IT consultant Oakton has picked up a contract to develop a new grants management application for Horticulture Australia.
The engagement to develop a Microsoft-based grants management application for Horticulture Australia adds to Oakton’s growing list of ‘applications-as-a-service’ offerings.
Oakton executive general manager, Shaji Sethu, said the company saw a significant gap in the grants management system market and a growing need amongst Australian public and private sector organisations, for such applications.
“What we’re developing will cover the key elements needed to run an information and integration-driven Grants program," he said. "One that’s in line with the Australian Government Commonwealth Grants Rules and Guidelines and Australian National Audit Office Better Practice Guide.”
Sethu said that the Oakton application would deliver specific improvements to the Horticulture Australia's business to ensure its key systems were current and supported the end-to-end business process.
The Oakton/HAL application will be realised through a multi-phased delivery program which includes Microsoft CRM, SharePoint, portal, financial system integration, and reporting capabilities.
Horticulture Australia general manager, Jason Macarthur, said the organsiation required a grants management system with a robust enterprise reporting capability, scalability and strong integration to key supporting systems.
“This application will provide HAL with an integrated workspace that will help realise the vision of an end to end integrated system,” said Macarthur.
Oakton believes the solution will be a much more flexible one than is currently available in the marketplace.
It will be able to be quickly deployed within numerous government and non-government clients.
Sethu said the grants management application is one of three applications developed by Oakton, and delivered as a service under a single monthly fee that includes hosting, operations support, project services and business operations support.
Oakton’s Employee Collaboration Application for enabling the social enterprise and cloud-based ERP as a Service that can be 'flexed' up or down are already in the marketplace.