HR and Payroll Challenges of a growing city
The population of the City of St. John's, NL has been growing. As the city grows, so does its need for increased staffing within government and a more sophisticated HRIS software that can deal with payroll complexities. Every two years, St. John’s conducts a needs analysis for their information technology needs. . The 2005-2007 strategic plan indicated that the city needed new financial software. They selected Great Plains (now Microsoft Dynamics GP) and hoped that their vendor would be able to give them the payroll upgrade they were looking for. Microsoft Dynamics GP however has a standard payroll module that was not able to handle their complex payroll calculations. Bonnie Arns, the HRIS manager undertook a review of 22 software systems that were compatible with Great Plains.
Life before StarGarden:
Payroll was a time consuming and frustrating exercise as they used spreadsheets to determine calculations
Tracking schedule and costs by employee was difficult
Lacked visibility in reports for financial planning and budgeting
Errors caused due to duplicate entries in different systems were prevalent