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November 11, 2010

Birmingham implements SAP BusinessObjects Strategy Management

Strategic plans execution, and identified risks impact assessment

By CBR Staff Writer

Birmingham City Council (Birmingham) has implemented SAP BusinessObjects Strategy Management, to have an understanding of its data through the use of performance dashboards across the whole Council organisation.

The new offering enables Birmingham to give its employees insight into how the organisation is executing against its strategy to improve conditions for citizens across key public services including housing, planning, social care and environmental services.

In addition, the offering will provide visibility into whether a department or project is on track with given objectives can help ensure employees are aware of potential issues and can make timely corrective actions.

Birmingham City Council corporate director of business change Glyn Evans said they had made a strategic decision to invest and build an IT landscape with SAP as their key partner and are confident that they can meet their requirements today and work together to tackle future needs.

"Performance management information is important for local government as it is how we measure our success against our goals, such as turning over vacant council properties to new tenants as quickly as possible," Evans said.

"When analysing activities like this against 70,000 housing units, for example, SAP BusinessObjects Strategy Management can be invaluable at giving a picture of how the council is performing by area or type of property, allowing us to see where we can improve."

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The BusinessObjects Strategy Management application enables business users at all levels to align resources to effectively manage the execution of strategic plans, assess the potential impact of identified risks, and drive better performance.

SAP UK and Ireland managing director Tim Noble said Birmingham City Council has been a longstanding SAP customer and acts as a model of how best to utilise SAP enterprise performance management offerings to gain maximum advantage for public sector efficiency and value for the taxpayer.

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