Recruitment firm Michael Page International will replace existing systems with Bond Adapt recruitment software and install Cognos business intelligence software to handle rapid business growth.
Beginning 2009, the two-year rollout will take place across the firm’s 24 countries of operation, replacing Michael Page’s existing Profile 7 system from Microdesk, a five-year supplier to the company.
The implementation will co-ordinate alongside a major Cognos business intelligence project that begins the same year, the company said.
The British recruitment firm will carry out the installation across several phases. “We want to manage it carefully, and that’s why we’re taking that approach,” explained group financial controller Kelvin Stagg.
"Initially we’ll be mapping the processes and setting up early features, ready to go live with a pilot by mid-2009."
The Adapt system is used by the majority of recruitment agencies globally, and this was part of the reasoning behind its selection, he said.
Andrew Wayland, chief information officer at Michael Page, told Computerworld UK that the company also saw the Bond software as being more suited to the firm's fast growing operations, compared to the Microdesk system. The company is currently expanding its business both geographically and by recruitment sector.
"We looked in the marketplace and did an extensive valuation. We weren’t looking for a revolution but the [Bond Adapt] system was more scalable as we grow."
The Cognos business intelligence rollout has the aim of improving performance management and the accuracy of information feeding the company’s decision making. “We’re first going live with [Cognos 8] Controller, then the consolidation module,” Wayland said, adding that Michael Page was on target for a May delivery of those modules.
Michael Page runs 5,000 desktops worldwide, mainly on Microsoft software. It uses Citrix application delivery software, a Cisco IP telephony system, and its datacentres are Dell and HP-based.
In its annual results released today, the firm announced a 52 percent increase in full-year profits on the back of a 28 percent growth in revenue. The profits were helped by expansion into new markets such as Latin America.
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