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Aiken Promotions is Ireland’s longest established concert promoter and event organiser, with staff in two offices, one in Dublin and another in Belfast. Back in 2007, when the recession was just starting to hit, the firm was as focused as any business on getting a better grip on cash flow and more visibility of the bottom line.
Financial controller Adrian Ryan was already exacerbated with an accounts package that was inflexible and not particular user friendly. Run from an on premise server, it also placed unnecessary demands on the firm’s limited in house resources.
Ryan is responsible for IT investments and was keen to explore the emerging cloud computing market that could relieve the business of the responsibility of managing and maintaining servers and software. Software-as-a-service could also meet the unusual demands of Aiken. “Gigs happen anywhere and you have to have immediate access to financial information,” he explained. “With some acts we settle the shows with touring accountants on the night of the show, sometimes transferring the money then and there.”
The firm required a user-friendly ERP solution that could be accessed anywhere and give the business better reporting capabilities, recognising that greater visibility of business transactions would be crucial for riding out the recession. Everything pointed to Microsoft. “Everyone other than our graphics department operates on Windows and the target was to get to a platform where it would be easy to integrate, that was familiar and easy to use,” he said.