Asia Pacific’s top IT recruitment company is one step closer to smarter budgeting, forecasting and business analytics, after engaging Professional Advantage to deliver a world-class BOARD software solution. With over 225 employees across Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong and Malaysia, Peoplebank’s executives understood that optimised budgeting and forecasting are essential to maintaining high performance and improving financial visibility. In addition, the firm places over 5000 candidates in new jobs each year. With this figure expected to rise, it needed a solution that could keep up during periods of growth.

According to Peoplebank’s financial controller Kathy Spiridakos, BOARD was selected for its ease of use and proven track record: “We were looking at automating reporting, budgeting and forecasting, which we’re currently doing through Excel. We wanted a system that would allow us to automate and streamline our processes, while making information available to all managers. We chose BOARD because it’s user friendly, scalable and will integrate with our current systems.”

Peoplebank engaged Professional Advantage to deliver the solution based on its strong working relationship and industry expertise. Professional Advantage has delivered several recruitment-specific solutions for Peoplebank, including Microsoft Dynamics GP and 1Staff Back Office: “Working with Professional Advantage is great. We have a long-standing relationship. Over time, Professional Advantage has grown, allowing it to provide quality solutions that are suited to the recruitment industry.”

Robert Mete, Business Development Manager at Professional Advantage, said BOARD was ideal for a global organisation such as Peoplebank: “As an all-in-one, integrated product, BOARD is particularly appealing for businesses like Peoplebank. It standardises budgeting, forecasting and business analytics processes, reduces reliance on spreadsheets, and ensures organisations are making informed decisions based on accurate, current data. Additionally, having a consulting team that understands how the recruitment industry operates, and with our expertise with the BOARD application, means Professional Advantage knows how systems must be configured to provide the required operational functionality necessary and provide instant business benefit and value to Peoplebank. With so much functionality, organisations can solve a range of major business challenges with a single tool. The great thing is that BOARD can replace many different types of software products. This helps keep IT implementation and maintenance costs low.

Peoplebank’s Spiridakos said she anticipates BOARD will improve reporting and analytics efficiency, provide information in real-time, and make data more accessible. The solution is expected to go live early this year.