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Preparing your FE College for GDPR

October 1, 2017

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Are you prepared for GDPR?   The biggest change on the horizon with GDPR is that institutions will be held far more accountable for the data they hold. As well as records of what data exists within the organisation, GDPR requires a documented understanding of why information is held, how it is collated, when it will be deleted or anonymised and who may gain access to it. The biggest change is that FE institutions will be held far more accountable for the data they hold. This eBook was written for FE Colleges to help them prepare for fast-approaching (May 2018) EU

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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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Galbraith’s Shipping Journey to Cloud ERP

September 6, 2017

Galbraith's Shipping Journey to ERP



Original interview with Tim Hooper of Xledger UK and Louis Gonzalez (Head of Finance at Galbraith) Galbraith supplies worldwide chartered shipping and has complex forecasting, accounting and project management needs.  Galbraith chose Xledger for its automation, insight and scalability, allowing them freedom to grow.  Here’s their story, two years on. ‘There were so many fits with Xledger and so few entry costs. Xledger has freed up a huge amount of my time and I can now give a heads up on what’s coming to fruition in 3 month’s time where I couldn’t before.’ Galbraith sells shipbroking services to its customers worldwide

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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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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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