service calculator will be provided exclusively to FreeBalance Government of Canada customers. FreeBalance has modelled the costs for changing departmental practices, compliance inefficiencies, governance mechanisms, personnel training, system upgrades and elasticity.  

“We commend the Government of Canada Economic Action Plan to reduce costs and nurture innovation, especially as a Canadian company providing next-generation good governance solutions around the world,” said Manuel Pietra, President & CEO of FreeBalance. “We realize the challenges of calculating ROI and TCO in government software. Costs are often hidden because consulting and training are often acquired separately from software. And, old proprietary technology designed originally for the client/server world increases maintenance costs.”

The FreeBalance Accountability Suite Version 7 supports public and private cloud GRP Shared Services. Benefits of FreeBalance GRP Shared Services include: 

  • Mission: optimize mission effectiveness through agile deployments, consistent citizen-facing systems, ease of reform and modernization
  • Consolidation: optimize systems costs by eliminating duplication, reducing power consumption, centralizing management
  • Predictability: optimize change and compliance costs through standardization, simple cost and growth models, improved security, controls and disaster recovery

The FreeBalance Accountability Suite is one of the most widely deployed financial management systems inside the Government of Canada. More than 50 government departments and agencies use FreeBalance software for enhanced public financial management. 

The FreeBalance Accountability Suite is web-based and has been optimized for rapid government deployment, operational effectiveness and performance. FreeBalance technology supports Web Services standards that enable departments and agencies to integrate with existing ERP, HR, and other government information systems.

The FreeBalance Accountability Suite is one of the most widely deployed financial management systems inside the Government of Canada. More than 50 government departments and agencies use FreeBalance software for enhanced public financial management. 

About FreeBalance
FreeBalance helps governments around the world leverage robust Government Resource Planning (GRP) technology to accelerate country growth. FreeBalance software solutions for public financial and human resource management support reform and modernization to improve governance, transparency and accountability. Good governance is required to improve development results. FreeBalance solutions are active in 19 countries managing more than a quarter trillion ($US) in annual budgets worldwide. For more information, visit www.freebalance.com

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Can Canada Avoid the Pitfalls that have Derailed Similar Shared Services Initiatives in Governments Around the World?

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

Doug Hadden, VP Products at FreeBalance Presents “Seizing the Shared Services Opportunity” at the Financial Management Institute (FMI) of Canada Professional Development Week 2011

Ottawa, Canada (November 21, 2011)FreeBalance, a global Government Resource Planning (GRP) software company, will be presenting at the FMI of Canada Professional Development (PD) Week. The annual conference takes place this year at the Ottawa Convention Centre in Ottawa, Canada from November 22 to 25, 2011. Doug Hadden, VP Products at FreeBalance will host an interactive session titled “Seizing the Shared Services Opportunity.” This session will explore the mandate of shared services to streamline information technology costs and provide hundreds of millions of dollars in savings on an annual basis. Many experts suggest that traditional technology for public financial management will take many years to provide any savings, if at all. Yet, saving and agility forms the mission of Shared Services Canada. The “Seizing the Shared Services Opportunity” presentation details a risk-based approach to shared services that provides an acceleration of speed to savings.

The session will be held from 3:00 – 4:00 pm, Tuesday November 22, 2011 in room 211 at the Ottawa Convention Centre. Many of the subjects to be discussed are described on the FreeBalance Sustainability Blog. In addition, members of the FreeBalance team will be available during the conference to discuss the new FreeBalance Shared Services ROI & TCO tool and how it will provide valuable insight for Government of Canada decision makers.

“Many governments have implemented hosted shared services to support more efficient and effective service delivery,” said Manuel Pietra, President & CEO of FreeBalance. “Yet, hosted shared services for financial and human resources in government have had disappointing results. Expected savings have not often materialized. The FreeBalance Accountability Suite Version 7 has been designed specifically to overcome government shared services challenges. This innovative technology covers the entire budget cycle including budget preparation, budget execution and civil service management.”

