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Our Infor division here at Kick ICT is responsible for providing organisations with technology solutions across the accounting and financial management, business intelligence and visual analytics landscapes and it’s across all of these areas that we delivered our most recent project with Inverness College and North Highland College.

Inverness College and North Highland College are part of the thirteen strong University of the Highlands and Islands college network and have been a Kick customer for a number of years, managed within our specialist Infor division.  

 

Company Requirements

Inverness College and North Highland College were operating on Infor SunSystems 4.4 and both on separate installations.  Due to circumstances outwith the colleges’ control they had only performed minimal point release software upgrades meaning they were not using the most up to date, supported and beneficial version of SunSystems.

Furthermore, there was a desire to consolidate both colleges onto one system and to realise the cost and operational efficiencies this would bring – a shift from their existing separate chart of accounts and processes.

The Solution

Our top priority was to upgrade the colleges to the latest version of SunSystems, 6.4, and to install this on one consolidated server.  Upgrading to SunSystems 6.4 delivered multiple benefits to the colleges and something we strongly recommend to any SunSystems user on older versions.  

This upgrade, alongside the deployment of Infor’s Q&A 11.3, ensured the colleges’ benefitted from having secure, modern and efficient financial applications, able to access the real time financial information that can help meet the demands they face as further education organisations from a range of stakeholders.

In delivering this project we were also able to ensure compatibility with the latest versions of Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office, helping all users within both colleges to be more productive in their day to day roles.

The full list of applications delivered to Inverness College and North Highland College were: 

  • Upgrade to SunSystems 6.4
  • Upgrade to Q&A 11.3
  • Making Tax Digital
  • Spindle, Draycir’s document distribution application

The onset of Covid-19 had potential to have a significant impact upon the delivery of this project which was progressing well since kicking off in January 2020.  However, we were able to manage a quick transition from on site to remote delivery, utilising our established remote working tools to enable us to keep communication lines open with messaging, video and phone calls used for the delivery of training, workshops and general project management, through to testing and finally go live in May.

 

Thinking about your own upgrade project to SunSystems 6.4?  Check out our dedicated SunSystems section.

SunSystems

Thank you for all your hard work over the last 6 months. The Go Live went a lot easier than I thought especially with us all working remotely and we’ve gained a lot of knowledge of Infor SunSystems which I can pass to the team

Gillian Hossack, Finance Manager at The North Highland College

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