The Advanced Authority

Welcome to The Advanced Authority – a portal dedicated to local government. Explore the floors of our local authority office to find information about Advanced solutions, read case studies about your peers and gain insights into our approach.

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Chief Executive

Delivering efficiencies; maintaining and improving performance standards; embracing Digital by Default initiatives; generating and applying a single view of the citizen: the challenges keep coming for local authority chief executives. Advanced provides the platform to meet them. We offer solutions across the entire authority, built on the foundations of comprehensive financial management and business analytics.

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  • Fact sheet
    Putting local authority CEOs back in control

    Putting local authority CEOs back in control

    Gain an overview of our local government solutions and how they can help CEOs get the information you need to make faster, more informed decisions across the authority.

    • Create a single view of the citizen
    • Increase back-office automation
    • Adopt a more strategic approach to finance
    • Establish new ways of working – including shared services
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Introduction to Finance

1 in every 4 local authorities uses a finance solution from Advanced. Here you can find out more about the software available, hear from some of our customers and read our views on the most effective approach to finance transformation.

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    Advanced Authority Financials

    Advanced Authority Financials: our solution range

    This overview brochure introduces our three financial accounting solutions: e5, eFinancials and SaaS Financials.

    • Learn about our approach to financial accounting software
    • Read short case studies of lower costs, wiser spending and advanced reporting
    • Get our 10 top tips to help you pick the right software for your requirements
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    Advanced Authority Financials at a glance

    Advanced Authority Financials at a glance

    See some of the core capabilities of our financial accounting software in this infographic.

    • 5 authorities, £10m+ cost savings
    • Award-winning, flexible and Crown Commercial Service approved
    • Software developed and supported in the UK
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    Video
    e5 Doncaster

    WATCH: e5 – the Doncaster Journey

    Steven Brown from Doncaster Council explains why they opted for Advanced’s financial solutions.

    • 1 min 30 video direct from Advanced User Conference
    • e5 chosen from 10 suppliers on procurement framework
    • Functionality for local authorities better than tier 1 competitors
    • Advanced Collaborative Planning seen as key advantage
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    Case study
    Islington Council saves £3m with Advanced budgeting and forecasting software

    Islington Council saves £3m with Advanced budgeting & forecasting software

    Advanced’s cloud-based Collaborative Planning solution has helped Islington Council achieve a 35% reduction in its controllable spend.

    • Manual process replaced by automated financial monitoring
    • 500+ daily users monitor revenues and budgets
    • Direct cost savings within core finance of £3m
    • Even greater savings through better decision-making across the authority
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    Advanced saves Cheshire West & Chester Council £1m+

    Advanced saves Cheshire West & Chester Council £1m+

    Closer cost control enabled by Advanced Collaborative Planning has helped Cheshire West and Chester Council exceed its savings targets.

    • User-friendly financial planning, budgeting and forecasting software aimed to cut costs by £500,000 – but has doubled savings already
    • Finance service restructured: now advisory rather than adminstrative
    • Departmental managers empowered to take ownership of their spending
    • Shortlisted for Municipal Journal “Transformation Through IT” award
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    Webinar
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    Mainstreaming the Finance Function

    In local government today, finance is everyone’s responsibility. This webinar, hosted by Public Finance and Advanced, explores how to move finance into the mainstream.

    • Presentations from local authority, hospital trust and Institute for Government
    • Offers a real insight into the what, why and how of finance transformation
    • Highlights key challenges including cultural change for finance teams
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    Next-generation budget management in the Public Sector

    Next-generation budget management in the public sector

    Meeting central government targets requires a transformation in the way local authorities approach financial management. This white paper explains how smarter budget management can make the difference.

    • Draws on iGov survey of 300+ public sector organisations
    • Shows how financial managers devote more time than they can afford to budget management
    • Sets out a new approach – reducing reliance on spreadsheets and empowering departmental managers and teams
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    Joined-up, automated financial planning budgeting and forecasting for local authorities

    Joined-up, automated financial planning, budgeting and forecasting for local authorities

    Take control of budgeting, forecasting and finance team resources with Collaborative Planning – our market-leading solution for local authorities. This brochure provides an overview of how it:

    • Enables real-time budget management
    • Provides unprecedented transparency and enhanced management and monitoring
    • Reduces the time taken to compile and manage budgets
    • Empowers staff – budget holders and finance experts alike
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    Norfolk

    Salary calculator increases accuracy of forecasting

    70% of Norfolk County Council’s monthly costs are staffing. Graham Jermy demonstrates a salary calculator, built on Collaborative Planning, that transforms the accuracy of the Council’s budgets.

    • Draws data direct from payroll
    • Integrated with Oracle Financials
    • Enables forecasting based on current and projected staffing levels
    • Supports overtime, salary increases and more
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    Capital Accounting Software for Local Government

    Capital Accounting Software for Local Government

    Simplify capital and lease accounting including depreciation and revaluation with this CIPFA, SORP and IFRS compliant solution.

