The critical requirements of the ERP project were ensuring data integrity and security, as well as streamlining club reporting to the AFL. Like most shared services functions, data security between entities is required to ensure the integrity of the arrangement and the ERP solution was designed accordingly.
AFL requires each club to submit an annual Club Financial Report (CFR). “Basically, all the clubs provide a standardised set of financials for actuals and budgets, and that creates a standard benchmark across the industry. So, it’s critical that transactions are categorised correctly,” says Luke Harvey, AFL Finance Systems Lead. “AFL aggregates the information to create a picture of how the clubs are performing. The data is collated and reported back to clubs so they can benchmark their financial performance against their peers.”
The CFR is a critical task within Club Finance team remits. These reports have historically been Excel-driven, and the process to collate and prepare had been largely manual.