The back office operations of every Emergency Service have borne the brunt of the efficiency improvements and cost savings demanded by recent Government initiatives and market conditions.
With that pressure set to continue amid further organisational change, the method of IT provision is also under the spotlight. Collaborative working arrangements, outsourcing and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solutions feature on the agenda, recognising cost effective working partnerships where each party focusses on its own area of expertise.
With more than 15 years of experience and over 50 customers in the Emergency Services sector, Advanced Business Solutions is the leading provider of finance, procurement and performance management solutions.
Our Smart Business Suite streamlines daily operations, demonstrates year-on-year savings, and assists Emergency Services with their Government, HM Inspector of Constabularies targets, and other financial and regulatory requirements. The Smart Business Suite also includes solutions for requirements such as budgeting and forecasting, expenses management, and business intelligence that integrate with leading financial solutions from providers such as Oracle. Advanced Business Solutions is well placed to assist your organisation, whether you are new to us or an existing customer.
Committed to the Emergency Services sector long-term and able to adapt to its continuously evolving requirements, Advanced Business Solutions has identified two key approaches to successfully tackle continued pressure on costs and organisational change.
There are still significant savings to be made in stand-alone back office functions such as expenses management, procurement and invoice management. Advanced Business Solutions’ experience in the sector has realised savings of up to 18% in expense claims and up to 60% in purchase invoice processing costs.
In collaborative working arrangements such as shared services and outsourcing, we have helped organisations achieve reductions of up to 70% in central purchasing process costs. The opportunity to reallocate this level of funding to front line services is too significant to ignore.
In many implementations with our Emergency Services customers, we have been able to achieve dual objectives; reducing costs, and meeting Government and regulatory targets for prompt payment and carbon reduction simultaneously.
In some cases – particularly where legacy systems and processes exist – investment is needed in order to achieve more profound, recurring savings. These situations can be justified with cost/benefit and return on investment analysis, and experience shows that results may differ from expectations, revealing new opportunities as well as highlighting situations that may not have been considered seriously before.
Advanced Business Solutions is skilled at producing thorough cost/benefit and return on investment analyses, putting its success and experience with commercial and public sector organisations at your fingertips.
In certain situations, having to make an initial investment up-front may not be viable financially, and it also carries a considerable level of risk. Advanced Business Solutions’ modular approach can be used to stage savings throughout the life of an implementation so that economies made in one stage fund the next, and so on. This approach avoids the need for large investment up-front and smoothes your cash flow throughout the life of the project. In effect, implementations become self-funding and go on to generate recurring savings.