Premiership club pilots next-generation software

Blackburn Rovers’ finance function has trialled the latest version of
Microsoft’s business software product Great Plains, as the software giant takes
its first step in its plan to revolutionise business IT.

Martin Goodman, the football club’s FD, and financial controller Barbara
Hoyle, have led the implementation of version nine of the business software,
which has now been rebranded as Dynamics GP.

‘It’s our fifth year on GP; we’re big fans of the package and pleased to be
involved in beta-testing,’ said Hoyle.

Microsoft plans to eventually offer a business software toolset that can be
customised by software partners and resellers to provide products for a
particular company or business sector.

Improvements to the latest version of GP include increased functionality
around Microsoft SharePoint, the product that enables design and management of
websites for use within an organisation, plus preconfigured software designed to
emulate various roles in a company.

Blackburn Rovers, which is set to go live on Dynamics GP in the next six
weeks, has customised the ‘roles-based’ preconfigured software that the new
product offers, to fit its business.

‘We’ve customised roles and mapped them to our business processes – very
simple,’ said Hoyle.

Goodman said that Rovers’ next step was to integrate GP to its Ascent
customer relationship management software.

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