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Why Lo-Tech Cash Allocation Is Causing Red Faces In The Finance Department

While finance departments are using IT to automate processes and cut inefficient manual effort in many areas, there’s one task that has stubbornly resisted: cash allocation (also known as invoice matching). Cash allocation is the process in which accounts receivable staff ‘grind out’ long days manually sifting through payments received via cheques, credit/debit cards, BACS, the Faster Payments Service (FPS) and so on and then trying to match them to the corresponding invoices. In large organisations with many incoming payments and invoices to match, lack of automation has a variety of negative and embarrassing knock-on effects. Here are five that most FDs would prefer the outside world not to know about: 1. Customers get chased for payment even though they’ve already paid Delays in allocat......

Could The Outsourcing Juggernaut Be Over?

Outsourcing has become a strategy of choice for many organisations in the past two decades as they look to achieve economic gains. Indeed, it has seemed that little could stop the outsourcing juggernaut as companies moved manufacturing, IT and other business processes out to third party vendors. While outsourcing still dominates, recently there has been a growing number of companies who are bringing previously outsourced functions back into the business. Recent research by Deloitte also shows a small but growing reversal of the outsourcing trend. In its 2012 Global Outsourcing and Insourcing survey released in March 2013, 48 percent of respondents said that they had terminated an outsourcing agreement early, either for cause or convenience. While the majority of those businesses subsequent......

Is Cloud Computing The Key To SME Growth?

It’s one of life’s indisputable facts that sustained growth is a sign of health and vitality. Whether it’s for businesses, social groups, or even the human body, growth is a key indicator that all is going to plan. But what happens when this growth is stunted? In bodily terms, growth can be impacted by a lack of sleep, exercise, vitamins and minerals. However, what’s less accepted is that for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) as well the economy as a whole, a restriction in innovation can have the same negative effect. Today in the UK, there are more than 4.5 million SMEs, making up 99 per cent of all organisations and almost 60 per cent of the private sector workforce. What’s certain is that if Chancellor George Osborne is to deliver on his promise and lead the UK out of the econo......

Flexible Solution: Balancing Work-Life Commitments

In many countries, regulation is forcing the employer’s hand in providing greater flexibility, as legislators look to improve employee working conditions in such areas as parental rights. New figures from the charity Grandparents Plus show that currently, 20% of UK grandmothers provide at least ten hours of childcare a week. However, as the state pension age rises, the charity behind the research believes this will become increasingly difficult to sustain. At present, anyone can ask their employer for flexible working arrangements but the law gives some employees the statutory right to request a flexible work pattern. This right applies to those with responsibility for a child under 17, a disabled child under 18 or a disabled adult who have worked for their employer for at least 26 weeks. ......

Cloud Backup And Its Advantages Over Traditional On-Premise And Tape Solutions

Backing up and securing data is critical to a company’s business continuity, disaster recovery and legal compliance but some organisations are still solely relying on dated tape and on-premise solutions: solutions that fall very short of the level of protection offered by cloud backup. So, for those of you who are yet to venture into cloud backup, here’s what you are missing out on. A faster and more reliable backup and restore process Modern businesses need access to their backed up data quickly and potentially from multiple locations. Cloud backup enables a restore to be performed at the touch of a button and, depending on the size of the restore, this can take seconds. Generally, the moment an employee realises they have lost a file or they need to perform a restore, is the moment they ......

The Mystery Of Application Performance Management In The Cloud

Cloud computing first became a phenomenon in 2007, when the term became popular and the sub-classification of IaaS, PaaS and SaaS was formalised. Since then, it’s gone on quite the journey and in recent months, we’ve seen “cloud-phobia” transition into “cloud-fatigue.” According to a Capgemini report from last month, cloud initiatives are shifting from an IT priority to a business priority, with 45% of all organisations reporting that individual business units are ultimately responsible for cloud adoption strategies. As cloud adoption is being driven from C-level executives rather than the IT department, mixed emotions around its benefits are still undecided. For business decision-makers it seems like the perfect option, with benefits of agility, flexibility and cost being clear. But for I......

