Scottish Qualification Authority Set To Drive Efficiencies

Nov 21, 2014

The Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA), an organisation that provides internationally recognised qualifications, has selected a replacement for its SAP ERP system.

Global software solutions provider UNIT4 will be supplying the Authority with its Agresso Finance and Procurement platform that is hosted in the cloud.

The company claims this will help SQA reduce administration, cut costs, improve operational visibility and equip employees with the cutting edge technology they need to rapidly adjust to sector change.

“Given our current model, UNIT4 Agresso will provide a service that will deliver better value and greater flexibility and control for the SQA from both a business and technology perspective,” claimed the organisation’s director of business systems Stuart Davidson.

“We will only pay for the software we use. Additionally, Agresso’s mobile capability and friendly user interface will improve employee engagement and give our temporary and core staff access to their finances at a time and place convenient to them,” he added.

The non-departmental government body provides schools, colleges, training organisations and employers with service to develop and deliver qualifications and assessments, playing a pivotal role in developing skilled workforces in Scotland, the UK and around the world.

SQA hopes to optimise its financial activities with UNIT4 Agresso Finance and Procurement.

Project To Expand To Thousands Of Employees

During the first phase of the project, it will underpin the financial activities of 700 core employees, moving on to reflect the demand generated by an extra 17,000 SQA employees who work during peaks in the academic calendar carrying out activities including course development, exam invigilation and marking.

“We must continually strive to deliver better value for money. There are increasing demands on finance and other areas of the business to understand and manage costs,” claimed Davidson.

“The analytics capabilities of UNIT4 Agresso will give us new levels of visibility on the performance of our business and ensure we have the correct information on which to base decisions,” he added.

UNIT4 claims the flexibility of its solution has allowed the finance team to configure it themselves, which has significantly reduce the IT development costs associated with the SAP system.


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