Helzberg reviewed multiple products on the market and selected our solution which includes Contracts (Lease Administration and Lease Accounting) as part of a complete store lifecycle system on one platform and database. Helzberg invested in all modules, including Markets & Sites, Projects, Facilities, Capital Projects, Workflow, Data Integrator and the Web Spreadsheet platform extension.
Since our solution is cloud-delivered, no hardware was required to deploy, old hardware could be repurposed and the implementation project could begin immediately after contract signing without any delay for hardware or software procurement.
Using our methodology, super users were identified from within Helzberg’s staff to take the lead role in client configuration. Two resources were identified as super users, one with a business background in retail and experience in implementing store lifecycle systems and the other from IT, with experience in building integrations and interfaces. Helzberg super users were trained on use of all our system configuration tools including, but not limited to, the form and page builder, the field builder, the report builder, the data integrator (Data Integrator), the spreadsheet integrator (Web Spreadsheets) and the Workflow builder (Workflow).
Markets & Sites, Projects, Facilities, Capital Projects, Contracts, Workflow, Data Integrator and the Web Spreadsheets.
The project included:
- Implementation of all modules.
- A complete data conversion from their legacy lease administration system.
- Nine integrations into HDS’ financial systems.
- Training of super users and end users.
- Multiple conference room pilots.
Since our solution is a single platform, single database solution, Helzberg was able to consolidate all its real estate data, documents and processes into a single solution, eliminating not only their legacy lease administration system but dozens of other homegrown, paper-based or Excel-based systems. They were also able to use the Web Spreadsheets module to deploy a couple of their key Excel spreadsheets onto the platform, allowing them to be used on the web and providing the resulting data for reporting and system screens.
Helzberg desired to complete the project prior to the end of the year so that they can start the new year on a new lease accounting system.
While the cost of this many disparate systems is hard to quantify, Helzberg understood that they were increasing the likelihood of costly errors by having so many disassociated systems.
Deployment of the Contracts modules ensures that when the new FASB 13 rules are finalized, Helzberg will have a system able to support those guidelines. As a cloud solution, all our future upgrades support FASB 13 and any other required guidelines. All upgrades can also be done quickly without impact on internal IT resources or business users which will reduce future costs.
In addition to extending into a full lifecycle system, Contracts offered lease administration features that were not available in their version of their legacy system. Both advanced straight-line rent and percent rent accrual management were moved out of a more manual spreadsheet-based system into Contracts further consolidating Helzberg rent accounting features into one product.
- On-time, under-budget implementation.
- Replacement of their legacy lease system (REM) in under 4 months.
- Nine integrations into HDS’ financial systems.
- Consolidate all HDS real estate data, documents and processes into a single solution eliminating not only REM but dozens of other homemade paper-based or Excel-based systems.
KEYS TO SUCCESS
The project was considered a huge success as Phase One was delivered earlier than planned with replacement of their legacy lease system in five months. The project also came in under budget largely due to the commitment and excellent performance of project resources.
Helzberg resources and commitment
While many resources from Helzberg contributed to the success of the project, two systems administrators teamed up to drive project success. The combination of their experience in system integration and their knowledge of retail lease administration, enabled Helzberg to quickly take control of their deployment and quickly drive success in the project.
Helzberg’s willingness to commit resources to the project also played a major role in the project’s success and speed of delivery. Instead of trying to use part-time resources, Helzberg chose to dedicate two full-time resources to the project which drove both the quality of the final solution and the extremely quick delivery of the project.
Our implementation methodology has been designed to allow for fast deployment and implementation by quickly empowering client administrators to take control of their system and make it their own. Rapid prototyping of pages, forms and processes was done with Helzberg end-users so they could suggest changes and quickly see their suggestions live in the system.