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Waterloo Catholic District School Board Cements Its Decade-long Commitment to Altus Dynamics and Microsoft Dynamics NAV

Posted by Melissa Alvares on Sep 11, 2014 1:03:00 PM

Waterloo-CDSB_LinkedInWaterloo Catholic DSB has not looked back since their original purchase of NAV 4.0 from Altus Dynamics back in 2004. 10 years later, Waterloo Catholic DSB still believes Microsoft Dynamics NAV provided by Altus Dynamics is still the right choice for a sound financial and accounting management system for their Board and the 51 schools they service. Microsoft and Altus Dynamics have continued to make investments in solutions for non-profits and public sector organizations resulting in significant improvements to this mid-market ERP platform. The user interface is more in-line with other Microsoft products, thus making it more intuitive for users. Many new features have been released that promote improved employee self-service, solution integration, process improvements and high performing workflow processing.

“10 years of R&D investment in Altus Dynamics ERP have created a solution which gives a compelling reason for many of our existing clients to upgrade” comments Altus Dynamics CEO and Managing Partner, Colin Dickinson. “The difference in financial management capability and reporting or the way users work within the solution are a real eye opener when our clients see the newer versions. Waterloo couldn’t believe the improvements” adds Dickinson.


One of the driving factors for Waterloo Catholic DSB to do their upgrade was that Microsoft shelved mainstream support for NAV 4.0 several years ago – meaning the base platform was no longer receiving patches or updates. They were also running their NAV 4.0 on very old hardware, as newer computers would not support such old versions of NAV. This consolidation of hardware would result in significant operational efficiency gains.


Another driving force was that they wanted to implement the newest Altus Dynamics Employee Portals, leveraging the latest tools to further empower their school staff directly and minimize central administration’s burden. Lastly, they were looking to get access to the enhanced and faster reporting capabilities now available and to have an even more automated approach.


Waterloo Catholic DSB has now gone live on the latest financial management solution, Altus Dynamics NAV 2013, as well as Altus Dynamics Employee Web Apps. “Even with a recent go-live on their new solution they have quickly started to benefit from better access to data, the ability to monitor and control purchases through real time reporting and automated purchase approval processes. They also benefit from improved purchasing process like Electronic Funds Transfer and more control over their purchase invoice processing” comments James Faw, CTO at Altus Dynamics. “Through our Web App solution their employees now have web access to a whole new technology and processes for their purchasing needs. The Apps provide automated reporting in real time. It’s on the go access to their purchasing details which gives them the best insight into business purchasing decisions.”


About Waterloo Catholic District School Board 


The Waterloo Catholic District School Board began as a one-room schoolhouse in 1836 and has grown to be one of the largest Catholic school system in Ontario with 45 elementary and 6 secondary schools. Its 3,500 full & part-time staff promote educational excellence among 40,000 elementary, secondary and continuing education students from 114 countries – speaking more than 70 languages. To learn more about Waterloo Catholic District School Board visit their site:




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This Post Was Written By Melissa Alvares
Melissa truly believes that technology can change the world for the better, and loves that she gets to see that in action every day at Sparkrock. She’s been involved in building computer labs and teaching technology skills in rural Rwanda and Uganda, and locally is a regular volunteer at the Daily Bread Food Bank and mentoring new immigrants through the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC)