Uniting Church in Australia replaces spreadsheet planning with Kepion

By Emily Jordan - Updated April 26, 2016

Seattle, WA (Friday 27th April, 2012) – Kepion Software, a global leader in simplified performance management software, provided Uniting Church in Australia (UCA) with the capabilities to quickly build planning and reporting applications to reduce the reliance on spreadsheets.. With Kepion, UCA was able to automate their process for calculations, consolidations and budget balances between departments.

Uniting Church in Australia has recently grown tremendously in the last 5 years from 5 to 20 internal clients. It became progressively difficult to calculate forecast income and recoverable costs, identify direct and shared charges, conduct what-if analysis and ensure the budget was prepared for both financial and calendar years. As the client base grew, the business rules became more complex and more time consuming to manage on Excel spreadsheets.

Kepion provided UCA with the capabilities to quickly build planning and reporting applications to reduce the reliance on spreadsheets. UCA IT was able to handle all their complex business rules and budgeting requirements. Kepion allows UCA to conduct ‘what-if’ analysis, which allows users to change parameters and see what the effects are, which was particularly important given their dual charging model of direct and shared.

“There are aspects of Kepion that are very simple. Loading in the budget, to expenditures, to classification of the number of devices is all very easy within Kepion. Now within Kepion, we can do new pricing for a client by just changing a few parameters. It would show me the new pricing for a client, along with favorable variances based off existing clients. This used to take 10 days before, but now with Kepion, it can all be done within a single day” says Pier Fasnacht, Director of Information Technology Services.

Kepion has helped UCA improve in their overall efficiencies for planning and budgeting processes across all their line-of-businesses. With Kepion, UCA IT has been able to handle on-going complexities of their user requirements. The ability to reuse existing models for different business scenarios, and unique scaling capabilities has shown UCA that Kepion is a viable long-term solution within the organization. “Kepion allows us to actually refine the allocation month by month to reflect major steps that is expected in the future” says Pier. “Kepion is a sophisticated tool that easily manages a complex business environment.”

About Kepion on the Microsoft BI Platform

Kepion (www.kepion.com) delivers global corporate performance management software (CPM) based on Microsoft’s technology across the North & South America, Australia, Europe and Asia. Companies, which include some of Microsoft’s top enterprise customers, have adopted Kepion as their global budgeting and financial forecasting software.

Since Kepion is built on the Microsoft Business Intelligence platform, customers are able to plug their own Microsoft BI tools directly to Kepion for reporting and analysis.  Kepion business performance management software allows business users to easily enter their targets for company-wide strategic plans, top-down & bottom-up budgeting and continuous fiscal & rolling forecasting, all within a single, easy to navigate web interface environment.

About Kepion

Kepion delivers performance management solutions for the office of finance. Kepion is built on the Microsoft BI platform powered by SQL Server 2008. Kepion provides an entirely web-based planning solution founded on the principle “Simply Flexible: Providing simple access & navigation to your needed information, combined with a fully flexible platform to build solutions that fit around your key business functions”.

About Uniting Church in Australia

Uniting Church in Australia (UCA) is a non-profit organization and the third largest Christian denomination in Australia with 2,800 congregations, 51 presbyteries and 6 synods. There are over 50 locations connected to the network with approximately 1000 client devices that are supported by a central Help Desk. Over the last 5 years, the IT department has grown to support 2500 staff (from 150 staff).

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