Advanced provides secure cloud for London Borough of Hackney

Advanced has been chosen by London Borough of Hackney council to digitise its procurement, budgeting and forecasting and host the entire system securely on a private cloud, also provided by the company.  

Advanced’s solution will also support the council’s move to hybrid working.

Serving over 246,000 residents in Northeast London, London Borough of Hackney council previously ran its financial system via its own corporate network, which had limitations when being accessed remotely via VPN. The local authority needed a system that could support this flexibility for employees and enabled the most efficient and cost-effective financial processes.

Sabhia Malik, principal financial systems officer at London Borough of Hackney, said: “Remote working has brought many benefits for colleagues this year and we want all of our people to be able to work from home when they need to, without compromising productivity or security. Advanced’s cloud financials solution has increased efficiency within our organisation. It allows multiple users to access a single ‘true’ version of data, in real time, along with accurate reporting on-demand. What’s more, they can proactively work with budget holders across the entire local authority to maximise available funding and serve the public purse most effectively. We continue to work with Advanced to ensure all applications are available directly over the internet with the council’s preferred secure two factor Google authentication.”

Mark Dewell, managing director of private, public and third sector at Advanced, said: “Local authorities are under increasing pressure to reduce costs and increase efficiencies, while the demand for key services is on the increase. Finance departments, in particular, are required to maximise available budgets and manage spending across multiple departments and budget holders. Our cloud financials system provides a seamless experience for around 1,000 council employees, wherever they are based, with automated workflows that make processes quicker and easier to implement.”