Saturday, July 14, 2007

Taming Complexity with CONTROL - DMReview

DMReview has a review for a budgeting/forecasting system used with a Costpoint general ledger. The reviewer is Wallace D'Souza, deputy director for MDRC. I have known Wallace for many years now and can pass on his contact information if anybody is interested in learning more about their implementation.

Taming Complexity with CONTROL - DMReview: "REVIEWER: Wallace D'Souza, deputy director for MDRC.

BACKGROUND: Headquartered in New York City, with a regional office in Oakland, California, MDRC is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization with more than 30 years of experience. MDRC is dedicated to learning what works to improve the well-being of low-income people. Through our research and the active communication of our findings, we seek to enhance the effectiveness of social policies and programs.

HARDWARE PLATFORMS: Oracle platform and Deltek's Costpoint GL suite.

PROBLEM SOLVED: We wanted to support a complex budgeting process for the projects we conduct. Our projects are funded by a mix of federal and state agencies and foundations. Each of the agreements - both grants and contracts - have specific terms and conditions, some unique to each agreement, including reporting by fiscal years that have different beginning and ending months. Reporting timelines also vary and add to the complexity of managing the information. We typically manage approximately 70 projects at any point in time, and each project can have as many as 15 to 20 funding sources...

PRODUCT FUNCTIONALITY: CONTROL is used to support our complex budgeting, project planning and resource planning/management processes.

STRENGTHS: One of the prime benefits of CONTROL is ease of use. It looks and feels exactly like Excel, which our employees were accustomed to using. Second, it is flexible and scalable. Third, custom reports are easy to design and maintain. Moreover, the capabilities are robust, enabling us to do extremely detailed budgeting as well as generate staff deployment and billings reports."


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