Greenville County Schools Live on Lawson Enterprise Solutions

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South Carolina’s largest school district will use Lawson applications to help improve administrative efficiency and reduce operational costs.

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Lawson helps districts simplify administration, improve accuracy and meet their imperatives for greater efficiency and transparency, so they have a smooth path for the real business of educating kids.

Greenville County Schools in South Carolina recently completed the first phase of an organization-wide deployment of an enterprise software system from Lawson Software (Nasdaq: LWSN). This Lawson deployment includes Lawson System Foundation and the Lawson S3 Enterprise Financial Management and Strategic Human Capital Management suites as well as Lawson Business Intelligence. These application suites are helping the district centralize key business functions and gain a broader view of financial data across the organization. Lawson Professional Services provided implementation services for the system rollout.

The School District of Greenville County is located in Greenville, S.C., and is the largest school district in the state. The district employs 9,000 people and serves approximately 70,000 students in 90 school locations. Eight Greenville County high schools are in the top 6 percent in the nation, making the list of Newsweek’s Best High Schools for 2009.

The Greenville County district had previously relied on a legacy system that included numerous disparate home-grown systems along with many manual processes. In order to streamline its financial and human resource systems, decrease paper-based practices and enable continued technology growth, the district needed to upgrade and overhaul its entire operation. After choosing the Lawson solution, the school district launched what it has dubbed “The GRETIL Project” — Greenville Realizes Efficiency Through Integrating Lawson. The Lawson applications are also helping the district achieve additional objectives:

  •     Replace manual paper processes and improve efficiencies through automated work flow, including requisition approval and budget transfer process flow.
  •     Create a centralized repository of information, creating efficiencies through data accuracy and reduced redundancy and allowing for meaningful, synchronized data from the district office through all the schools.
  •     Activate a new accounting structure to standardize relevant financial data with the ability to produce consolidated financial statements and spreadsheets from a single repository.
  •     Provide ease of use for staff and streamlined customer service.

“Increasing constituent and regulatory demands for greater accountability pose significant challenges to school districts with tight budgets,” said Brian Murphy, general manager, Public Sector, Lawson. “Lawson helps districts simplify administration, improve accuracy and meet their imperatives for greater efficiency and transparency, so they have a smooth path for the real business of educating kids.”

Phase 2 of Greenville’s system rollout will focus on additional components of the Lawson Strategic Human Capital Management suite, including Teacher Contract Administration, Time and Attendance, and Employee Self-Service. More information about this overall project can be found at http://www.greenville.k12.sc.us/gcsd/depts/finance/gretil.asp.

Lawson serves more than 140 public sector customers, including nine of the top 50 U.S. school districts, three of the top seven state governments and 20 of the nation’s largest utilities. Public sector organizations rely on Lawson solutions to help meet the needs of a variety of stakeholders —students, employees, parents, taxpayers, vendors and communities.

About Lawson Software
Lawson Software provides software and service solutions to 4,500 customers in equipment service management and rental, fashion, food & beverage, healthcare, manufacturing & distribution, public sector (United States), service industries, and strategic human capital management across 40 countries. Lawson Software is a global provider of enterprise software, services and support to customers primarily in three sectors: services, trade and manufacturing/distribution. Lawson’s solutions include Enterprise Performance Management, Human Capital Management, Supply Chain Management, Enterprise Resource Planning, Customer Relationship Management, Manufacturing Resource Planning, Enterprise Asset Management and industry-tailored applications. Lawson solutions assist customers in simplifying their businesses or organizations by helping them streamline processes, reduce costs and enhance business or operational performance. Lawson is headquartered in St. Paul, Minn., and has offices around the world. Visit Lawson online at http://www.lawson.com. For Lawson’s listing on the First North exchange in Sweden, Remium AB is acting as the Certified Adviser.

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