Benefits realized after Baker Tilly
Baker Tilly has helped VisitDallas add efficiency to the finance function by implementing a best-in-class accounting system that allows invoices to be connected to vendor payments, allowing for simple, efficient research into transactions. Larsen and her team can drill from reports and dashboards all the way down into the supporting documentation and invoice images.
Along with the implementation of Sage Intacct, Baker Tilly helped VisitDallas migrate from Concur to Nexonia to improve the end user experience for the finance team. As the staff received training on the new systems, they were excited about the change – something that in Larsen’s experience is unusual with this kind of system migration.
“The transition was seamless,” said Larsen. “The end users loved it from day one. They had to learn new coding for transactions, but it was easy to access, visually easy to see and understand, and easy to track. I was surprised at how seamless it was to get department staff and end users trained. We have people doing their own invoices now that never would have before.”
"The design, structure, and capabilities of the system have us set for years.”
The dimensionality of Sage Intacct nonprofit accounting software, which Baker Tilly implemented and configured for the organization, enables Larsen and her team to slice and dice data across departments, projects and funding sources. The latter was a dimension missing from their Great Plains implementation.
When asked if there are specific metrics she can point to that show improvements since finishing the project, Larsen highlights an improved AP process. Baker Tilly customized their system so that the team at VisitDallas can easily see what funding source is associated with a bill so that the appropriate bank account can be selected for payment. “We were spending a big chunk of two difficult days per week sorting this out,” said Larsen. “Now we can do it in less than half a day.”
Asked whether she feels the team and the systems are now ready to scale with the future growth of the organization, Larsen responded confidently, “Without a doubt. The design, structure and capabilities of the system have us set for years.”
“I had a vision for what I wanted and plenty of experience to know how things should work,” said Larsen. “What Baker Tilly was able to do was to take that and know exactly how to map it into the system.” According to Larsen, Baker Tilly’s experience, the infrastructure they’ve built for their implementation team, and their project management process was crucial to the success of the project.
“I’ve done five or six GL conversions in my career,” said Larsen. “This was by far the easiest and the one where I felt like I had the best understanding of the overall plan and where we were along the way.”