Delivering globally integrated supply chains

Jonathan Betts, Sales & Marketing Director at Science Warehouse, talks about how UNIT4 Agresso integrates seamlessly with procurement and supply chains solutions globally.

Procurement opportunity

Procurement and supply chain is an area of perennial challenge for many organisations. It’s key to operational effectiveness but extends beyond the organisation. The more sites, staff and suppliers there are, the harder this is to control.

Procurement departments are also being asked to deliver more. Procurement directors must generate savings but their remit is also being extended to cover areas such as CSR, sustainability and product innovation. The opportunity for procurement is increasing but it often means delivering more with the same (and frequently less) resource.

5 P2P success factors

Technology is a great enabler; procure-to-pay is a great example in delivering savings and control whilst liberating resource for more value-added activities. Despite the prevalence of P2P solutions there are few organisations that manage to implement it effectively and get the best out of their platform. The key requirements for P2P success are:

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Five legacy ERP pains that drain your coffers and how to stop them

1. High cost of ownership

Organisations labouring under the weight of inflexible and expensive ERP systems can expect their pain to be exacerbated by a succession of costs throughout the solution’s lifetime. These costs are not only limited to the original ‘ticket’ price of the ERP solution itself. Unless implementation and customisation costs, consultancy fees and annual hardware and software maintenance charges are budgeted for, the total cost of ownership can’t be accurately assessed.
Getting a better deal on maintenance fees is just part of the UNIT4 benefit. UNIT4 Agresso’s post-implementation agility means customers spend an average of 55% less every year than those running rival ERP solutions, according to a 2014 survey by software consultancy IDC.

The report’s author Michael Fauscette, IDC Group Vice President of Software Business Solutions, wrote: “When evaluating the costs of an ERP system, organisations must look at more than the up-front implementation and licensing investment. The ongoing maintenance and costs to keep the system in-sync with business needs can be substantial and must be a large consideration — ranking close to overall functional fit itself — in the purchase decision.”

While on-going annual maintenance costs are predictable, the technology “budget buster” for many organisations is the unexpected high additional cost of managing ERP systems to meet business change requirements.

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Agresso’s change management capability again outstrips Tier 1 rivals

 An updated version of Eval-Source’s detailed Market Comparison Report, Which ERP Architecture Best Handles Business Change?” has been published.

In addition to UNIT4 Agresso, Microsoft Dynamics AX, SAP Enterprise Business Suite and Oracle E-business Suite, it now includes Oracle Fusion Middleware.

In answer to its own question about which of the solutions best handles business-related change, Agresso remains the clear winner.

The report examines service-based organisations that consolidate to a single system and the system’s ability to manage business change after implementation for areas including governmental regulations and compliance (GRC), reorganisation and restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, business process change and financial management-driven change. The evidence, collected from Microsoft Dynamics AX, SAP Enterprise Suite, Oracle E-Business Suite, Oracle Fusion and UNIT4 Agresso users, who each certified that they “clearly understood the nature of the questions,” and had faced these change situations previously, shows substantial architectural differences between the ERP offerings of the vendors.

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The changing role of the CFO – Jose Duarte welcomes delegates to Coda/Dream Customer Conference

As the global economy emerges from the post-crash downturn the demands placed on CFOs are changing.

The transactional objectives that once drove CFOs are being joined by tactical ones. As this direction of travel leads CFOs to become ever more strategic, CFOs will need support from solutions and services that give them operational oversight on demand.

This is what drives us to keep developing technology that allows our customers to adapt to and embrace change. This involves us improving the core functions of Coda and Dream while extending the reach of the CFO with new applications that work alongside this core; integrating seamlessly. This interoperability with other systems transforms our Coda and Dream solutions into what we terming best in suite rather than the best in class they have been previously.

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How technology can free scientists from research red tape

The intervention by Nobel Prize winning scientists on the chilling effect that rules on funding research are having on cutting edge science has rightly made headlines this week.

In a letter to the Telegraph, signatories from leading global research institutions claim major 20th century scientific breakthroughs would have been crushed under the weight of excessive modern administrative demands.

The 30 signatories, led by Prof Donald Braben from UCL’s earth sciences faculty and including four Nobel laureates, say that the peer preview system of anonymous consideration of proposals which demands universal agreement on the validity of the each piece of research at every stage of its development is stymieing progress.

As Managing Director of the largest supplier of administrative technology solutions to the UK research sector, we have witnessed the increase in the demands placed on universities in the last few years and this is not limited to the peer preview process. Complicated funding requirements, the inflexibility of existing systems, the trend towards bigger, more collaborative projects and greater competition for grants have combined to place huge pressure on institutions and the researchers themselves.

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