Enterprise software of the year: COA Solutions

COA Solutions has picked up the top accounting software award, after several
attempts to pick up the first prize ­ knocking CODA off its perch.

Judges agreed with COA’s opening gambit in their awards entry that the
product “offers a breadth and depth of functionality that meets the needs of
today’s larger sized organisations”.

The well-regarded software product, now on version six, scooped the prize
ahead of some serious competition.

Key to the decision was a strong set of testimonials, which provided colour
and background to the company’s strong entry.

“Without exception, people have responded very positively to the COA
Solutions system,” said Action for Children programme manager Paul Addington.

Graeme Johns, financial controller at the Lloyd Fraser Group, extolled the
virtues of the latest version of the software.

“Since implementing COA Solutions’ OpenAccounts finance system, we have seen
dramatic improvements in decision making and financial control and have also
enjoyed further productivity and advanced reporting capabilities since upgrading
to OpenAccounts v6,” he said.

And it wasn’t just the customers singing its praises ­ the judges gave it top
spot in the face of intense competition.

“It has good growth and a good UK user base. They talk about key issues such
as green/CSR policies, and Prince2 for project management. It ticks a lot of the
boxes,” said one judge.

“Their references were great, and really gave reasons why we should pick them
as this year’s winner,” said another judge for the category.

Let’s leave the last word to another user of the software. “One of the key
criteria when choosing OpenAccounts was its ease-of-use, and this has proved to
be a major selling point internally. People can see how it helps them do things
more effectively,” said Addington.


COA Solutions invested significantly into OpenAccounts v6 and the
OpenAccounts Smart Business Suite to ensure advanced functionality and continued
technical innovation, with:

? Collaborative Planning – an advanced budgeting and planning solution to
help organisations to budget and forecast in real-time and collaboratively.

? eProcurement – functionality has been added to the Procure-to-Pay
business process to facilitate the roll out of procurement to devolved business

? Corporate Analytics – this business intelligence solution enables
finance professionals to monitor, analyse and report on the real drivers behind
their corporate performance. The software comes with hundreds of pre-defined
best practice key performance indicators (KPIs).

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