    • Market-leading solution specifically developed for local government
    • Comprehensive audit trail – transparent and straightforward
    • Staffordshire County Council saved 2 weeks of staff time in first audit after implementation
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    White paper
    Predictive Analytics - the IBM way

    Predictive Analytics – the IBM way

    This IBM white paper explains how SPSS Predictive Analytics – available for implementation from Advanced – can help forecast future needs for local authority services.

    • Supports service planning in the short and long term
    • Analyses vast quantities of data from multiple sources to provide trusted answers
    • Explores scenarios include care planning, facilities management, housing and tackling fraud and waste
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Finance product range

e5

e5 has become the standard for enterprise-scale accounting software in UK retail, local government, education, financial services and airlines sectors.

eFinancials

eFinancials is a fully integrated suite of financial management software. Easy to use, fast to implement and highly scalable. Full visibility of finances.

SaaS Financials

Advanced SaaS Financials is provided quickly and affordably via the cloud and delivered as a hosted solution.

Collaborative Planning

Collaborative Planning is a web-based budget management solution, designed to help you control the preparation, monitoring and forecasting of budgets.

Asset400

Asset 400 is a dedicated fixed asset management solution, delivered in partnership with Real Asset Management that simplifies compliance when accounting for assets.

IBM SPSS Predictive Analytics

SPSS Predictive Analytics is an established and popular IBM solution that offers rich predictive analytics capabilities. As a platinum-approved IBM supplier, Advanced can implement and optimise Predictive Analytics in your business.

Introduction to Procurement

Advanced is a leading provider of Procure to Pay (P2P). Our electronic procurement software reduces the cost and complexity of payment handling, while aiding compliance and control. Learn about our products and approach.

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    Advanced Cloud Invoicing

    Advanced Cloud Invoicing

    Suppliers tell us that Advanced Cloud Invoicing is one of the easiest electronic invoicing solutions they’ve used. This brochure explains how it works.

    • Find out what makes our solution so straightforward for suppliers
    • Discover how to cut down on the paperwork while retaining a full audit trail
    • Benefit from full integration with your finance systems
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    Case study
    Automated processing of 20,000 invoices a year

    Automated processing of 20,000 invoices a year

    By implementing Advanced Cloud Invoicing, Colchester Borough Council has transformed the efficiency of its payment processes.

    • 80% of supplier invoices now submitted electronically
    • No need to rekey data – frees up accounts payable team
    • Payments made on time – meeting government standards and ensuring happy suppliers
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    Spend Analytics

    Spend Analytics: reducing costs, increasing control

    The first step to cost saving is knowing where the money is being spent. Advanced Spend Analytics can put you in the picture.

    • Instant snapshots of activity across all cost centres
    • Report by supplier, category, team or individual buyers
    • Compare to targets and previous periods – making it easy to spot anomalies
    • Identify overspends and support strategic sourcing
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    eBook
    How to unlock hidden savings in your procurement process

    How to unlock hidden savings in your procurement process

    This highly practical eBook explores best practice in procurement – giving authorities a range of ideas on how to:

    • Achieve cashable savings simply by enhancing the procurement process
    • Introduce and optimise the use of catalogues, eSourcing and eInvoicing
    • Overcome common obstacles such as poor data and ineffective processes
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Procurement product range

Advanced Cloud Invoicing

Advanced Cloud Invoicing is a comprehensive invoice management solution, fully hosted in the cloud by Advanced Business Solutions. It automates the invoice management process end to end, so that all invoices are processed in the cloud.

Spend Analytics

Advanced Spend Analytics enables finance managers to analyse and report on spending performance across all divisions, products, services and suppliers – driving down costs and supporting best practice.

Procurement

Our industry-leading finance solutions, e5 and eFinancials, both offer rich functionality across the entire procure-to-pay cycle – integrated with other aspects of financial management and reporting.

Advanced Marketplace

The Advanced Marketplace is the easiest way to introduce eProcurement – offering access to a catalogue of approved and trusted suppliers as well as the option to add more of your own.

Introduction to ICT (Information and Communication Technology)

If you’re looking to change the way you buy and support software applications, Advanced is an ideal partner. Our managed services help make ICT costs predictable, take risk out of your operations and allow you to extend the capabilities of existing services.

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    Managed services from Advanced

    Managed services from Advanced

    This fact sheet summarises why you can depend on Advanced for cost-effective application hosting, management and support.

    • Tailored services delivered from UK-based Tier 3 data centres
    • Single point of contact: onsite service desks
    • ITIL3 based support; ISO27001 compliant security
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    Press release
    Essex takes finance into the cloud

    Essex takes finance into the cloud

    Discover why Essex County Council appointed Advanced to run its e5 financial management system as a hosted service in the cloud.

    • Secure access from anywhere
    • Substantial cost savings through outsourcing BACS processing, printing and mailing
    • Contract extends across the council and partner organisations
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    Cutting the costs of mobile bills

    Cutting the costs of mobile bills

    You know you could manage your organisation’s mobile phone usage more cost-effectively...but it takes time and effort. So let us do it for you, with our simple managed service, Airtime.

