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Tuesday, 13 August 2013 11:09

QLD charity selects TechnologyOne cloud


The Queensland Police Citizens Youth Welfare Association (QPCYWA) is to deploy TechnologyOne’s cloud platform to integrate its Finance, Payroll and Human Resources (HR) systems across 54 branches in the state.

More than 700 staff of the charity will use the TechnologyOne cloud, with the full implementation and rollout to all branches of the charity to take 12 to 18 months.

TechnologyOne won the contract after the not-for-profit organisation undertook 12-months of due diligence in which three vendors were shortlisted.

Previously, QPCYWA, which has an annual turnover in excess of $60 million and helps 50,000 young Queenslanders every year, was managing more than 60 individual MYOB databases and an equivalent number of HR spreadsheets.

QPCYWA General Manager Finance, Anthony Abrahams, said the not-for-profit wanted to manage its resources “more efficiently, minimise risk, improve governance and find a partner to grow with in the future.”

“TechnologyOne ticked all the boxes. Firstly its Cloud offering meant we could have a single platform hosted in Australia which involves only one contract with one vendor who will manage everything for us rather than having to deal with lots of resellers.

“Using the Cloud also means we do not have to implement software at every site or pay for hardware, back-up, power and so on, and we expect to make considerable cost savings in this area in the future.  We also believe TechnologyOne’s platform is more advanced than others on the market and will be a key part of our future planning.

“Secondly, the OneCommunity software was developed with TechnologyOne’s large NFP customer base including The Red Cross and The Salvation Army so it requires close to no customisation to fit our business model.

“The NFP sector has specialist requirements, such as managing volunteers and tracking whether our workers have up-to-date police checks, that TechnologyOne has built into its software.”

TechnologyOne Executive Chairman, Adrian Di Marco, said the company had recently signed a number of new customers to its Cloud platform including three West Australian Government departments, which were previously part of the Oracle shared services agreement.

According to Di Marco, TechnologyOne was winning business because it offered a single point of contact for all services and developed and maintained its own software.

“We are an Australian company that can offer a true long-term partnership to our customers without the risk of resellers.

“Because we only work with seven sectors our specialised, fully integrated, preconfigured software requires minimal customisation and is constantly evolving in line with our customers’ needs.

“Our Cloud platform is the final piece of the puzzle because we take responsibility to develop, implement, support and run our own software. All our customers have to do is simply sign in over the internet to get our enterprise software as a service.”

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham - retired in 2020. He is a veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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