EASY COVERAGE IN DM MAGAZINE: OUR PARTNER DAY

In key industry publication DM Magazine, an article has been published about EASY SOFTWARE UK’s annual partner day, which took place at Epsom Down racecourse in September last year.

The racecourse was a fitting venue for the day because  the Jockey Club is a long standing customer of EASY’s.

DM Magazine Editor Dave Tyler attended and reported on proceedings.

Tyler notes that in Sales & Marketing Director for the UK, Howard Frear’s opening speech, he discussed the continuing success of parent company EASY AG “whose profits more or less doubled between 2014 and 2015 as their customer numbers totalled over 300.”

Tyler also notes Technical Director Tony Cheung discussion of the never-ending round of acquisitions across the sector, and that the content management sector was “one of huge potential growth”.

Tyler also notes Frear’s discussion of the company’s newest Spirit platform, designed to exploit mobile features and other leading edge technologies

And also, on the product side, Frear noted how workflow is becoming a major part of EASY’s business, while the buyers’ focus on ‘business packages’ suits the company’s approach well, as it highlights areas such as EASY Contract, EASY Invoice and EASY HR.

EASY Capture Plus 5 has been well received, Tyler noted, was Frear’s verdict. Also, Tyler reported that Cheung discussed how EASY Documents 5 offers impressive support for tablets in business use. Also how, in comparison with the 2011 version of the same software, the responsive design and usability enhancements were huge.

What’s more, Cheung noted how EASY Invoice 3.3 offered an enriched user interface.

The day ended with presentations from sponsors Northamber and Fujitsu on their scanning hardware, followed by social activities.

Read the full article for yourself, here

EASY To Host Special Industry Discussions On Electronic Contract Lifecycle Management

Bury St Edmunds, UK – March 8, 2017 – EASY SOFTWARE UK, Europe’s foremost supplier of document management solutions, is delighted to announce that it is hosting two special discussions on developments in electronic contract lifecycle management.

The round table events will take place at specialist business and economic development consultancy Strategy Insights’ upcoming IT Strategy Meeting, scheduled for March 29 at The Cumberland Hotel, London Marylebone, London W1H 7DL.

The events will allow senior CIOs from large enterprises to consider the question, “Is sloppy contract management costing us billions – and how could going digital both plug the leaks and deliver tangible commercial value back?”

Discussions will consider the sobering statistic that 9% of all business revenue*  is under threat every year through poor contract lifecycle management processes, as well as how digital contract management needs to become a necessity for Sales and Purchasing, how ease of use drives adoption, and how CIOs can make an immediate and lasting positive impact on the problem by adopting best practice tools and disciplines.

“Contracts are a critical success factor in today’s business environment, contributing bottom line results through effective management,” points out Howard Frear, Sales and Marketing Director at EASY Software UK.

“Research recently shows that good contract development and management can improve profitability, so we are delighted to be partnering with a respected body in the CIO sector in the shape of Strategy Insight,” he adds.

“Our participation at the March round tables will give us a space to explain the techniques around contract lifecycle management and demonstrate best practice to practitioners in this area.”

If you would like to arrange a briefing with EASY on how leveraging systems, information, and best practice can position a Finance team to deliver visible value from contract management, get in touch on the details below.

About EASY SOFTWARE UK
EASY SOFTWARE, founded in 1990 and listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange, is Europe’s foremost provider of integrated document management technologies. With more than 12,000 customers worldwide, global and local companies alike now rely on EASY’s comprehensive suite of scaleable document technologies to automate business processes, improve productivity and boost efficiency, as well as meet increasing regulatory requirements.

EASY promotes its extensive suite of document management solutions both directly and indirectly through a network of 200-plus global sales partners. More than 100 software development companies have created interfaces to EASY ECM Suite™, the company’s flagship solution platform.

EASY SOFTWARE is also a Microsoft Gold Independent Software Vendor (ISV) as well as being the second largest provider of SAP archiving solutions worldwide.

