The University of Plymouth is aiming to get more out of its ERP business platform with a plug-in that allows users to easily grab the data and information they require.

The university has gone live with Logix4, a self-service data analysis tool from UNIT4 Business Software. The plug-in will provide "enhanced analysis and reporting" on the university's underlying Agresso Campus ERP data, said Plymouth. Agresso is also supplied by UNIT4.

The plug-in supports simple drag-and-drop actions, allowing users to explore standard metrics, while answering their own ad hoc questions. There is no need to use spreadsheets or customised reports to glean the information required, says the supplier.

“One of the main reasons we chose Logix4 was the pre-built analytics packs it delivers across the Agresso modules,” said Mark Taylor, deputy director of finance at the University of Plymouth.

"We can make informed decisions more quickly, use budgets more effectively, and achieve greater time savings and efficiencies. The return on investment has been immediate,” said Taylor.

Also in Plymouth, it was recently announced the city council is deploying a Microsoft unified communications system to support 4,000 staff with the aim of cutting costs and supporting flexible working. The new Microsoft Lync platform, being deplyed by NEC IT solutions, will give council staff individual and group instant messaging, video conferencing, a collaborative virtual meeting space and remote access and support.