Plan International is due to go live with an installation of the Cognos 8 datawarehouse tool at the start of next month.
The charity organisation, which works to reduce child poverty in 49 developing countries, will use the software to provide donors with regular progress reports on the children and projects they fund.
"Sponsorship and finance managers will be e-mailed monthly reports, allowing them to look at information across countries and regions. Internal auditors, regional staff and our programme staff will be able to drill down into the reports, to look at trends," said Teresa Hogan, global applications manager at Plan International.
Plan International hired business intelligence specialist Morgan Benjamin to build the Cognos 8 datawarehouse at the charity's UK headquarters. The datawarehouse will consolidate information into a single, consistent source that will be made available to all Plan International's global offices.
Testing began this week (17 September). The charity will initially deploy Cognos 8 to 10 pilot users and train them to use the software.
"The first element is to make sure they can do the same work in the new environment as they used to do in the old system. Then we will look at additional functionality, particularly on how they can distribute reports more efficiently," said Hogan.