The Department of Information Technology for the County had an initiative to migrate all mission critical applications out of Microsoft Access. With this new requirement, the County requested Ascendra’s assistance to replace their staff-created, Microsoft Access budget tool, using an approved technology. The original budget tool had been designed to mimic the County’s legacy mainframe budgeting system which was retired due to high operations and maintenance costs as well as its rigid structure. The County’s budget cycle encompassed four individual processes. The Access database contained data tables, queries, input forms and reports. Budget master data was harmonized with the County’s financial accounting system within the Access application.
Their existing Budget tool was cumbersome and inefficient and characterized by the following:
The County chose Ascendra to design, develop and deploy a custom budget solution that would closely follow their existing budget cycle and processes, that was aligned with IT’s processes and requirements.