Now back in post at Orchard for over a year following a six year spell plying his trade elsewhere, Orchard’s Finance Solutions Consultant, Ivan Blythe, provides an insight to how the Financial landscape is changing, discussing the importance of having efficient Finance systems that can deliver business change and make people happy!

What I saw as soon as I rejoined Orchard was that many customers have merged to form bigger organisations. This obviously gives scope for more efficiency within the new organisation, but only if processes and (yes)
systems are put in place to support the changes. This has in many cases been done but there’s still other cases where more can be done and I will help those under pressure to deliver efficiency and subsequently improve their day-to-day work-lives.

In addition, implementations undertaken in the past may no longer fit customers as they are today. Many LSVT implementations for example, were undertaken against tough timescales with limited knowledge of how the new organisation would, or might even look. Other implementations are over 10 years old and have underpinned various restructures over the years, the result being the solution is struggling with demons such as manual processes and workarounds that often manifests itself in onerous reporting processes.

In the six years I was away from Orchard, the Orchard Financials product set has moved on and continues to move on as you would expect. Our customers need more than a Finance system that satisfies their financial regulations. What we aim to deliver with Orchard Financials is a powerful combination of an award winning finance system and our substantial specialist sector expertise. It’s this I know sets us apart from our competitors in the sector – something I’m proud to be part of and looking forward to sharing with our customers, both present and future!

Please contact me if there’s anything you would either like to talk about or tell others about – one great thing about the Social Housing Sector is the sharing of ideas between organisations and I aim to promote that as much as I can.

Contact Ivan on 0784 134 3596 / ivan.blythe@orchard-systems.co.uk or orchardfinancials@orchard-systems.co.uk to discuss how he can help.