SugarCRM Helps Ireland’s Local Government Management Agency Handle Customer Support For New Property Tax

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  • SugarCRM manages escalations, customer issues and waiver support for new tax

  • Helps Local Government Management Agency (LGMA) cut spending and raise revenue

  • Plans to use SugarCRM to support second home tax and waste water septic tank charge and customer service website ‘FixYourStreet’

London 1st August 2012: SugarCRM, the world’s fastest-growing customer relationship management (CRM) company, today announced Ireland’s Local Government Management Agency (LGMA) is using SugarCRM software to support an online payment system for its household property tax. 

The CRM project is part of a series of austerity measures to help the government cut costs and raise revenue. The LGMA division of the Irish government, which collects the new tax and provides customer service support for local authorities, selected SugarCRM because it is reliable and an economically viable solution to manage customer issues related to using the online payment system for the new tax.

Launched in January 2012, the property tax affects all Irish citizens with household incomes. SugarCRM tracks all correspondence received, system problems and issues reported by citizens and escalates them to the right local department within the LGMA. SugarCRM’s excellent reliability and performance has led to faster incident resolution times and greater independence for local operators.

Tim Willoughby, Director at the LGMA said, “We found SugarCRM does everything we thought it would do and more. It offers a cost-effective way of measuring and dealing with customer issues related to using the system for paying the tax. Our operators gain a complete customer view of a problem and can act swiftly to address issues without having to call in developers for support.”

Willoughby estimates that SugarCRM has saved local authorities up to six weeks of development time. “We have a good handle over our customer interactions,” he said.
SugarCRM gold partner Provident CRM was involved in the initial selection process and supported the project installation. The company was instrumental in showcasing the potential of SugarCRM and its advantages over other solutions. “SugarCRM met and surpassed all of the project’s requirements. It is a flexible, customisable and reliable product and very cost effective,” said John Malone, director of Provident CRM.

Due to the success of the project, the LGMA will be extending the use of SugarCRM to other business areas within the organisation later this year. For example, SugarCRM will be used for a new telephony integration, administrative support for an existing second home tax and the Protect Our Water tax.

SugarCRM will also assist in the official launch of the customer service website, ‘FixYourStreet,’ which helps citizens report problems such as potholes, broken streetlights, fly-tipping and graffiti to their local authority.

Jeff Campbell, VP worldwide mid-market and channel sales said, “The LGMA has seen the immense benefit of using our open source platform to drive down cost and improve customer relationship management. We hope that this success will inspire other governments across Europe to follow the same model to help them deal with the challenges facing their economies.”

About Local Government Management Agency

The Local Government Management Agency (LGMA) is a State Board established to provide shared Human Resources and ICT services to local authorities and the Local Government Sector.  The role of the LGMA is to provide advice, strategic vision, and to work with local authorities to implement ICT systems, and set up, where appropriate national contracts for ICT equipment, software or other related areas of activity.   The Board has been in existence since 1975 and is governed by a Board consisting of local authority County and City Managers and representatives from the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government and the Department of Finance.

About SugarCRM

SugarCRM makes CRM simple. As the world's fastest growing customer relationship management (CRM) company, SugarCRM applications have been downloaded more than 11 million times and currently serve over 1,000,000 end users. Over 7,000 organisations have chosen SugarCRM's On-Site and Cloud Computing services over proprietary alternatives. SugarCRM has been recognised for its customer success and product innovation by CRM Magazine, InfoWorld and Customer Interaction Solutions.
For more information email contact@sugarcrm.com, or visit www.sugarcrm.com. You can also connect with SugarCRM on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

About Provident CRM

Provident CRM is one of Europe’s leading SugarCRM Gold Partners and a member of the European SugarCRM Alliance.  Operating from London, Dublin and Manchester they provide an unrivalled service to their customers, both local and international. Established in 2000, they have grown to specialise in aligning CRM & related cloud services with the ever-evolving business needs of their customers.  This focus on customer’s processes, profitability, competitiveness and growth is the essence that drives the team at Provident today.

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