RGCI - What Government Contractors Can Look Forward to in 2024 with Unanet

The year 2023 was a great one for the Unanet Community. I ended the year attending the 4th Quarter Huntsville Unanet Users Group (HUUG) Meeting, where there was an Ugly Christmas Sweater Competition that I didn’t win. HUUG is such a unique group of Unanet Users in the Huntsville Community. If you are a Unanet user in the Huntsville area and have not already joined, I recommend you do. Reach out to me, and I can provide you with the contact information to get added to the group. If you are outside of the Huntsville area, look for Unanet user groups near you to connect with a peer group for a sense of community, networking and support. I think you will find it beneficial.

Let’s talk about what we can look forward to this year with Unanet.

Multi-Legal Entities

Last year, Unanet released some great new features, and I am excited about the plan for 2024. I know many users who utilize multi-legal entities will be thrilled to hear that Unanet will be releasing a default legal entity to user profiles. There is nothing more aggravating than working in a system with multi-legal entities setup and always getting this message.

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Users will be able to select which legal entity they would like as the default in their user profile. Yes, you can do the happy dance now! Make sure you stay tuned for that release this year, as well as some others in GovCon ERP.

Additional Unanet Product Updates Expected

  • Additional wizards - Added to the subcontractor portal
  • Additional roles - Cost Pool Owner and Bank Reconciler
  • Property Settings - Apply at entity level
    • Will assist with Commercial and GovCon
  • Unanet Financials Automation
    • Use of AI to scan bills for AP processing
  • Improve compliance, reporting and analytics
  • Enhance Time & Expense module for employees and subcontractors
  • Improve analytics performance

Unanet Experience Center Community

Many Unanet users are familiar with the new look of the Unanet Experience Center. There have been multiple enhancements for users to have more self-serve capability. Users can now update contact information for their organization, add new contacts, and flag contacts no longer working for their company.

The Unanet Experience Center Community will be a new feature this year and is currently in the pilot stage. This social platform is designed for Unanet users and partners to collaborate and share ideas, tips, tricks, and information. Some users and partners were asked to take part in early adoption and I’m excited to see the future of the new Unanet Community. It reminds me a little of LinkedIn because there’s a news/post feed, each user will have their own profile, you can join groups, like comments and respond and more. Users will receive badges based on certifications, likes, posts, comments, etc. I think it will be a great opportunity to engage in the Unanet Community with users all around the country.

Unanet CRM by Cosential

Let’s talk about Unanet CRM by Cosential. We have more and more clients implementing Unanet CRM by Cosential because this product can be linked to their Unanet ERP, and the systems can talk. Companies wanting to track accurate past performance of contracts, long-term, are really setting themselves up for success in the future by utilizing this tool. Five years down the road when you need to provide past performance information with your proposal, you will have the value, POP, experience, and key personnel at your fingertips with the click of a few buttons. Unanet CRM by Cosential had numerous product updates last year and my favorites were with the Mobile App. Unanet added a Mobile Card Scan which is perfect for your management team after then attend a conference and have over 200 business cards in their coat pocket. Instead of having to enter contacts manually there is now a scan feature. It’s amazing! They also added a Mobile Maps & Mobile Caller-ID feature.

There are so many new features planned for 2024 that I am excited to see, but the key to any successful CRM product is user adoption. Companies can have a great product, but are they actually using the product to its fullest capability? The key to obtaining precise data, forecasting revenue, tracking overall opportunities, and pulling accurate past performance is to make sure your CRM is being utilized by the end users. Redstone GCI would love to assist your team by making sure they are utilizing Unanet’s CRM tool to its fullest capabilities. We have Unanet implementation experts certified in GovCon ERP as well as Unanet CRM by Cosential and we work with companies to ensure their Unanet systems are well implemented, and users adequately trained to take advantage of all system capabilities.

How Redstone GCI Can Help?

  • Our team of experts can implement your new GovCon ERP or Unanet CRM by Cosential system from the ground up.
  • We can assist your team with trouble shooting any system or configuration issues you may be experiencing.
  • Our certified Unanet experts can help redesign your existing system due to company growth, acquisition or other business changes.
  • We offer training and education to your team to ensure they are comfortable in utilizing Unanet’s dynamic capabilities and you are getting the maximum benefit from your systems.
  • Our accounting outsourcing services can provide you with the accounting resources needed, due to staffing changes, growth or other additional needs.
  • Our experts can build custom reporting to enhance your end user experience and provide management with the very specific reporting tools needed to perform their roles more efficiently and effectively.
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Written by LaDonna Wotell

LaDonna Wotell LaDonna is an Managing Consultant with Redstone Government Consulting, Inc. based in our firms Huntsville office. Her area of expertise includes supporting clients with implementation and daily operations using Unanet, as well as supporting Contracts, Proposal Pricing and Accounting Compliance. Professional Experience LaDonna has over 15-years’ experience in progressive accounting, finance, contracts and human resources related roles at both large and small business government contractors. Her diverse background on most facets of the government contractor back office brings a unique perspective to her support of Redstone GCI client software implementations. LaDonna began her career in Government Contracting as an accountant with a large government contractor. After several years of progressive experience, she was able to migrate to additional roles within the Company’s contracts organization, including as a Contracts Administrator where she supported both FAR Part 15 and FAR Part 12 Contracts. This experience led to LaDonna accepting a role with a small, but growing government contracts firm where she support accounting, contracts and HR functions during the Company’s growth and eventual acquisition. In this role, LaDonna was first exposed to Unanet and participated in the Company’s successful implementation and adoption process. LaDonna has utilized Unanet in the performance of her day-to-day role including, pricing, proposals, contracts administration, project control, DCAA audits and more. Her user experience coupled with her pursuit of the Unanet Certified Implementer designation will allow her to bring a truly unique perspective to our Unanet implementation and post implementation support engagements. LaDonna’s wide range of experience at small and large contractors and across the back office allows her to see the “bigger picture” and provide best practice advice to our clients across many subject matter areas. Education LaDonna has her B.S Degree from The University of Alabama in Huntsville and M.S in Contract Acquisition from Florida Institute of Technology where she graduated Magna Cum Laude.

About Redstone GCI

Redstone GCI is a consulting firm focused on fulfilling the needs of government contractors in all areas of compliance. With a singular mission to help contractors through the multiple layers of “red tape,” we allow contractors to focus on what they do best – support their mission with the U.S. Government. We are home to a group of consultants made up of GovCon industry professionals, CPAs, attorneys, and retired government audit and acquisition professionals.

Our focus and knowledge of audit and compliance functions administered by DCAA and DCMA will always be at the heart of what we do. However, for the past decade, we’ve strategically grown to support other areas of the government contractor back-office with that same level of focus and expertise. We’ve added expertise in contracts management, subcontract administration, proposal pricing, various software systems, HR and employment law, property administration, manufacturing, data analytics/reporting, Grant specialists, M&A, and many other areas. When we see a trend in the needs of contractors, we act to ensure we can provide the best expertise in the market to fulfill those needs.

One thing our clients can be certain of is that with the Redstone GCI Team in your corner, there is no problem too big and no issue too technical for our team to tackle.

Topics: Compliant Accounting Infrastructure, Unanet