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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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Xledger is now in the ‘G-Cloud’

August 10, 2017

XLedger Joins G-Cloud - UK Government's digital marketplace



Author: Tim Hooper, Sales and Marketing Director, Xledger UK Xledger joins major players Amazon Web Services, Microsoft and IBM in the list of G-Cloud suppliers. Xledger is a leading industry ERP product with a dedicated team of experts in implementing and managing ERP projects and we are now in G-Cloud 9, the UK’s government Digital Marketplace and online procurement system with recent G-Cloud accreditation.  This allows Xledger to provide the Xledger product suite and supporting services available via the government’s Digital Marketplace, the online procurement service that gives public sector and non-profit customers easy access to government certified suppliers. Xledger

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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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Step by Step Guide to Charity Accounting System Selection

July 14, 2017

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Step by Step Guide 8 Steps to Successful Charity Accounting System Selection   Considering a new accounting system for your Charity or Not for Profit? Selecting a new charity accounting system is a critical decision – and one we all hope to get right first time. The selection process can be complicated, and lengthy, and it’s all too easy to lose sight of your key requirements in the face of relentless system demonstrations. This Guide aims to demystify the whole process, outlines 8 key steps to keep you on course and will help you: Ensure Trustee and Leadership team involvement and build

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FE Area Reviews and The Impact On Shared Services. What Now?

July 11, 2017

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Post area reviews have been met with many challenges along the way, with some solutions to those challenges yet to be put in place. Reviews often mean change, which can be difficult to implement and the last thing that people want. The reality is, post area review mergers are intended to improve levels of performance and stabilise the delivery of further education. It’s no secret that funding for further education has received a persistent battering in recent years, with current spending per pupil being no higher than it was in 1990. Instead of blindly hacking away at services to meet

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Building the Business Case for Cloud Accounting Systems Adoption

July 3, 2017

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Executive Guide Building the Business Case for Cloud Accounting Systems Adoption   Building the business case to prove a Cloud Accounting system is the right choice for your organisation? In this Executive Guide we outline the key benefits you can expect to experience, both financial and commercial, from the adoption of cloud accounting systems. Clearly explain to the Board: Why 69% of CFOs have already made the move to a cloud accounting system or are planning to. The key differences between traditional on-premise and cloud systems. Why the total cost of ownership of a cloud system is almost half that of an on-premise. How the ROI of

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