Productivity Shouldn’t Be So Puzzling

Working from home is a growing trend with many organisations already giving the majority of employees the right to work flexibly. However ‘home working’ – as it is often labelled – can be misleading. Working away from the office is not just an opportunity to work in the comfort of your own home; it is about working from where you are most productive. Employer resistance to home working has been recently highlighted by Marissa Mayer, the chief exec at Yahoo. Her decision to stop allowing employees to work from home was based upon the notion that some of the best decisions and creative ideas come from people based in a central office. Here employees interact face-to-face on a daily basis. There is also a belief that the speed of completing a task is affected if people are working......

De-Risking Change

Using cloud and virtualisation technologies and delivering desktop as service (DaaS) is seen as a great opportunity for any organisation looking to increase the flexibility and mobility of its workforce. Whether the main aim is to avoid the cost and complexity of managing Windows migrations, respond to changing business models, enable a shared services model, or support initiatives like Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), the outcome has the potential to be positive. From a strategic perspective, however, a programme of transformation entails much more than simply swapping out ageing PCs and outsourcing or cloud sourcing. Rather, it’s about transforming the entire working environment and the underlying operating model of the business in order to realise new levels of agility, efficiency, and fle......

The Trouble With Server Audits

The trouble with server audits is that they are incredibly complicated. It is very easy to fall foul of your licensing agreements indeed, many organisations are not even aware that they are not compliant. Most of us have been through a desktop audit so we are a bit more familiar with these. Those of us that have been through a server audit will know just how painful, time consuming and expensive these can be. Desktop versus server audits So, what are the differences between these two types of audit? When auditing a desktop or laptop it’s pretty straightforward in that generally one install requires one licence and it’s simple to compare audit data to licence documentation. With a server audit you also need to collect a multitude of server requirement and liability data as well as licence a......

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Microsoft SharePoint

Microsoft SharePoint is now so well-established that it has become synonymous with business collaboration. For many years now, large enterprises have been using SharePoint software – primarily for document management and setting up intranet sites. In recent years, an increasing number of small and medium-sized companies have started to tap into this enterprise-class platform for its more advanced capabilities. Regardless of the size of the business, many organisations are still not using SharePoint to its full potential. More than just a handy collaboration tool, SharePoint can serve as an organisation-wide platform for workflow-centric businesses processes. There is a lot more to this product than meets the eye and a number of its ‘hidden gems’ could make it a very useful business tool fo......

Desktop Transformation: Predictions For 2013

With the April 2014 end-of-life deadline for Windows XP looming large on the horizon, 2012 was the year that saw the majority of organisations on the migration journey to Windows 7. Certainly for those that have yet to start, time is now of the essence. The move to XP took larger organisations at least a couple of years to complete, because it was a much richer environment and introduced a whole new set of features. Despite the perception in some quarters that the move from XP to Windows 7 will be quicker, there are a several reasons why it will follow a similar timescale. Firstly, because many organisations will have been using XP for the best part of a decade, they will most likely have a vast collection of disparate legacy applications to port over and an increasingly diverse set of use......

SOA Is Back, And Here’s Why

All this talk about the return of SOA and its continuing importance to IT architectures of the future comes as no surprise. I’ve been arguing for a long time that the best way to architect integration is by building on a common open standards-based adapter framework. Yes, the type of commentary that is coming out of the likes of Gartner’s Symposium last month makes a lot of sense. Organisations need to get over the hump of economic uncertainty before they will commit the upfront premium associated with architecting systems as reusable services versus the quick fix of point to point integration. And – agreed – RESTful services which are becoming popular reduce the level of that extra investment so the premium is lower. But there’s an extra dimension to this economic argument tha......

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