EASY is headquartered in Mülheim a.d. Ruhr, with further offices and subsidiaries throughout Germany, Austria, the USA, Singapore, Turkey and the UK. More information on EASY’s UK subsidiary can be found here

*Poor Contract Management Costs Companies 9% – Bottom Line. Commitment Matters Blog 29 October 2012. Figures based on independent market research carried out by IACCM in 2011/12. The 9% figure represents an average which varies significantly between companies and industries; contact IACCM at info@iaccm.com for more precise information.

The IT Strategy Event – March 29th, Cumberland Hotel, London

The EASY team is supporting the IT Strategy Event running March 29th in London.  We’ll be hosting a roundtable on Digital Contract Management.  Here’s an overivew of what to expect.

Digital Contract Management made EASY– “Is sloppy contract management costing us billions? Going digital plugs the revenue leaks and finds tangible commercial value.”

 

  • Up to 9% of revenue is going missing – why?
  • Digital contract management becomes affordable for both Sales and Purchasing – how?
  • Ease of use drives adoption for key roles – who?
  • Can you make an immediate, measurable and lasting impact – when?

We look forward to seeing you there.

The Growing Problem Of CEO Fraud

In a recent blog, EASY SOFTWARE UK’s Marketing & Sales Director Howard Frear discusses the growing problem of CEO fraud.

Howard outlines how, as reported by the BBC, the FBI says CEO fraud has risen by 270% since January of 2015, costing the global economy at least $3bn over the past three years, while an invoicing company Tungsten Network says tricking companies into sending invoice payments to the wrong people costs UK companies about £9bn a year.

Howard says he agrees with Steve Proffitt, deputy head of Action Fraud, the UK’s reporting centre for fraud and cyber crime, that, ”Employees should be encouraged to double check everything they do.”

Howard highlights the examples of a finance executive at toy manufacturer Mattel who was fooled by a message he thought was from his new boss, into paying more than $3m into a fraudulent account. Plus the case of Austrian aerospace parts maker FACC, which lost €42m in a similar email fraud.

According to Howard, someone in Finance fully armed with the information would never do what the employees at Mattel and FACC did. Control backed by full digital access to relevant information is the way forward here.

Read the full blog for yourself here

EASY Coverage In DM Magazine: Information ILM Key To Modern Business

In key industry publication DM Magazine, EASY’s Howard Frear laid out why the discipline of Information Lifecycle Management (ILM) may have gone out of fashion, though its teachings are just as valid as they’ve ever been.

Its key principles of properly classifying, managing and storing information over time remain relevant in any environment, even one as seemingly rich in computing resources as ours. (Perhaps even more so, he convincingly argues.)

For industry veteran Frear, the heart of the matter here is the concept of criticality: how important it is to keep the data and how important it is to delete it, which has to be in a way you can prove you did to the regulators.

Patently, different data types exhibit different levels of criticality when it comes to the business rules around how long it should be kept. That was hard to establish when it was held simply on servers or in data centres, he points out – but the cloud makes this far, far more challenging.

That’s even more complicated by the fact that so much cloud discussion is about sensitive data and not enough about deletion policies, making too many of us forget that if you don’t know where your data is, you can’t be sure it’s ever really gone (as it needs to be from a compliance point of view).

If data needs to be deleted in your business process, you simply can’t afford to be unclear about the way it’s stored, says Howard. Do you agree?

Read the piece for yourself here

Our EASY Focus

In a recent post for theDMCollaborators, Howard shared some thoughts on EASY’s current and near-future strategic focus.

A big area is HR going forward, he revealed: as we move to a more automated, digital future, HR leaders need better tools to cope with change and make the handling of human capital as friction-free as possible. DM will play an increasingly pivotal role here, he states.

Contract management is another focus for the year ahead, as businesses are waking up to the need for better ways to work collaboratively but also securely store vital business documents and associated processes.

