GRP Solutions

GRP Solutions

The First Global Government Resource Planning Solution

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What is GRP Software?

Governments don’t have shareholders. They report to citizens, and citizens demand transparent and open government.

That’s where GRP software comes in.

FreeBalance has developed Commercial Off-the-Shelf (COTS) Government Resource Planning (GRP) application and platform software to meet the unique needs of government resource planning. It’s enterprise-class and designed to support whole-of-government implementations.

FreeBalance’s GRP solutions for central, regional and local governments provide predictability and control over budget execution, sound public finances and greater fiscal stability through improved transparency and accountability.

The FreeBalance Accountability Suite™ can be equally effectively be used in other public sector verticals such as public health, transport, utilities and social services.

Commercial Off-The-Shelf Software

GRP is COTS software designed exclusively for governments. Some GRP solutions are designed for a single country, region, or government tier.

GRP software differs from traditional enterprise resource planning (ERP) software by having no unnecessary private sector functionality that impinges on government success rates.

Budget Cycle Chart

Budget Execution Preparation

GRP covers the entire government budget cycle, including Budget Preparation and Budget Execution. Budget Preparation is the key mechanism for governments to determine how objectives will be met and how to improve government performance. Government revenue and expenditures are managed during Budget Execution using Commitment Accounting. Funds are set aside during procurement and hiring cycles to ensure that the budget is not exceeded. Changes in the government financial situation result in budget transfers to ensure fiscal discipline.

Differences between GRP and ERP

Differences between GRP and ERP

Differences between GRP and ERP include:

  • GRP was designed exclusively for government and the software is applicable only in the public sector while ERP was initially designed for the private sector and is sold across many vertical markets, or industries, including government
  • GRP software was designed with budget awareness built in for all modules with integrated commitment accounting while ERP has commitment accounting added and most modules outside financials are not budget aware
  • GRP software, being government specific, leverages configuration as the primary mechanism of meeting government needs while ERP leverages code customization
  • GRP software vendors design open systems for financial sustainability, while ERP vendors tend to leverage legacy technology and proprietary systems to lock governments into their software
  • GRP software vendors optimize implementation processes for the context of governments while ERP vendors rely on 3rd parties for implementations

Additional Reading

Flying into the Perfect Storm at sunset, Braga, Portugal. How can Governments Transform Country Resilience? What PFM lessons did we learn from the pandemic? First and foremost that the budget cycle offers resilience planning and tracking opportunities. Read More
Why is Public Financial Management the Brain Behind Country Resilience? PFM is about following the budget cycle from planning through to outcomes by building resilience in Public Investment Management and achieving sufficient fiscal space to react to crises. And, the use of an effective Government Resource Planning (GRP) system like the FreeBalance Accountability Suite™ to support the entire budget cycle. Read More
Cloud Government Resource Planning and The Cloud FreeBalance has noticed a dramatic increase in the adoption of cloud technologies by governments and Government Resource Planning (GRP) providers are winning the race. Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) cloud offerings are noticeably behind the curve while there has been an explosion of software designed for the public sector in the United States. Special cloud products… Read More

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