County Gov’t Modernizes with Microsoft Dynamics 365 Finance

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Large County Government Relies on Microsoft Dynamics 365 Finance (ERP) and the Cloud for Modernization


As one of the largest counties in the state of Illinois, McHenry County has 300,000 citizens across over 30 communities—all served by their government organization’s 1,200 employees and 28 offices.


With residents who are much more experienced with technology than in the past and who also have an expectation for their local government to keep up with current technology trends and capabilities, the county’s outdated ERP system just wasn’t cutting it.


McHenry County is always dealing with “something new” across the different departments within the county—from the Division of Transportation to the Sheriff’s Department, and even a county-owned nursing home facility--and they needed more from their ERP system.


The Need to Modernize an Outdated Government ERP System


McHenry County wanted to modernize and their outdated government ERP solution was coming up short. Manual reporting and processes required employees to perform redundant tasks and use inefficient tracking systems. McHenry County was also missing out on flexible accessibility options like mobile access from anywhere.


Another missing piece to their technology puzzle? The Cloud. Peter Voss, IT Project Manager, summed it up when he said, “Everything shows that the industry is going to the Cloud very rapidly and we decided it was time for McHenry County to do the same thing.” The county government wanted to have the latest technology in place to easily and effectively meet the needs of constituents and customers.


The Ultimate Government ERP Cloud Solution: Microsoft Dynamics 365 Finance


McHenry County determined Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations was the government ERP solution they needed in order to modernize. Not only did Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations check the box for a cloud-based ERP government solution that would boost employee productivity across departments, but these additional capabilities were just what they were looking for in a new government ERP system:


  • The ability for employees to access the ERP system from anywhere—whether it be from a mobile phone, desktop computer or tablet
  • Enhanced data security to protect citizen information
  • Centralized budgeting, purchasing and full financials all within the single, integrated, and easy to use Dynamics 365 platform
  • An easy to upgrade solution that will keep pace with future technology advances
  • Out-of-the-box features and processes that require minimal customization
  • Ad-hoc reporting capabilities


McHenry County chose AKA Enterprise Solutions to implement their new government ERP solution. AKA has deep experience working with Microsoft Dynamics and county governments and has even developed custom state and local government solutions with the Microsoft Dynamics platform. Their proven track record with helping governments to better deliver to both employees and citizens made them the ideal choice for McHenry County.


“We’ve recognized that this is where the future is going to be,” says Peter Austin, “and it was comfortable to move with a company like AKA and Microsoft to help our policy makers service our residents better.”


Want to hear more about why McHenry chose Microsoft Dynamics 365 and AKA? Watch this short 2-minute video to hear their story:



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Article by: Bryn Forrest | 212-502-3900

As Director, Government, Not for Profit, Media Industries, and Existing Customer Marketing for AKA, Bryn has more than 26 years of experience in marketing management, 17 of those with AKA. Under her leadership, AKA has been recognized by Microsoft for excellence in marketing.

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