National Church Institutions of the Church of England select SAP to integrate and improve financial accounting processes

September 19, 2005 by SAP News 0

LondonThe Church of England National Institutions
(NCIs) will implement a 120-user mySAP All-in-One system to provide a
single accounting system for the combined accounts department of the four
main NCIs – the Archbishops’ Council, the Church Commissioners for England,
the Church of England Pensions Board and Lambeth Palace. The new solution
will offer financials, treasury and real estate management that will help
the NCIs to improve data access and reporting, and management of their
extensive property portfolio.

The NCIs intend to use mySAP All-in-One to replace three separate
accounting solutions currently in use. Paul Tibbins at CofE explains “The
NCIs merged their accounts departments to provide a more efficient and
effective service, and so we needed to find a solution that could fit all
the different requirements needed to manage their financial processes.
Although the existing systems have served our NCIs well, the merging of the
departments, together with the rapid forward movement in technology
modernisation, made this move absolutely essential for us.”

The NCIs chose SAP because it meets complex and sophisticated business
process requirements and can incorporate a number of non-standard
processing requirements that are unique to the NCIs. Paul adds “the team
also felt the key differentials in choosing SAP are a combination of their
market strength and the ability to offer us a technology that is
future-proofed through SAP’s extensive investment in research and
development”. In selecting Sapphire to supply and install the system,
Paul comments “Sapphire has a demonstrable track record in offering
Not-for-Profit financial accounting expertise. This combined with the fact
that they were pleasant and straightforward in all their dealings with us
made us feel that they would make the ideal partner for the system
implementation.”

Rob Waters, responsible for the implementation at SAP said “the flexibility
of SAP will enable the centralized accounts department to provide an
effective and efficient service, while the extensive depth of the SAP suite
will bring ongoing benefits to many areas within the Church of England
NCIs”.

Ian Caswell, Sapphire’s Managing Director concludes: “We are delighted that
the Church of England NCIs have chosen the mySAP All-in-One solution to
manage their financial processes. We look forward to supporting them as
they restructure their accounting operations to build for an efficient and
responsive organisation that offers the best service possible to their
stakeholders.”

About Church of England
The Church of England plays a vital role in the life of the nation. Its
network of parishes covers the country, bringing a vital Christian
dimension to the nation as well as strengthening community life in numerous
urban, suburban and rural settings. The Church is a highly devolved
institution, but the National Church Institutions (NCIs) administer those
core functions which are most effectively handled at national level.

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