The FreeBalance Accountability Suite Version 7 was designed specifically to support hosted shared services in government. The FreeBalance approach differs from traditional methods of deploying finance and human resources software in the following ways:

  • Service configuration approach eliminates the burden for government organizations to customize software to meet unique needs.
  • Multiple configurations operating in the same data centre enables government organizations to migrate to standard processes over time and supports unique configurations where necessary because of legal mandate.
  • Modern web-based technology, rather than web-enabled, optimizes performance and reduces data centre size providing green benefits.
  • Component-based Service-Oriented Architecture enables granular integration with software in use by government organizations.

The FreeBalance Accountability Suite is web-based and has been optimized for rapid government deployment, operational effectiveness and performance. FreeBalance technology supports Web Services standards that enable departments and agencies to integrate with existing ERP, HR, and other government information systems.

The FreeBalance Accountability Suite is one of the most widely deployed financial management systems inside the Government of Canada. More than 50 government departments and agencies use FreeBalance software for enhanced public financial management.

About the Financial Management Institute of Canada
The Financial Management Institute of Canada (fmi*igf) is a nationally recognized, not-for-profit volunteer association, founded in 1962. What started out as a small group of senior federal government accountants meeting around a lunch table to discuss issues of financial management and the role of financial advisors within government has grown to thousands of members, both within and outside the public sector, all working to improve the financial management of all levels of government across Canada. For more information, visit www.fmi.ca

About Doug Hadden
Doug Hadden is an industry veteran with an extensive experience in enterprise technologies. Hadden has more than 20 years of management, sales, marketing and product management experience at several industry-leading public and private companies, including Standard Register, Delano Technology, Platform Computing, Hummingbird, and Olivetti. Hadden is a recognized expert in strategic planning and technology in government.

As VP Products at FreeBalance, Hadden is responsible for all aspects of global marketing, business development and product management. Hadden is also the Chief Customer Advocate responsible for aligning FreeBalance activities with customer priorities. He holds a BA Honours degree in Political Science from Carleton University. 

About FreeBalance
FreeBalance helps governments around the world leverage robust Government Resource Planning (GRP) technology to accelerate country growth. FreeBalance software solutions for public financial and human resource management support reform and modernization to improve governance, transparency and accountability. Good governance is required to improve development results. FreeBalance solutions are active in 19 countries managing more than a quarter trillion ($US) in annual budgets worldwide. For more information, visit www.freebalance.com.  

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FreeBalance Promotes Government Resource Planning (GRP) Shared Services at FMI PD Week 2011

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

Key conference theme: Shared services benefits for government financial management

Ottawa, Canada (November 22, 2011)FreeBalance, a global Government Resource Planning (GRP) software company, will be advocating next generation shared services at the Financial Management Institute (FMI) of Canada Professional Development (PD) Week. The annual conference at the Ottawa Convention Centre in Ottawa, Canada runs from November 22 to 25, 2011.

Next generation financial and human resources shared services information technology is designed to overcome the high cost and limited benefits associated with traditional approaches. Process standardization to reduce costs has been an elusive shared services goal. Standardization should reduce training, support and upgrading costs. Yet, experience in governments around the world shows that standardization can introduce inefficiencies and higher infrastructure cost. Next-generation Government Resource Planning technology overcomes the standardization problem through configuration and provides a viable option to governments looking to accelerate speed to savings. Visit the FreeBalance booth at FMI PD Week to learn more about GRP Shared Services and speed to savings.

