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Council has been awarded the prestigious 2015 ALGIM
Excellence in Innovation award for developing a smart
financial management system called Financial Business
Gisborne had 2 projects nominated in the final group of 6
nominations from councils across the country, including
Auckland and Hamilton.
Counci's operations group manager Barry Vryenhoek, accepted
the award on behalf of the Council at the 2015 Annual ALGIM
Awards held at SkyCity Auckland.
“I am ecstatic. This is amazing recognition for the team,
the organisation, as well as Gisborne’s reputation on a
national stage. I couldn’t be prouder right now, said Mr
Vryenhoek, immediately after the win.
The award recognises and celebrates best practice,
innovation and technical leadership within local government
information and communication technology.
Chief executive Judy Campbell said she was very pleased and
proud of the team effort here.
"This project is one of a suite of changes that is
transforming the way that GDC works. It brings Council's
financial management into the 21st Century. This is a key
mechanism for ensuring we hit our rates rise containment
The judges noted that the project had a clearly defined
scope and the Council’s processes have significantly
improved by using this system.
Led by project manager Marianne Gillies, and business
intelligence developer and system designer Steve Neshausen,
staff collaborated with the software owner to adapt existing
products with no significant additional costs.
“In developing the system we focused on the desired
outcomes, we weren't led by the constraints of the software.
“Ultimately FBI provides managers better understanding and
ownership of their financial data. It allows for consistent
statutory financial reporting and supports them to make
better financial decisions with easy access to financial key
indicators and trend information,” says Mr Vryenhoek.FBI
was designed for the local government environment and is
already now used by other councils.
“I said last night how immensely proud I was of the team.
“Our talented and committed staff are making a difference
to the way we operate as an organisation. We are making
things smarter and easier, and making it happen.
“But it’s bigger than that, it really is our
organisation showing there is a benefit to be gained from
looking at things with a fresh set of eyes, not taking
systems and processes as being that way, ‘just because’.
“We’re striving every day to improve the way we operate,
ultimately for the benefit of the community we proudly
serve,” said Mr Vryenhoek.
We were also a finalist for our “Lync” project - a
digital communications tool similar to Skype which replaced
Council’s telephone network.
“It's a significant piece of technological infrastructure
and the roll-out was completed without disruption to our
day-to-day operations.” Read more >>