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Case-study: Vizual Personnel Director Upgrade for Manchester based security company


Our client based in Manchester looks after security staff for one of the most successful European football teams and had been using Vizual Personnel Director since 2002.

In August 2017 they identified a need for a more up-to-date and robust HR system to help manage information for their 85 full time employees and around 1800 active Stewards and security workers. The nature of the business meant a high turnover of staff working on a short term contract basis and this created an Archive of over 17,000 records.

The main challenges with this upgrade was the need to migrate such as high number of records from several databases and due to the very old version of Vizual Personnel Director running on Interbase Databases.

The migration therefore involved a number of additional and complicated steps including, converting the Interbase databases to SQL databases (using our Interbase to SQL Migration toolkit), upgrading from a very old version of Personnel Director to the latest version (from 2005), successfully merging the databases to a single database and then migrating to People Inc.

The project took longer than usual mainly due to availability of the users and their dependence on the existing Personnel Director system that was critical for producing accurate active worker lists on match days which we also had to work around, however the end result was a huge success.

The upgrade provided the customer with a long overdue update to a more up-to-date HR Software system that ran on a current platform providing more stability and security. They were immediately able to benefit from all the additional time saving functionality that People Inc. had to offer, with all of their existing data still intact yet was still easy to use

The project started on 1st August and their training took place on 29th August. A total of 4 days was charged for the project.

Further information

AgathonHR have been working on Vizual Personnel Manager and Personnel Director since 1997 and are one of the last companies in the UK to have any experience using or supporting these systems. Additionally we have been working with People Inc. since 2009 and are one the main People Inc. resellers in the UK. This means we can provide the best possible service to ensure the upgrade goes as effectively as possible.

Whilst we can no longer sell Personnel Manager, we do currently provide the following:

  • Upgrades to People Inc. including data migration.
  • Discounted annual support packages
  • Basic training for new users
  • Report Writing Training.
  • Consultancy – Data tidying, customisation etc.

Further information can be found on our website If you require any support with Vizual Personnel Manager please call 01242 663974 or email