IFS Africa’s management reporting in minutes

+0.5 Days

Saved in preparing reporting packs

+2 Days

Saved in preparing consolidation

10 Minutes

Taken to create report packs

Background

One of the biggest challenges that finance departments in large enterprises face, lies in the amount of time senior staff spend on creating manual reports when using Excel. It is well known that this manual approach is complex and time consuming. IFS is multinational organisation with advanced reporting requirements due to the multiple locations and currencies in which it consolidates its results. Their legacy Excel-based solution used for the preparation of their management accounts was manual, taking up to half a day to prepare each regional reporting pack, and an additional two days to prepare the consolidation. As a strategic initiative, IFS identified the need to reduce the reporting cycle to better facilitate strategic decision making by management. Furthermore, they wanted to enhance the control environment through the accuracy of management reporting.

Challenge

This was the challenge faced by facilities management company, IFS (International Facilities Services), which found that its management accounts preparation process required the manual intervention by senior finance department resources.

Approach

To fulfil these needs, IFS sought a more agile solution that would easily respond to changes in the business. They engaged Keyrus in South Africa to identify and implement a tool to automate the reporting requirements and provide a robust and automated financial reporting solution. Keyrus promotes the latest trends in budgeting and forecasting with a focus on providing board level members with the most relevant insights and therefore recommended the Solver solution, previously referred to as BI360, as the optimal tool to address IFS’s reporting requirements whilst retaining the benefits provided by Excel. The solution was demonstrated to the IFS Finance and IT teams who were impressed by the tools reporting functionality and potential for deployment into other functional areas such as budgeting. During the first phase of the implementation, the Solver tool was utilised as a means of automating the Excel reporting requirements for the IFS finance department. Beyond merely automating Excel, Solver additionally provided the client with a data warehouse that will deliver the required data management capability, while at the same time offering the solid governance that the organisation requires. It was agreed to keep the front end of the solution as Excel, as this is a tool which remains flexible and with which the client's finance teams were intimately familiar. IFS was also offered the option of a fully cloud-based solution, but based on limited availability of bandwidth in some of the operation locations, the client decided to implement an on-premise solution instead.

Key results

01
Report creation has been reduced from half a day to just 10 minutes per reporting pack.
02
Time taken to consolidate the results was reduced from 2 days to 10 minutes
03
Staff have become proficient with regard to writing and running reports in a very short amount of time thanks to Excel-based template design.

Benefits

Naturally, the speed of reporting has been significantly improved with the implementation of Solver, with the client indicating that report creation has been reduced from half a day to just 10 minutes per management accounts reporting pack. Time taken to consolidate the results was reduced from 2 days to 10 minutes, making it possible to now craft reports in near real-time. This is just one among several critical improvements that IFS Africa has experienced. The solution has helped the business to improve its data governance. Data accuracy, integrity and efficiency is enhanced, as data is pulled live into the Solver data warehouse from their SAP B1 ERP system. Lastly, dealing with multi-currency and multi-entity operations is catered for, thanks to the ability to tailor and customise reporting logic.

What our clients say

“The successful implementation of Solver by Keyrus has been a genuine game changer for us. Solver's ease of use and the ability of staff to learn the product are strong selling points"

Sally Brennan, Financial Manager, International Facilities Services (IFS) Africa

Technology partners

Solver

Helping organizations grow and gain complete insight into their business Solver is redefining the category of cloud-based reporting and planning. The Solver solution is built to enable faster and better business decisions across the entire organization. Solver combines financial and other key data into a single tool, powered by the most flexible report and planning form designer on the market. Organizations use this solution to automate and streamline financial and operational reports, consolidations, and budgeting and forecasting processes. Solver empowers users with complete insight that drives intelligent decisions and competitive advantages. Based in the United States, Solver has more than a dozen offices and hundreds of partners globally that provide local and industry expertise.

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