Saturday, September 12, 2015

Grants Manager Plus: Theme and Variations

I have written before about how software solution implementations vary in order to serve the unique needs of customers.  One size does not fit all, and this is particularly true for implementations of Microsoft Grants Manager Plus.

When InfoStrat designed Microsoft Grants Manager Plus, the goal was to cover the entire life cycle of a grant, from creating a funding source to publishing grant opportunities, review, award, post-award reporting and closeout.   Our clients may choose to automate some of all of these processes, depending on the grants involved.

The downloadable solution has a large number of features, and is designed to be extended and integrated with other systems as well.

Some grant programs have large number of grants but small amounts of money for each grant.  They may need simple application forms and review processes.  Large grants tend to have more complex applications and review processes, such as review groups.

Fraud prevention and detection are a priority for some grantors.  Grants Manager Plus allows you to add fraud and error detection in post-award reporting workflows.

Grants that require complex post-award demographic reports need a structured approach to gathering metrics from grantees through the grantee portal.

Most grantors will want to use a portal to solicit applications and accept post-award reports online. Some use their existing website or another portal product they already own.  Some choose InfoStrat's PortVue as the portal for Grants Manager Plus.

Integration with financial systems is valuable in order to automatically forward payment requests from Grants Manager Plus to the financial system. The solution accelerator includes integration with Microsoft Dynamics AX and also integration points for other financial systems.  We have integrated with mainframe and Oracle-based financial systems as well as Microsoft ERP products such as Dynamics NAV, Dynamics GP and Dynamics AX.

Grants Manager Plus is much faster to implement than custom development, yet may be tailored to match the unique requirements of each grantor.

For more information on grant management and Microsoft Grants Manager Plus, see my posts:

Microsoft Grants Manager Plus Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
6 Things to Look for in Grant Management Software
Estimating the Cost of a Microsoft Grants Manager Plus Implementation
Grants Manager Plus: Theme and Variations
Microsoft Grants Manager Plus
Online Resources for Microsoft Grants Manager Plus
Portal Options for Microsoft Grants Manager
Statewide Grant Management Systems
Usage Scenarios for Microsoft Grants Manager

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