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Case-study: Smith Partnership upgrade from Vizual Personnel Manager to People Inc. HR


The Smith Partnership are one of the largest firms of solicitors in the East Midlands and are the latest company to upgrade from Vizual Personnel Manager to People Inc. HR. They have a network of offices throughout the region, including Derby, Leicester, Burton, Stoke and Swadlincote.

With over 200 employees based in multiple offices in the East Midlands they needed a HR System which would not only record all relevant information about their employees but have plenty of functionality to help them manage the information. Areas such as Absence Management and Training Management are key functions of the HR department and People Inc will provide them with a facility to carry out these tasks in the most effective and efficient way, saving them time and money.

Having been using their previous HR System for the past several years, Smith Partnership were finding that it was struggling to cope whilst working on their thin client systems. Additionally, they were unable to properly and accurately record and report on absence allowances and track this against absence taken by employees. This meant a great deal of time consuming manual effort managing who had how many days left for each category of absence.

The upgrade from Vizual Personnel Manager to People Inc. HR has helped the HR Team transform how they manage their employee records and save time my automatically calculating holiday entitlements based on employee work patterns.

“Finally, we can accurately keep a track of how many days holiday our employees have at any given time”, says Christine Watkins, HR Manager at Smith Partnership. “I didn’t think it would be possible due to our complex absence rules, but the fact that it accurately calculates our allowances is saving us a huge amount of time and effort”.

Due to People Inc. HR’s  comprehensive and accurate absence management system and because of the wide range of other powerful functionality, Smith Partnership felt this was the right time to upgrade from Vizual Personnel Manager to People Inc. HR. Additionally, because People Inc. HR is  designed to work on a thin-client environment the decision to move to People Inc was an easy choice.

Due to the offer of a free upgrade licence which we are able to offer through our partnership with P&A Group who develop People Inc, they found that not only was the upgrade stress free, it was also extremely cost effective.

“Not only do we have a great deal more for our money, but AgathonHR have provided an excellent level of service and support and are always at the end of the phone if we have any queries”, says Christine. “They even dial in to to our PC’s to help when we are struggling to produce a more complex report for example”.

Andrew Pearce, Director at AgathonHR says, “Smith Partnership have been a valued customer for several years now and we are delighted they have opted to increase their productivity by migrating to People Inc which will grow with them as an organisation for many years to come”.

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