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Why Cloud Support Beats On-Premise Hands Down

Why Cloud Support Beats On-Premise Hands Down

October 13, 2017

Zheng Zeng - Xledger Cloud ERP Consultant

Zheng Zeng explains why Cloud Support Beats on-Premise Processes ‘With a multi-tenanted cloud based system if an error is reported, it is fixed and repaired for all customers in the live environment. You don’t have to wait for three months before a patch is rolled out from the vendor and then have the hassle of asking IT to install the patch for you.’ As the lead cloud support expert at Xledger and having worked across the industry I can heavily vouch for the fact that good tech support is not always a given when you are managing your enterprise resource planning

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A Guide for Charities Managing International Data Flows

September 12, 2017

Managing International Data

UK and International Charities Data Protection and Management Series A Guide for UK and Global Charities Managing International Data Ensuring personal data belonging to staff, beneficiaries, donors and supporters is not compromised either through bad practice or having inadequate security in place is a challenge when working in the UK or within the EEA.  But for organisations operating globally it is even great, especially as the situation is less clear cut. While it is a recognised fact that flows of personal data to and from countries outside of the EU and International organisations are necessary for the expansion of International

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The Future is Automation, The Future is Cloud

September 4, 2017

Automation is Not AI, But it is the Future

A glance at the findings from Deloitte’s Automation Report, surveying UK’s accounting leaders. Written by Tim Hooper, Xledger UK Deloitte UK spent several years (starting in 2014) surveying clients and accounting leaders about their intentions toward automation. The resulting The Robots Are Coming, as a piece of research, reveals how financial ‘automation’ has influenced the corporate landscape.  According to Deloitte UK, the only strategic priority higher ranked than automation was ‘continuous process improvement.’ Automation through cloud In Deloitte’s survey, 15% of respondents called cloud computing a prominent tech goal. Data quality only received 10% of the vote, Social Media 2%. Archiving and documentation

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Beware The Yes Men

September 3, 2017

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Author: Peter Hucker, Xledger UK Consultant When it comes to ERP (Customisation vs. Configuration), my main advice to you is – Beware The Yes Men. Unless you have an endless supply of money, you will be concerned about getting the right fit in your choice of ERP cloud accounting software. During the procurement stage of an ERP software, you need to make sure that the solution can do absolutely everything you need. Right? You need a system that is highly configurable. But, what you can’t configure, you can script! Fantastic. Right? Well, not always. The more flexible a system by

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Preparing your charity or not-for-profit for GDPR

August 21, 2017

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UK and International Charities Data Protection and Management Series Are you prepared for GDPR? Technology has dramatically changed the way charities operate in positive ways, both in terms of delivering on their objectives and in how they are run on a day-to-day basis. But as new solutions are developed, risks associated with using them emerge. Security measures can fast become obsolete and individuals and organisations have to constantly be on their toes to try and stay one step ahead. Data breaches hit an all-time record high in 2016 with an increase of 40% over 2015. Not having adequate security in place

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How to Choose an ERP in 11 Steps

August 18, 2017

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UK Expert: Tim Hooper, UK Sales and Marketing Director So it’s been agreed in your organisation – you need a new ERP system, but you’re not sure where to start? I’m sure you’ve heard many a cautionary tale, where seemingly healthy businesses literally belly-flop onto the wrong system. Simplistic claims are abound, it’s hard to discern the truth. You’re not sure who to ask the most basic questions to.  You’re no-doubt wondering: What is a cloud solution? What are the reasons for favouring cloud over on-premise? Where does hybrid ERP fit into the bigger picture? Our team of UK experts recommend this 11 step guide to

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The Future of Cloud for Finance – The Risks of Hybrid, Hosted & Managed Cloud

August 2, 2017

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Part 2     The Risks of Hybrid, Hosted & Managed Cloud It is a commonly held view that hybrid environments (in which some applications reside in the cloud and others on-premise) are set to become the norm as organisations transition to the cloud over the next decade. For instance, Gartner the analyst firm says nearly half of large enterprises will have hybrid cloud deployments by the end of 2017. But for the unwary this presents a significant risk to data integrity and reporting.  Gartner also offered an alternative vision by announcing the era of “post-modern ERP” in which it is envisaged

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The Future of Cloud for Finance – The Benefits of True Cloud

August 1, 2017

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Report 5     The Benefits of True Cloud for Charities   Why does True Cloud matter? Uniquely, multi-tenanted software has to be developed that way and, most notably, it is not really feasible to convert a typical on-premise application designed to be used by one organisation at a time into a multi-tenanted solution.  This is why unscrupulous vendors with ageing on-premise products are tempted to describe their hosted or managed products as cloud-based solutions. Furthermore, by charging a monthly subscription rather than an upfront perpetual licence fee some attempt to disguise a hosted or managed environment as a true cloud solution. All

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The Future of Cloud for Finance

August 1, 2017

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Executive Briefing   The Future of Cloud for Finance    What should the Modern CFO consider when moving to the Cloud? This Executive Briefing comes to us from Gary Simon, CEO of FSN, Founder of the Modern Finance Forum for CFOs and leading authority on the financial systems market. By all accounts the cloud has made a profound impact on the business landscape.  Few CFOs doubt the wisdom of eventually moving to the cloud – for the most part it is just a matter of time.  Yet many CFOs are unaware that not all clouds are the same. “Hosted”, “managed” and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) or

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How Cloud Accounting Software Can Support The Area Review Transition

July 17, 2017

How Cloud Accounting Software Can Support The Area Review Transition

The further education area review process has driven a great deal of change in a short space of time that requires new ways of thinking and operating. Whilst government initiatives such as ‘Cloud-First’ and ‘Digital by Default’ help public sector organisations provide more effective services with fewer resources, it’s challenging to overhaul internal systems, processes and technology. Despite this, a new era can provide the ideal springboard for change. By modernising back office systems such as the accounting system, colleges can be forward-thinking and embrace change, whilst also preparing for the future. Those who have implemented modern software solutions have

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