January 21, 2013Doug Hadden
2013 FreeBalance International Steering Committee in Ottawa, Canada provides an interactive customer forum for the exchange of Government Resource Planning (GRP) good practices and country experiences
Ottawa, Canada (January 21, 2013) – FreeBalance, a leading vendor of Government Resource Planning (GRP) software, announced that the annual FreeBalance International Steering Committee (FISC) event will take place on January 21-24, 2013 in Ottawa, Canada. The event is designed to share good governance practices among countries and is critical to the FreeBalance customer-centric approach to social responsibility. The theme of the seventh annual FISC event is “A Story of 7’s”. The theme is intended to recognize the history and value of the steering committee over the last seven years and highlight the impact that FreeBalance Accountability Suite Version 7 software is having on global PFM reform initiatives.
FISC attendees are Public Financial Management (PFM) professionals from country governments using FreeBalance software. The FISC chair is Dr. Cleopatra Gittens, the Accountant General of the Government of Antigua and Barbuda. FISC drives the FreeBalance Accountability Suite Government Resource Planning (GRP) product direction. “The importance of FISC and the practical value to our customers and to our company cannot be understated,” said Manuel Pietra, President & CEO. “FISC is a unique way for FreeBalance customers to be engaged in the product development process. This ensures that our solutions are aligned with the public sector modernization and reform programs in our customer countries.” Previous FISC events were held in Istanbul, Turkey (2012); Madeira, Portugal (2011); Mt. Tremblant, Canada (2010); Prague, Czech Republic (2009); Cascais, Portugal (2008); and London, United Kingdom (2007).
FreeBalance will be blogging and live tweeting during FISC 2013 to share good GRP practices with the international community. FreeBalance domain experts will be discussing recent trends and good practices. Presentations and workshops cover timely subjects, including:
- Leveraging GRP Technology and Gaining Internal Support
- Benchmarking GRP Reform and Evaluating Success
- Enhancing Global Customer Support
- Understanding and Deploying FreeBalance Technology
- Increasing the use of Version 7 Modules
- Planning for GRP Project Milestones
- Building Capacity in Public Financial & Human Resource
- Finding Ways to Move 7 Steps Ahead: How to Leapfrog
FISC is a Steering Committee that sets FreeBalance product direction. The unique “designed for government” FreeBalance Accountability Suite Version 7 software was developed based on workshops with customers. Unlike software vendor user groups, FISC adjusts and re-aligns the FreeBalance product roadmap. Customers have full access to FreeBalance executives during the event to discuss product, service and support improvements. These activities, combined with other aspects of the ISO-9001:2008 certified “customer-centric” processes, ensures that FreeBalance products meet changing international needs in a financially sustainable fashion.
FreeBalance helps governments around the world leverage robust Government Resource Planning (GRP) technology to accelerate country growth. FreeBalance is a recognized leader in fast, adaptable and successful GRP implementations. FreeBalance software manages a global civil service workforce of 1,500,000, and a quarter trillion ($US) annual budgets worldwide. FreeBalance provides software solutions for public financial and human resource management, and supports reform and modernization to improve governance, transparency and accountability. Good governance is required to improve development results. For more information, visit www.freebalance.com.
The annual FreeBalance International Steering Committee (FISC) conference runs from January 21 – 24, 2013 in Ottawa, Canada. FISC provides an interactive forum to exchange Public Financial Management (PFM) good practices among international customers and PFM thought leaders. FISC drives the FreeBalance Accountability Suite Government Resource Planning (GRP) product direction. Previous FISC events were held in Istanbul, Turkey (2012); Madeira, Portugal (2011); Mt. Tremblant, Canada (2010); Prague, Czech Republic (2009); Cascais, Portugal (2008); and London, United Kingdom (2007).
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