Jedox certified partner Naked Data talks to Wayne Jensen, Financial Planning and Performance Manager at Sunshine Coast Council, about how Jedox technology is improving planning processes at the regional council. Jensen worked with Naked Data consultant Halim Joe.
Sunshine Coast Council is located south of the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland, Australia, and was formed in 2008, following the amalgamation of three council authorities. Each council had a separate finance system and accessing information from across the three authorities to manage and drive planning processes was proving difficult.
NAKED DATA: WHAT WAS IT ABOUT JEDOX THAT INITIALLY GOT YOUR ATTENTION?
Wayne Jensen: The number one thing about Jedox was that it was built around an Excel interface. It was easy to migrate across from our current systems. For reporting and data analysis, we wanted Jedox so we could get a more holistic view of the data and be able to spot trends in the data coming from payroll and finance.
ND: WHICH OTHER OPTIONS DID YOU CONSIDER?
WJ: We already had a home-grown attempt at using the Microsoft SQL Server. We didn’t have the budget for TM1, but still looked at Cognos Express in detail. We found it to be clunky by comparison, and with a restricted budget we couldn’t look at a long Cognos implementation. As part of our due diligence, we had done our research, including speaking to and visiting other organisations using Jedox. This confirmed that Jedox software had a quick implementation process and didn’t involve specialised IT training.
ND: HOW WAS THIS INITIATIVE CONSIDERED WITHIN THE BUSINESS?
WJ: Finance had started a project for business intelligence reporting and monitoring. We had particular objectives, such as being able to identify information that would assist management to get a snapshot of the business in terms of KPIs, so that they could take immediate action where necessary. Finance needed something simple and easy to use. IT was trying to build something, but it wouldn’t be available for a few years and we wanted something we could use now.
ND: HOW DID YOU START?
WJ: We began with a one-week boot camp. Working with Halim on site was great. We felt very comfortable and confident that he understood exactly what we were looking for. He was able to provide advice and deliver exactly what we wanted. IT had been developing an ad-hoc reporting system that would take six months for a particular report, and Halim was able to replicate that in a day. This showed us that Jedox could play a significant role in the organisation’s future.
ND: ARE YOU PLANNING TO EXPAND JEDOX IN THE FUTURE?
WJ: Certainly. Low ongoing costs and rapid implementation time were initial draw cards and we’ve been very happy with Naked Data’s support. From our perspective, in Finance, we initially needed something we could be confident in pulling through data and doing forecasting and scenario analysis in front of senior management, and Naked Data with Jedox have certainly delivered that. There is every chance that the use of Jedox software will be expanded more into budgeting and reporting in the future.