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Governments Need Improved Information Technology (IT) Vendor Governance to Transform Public Administration


August 20, 2013

Montreal, Canada (August 18, 2013) – FreeBalance, a leading vendor of Government Resource Planning (GRP) software, released a new Good Practice Document on IT vendor governance at the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC) 65th National Annual Conference. The event will take place in Montreal, from August 18-21, 2013. The conference will be attended by over 450 participants.

IPAC Annual Conferences has become a premier networking and knowledge-sharing event for public administration academics and senior public servants from federal, provincial, territory and municipal levels of government in Canada. Focused on a theme of “Re-inventing Public Administration,” the 65th Annual IPAC Conference explores government transformation and the role of information technology like GRP software.

The Good Practice Document on GRP Vendor Governance describes IT risk factors in the public sector and proposes processes to enable transformation. “Governments in Canada and around the world have found that legacy IT systems to manage public finances have prevented needed transformation,” said Luc Cardinal, Regional Manager, North America. “Manufacturers of software for public administration should be committed to adapting to meet 21st Century government transformation needs.” The Good Practice document recommends customer-centric implementation processes that improve project success in the long-term.

Headquartered in Ottawa, FreeBalance is a global practice leader operating in more than 20 countries world-wide. The set of FreeBalance Good Practice Documents also covers Anti-Corruption, Budget Formulation, GRP Reform Sequencing, Multiple Year Chart of Accounts (COA) and Total Cost of Ownership (TCO), can be downloaded from the FreeBalance website.

About IPAC
The Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC), founded in 1947, is an association of public servants, academics, and others interested in public administration. Their mandate is to promote excellence in public service in a number of ways: through publications, conferences, awards of excellence and knowledge networks. IPAC is Canada’s leader in public administration research.

Although Canada is the Institute’s primary focus, they help export Canadian expertise to governments and organizations around the world.

IPAC is headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and is a volunteer-driven organization.

About FreeBalance
FreeBalance helps governments around the world leverage robust Government Resource Planning (GRP) technology to accelerate country growth. FreeBalance software solutions for public financial and human resource management support reform and modernization to improve governance, transparency and accountability. Good governance is required to improve development results. FreeBalance solutions are active in 21 countries managing more than a quarter trillion ($US) in annual budgets worldwide. For more information, visit the FreeBalance website.

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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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