The General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA) coordinates and administers the finances, property, and statistical resources of The United Methodist Church and safeguards the Church’s legal interests and rights.
GCFA is responsible for consolidating and reporting financial and administrative data from conferences, districts, and churches. Historically, this data consolidation took place using a patchwork of homegrown and off-the-shelf products.
The conference determined that the legacy infrastructure was no longer sufficient for their business needs and embarked on a modernization project. Their primary need was to have data syncing from 59 separate annual church conferences to GCFA, from which the data will be spread among other entities.
After a detailed evaluation, GCFA selected Centerprise for its superior usability, flexibility, and overall functionality.
GCFA is responsible for consolidating and reporting financial and administrative data from 59 annual conferences spread across the nation. These conferences house data in a variety of homegrown and commercial software products and platforms. Data structures and semantics are different across these conferences and must be normalized before importing to the consolidated operational data store.
This difficulty meant that management reports reflected data that was weeks or even months old, which adversely affected the decision-making processes.