Busy Bees buzzes off to Microsoft for £1m IT deal

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Busy Bees buzzes off to Microsoft for £1m IT deal

Antony Savvas

Busy Bees Childcare Vouchers is implementing a £1m-plus Microsoft-based IT system to improve its administration and finance.

Part of the ABC group, one of the world’s largest childcare companies, UK-based Busy Bees has gone to IT consultancy Touchstone Group to implement the system.

The system includes systems to improve financial accounting, business administration, customer relationship management, web development and SQL database management, as part of a fully integrated system with complete business intelligence reporting.

The software used comprises of Microsoft Dynamics GP for financial accounting, Microsoft Dynamics CRM, Microsoft SharePoint 2007 for the voucher website, Microsoft ASP. Net for bespoke elements of the website, the Microsoft BizTalk 2006 system integration hub, Microsoft Reporting Services, and the Microsoft SQL Server 2007 database platform.

Jo Dalby, Busy Bee Childcare Vouchers financial director, said, “We chose to implement this ‘end-to-end’ Microsoft solution because we believe that in doing so we have safeguarded the future of our IT systems.”

The new system, which will support a 200-strong operation, replaces a bespoke developed system that could no longer cope with the company's growth.

Busy Bees is rolling out the system this month and expects the financial elements to be live by 1 April, and fully live with all elements by June.

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