Relevant presentations about shared services at FMI PD Week 2011 include:

  • Liseanne Forand, President, Shared Services Canada, who will provide insight about the Government of Canada timelines
  • Doug Hadden, VP Products at FreeBalance, will host an interactive session that details a risk-based approach to shared services that provides an acceleration of speed to savings titled “Seizing the Shared Services Opportunity

“The FreeBalance Accountability Suite Version 7 was designed specifically to overcome government shared services challenges for financial and human resource management,” said Manuel Pietra, President & CEO of FreeBalance. “Governments need to avoid “rust” when moving to private clouds. Unlike traditional approaches, Version 7 does not use legacy technology, while supporting multiple configurations and migration to standardization. “

Members of the FreeBalance team will be available throughout the conference to discuss FreeBalance web-based Government Resource Planning (GRP) solutions. The FreeBalance approach differs from traditional methods of deploying finance and human resources software in the following ways:

  • Service configuration approach eliminates the burden for government organizations to customize software to meet unique needs.
  • Multiple configurations operating in the same data centre enables government organizations to migrate to standard processes over time and supports unique configurations where necessary because of legal mandate.
  • Modern web-based technology, rather than web-enabled, optimizes performance and reduces data centre size providing green benefits.
  • Component-based Service-Oriented Architecture enables granular integration with software in use by government organizations.

The FreeBalance Accountability Suite represents a significant technology leap forward. The suite has been optimized for rapid government deployment, operational effectiveness and performance. FreeBalance technology supports Web Services standards that enable departments and agencies to integrate with existing ERP, HR, and other government information systems.

The FreeBalance Accountability Suite is one of the most widely deployed financial management systems inside the Government of Canada. More than 50 government departments and agencies use FreeBalance software for enhanced public financial management. 

About FreeBalance
FreeBalance helps governments around the world leverage robust Government Resource Planning (GRP) technology to accelerate country growth. FreeBalance software solutions for public financial and human resource management support reform and modernization to improve governance, transparency and accountability. Good governance is required to improve development results. FreeBalance solutions are active in 19 countries managing more than a quarter trillion ($US) in annual budgets worldwide. For more information, visit www.freebalance.com

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More innovation please, we’re Canadian!

Friday, November 18th, 2011

Doug Hadden, VP Products

Been thinking about innovation recently? Innovation for government?

It’s been a recurring theme for me – especially given the strides made by agile software companies like FreeBalance compared to leading Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) vendors. Where “innovation” seems to have a very liberal interpretation.

Replace Rust with Rust?

In 2010, the Auditor General of Canada identified the dangers of “aging information systems”. Rust.  The government of Canada is now focused on “shared services” in search of efficiency and agility. And, the get rid of the lack of sustainability of legacy technology.

Many are suggesting that the Government of Canada should standardize on leading ERP vendor products.  Whose technology is 30 or 40 years old.

It’s like Y2K and COBOL déjà vu.

Except with proprietary technology.

No Risk with the new Rust?

Gartner analyst, Andrea di Maio recently asked whether government data consolidation makes any sense, especially in the new era of cloud computing. He points out:

“it appears that shared services are having a hard time. QueenslandWestern AustraliaSouth AustraliaVictoria have all had their fair share of issues with shared services, and this is happening quite consistently in other parts of the world. More recently, many have been looking at the bold consolidation decision by the Canadian federal government, which has set a rather aggressive timeframe to consolidate over 300 data centers into 20 and over 100 email systems into one.”

And, data centre consolidation is considered “low hanging fruit”.

I’ve suggested that shared servers isn’t shared services.

The risk of legacy technology shared services is one theme of my Financial Management Institute of Canada (FMI) presentation next week: “seizing the shared services opportunity”.

A similar attempt in a G7 country has so far cost over $1 Billion. With a “B”. So far.

Moving the  Innovation Goal Posts

Some of you may wonder what I’m on about. Surely, these large vendors have the most modern whizz-bang stuff. The four leading providers are entrenched in legacy technology. Three of these vendors struggle with integrating their own products. The other seems to have challenges integrating with the web.

None of these billion dollar vendors have re-designed core software for the modern era.

We have.

None of these billion dollar vendors have designed software specifically for government shared services.

We have.

