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UNIT4 Advisory Council for non-profit organisations

posted May 25, 2016, 1:39 AM by Caroline Nzui

CGIAR attended the inaugural Advisory Council meeting for non-profit customers. UNIT4 has setup 4 Advisory councils based on vertical sectors of their customer base. The other councils are for Professional services, Public services and Education & Research. Five customers from a sector make up each advisory council. The other non-profit members are Action Contre La Faim (ACF), Norwegian Red Cross, Save the Children, The Salvation Army and UNOPS. The objective of the Advisory Council is to build a long term relationship between the customer and UNIT4 and establish a sounding board for the UNIT4 Business World solution and business development going forward. Members will provide ideas and strategic input into the future requirements of the sector and in return will receive early release of new versions for testing and to provide feedback.

At the first meeting we received more detailed insight into the changes made to all parts of UNIT4 and discussed new requirements and improvements to the product including: providing development tools and more information to speed implementation of updates and upgrades, provision of 24/7 support, new modules for grant management (UNIT4 are working on designs for Macmillan Cancer support) and fund raising (connectors to CRM products such as MS Dynamics and SalesForce) and more interactive feedback options for donor reporting by providing access to published reports, project photos and videos and other information that documents progress on a project.

The education sector discussed the requirement for a module related to or linking to research outputs such as publications and data which would also be useful to OCS members.

The next advisory council will be in 6 months’ time hosted by UNOPS with the option for virtual participation.

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