According to one recent highly-respected analyst report*, 18% of the Public Sector ICT budget of £11.5 billion is invested in software and a further 51% in related business-process and application services.  Doing more with less now requires that public sector organisations modernise their workplaces and automate their business processes. This involves getting the right information to employees, vendors, and constituents, keeping pace with legislative changes, planning carefully, and effectively delivering services.

Maintaining the transparency of information allows agencies to consolidate services and reduce costs. Efficiently creating, tracking, and reporting financial and project data enables public sector organisations to meet compliance regulations,control budgets, and operate with greater fiscal accountability.  From an ICT perspective, this requires an appropriate investment in Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software and services as indicated by the figures from the analyst report cited above.

Which is why I thought you would be interested in knowing about the specific public sector functionality that is built into the new version of Microsoft’s ERP solution – Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012. For the public sector, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 incorporates fund accounting as required by public sector entities. Historically this critical capability needed to be addressed as customisation or as part of the workload delivered by an ERP ISV focused on specific public sector vectors. Delivering this level of functionality out of the box, as part of the Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 industry capabilities, empowers public sector customers and dramatically simplifies the work of application developers.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 also comes with the easy-to-use, familiar user experience that can give your people quick access to data in familiar tools such as Excel, Outlook, and SharePoint. The Microsoft vision for public sector organisations is one in which workers easily and securely access specific information and tools they need to perform their individual roles, from a single source: Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012. This unified approach can help public sector organisations to modernise their workplaces, operate transparently, meet compliance requirements, and maintain fiscal accountability.

Download your free white paper on Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 here

Download a fact sheet on Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 for the Public Sector here

* TechMarketView UK Public Sector SITS Market Trends & Forecasts - September 2011 (report available to subscribers only, but there is a good summary of the report available from eGov Monitor)

Posted by Ian