We applaud Treasury Board President Tony Clement’s commitment to innovation:

“I think it’s an exciting time for vendors. We’re asking for their assistance, we’re asking for their participation, their ingenuity, their innovation and creativity, we’re asking for all those things and we want them to be partners with us as we move the goalposts.”

FreeBalance presents “Seizing the Shared Services Opportunity” at FMI PD Week in Ottawa

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

Canadians are concerned about the mandate and promise of the shared services initiative. The initiative is unquestionably important. But can Canada avoid the pitfalls that have derailed similar initiatives in governments around the world to realize the full potential that shared services offers? Are there approaches that reduce the inherent risks and provide faster speed to savings? Did you know that FreeBalance is providing whole-of-government shared services around the world?

During fmi*igf PD Week in Ottawa, we’d like to invite you to the Seizing the Shared Services Opportunity presentation by FreeBalance on Tuesday November 22 from 3 – 4 pm, Rm 211 in the new Ottawa Convention Centre. During the presentation, attendees will learn about:

“The mandate of shared services is to streamline information technology costs and provide hundreds of millions of dollars in savings on an annual basis. Many experts and government officials suggest it will take many years to provide any savings, and even more time to generate the type of savings that forms the mission of Shared Services Canada. The Seizing the Shared Services Opportunity presentation details a risk-averse approach to shared services that provides an acceleration of speed to savings.”

Please RSVP by contacting Dora Villa by email at dvilla@freebalance.com or by phone at 613-236-5150 x 110.

Details
When: Tuesday, November 22, 3 – 4 pm
Where: Ottawa Convention Centre, Room #211
Presenter: Doug Hadden, Vice President Products at FreeBalance

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you there!

 

Annual FreeBalance Government of Canada Customer Roundtable

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

The Government of Canada is recognized for applying government resource planning discipline to avoid the pitfalls of the current global economic environment. Budgets, plans and policies have responded to support aggressive changes to reduce and eliminate the current deficit in a short period of time.

The renewed commitment to shared services underscores the need to identify and action significant change to realize substantial cost savings—quickly.

We’d like to invite you to the Annual FreeBalance Customer Roundtable on Monday, November 21, 2011 at the Lord Elgin Hotel, Ontario Room. Lunch will be served at noon and the FreeBalance presentation and Q&A will run from 12:30 to 1:30.

As a Government of Canada FreeBalance customer, we thought you’d be interested in learning more about:

• The speed to savings approach to shared services
• FreeBalance product update and roadmap
• Engaging FreeBalance to get your requirements in the next release of software

Please RSVP by contacting Sara Lopes by email at slopes@freebalance.com or by phone at 613-236-5150 x 111.

Details:
When: Monday, November 21 from noon to 1:30 with lunch and refreshments
Where: Lord Elgin Hotel, 100 Elgin Street, Ottawa
Room: The Ontario room
Presenter: Doug Hadden, Vice President Products at FreeBalance

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you there!

GTEC 2011: Thoughts on the Conference

Friday, October 21st, 2011

By James Elrick, FreeBalance

A FreeBalance team spent Tuesday and Wednesday of this week working the booth at GTEC 2011 in the new Ottawa Conference Centre (very nice by the way, great venue). We also attended as many seminars as possible and live tweeted during the presentations. Afterwards, we had several people visit our booth and compliment us on our social media activity (tweets, blog, and more). On our blog, FreeBalance regularly writes about Government Resource Planning (GRP), including public financial management (PFM) and human resource (HR) management, and shared services.

View more presentations from FreeBalance

The presentations at GTEC covered a wide range of topics important to government employees. And as FreeBalance only works with governments (we don’t sell to the private sector), the conference topics were also important to us.

The theme of this year’s GTEC event was “Connected Government – Working Together to Better Serve Canadians”. Shared services (download the FreeBalance Shared Services brochure) loomed large over the event, so we took that opportunity to find out people’s thoughts on shared services via an online survey.

Here are several links to give you an idea of what’s happening with government shared services in Canada. 