Work continues meanwhile, he concludes, on EASY’s ongoing work to make its solutions ever more functional, simpler to use, as well as work for our highly valued SAP HANA customer base, and on user (and partner) training and education.

Read the blog post in full here

Nigerian Gas Leader Seven Energy Gets Smart About Billing Management, Thanks To EASY

Bury St Edmunds, UK – February 9, 2017 – EASY SOFTWARE UK, Europe’s foremost supplier of document management solutions, is delighted to announce the success of its client Nigerian gas leader Seven Energy in its drive to streamline payment procedures, tax arrangements and contracts via document management (DM) technology.

Founded in 2004, Seven Energy is now the leading fully integrated company of its type in southeast Nigeria, with extensive upstream oil and gas interests in the region. For the first years of its growth, Seven Energy had been using a US-hosted external finance system at its admin base in the UK and Nigeria. However, this had ended up with an unwieldy workflow, as well as being open to human error inputting crucial financial and operational data.

As a result, Seven Energy’s leadership sought to implement a purchase-to-pay system to streamline invoicing, buttressed with a fully integrated and always-available, central document management system to drive further back office efficiencies. EASY won the contract after open competition, due to the strength of its offering and references, say the partners.

The solution EASY implemented has enabled Seven Energy to rapidly streamline its payment procedures, which now all adhere to strict payment terms and carefully set payment dates. In parallel, the new EASY DM system is allowing the organisation to get an overview of its complex tax obligations (due to the international nature of its business). At the same time, thanks to the new DM technology, internal tax specialists can easily pull up invoices and any contract terms from the finance repository.

Seven Energy also uses EASY to store contracts and associated documents in a third party contract management system, while the document management system is also a great benefit in managing travel expenses.

The next phase of the project is to implement the scanning and archiving of all finance journal back-up. This will allow the journal approvers to view the supporting documents directly in the document management system. Deployment is scheduled for the first half of 2017.

All in all, Seven Energy says it’s formed an “excellent working relationship with EASY” thanks to the success of the invoices and contracts deployment. “We have seen tangible benefits in terms of reduced administration overheads and improved efficiency and productivity,” said Richard Ray, Seven Energy Group Systems Manager. “We really are only scratching the surface at Seven Energy with DM and EASY,” he added.

“We are delighted about the success of Seven Energy, who is one of our most important DM engagements in the oil and gas sector,” commented Howard Frear, Sales & Marketing Director at EASY. “This is also testimony – due to the size, complexity, scope, and above all, the multi-country operational aspect of Seven’s achievement – to the power of EASY’s technology.

“EASY Invoice was recently voted ‘Accounts Payable/Invoicing Product of the Year’ in the 2016 DM Awards, partly down to strong use cases like this,” Frear added.

“We look forward to supporting Seven further in its journey, and helping it realise further benefits across all areas of the business.”

Change, Yes – But Also Great DM Opportunity Ahead

In a recent blog, EASY SOFTWARE UK’s Marketing & Sales Director Howard Frear looked ahead to 2017 and the changes the year will bring. Clearly Brexit and US political events has created a climate of uncertainty, he notes, which has made some companies hesitant about investment in core services, including technology. Nonetheless, Howard thinks the prospects for the DM sector remain buoyant.

While consolidation of the DM market will continue at the enterprise end, AI, Big Data and cloud are emerging as real game changers — with deft use of DM becoming a key part of the back end process that firms need to power all this great new technology.

As the world accommodates itself to a new, less certain world, there’s still going to be a lot of business disruption and an awful lot of old-fashioned business activity and buying and selling of companies, across international borders, he says — which translates to a need for better due diligence, in the shape of DM.

Finally, he advises, for most of our customers, cloud is the first option for most business buyers, given its simplicity of delivery and practicality: DM vendors take note!

