In late 2012 Palliser Regional Division No. 26 (Palliser) began the process to find a replacement solution for their existing financial management solution provided by Alberta-based Bellamy Software. This new solution needed to replace the functionality currently in place including a range of specific integrations, while also taking advantage of the latest in ERP technology and school administration software.
“The great thing about Palliser was that they had gone through a lengthy and thorough internal research phase prior to issuing the RFP. They knew what they needed from their new accounting software solution in term of functionality and integrations.” comments Altus Dynamics CEO, Colin Dickinson. “They also carried out extensive due diligence of the shortlisted vendors in terms of technology platforms, expertise, experience, customer reference checks etc. We’re obviously delighted that they saw in Altus Dynamics, the best marriage of all elements to meet their needs. We’ve been progressively expanding our geographic reach in the education sector and Palliser is the latest addition, following on from Winnipeg Technical College joining our customer community in March this year.” adds Dickinson.
In addition to the core requirement to provide an industry leading and future proof ERP solution, Palliser had specific integration requirements which needed to be maintained from their existing solution.
“We needed to provide a solution that would support the organization’s needs, only better. We needed to integrate with Aesop, which is a system for substitute placement and absence management. We needed to include a student administration solution in the form of an Applicant Tracking module, which we will be providing via Microsoft Dynamics CRM. I believe our ability to deliver these was the key reason for our ultimate selection” says Chief Technology Officer at Altus Dynamics, James Faw.
The project will commence with the Finance element, which will go live first, with the HR and Payroll functionality going live shortly thereafter. The entire project is slated for completion by mid 2014. Once fully operational, Palliser will have 13 Microsoft NAV 2013 user licences with an additional 1,100-1,200 Altus Employee Portal users, allowing non-core finance staff access to the system in order to log expense requests, check their holiday entitlements etc. Once live, Palliser will join other Western Canada school boards including Louis Riel School Division and Red Deer Catholic Regional School Division #39 on the Altus Dynamics EDU Suite.
About Palliser Regional School District #26
Palliser Regional Division No. 26 is a rural school jurisdiction in Southern Alberta. The geographical area stretches from just south of Lethbridge to the Bow River south of Calgary. The division offers full public education services to approximately 7,200 students Preschool through Grade 12. As of the 2012-2013 school year, Palliser has 15 community schools, 17 Hutterian colony schools, 9 Christian alternative schools, 8 of which are in Calgary on 6 different campuses, 4 outreach programs and 2 Low German Mennonite alternative programs.
In addition to standard education offerings an extensive Inclusive Education program is provided for children and students from Preschool to Grade 12 with mild, moderate and severe disabilities, as well as gifted students. To find out more visit http://www.pallisersd.ab.ca/