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Jim Wrenn
Works at IT Works, Inc.
Attended University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine
Lives in Raleigh, NC
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The American Academy of Pediatrics manages twice the amount of grant-funded activity as previous years with the same amount of staff. The organization streamlined grants management processes including accuracy of budgeting, reporting, audits and other key functions. Read the case study to see how easy-to-use grant management software integrates financial data, automates budgeting and other core functions, putting timely data in the hands of those departments that need it.

 http://www.itworks-inc.com/2014/11/12/professional-association-streamlines-grants-administration-manages-twice-grant-volume-without-adding-resources/
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Many University research institutions need help tracking pre and post-award information, especially at institutions with a significant number of proposals, grants or research projects.  The key is to find a solution that helps organizes and provides quick access to essential information for both day-to-day management and institution wide reporting.
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This +NPR news story takes a close look at the evolution of University research through the last decade.  Lots of interesting insight and well worth the read.... 
 
We caught this story on +NPR Morning Edition.  Some thoughtful information about the state of University research funding:  

Would be interested to get reaction from research universities as to whether they have experienced these issues.... +research 
The federal budget for bioscience has undergone big swings since 2000. Some scientists are now out of work and others are abandoning the ambitious, creative ideas that fuel discovery.
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Throughout my 27 years of involvement with university accounting software installations, I have been constantly reminded of the fact that departmental and central level administrative operations are different. And in many cases, the administrative philosophies within different departments at the same university differ as well.
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This year, NCURA puts the focus on the future of research administration. See our post about next week's conference in Washington DC, and please stop by booth 204 to see us!  Our post shares details:  http://www.itworks-inc.com/2014/08/05/whats-ahead-research-administration-challenges-find-ncuras-annual-meeting/
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Hub update: Daniels urges Obama, Congress to avoid funding cuts for research, education http://ow.ly/2yOGdG
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Congratulations - looks like an impressive facility!
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It’s clear that collaboration has long been an integral part of research. What’s noteworthy today is that collaboration is moving away from the approach of collaborative research within departments or institutions, to one of forming partnerships and research initiatives across major institutions.

There’s power in collaboration, since this approach increases the potential pool of funding sources from academic, government and private industry. When institutions collaborate, they essentially expand the possibility to be more competitive in attracting funding. Collaboration opens up a new world of industry/university cooperative endeavors.
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It's been said that taking the first step is often the hardest.   We see that often, research administrators are often challenged to take the first step to improve process and cut wasted effort.
Grant management software products should empower research administrators to achieve an accurate, efficient grants tracking process.
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Puma's skeleton is built and almost ready to fly (http://bit.ly/1knbCKS), our new actuated valves have arrived, and Stephen Palapoli coddles his new baby (the H2O2 fuel tank)! — with Alwin Paul and 3 others at Penn State.
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Check out these grant management best practices... As scientists, college and university faculty, and high powered research teams continue to push the envelope of discovery and service through sponsored awards and expenditures, issues of financial management and compliance have given rise to a heightened need for proven technology-based financial, grant, and human resource solutions to alleviate this growing administrative burden.
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President, IT Works, Inc.
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As the Chief Executive Officer and President of Information Technology Works, Jim Wrenn, PhD, has developed a number of software solutions that help solve problems faced by administrators of colleges, hospitals, universities and other research intensive institutions and organizations. Wrenn specializes in working with research personnel to find better, more efficient and cost-effective ways of solving complex accounting and research management problems facing the industry.
Employment
  • IT Works, Inc.
    President, present
    Jim Wrenn is the President and CEO of IT Works, the company he founded in 1987. He has a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has over 20 years of experience developing and implementing financial, human resources, grant, and facility management software systems for colleges, universities, and research hospitals. His forte is finding and implementing solutions to complex problems especially in the areas that require expertise with computer technology and financial management.
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Raleigh, NC
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Improving the grant management process - the nation's leading research institutions work smarter with grant management, grant accounting, effort certification solutions from IT Works.
Introduction

IT Works President and CEO, Jim Wrenn, PhD, launched IT Works out of his home in Chapel Hill, North Carolina in 1987. At that time, it was a simple way to put food on the table. Now it is more about fulfilling his life purpose with a passion for software development in the research community.


Dr. Wrenn got his initiation into the grant management software business when he began working as a contract programmer. His first jobs included programming grant and financial management tools on an as-needed basis. Little did he realize that over the next 25 years, not only would he still work with his original clients but his company would install over 300 financial and grant management solutions in over 135 major universities and research hospitals in the United States, Canada, and Australia.

Since its inception, IT Works has continually expanded its solutions to address the different facets of grant and research management and has released products designed for administrators in colleges, universities, independent research institutes, and research hospitals.   These products include: Department Manager (released in 1988), College Administrator (1998), Research Administrator (2004), and Effort Administrator (2009).  Initially, these products were implemented using client server technologies installed on client computer hardware.  In 2013, IT Works released a SAAS solution with pre and post award tracking functionality integrated with Effort Administrator.

Now located in Raleigh, North Carolina near the renowned Research Triangle Park, IT Works attracts a technical team with some of the best and brightest programmers and project managers in the country. We are proud to say that today IT Works continues to thrive. Developing new products and using emerging technologies, IT Works is the industry leader with a history that guarantees the future.

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Leading research administrators achieve an improved process with IT Works Effort Certification Solutions, an internet-based time and effort certification and reporting system. These organizations can have confidence that their reports and certification tracking is accurate, and meets mandates. Designed like an on-line banking system for ease of use, it interfaces with existing pre-award, accounting, and payroll systems to create a powerful and comprehensive effort certification and reporting solution. Faculty and/or research staff can review and certify their own effort as well as the effort of their research team; and enable institution administrators to oversee the certification process and generate reports as needed for federal and local effort reporting requirements.
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine
    PhD, Biomedical Engineering & Mathematics
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    BS, Chemistry
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Wrenn specializes in working with research personnel to find better, more efficient and cost-effective ways of solving complex accounting and research management problems facing the industry.