Read the full blog for yourself here

EASY Wins Again At The Prestigious Document Manager 2016 Awards

Bury St Edmunds, UK, November 30, 2016 – EASY SOFTWARE UK, Europe’s foremost supplier of document management solutions, has today announced success for one of its key solutions at the 2016 Document Manager Awards.

The UK document management industry voted EASY Invoice top in the ‘Accounts Payable/Invoicing Product of the Year’ at the sector’s most important peer recognition awards.

EASY also came Runner Up in the ‘Workflow/BPM Product of the Year’ for EASY Documents 5.0 and ‘Software Product of the Year’ for EASY Contract 3.0 at the Awards organised by DM Magazine.

At the black-tie industry event at London’s Grand Connaught Rooms, November 24, EASY’s Howard Frear, Director of Sales and Marketing, Tony Cheung, Technology Director and Business Development Manager, George Haddaway, flew the EASY flag, along with partners, clients and colleagues.

“A Document Manager Award is recognition that you have reached the highest standard, as defined by industry experts, partners and colleagues,” commented Frear.

“We are especially proud of the Accounts Payable/Invoicing Product of the Year because those areas are core EASY competencies, and so this is real acknowledgement by the sector of our pivotal role in financial Document Management.”

EASY INVOICE streamlines the accounts payable (AP or “Purchase to Pay”) process, using the latest document management technology to automate this central Finance workflow to improve efficiency and to deliver effective cash management.

The win caps a strong run of success in the Document Management Awards, with EASY SOFTWARE UK’s trophy cabinet containing impressive wins from previous years, including ‘Workflow/BPM Product of the Year’ and ‘Marketing Team of the Year’, among many others.

“Our thanks go to all our clients for their belief in us and continued loyalty, as well as the effort and dedication of the EASY team over the past 12 months,” noted Frear.

Now in their tenth year, the Document Manager Awards, the undisputed Oscars of the Document Management world, are recognised as the must-attend date on the calendar for the entire UK document and content management industry.

Categories span a range of product and project categories, with winners selected via a combination of online voting and the opinions of an invited expert judging panel.

To find out more, please visit here, follow @DMMagAndAwards and #dmawards2016.

About EASY SOFTWARE UK
EASY SOFTWARE, founded in 1990 and listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange, is Europe’s foremost provider of integrated document management technologies. With more than 12,000 customers worldwide, global and local companies alike now rely on EASY’s comprehensive suite of scaleable document technologies to automate business processes, improve productivity and boost efficiency, as well as meet increasing regulatory requirements.

EASY promotes its extensive suite of document management solutions both directly and indirectly through a network of 200-plus global sales partners. More than 100 software development companies have created interfaces to EASY ECM Suite™, the company’s flagship solution platform.

EASY SOFTWARE is also a Microsoft Gold Independent Software Vendor (ISV) as well as being the second largest provider of SAP archiving solutions worldwide.

EASY is headquartered in Mülheim a.d. Ruhr, with further offices and subsidiaries throughout Germany, Austria, the USA, Singapore, Turkey and the UK. More information on EASY’s UK subsidiary can be found here

Giving Our Partners A Welcome Boost

At EASY Software we recognise that our market success relies on selecting key, strategic partnerships with organisations that have the right mix of technology skills and consultancy serviced to add value to or solutions.

Partners have always been at the centre of our go-to-market strategy. We are fortunate to have a network of over 200+ global sales partners and more than 100 software development companies with interfaces to our flagship solution, EASY Enterprise.

So when you partner with EASY, you’re assured of providing your customers the most advanced enterprise document and content management technologies and solutions. But don’t take our word for it – take a look at our newly revamped partner page listing our partners and their success stories.  Enjoy our partner day videos featuring many of our partners and their frank views of EASY and what we’re like to do business with.

BECOME AN EASY SOFTWARE PARTNER AND EXPAND YOUR DOCUMENT AND ENTERPRISE CONTENT MANAGEMENT BUSINESS

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