Legadmi: Human resources management a regional level, flexibly and efficiently, in the cloud
Customer: INCAE Business School
Region: Costa Rica and Nicaragua
INCAE is an academic institution supporting development in Latin America by training leaders to incorporate a global perspective.
Acknowledged as the best MBA course in Central and South America, it also enjoys a privileged international reputation. When the institution needed to renew its Payroll system, it incorporated the Legadmi Regional Solution on Microsoft Azure.
The integration of Oracle technologies on Linux was a transparent process which allowed the systems provider to achieve 60% savings in costs.
Personnel expect to continue migrating from Amazon to Azure, strengthening the consolidation of the cloud infrastructure.
«Legadmi decided to mount its RPS on Microsoft Azure which was a decisive issue for us. It’s a robust, flexible platform which simplifies integration with the Microsoft Dynamics GP accounting system we use as an ERP.» Juan Pablo Salinas, Director of Technology, INCAE
The payroll system needed to be updated throughout all branches and offices; the institution was working with Legadmi which develops solutions for Oracle on Linux.
Implementation of Legadmi RPS on Windows Azure integrated into Microsoft Dynamics GP.
«Having Legadmi operating on Microsoft Azure gives us great peace of mind. The tool means we can transfer knowledge to new employees very easily, accelerating their integration and their work-start functions, protecting our investments.The information can be consolidated for all countries,» sums up Juan Pablo Salinas.
For the firm which developed the Payroll, this means a greater level of support and significant cost savings. «The presence of a local partner for everything involving Azure is a key advantage; having personalized assistance makes all the difference compared with other alternatives,» says Ascanio. So much so that «we are moving our datacenter and other assets from the Department of Technology we currently keep on Amazon to Microsoft Azure,» says its director.
Azure’s interoperability capabilities mean that the platform can be used for a tool like Legadmi, whose user interface and database use Oracle, operating in a Linux environment.
The Instituto Centroamericano de Administración de Empresas (INCAE) is an academic institution with headquarters in Costa Rica and Nicaragua, and recruiting offices in eight Latin American countries.
The business school has been running for 50 years with a mission that goes beyond the purely pedagogical, as it seeks to support the development of the region by training leaders to incorporate a global perspective for Latin America, promoting applied research activities, especially in the areas of competitiveness and sustainability, entrepreneurship and the development of women leaders.
It offers Masters’ degrees which are highly reputed in both in the Americas and Europe, to the point that The Financial Times’ «Global MBA Ranking 2016», ranked INCAE as the top MBA program in Central and South America. In 2015 it was listed third among the world’s International Programs, fourth in the world in International Customers, sixth in the world in Diversity School and fortieth in the world regarding Executive Education. The INCAE offers programs throughout Latin America, Europe and China.»In every recruiting office we provide information, process applications and undertake various efforts associated with our MBA and executive programs. Our academic universe, which includes a broad range of different student profiles, involves 2,000 people.
For us it’s essential to offer uniform standards of quality throughout the countries in which we work, consolidating our institutional image at global level.
This is why it’s key to have a human resources management tool enabling us to handle the diversity of conditions in each country, and also provide us with centralized information administration,» says Juan Pablo Salinas, Director of Technology at INCAE.
In 2015, the Institute implemented the Legadmi’s regional Payroll solution developed using Oracle technology to operate in a Linux environment. «We needed a cloud platform that would allow our staff to operate in the same way in any country where they might be located, and at the same time allow us to have the necessary visibility and capacity for action from our offices in Costa Rica or Nicaragua,» explains Salinas.
«Legadmi decided to mount its RPS on Microsoft Azure which was a decisive issue forus. It is a robust, flexible platform which simplifies integration with the Microsoft Dynamics GP program we use as an ERP.»Also, it is absolutely transparent for our ERP be in Windows while running the Legadmi solution on Linux and Oracle,» says the Director of Technology.
To complete the migration from a local provider of virtualized hosting to Windows Azure, Legadmi worked with ITQS, a specialized Microsoft partner firm. «We found we were able to mount our own system on the platform very easily, even though it was developed using other technologies, achieving significant cost-savings in the order of 60%,» says Luis Ascanio from Legadmi.
«Legadmi operating on Microsoft Azure is a flexible solution that allows us to work with the different types of contracts we have with over 250 employees, between teachers and administrators, in each of the countries where we operate.
This is important because each one has different laws and tax filing requirements when it comes to billing our services, paying salaries or expenses,» details Salinas, adding that «we had to have an effective tool to manage the payroll of each territory and Legadmi already had experience in this area, which, coupled with the ease of having the system in the cloud, meant our needs could be fully met.»
INCAE works with recruitment personnel in decentralized offices, whose task is highly sensitive as the selection process is key to preserving the institution’s standards of excellence.
«Legadmi decided to mount its RPS on Microsoft Azure which was a decisive issue for us. It is a robust, flexible platform which simplifies integration with the Microsoft Dynamics GP program we use as an ERP.Also, it is absolutely transparent for our ERP be in Windows while running the Legadmi solution on Linux and Oracle,»
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