SunSystems delivers for One Vision Housing

Case Study: Infor SunSystems

One Vision Housing (OVH) is a social housing provider that makes a big difference in the communities it serves.

Established to take over ownership and management of Sefton Metropolitan Borough Councils homes, OVH currently manages almost 11,700 properties across the borough of Sefton, which stretches along the Merseyside coast from Southport to Bootle. OVH is a not-for-profit charitable organisation and provides affordable, good quality housing for people in housing need.

When OVH was formed they had just a few months to establish a fully functional accounting system to allow them to meet the deadline of their first year end. After a successful tender process they chose Castle to implement its SunSystems Housing Finance solution. Since that time, OVH has worked closely with Castle, further developing the system in order to continue to meet its needs as the organisation grows.

Steve Devine, Financial Reporting Officer at One Vision Housing explains how they have continued to enhance the system:
“When the association was set up we had only five months until our first year end. This meant that we had to start from scratch and ensure that everything was up and running in time.  It was a phenomenal challenge in such a short space of time but hard work from both the Castle and One Vision Housing teams ensured we were successful. A lot of extra hours were put in setting up new chart of accounts, processes for payment of invoices, payment run schedules for suppliers, financial reports for the board and statutory accounts for the year end. Ultimately, we met all of our deadlines and were up and running with a highly effective accounting system that met our key needs.

“Since the transfer, One Vision Housing has grown significantly as an organisation and has continued to work closely with Castle to enhance the SunSystems solution in line with expanding needs.  We have implemented the Albany Albacs system, improving the efficiency of payments and transactions. We have also added the eProcurement module, further improving the efficiency of the system.

“We’ve had three very successful financial closedown of accounts and are now fully operational with commitment accounting and report monthly management accounts to our board.

“Our philosophy is one of continuous improvement and the team constantly challenge the systems and processes. This has resulted in OVH becoming one of the leading innovators in the development of SunSystems and we work closely with Castle to develop and enhance solutions that effectively meet our needs.”

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