FreeBalance is also attending the FMI Professional Development Week in November (also at the Ottawa Conference Centre), where we’ll be making the Shared Services survey available to FMI attendees. Afterwards, we will share the results of the collective opinion of survey respondents. Government employees’ thoughts matter and deserve to be heard and considered when shaping the future of Shared Services Canada.

As FreeBalance is a big believer in social media, especially for Government 2.0, we were also asking people at the show who had existing Twitter accounts to follow us (@freebalance). And those that didn’t, we created Twitter accounts on the spot and then showed them how to follow people on Twitter by following FreeBalance. We also have a LinkedIn Group that you can join as well, and follow us on the FreeBalance Sustainability blog.

Overall, GTEC 2011 was a successful show for FreeBalance. And we look forward to connecting with you again at GTEC 2012.

Here’s some photographs of the FreeBalance team at GTEC 2011:

 

 

Is there a faster way to achieve government Shared Services savings?

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

GRP technology most cost-effective option for government financial Shared Services  

Ottawa, Canada (October 18, 2011) – FreeBalance, a Canadian software company that helps governments around the world to leverage robust Government Resource Planning (GRP) technology to accelerate growth, will share a 21st Century vision for achieving the promise of shared services  in Canada at the GTEC 2011 conference, October 18-19, 2011 at the Ottawa Convention Centre (booth #213). Many governments have implemented hosted shared services to support more efficient and effective service delivery. Yet, hosted shared services for financial and human resources in government have had disappointing results. Expected savings have not materialized. Standardization has been difficult to achieve.

“Process standardization with sufficient flexibility to support departmental mandates is the key requirement for shared services. Standardization reduces cost for training, support and upgrading software,” said Manuel Pietra, President & CEO of FreeBalance. “Yet, standardization can introduce inefficiencies. This can make the standardization exercise difficult and expensive for governments. Government Resource Planning technology overcomes the standardization problem through configuration and provides a viable option to governments looking to accelerate speed to savings.”

The FreeBalance Accountability Suite Version 7 was designed specifically to support hosted shared services in government. The FreeBalance approach differs from traditional methods of deploying finance and human resources software in the following ways:

  • Service configuration approach eliminates the burden for government organizations to customize software to meet unique needs.
  • Multiple configurations operating in the same data centre enables government organizations to migrate to standard processes over time and supports unique configurations where necessary because of legal mandate.
  • Modern web-based technology, rather than web-enabled, optimizes performance and reduces data centre size providing green benefits.
  • Component-based Service-Oriented Architecture enables granular integration with software in use by government organizations.

The FreeBalance Accountability Suite is web-based and has been optimized for rapid government deployment, operational effectiveness and performance. FreeBalance technology supports Web Services standards that enable departments and agencies to integrate with existing ERP, HR, and other government information systems.

The FreeBalance Accountability Suite is used as a whole-of-government solution through centralized and decentralized shared services in governments around the world. Software solutions from FreeBalance are being used in 19 countries, including Antigua & Barbuda, Afghanistan, Canada, Iraq, Kosovo, Kyrgyz Republic, Liberia, Mongolia, Namibia, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, Southern Sudan, Timor-Leste, and Uganda among others. FreeBalance software manages more than a quarter trillion ($US) annual budgets worldwide.

About FreeBalance
FreeBalance helps governments around the world leverage robust Government Resource Planning (GRP) technology to accelerate country growth. FreeBalance software solutions for public financial and human resource management support reform and modernization to improve governance, transparency and accountability.

FreeBalance software has also been implemented in 19 other countries around the world, including Antigua & Barbuda, Afghanistan, Iraq, Kosovo, Kyrgyz Republic, Liberia, Mongolia, Namibia, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, Southern Sudan, Timor-Leste, and Uganda. FreeBalance software manages more than a quarter trillion ($US) annual budgets worldwide.

For more information, visit www.freebalance.com

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