    • Optimise your existing tariff – or develop a bespoke one for your organisation
    • Get free internal calls and SMS, or data and minutes to suit the way you work
    • All major UK networks, all devices
    • Typical savings of 25% per user
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    SaaS-based financials

    SaaS-based financials: the essential considerations

    This Advanced white paper highlights the essential factors to consider in picking a partner to help you move your finance solution into the cloud. They include:

    • Clarifying your own objectives and priorities – savings, flexibility or to meet a specific KPI
    • Confirming the qualities you need in a partner
    • Reviewing supplier lock-in and exit strategy
    • Ensuring support for user adoption
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ICT product range

Managed Services

Advanced can deliver managed services and hosting for all our application suites. We look after everything the user needs, including equipment, networking, licensing, systems administration, support, upgrades and future planning.

Mobile (Airtime)

The easiest way to cut your mobile bills without cutting usage. Advanced will help you get the tariff and package you need – across the entire organisation.

SaaS Financials

Benefit from Advanced’s industry-leading financials software, delivered as a service. Predictable costs, assured upgrades, secure remote access and outstanding support.

Introduction to Social Care

Effective social care is connected social care – connected to healthcare and connected between community, home and residential services so there is a single view of the individual or family being supported. Advanced solutions help social care departments build these connections, enabling effective information sharing to make better decisions and support timely interventions.

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    Citizen-centric social care that drives down costs

    Citizen-centric social care that drives down costs

    In an environment where social care budgets are on the frontline for local authority cuts, our solutions can help you streamline without losing what matters.

    • Improve resource management – real-time scheduling and increased flexibility
    • Enhance information sharing between health and social care – no more gaps, no more duplication of effort
    • Support the personalisation agenda with powerful scenario modelling and richer service user history
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    Staffplan Roster

    Staffplan Roster

    Introducing our care services team management tool, Staffplan Roster. Discover its core features for:

    • Creating and maintaining a comprehensive case file for each service user
    • Planning, allocating and managing team workload
    • Enhancing financial control – vital as budgets keep shrinking.
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    Derbyshire

    Transforming care in Derbyshire

    This powerful video case study shows how Staffplan Roster has helped transform the effectiveness of social care in Derbyshire. Key benefits included:

    • Staff spend less time on the road and more time with service users
    • Service users get a weekly work programme through the post so they know who to expect and when
    • Basic rostering simplified – so service organisers can provide extra support to home workers
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Introduction to Education & Learning

With more than 20 years’ experience in the education sector, Advanced provides schools and colleges with crucial back-office and administrative support so teachers can focus on teaching.

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    Dartmouth Academy

    MIS a learning tool at Dartmouth Academy

    Dartmouth Academy is using Advanced’s Progresso MIS to support learning and assessment and improve student and teacher performance.

    • Enables rich analysis of individual student progression and teacher success rates
    • Makes it easy for teachers to request peer review of assessments
    • Improves reporting to parents and governors.
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Education product range

Progresso

Progresso is our cloud-based management information system (MIS). It puts the right information in the hands of the right people at the right time, and helps schools to drive learning.

Introduction to Human Resources & Payroll

From flexible working to flexible retirement, employment patterns are changing but the essentials remain. And nothing is more important than paying your people the right amount at the right time. Advanced solutions automate the critical processes, freeing up HR staff to work on value-adding tasks like talent management, retention and learning and development.

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    HR & Payroll software from Advanced

    HR and Payroll software from Advanced

    Discover the core capabilities of our HR and payroll software, including:

    • HR admin – simplifies health and safety to case information
    • Talent management – supports recruitment, performance management and succession planning
    • Payroll – automates payroll processing including time and attendance, expenses and mileage, plus HMRC documentation
    • Self-service – introduces new online forms and support for mobile workers
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Introduction to Law & Administration

Advanced is the largest provider of technology solutions to the UK legal market, supporting over 5,000 law firms, barristers’ chambers and coroners’ offices. Our in-house solutions provide the document management capabilities in-house teams need, reducing the administrative burden.

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    Ten reasons to rely on ALB

    Ten reasons to rely on ALB

    This data sheet outlines ten core capabilities of ALB that make it ideal for in-house legal teams. The benefits include:

    • Automation of routine, low value processes
    • Time savings and increased revenues
    • Improved performance
    • Increased time capture and legal billing
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Law product range

ALB

ALB is a fully integrated in-house legal management system, providing a modern, efficient way of managing cases, projects and documents, recording time, and reporting.

Introduction to Citizen Engagement

The public have high expectations from local authority customer service – and Advanced can help you meet them. Our solutions make it easy to connect multichannel interactions, whether that’s linking people and payments or phone queries with online forms.

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    Introducing Microsoft Dynamics CRM

    Introducing Microsoft Dynamics CRM

    One of our preferred CRM solutions for local government is Microsoft Dynamics, with its intuitive Outlook-based interface. This Microsoft data sheet sets out its features and benefits.

    • Familiar interface ensures ease of use
    • Powerful analytics and streamlined processes
    • Integrates fully with databases, portals and document management systems
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Citizen Engagement product range

Microsoft Dynamics CRM

Industry-leading CRM solution, implemented by our specialist CRM practice – one of the top 60 Microsoft partners in the world.

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