David Goffin, Finance Director – Stone King LLP

July 27th, 2010

“Where ‘out-of-the-box’ standard reports simply have not answered our internal management requirements, Qtier-Rapor has more than filled the gap.

Report development with Qtier-Rapor does not require technical IT skills, I have found them easy to both generate and publish to specific user groups.

Using the power of Microsoft Excel, formatting the reports is straightforward and ensures clarity for the reader.

There is always the cost to consider, however, in my opinion, saying it is a ‘cost effective solution’ is an understatement.”

N. Trevelyan, Financial Controller – Beachcroft LLP

July 1st, 2010

“Rapor has helped us to cut the time spent on the budgeting process by 50%”

Beachcroft Wansbroughs is a top 25 law firm with more than 1250 lawyers and staff in eight offices across the UK and Belgium.

Beachcroft Wansbroughs provides complete legal services to clients in the private and public sector, in financial services, insurance, healthcare, central and local government, retail and telecoms among many other areas. The firm advises clients on all aspects of their business, from commerce, property and employment to mergers and acquisitions, disputes and litigation.

The firm’s annual budgeting process was a complex range of spreadsheet and ‘pen and paper’ methods. The time consuming and labour intensive nature of the process increased the risk that data could be inaccurate. Budgeting, in particular, was increasing in scale and complexity: staff had to be closely guided to ensure accurate re-keying of information, supported by few manual control mechanisms.

Under the Rapor software framework the budgeting process is much more precise and efficient. The finance team has implemented formally controlled spreadsheet processes that meet the exact needs of the business. Using the control and automation features, the finance team can eliminate risk factors from the budgeting process.

Other users in the firm have responded well to Rapor’s use of the familiar Excel interface. Adoption times for the new budgeting software have been considerably reduced and only minimal training has been required. Rapor’s security features have helped the finance team to ensure that end-users can only access the processes they are authorised to use, protecting both spreadsheet and budget information.

Controlling the progress of budget entry has become easy to manage under the Rapor framework. Finance managers can view budgeting status at any given time, improving accountability and significantly reducing the amount of time spent chasing users.

Further features enable the finance team to apply version numbers and ‘freeze’ the budget for analysis purposes. They can budget for future years and can start the budget entry phase with ‘based on’ budget figures. The consolidation and reporting phases are now totally automated and data is available in real time.

T. Blunt, Financial Controller – Beachcroft LLP

July 1st, 2010

Since automating our Client Cash management processes with Qtier-Rapor, timescales have been reduced as a result of automated exception reporting. Processes have been automated and as a result information has become transparent, and automatic emails are produced each morning highlighting any unallocated credits which need investigating and applying.

The amount tied up in suspense has decreased, time has been saved as looking for the home for client money has been reduced, controls have been increased (e.g. checking signatures by viewing them electronically) and additional reporting capabilities have enabled the identification of unreconciled credits allowing them to be dealt with in an organised efficient manner.

N. Bright, IT Director – ISA Trading Limited

June 30th, 2010

“With business critical spreadsheets controlled by Qtier-Rapor, we can be sure that everyone in the business is using the latest version, and has access to the most up-to-date figures.”

Simon Upstone, Finance Director – Doosan Babcock Energy

June 30th, 2010

“We identified that we could use Qtier-Rapor to organise the group’s Cashflow information, moving from an error prone spreadsheet based system to a more disciplined database approach.  The Qtier developers took our feedback on board when we asked for enhancements so that Development, Test and Live environments could be more easily managed.”

Mark Youngman, Finance Director – Tenet Group

June 2nd, 2010

“We needed multi-currency, multi-company, budgeting with total flexibility, and near instant consolidation.  Emailing around 6Mb spreadsheets was no longer viable.  The Qtier-Rapor framework has given us exactly the structure that we need, and ensured that our solution is operationally compliant with such legislation as IFRS.”