Sutton College of Learning for Adults (SCOLA)

SCOLA needed to replace their previous basic finance system with a more comprehensive solution. The Infor SunSystems software has streamlined reporting and made it easier to access important financial data.

At a glance - Sutton College of Learning for Adults (SCOLA)

 

Objective

To replace their previous basic finance system with a more comprehensive solution.

Solution

Infor SunSystems

Key wins

- Streamlined reporting
- Quicker, easier access to key financial data

Organisation

Sutton College of Learning for Adults (SCOLA) is the premier provider of adult education and community learning in the London Borough of Sutton. Formed in 1972, the college offers over 1000 part-time courses at six main centres and numerous community venues in the day and evening. The College also offers training for employers and is one of very few adult learning services in the country to have its own purpose-built centre.

Nataliya Hogg is a Finance Specialist and Data Analyst with SCOLA. She was recently in attendance at Sapphire’s Infor SunSystems User Day, and spoke to us about her experience as an end user of the system.

Infor SunSystems was implemented at SCOLA in 2012 in an effort to streamline business processes, and for Nataliya it has more than met expectations.

"I love this system, it has definitely made a big difference to the finance department. Previously we used FMS 6 (a program specifically developed for schools) and it was very basic. I can safely say that from the financial management point of view SunSystems is much better",

she said.

It terms of key system benefits, for Nataliya it’s all about the speed and accuracy of reporting.

"In terms of getting financial management data for managers it is very quick, which is the main benefit. Whatever data you want you can get the report almost immediately, and the system is designed perfectly for regular reporting, whereas our previous system utilised inbuilt reports and was very cumbersome",

she said.

However should Nataliya ever require assistance with the system, she is always happy with Sapphire’s support.

“I only really deal with Sapphire when support is required, but I get an immediate response, which is always very helpful and professional. I am always 100% satisfied because at the end of the day enquiries are never left unfinished, our questions are always answered”,

she said.

The next challenge for SCOLA is to implement online banking, and while there are no plans to upgrade the current system, Nataliya is confident SunSystems will grow alongside the company.

In terms of Sapphire’s annual client User Day, Nataliya found the event extremely helpful.

“It was an opportunity to talk to my account manager, members of the support team and make some new acquaintances”,

she said.

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