Using iFinance: The Fixed Asset Register
The first school management information system (MIS) to be entirely web-based, iSAMS is designed to increase the accessibility of essential information for everyone; supporting your members of staff, transforming parental engagement and empowering student learning.
One of our central aims continues to be increasing efficiency across each of our partner schools, whilst enhancing the experience for every member of the school community. Specifically with your Bursars and Finance teams in mind, this was the driving force behind our development of iFinance - a platform which brings together your academic, wellbeing, administrative and fee billing elements with a powerful accounting and finance solution.
In this iFinance blogging series, we'll walk you through some of this unique software's brand new, front-line features and explore how they could help your Finance team streamline essential processes to meet your school's financial strategy. These features have been widely and reliably used in the business space for a while and now, with our support, have recently been adapted for use in the Education sector.
To kick us off, we'll be looking at the Fixed Asset Register...
What is the Fixed Asset Register?
Say goodbye to hours spent battling with complex Excel spreadsheets, as all your school and group assets can now be managed and stored via this single database.
With the ability to upload accompanying documents and key information surrounding invoices, warranties and contracts, as well as the ability to link assets to leases or loans to ensure you have a clear paper trail of accountability, managing your school's fixed assets has never been easier.
Inside the Fixed Asset Register: How to...
- Create a new class
Navigate to the Fixed Asset Register and click on 'New Class'. Here you'll be able to enter a unique code and description to help you identify and trace this fixed asset. Following this, you will also be able to add a series of information to help you track the overall depreciation of the asset, including: a Purchase GL, the legal Depreciation Method Rate, an Accumulated Depreciation Asset FL, a Depreciation Expense GL, an Annual Deprecation Rate, and more.
Through this, you'll be able to automate the depreciation journal of each fixed asset and clearly identify whether or not you're profiting or losing money from each one.
- Add a new fixed asset
From the central dashboard under the Fixed Asset Register, select 'New Fixed Asset'. From here you will add a compulsory reference and be able to link the asset with an Asset Class, BI Code, Location, Supplier, a parent asset or asset extension, and more. This will help further automate your internal processes to avoid any duplication of data or hours spent manually inserting everything into a spreadsheet.
- Manage existing assets
When you click to view an existing asset, you're able to view a comprehensive collection of information relating to that asset. This includes details such as the warranty, insurance, maintenance, and leasing details. Storing all this information in a single place online will massively reduce the time spent on administrative tasks, simultaneously increasing the accessibility of important documentation.
- Dispose of a fixed asset
Navigate to the asset you'd like to dispose of and click 'Dispose'. This will open up a window in which you can enter the expense account you would like the asset linked to, and you'll be able to view whether there was a financial gain or loss in the disposal of this asset. Clicking 'Dispose and Process' will permanently remove this asset from the register.
- Use the Fixed Asset Register dashboard
The intuitive and easy-to-use dashboard is designed to give you an instant oversight over the fixed asset information your Finance teams need to get hold of quickly. You can attach documentation, add and remove columns and add filters for ease of reporting and sourcing information, and export the register into Excel for sharing and reporting purposes.
Want to find out more?
Find out why numerous iSAMS schools are looking to add iFinance to their software package - explore more about this powerful platform, including further details on using the Fixed Asset Register, here.
Alternatively you can join our free 30-min webinar taking place on Wednesday 13th March, register here.
We're also going to be at the ISBA Annual Conference in Manchester, United Kingdom, from 21st - 22nd May 2019. If you're going to be there, we'd love to meet with you to discuss how iFinance could help solve some of the difficulties you're currently facing.
In the meantime, if you're interested in a free no-obligation demo of either iSAMS' or iFinance's full capabilities, please don't hesitate to get in touch.
Stay tuned for our next iFinance blog, which will be focusing on another exciting new feature: Workflow Approval.