Financial, Grant and Project Administration
The Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system is managed through SAP Business One which is a versatile and robust IT system. For the Foundation, it means having a management plan and setting financial controls in a distributed environment where business rules and levels authority are standardized. It provides us with a centralized, enterprise-wide platform which integrates our diverse and complex multi-site, multi-currency grant management environment. The system manages aspects of the Foundation such as finance, assets, progress monitoring of projects and real-time reporting. Standards for corporate governance and compliancy are supported through high levels of transparency. Additionally, the system is extended to users with mobile devices.
The DTHF has achieved higher levels of efficiency through real-time insights provided by SAP Business One. These efficiencies extend to pending grants, projects in-progress, and better controls over procurement and spend & claim processes.
In 2013, the DTHF was awarded the honor medal in the “World Good” category at the Computerworld Honors annual ceremony for the implementation of this integrated ERP system.
The system was developed in partnership with Bluekey Software Solutions, a South African specialist in the implementation, consulting, support and extension of enterprise resource planning, business intelligence and other business solutions. Bluekey Software Solutions continue to support the DTHF through the contribution of its time to ongoing development, ensuring DTHF’ changing requirements are continually met.
Human Resource Management
DTHF’s Human Resources Manager, Tania Thorton, has more than 14 years’ work experience with a variety of organisations across a diversity of industries. These include financial services, banking, retail and local government. Her range of experience includes talent acquisition lead (inclusive of talent pipelines with a focus on graduate and learnership recruitment and selection and coaching to performance), human resources management, leadership development, strategic and business alignment; learning and development; job analysis, competency profiling and organisational development and performance management. Tania has a B.Soc Science from the University of Cape Town and completed a host of other training – HR skills-based. She is qualified in the administration of a number of personality assessment tools. She is also a trained and experienced facilitator.
IT Infrastructure and Support
IT infrastructure within DTHF is designed to facilitate communication, collaboration, and interoperability between all sites and provide the necessary tools for implementation. Sites are equipped with Internet connectivity providing at minimum, adsl connection speeds of 4 Megabits and all SITEs are linked via a Wide Area Network (WAN). Data security and IT infrastructure is overseen by a central IT technician and network manager. Access to data or other confidential files is heavily restricted through Active Directory security and hardware redundancy.