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2010 FreeBalance International Steering Committee (FISC) Drives Next Generation of Government Resource Planning (GRP) Solutions


January 14, 2010

Global Public Financial Management community to gather in Canada this month for annual FreeBalance event

Ottawa, Canada (January 13, 2010) – FreeBalance, a For Profit Social Enterprise (FOPSE) software company that helps governments around the world to leverage robust Government Resource Planning (GRP) technology to accelerate country growth, today announced that the annual FreeBalance International Steering Committee (FISC) event will take place from January 18 – 21, 2010 in Mont Tremblant, Quebec. The FISC drives the FreeBalance Accountability Suite product vision to direct FreeBalance Government Resource Planning (GRP) solutions.

FreeBalance supports sustainable Public Financial Management (PFM). Every year the company brings together a select group of international customers for the FreeBalance International Steering Committee (FISC). The FISC provides an interactive forum to exchange public financial management good practices among international customers and PFM thought leaders. Previous FISC events were held in Prague, Czech Republic (2009), Cascais, Portugal (2008), and London, United Kingdom (2007).

“The annual FreeBalance International Steering Committee (FISC) event is critical for our sustainable customer-centric approach,” said Manuel Pietra, President & CEO at FreeBalance. “The FISC is designed to be a collaborative learning experience for both FreeBalance and its customers. The event provides an opportunity to build relationships and work towards mutual goals and objectives.”

The 2010 FISC event will include a unique program for Ministers. The Ministers Meetings will provide participants with exclusive access to an interactive forum with influential public financial management experts. Participating countries are actively undergoing significant PFM modernization and reform programs. Country growth, good practices and lessons learned in reform will be discussed in this intimate setting. Shared experiences will help leverage technology investments to accelerate development, improve accountability, transparency and modernization.

The FISC meets annually and through conference calls each quarter, and is an important part of the global FreeBalance community. FreeBalance customers span the globe and the user community includes public financial management professionals in 18 countries. FreeBalance operates in 15 customer time zones. FreeBalance has more than 60,000 users around the world. FreeBalance software manages a global civil service workforce of 1,500,000, and also manages a quarter trillion ($US) annual budgets worldwide. FISC helps ensure that the FreeBalance vision for Government Resource Planning (GRP) is aligned with government customer needs.

The 2010 FISC event also represents a new and unique opportunity for FreeBalance and its partners. As part of the recently launched FreeBalance Global Partner Program, partners are participating in FISC for the first time. The FreeBalance Partner Program event will run in parallel with the annual FreeBalance International Steering Committee (FISC) and the FreeBalance Ministers Meetings. The FISC 2010 Partner Program has been designed to provide participants with an interactive forum with the Government Resource Planning (GRP) community. The program will also enable FreeBalance and its partners to extend strategic relationships to more effectively support the global public financial management market.

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Doug Hadden

Doug Hadden

Executive Vice President, Innovation at FreeBalance
Doug is responsible for identifying new global markets, new technologies and trends, and new and enhanced internal processes. Doug leads a cross-functional international team that is responsible for developing product prototypes and innovative go-to-market strategies.

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