A Conversation With The IACCM: The Cost Of Poor Contracting

In two recent blogs President of The International Association for Contract & Commercial Management (IACCM) Tim Cummins has discussed the membership organisation’s many insights into the challenges of contract management, against the background of what he fears is the wider societal erosion of trust in business.

Tim claims that the costs of poor contracting is a big issue, as IACCM research shows that, on average, businesses lose an average of 9.2% of value down to poor contract management approaches.

He also discusses the fact that there is little to no technology support for the management of those contracts, so the flows of data within the organisation important to the performance of a contract don’t exist. As a result, businesses are caught in a catch 22, he notes – if you don’t have a process to monitor the cost for lost revenue opportunity, then of course, you’ve not got the method of collecting the data to actually give you the evidence. In his companion piece, the IACCM leader then details the practical steps he sees as necessary to change the whole contract management issue for the better at last.

Read the first part of the interview here.

Making GDPR Do You Some Good

In a recent think piece, EASY SOFTWARE UK’s Marketing & Sales Director Howard Frear says we need to see GDPR as a positive change, rather than looking at the negatives.

GDPR has forced organisations to stand back and understand their data — so we should stop focusing on the challenges and instead focus on the positives of GDPR and how it can be advantageous to organisations.

For many organisations, data is a complex area, he notes — so there is no question that getting houses in order for GDPR may have finally brought in the required time, investment and considerable planning effort their data management projects require.

Check out Howard’s article here

Reaching Contract Management Nirvana

In a recent blog EASY SOFTWARE UK’s George Haddaway laid out how a more digital approach to the vital business process of enterprise contract management would help UK businesses.

According to George, contracts are one of the most vital documents in a business — nothing gets bought or sold without one being written up, but as it stands, only 20% of companies have any sort of Contract Management tool.

George states that his experience with customers suggests if users did adopt a more structured Contract Management approach, though, they would soon benefit from five key benefits: centralisation, deadline control, workflow automation, reporting and compliance adherence.

Read George’s insights here

Creating a Friction Free Digital Finance System – EASY and Nolan launch new eBook

Bury St Edmunds, UK, March 20th , 2018 – EASY SOFTWARE UK, Europe’s foremost supplier of document management solutions, has today launched a new eBook in partnership with Nolan Business Solutions, a long term EASY partner in the UK.  The book entitled ‘Creating a Friction-Free Digital Finance System’ looks at the historical and current role of the Accounts Payable department and how invoice automation technology has been used to transform the efficiency of this key department.

Looking at the motivations for AP departments to go ‘paper-free’, the eBook gives recommendations on what to look for in an invoice automation solution and cites valuable use cases to evidence best practice.

Nolan Business Solutions is a UK-based company providing business systems utilising the industry’s foremost ERP platforms, NetSuite and Microsoft Dynamics, developing and supporting Microsoft Dynamics GP for over 20 years and its products are used worldwide.

Download your FREE copy of the new eBook here

EASY SOFTWARE UK Receives Accredited Partner Status From The Accounts Payable Association

Document management leader confirms accreditation from leading sector professional body for its market-leading document management and digital finance solutions

Bury St Edmunds, UK, March 12, 2018 – EASY SOFTWARE UK, Europe’s foremost supplier of document management solutions, has been nominated as an Accredited Partner for its document management solutions by the leading Accounts Payable professional membership organisation in the field.

The APA (Accounts Payable Association) is a UK professional body devoted to serving the Accounts Payable/Purchase Ledger professional community and its accredited partners certification process signifies that any APA member can have full confidence in a designated solution.

Achieving Accredited Partner status can only happen after a rigorous validation process by the body by a stringent set of criteria.

EASY submitted its award-winning invoice functionality for scrutiny, software that streamlines the entire accounts payable or ‘Purchase to Pay’ process, employing the latest document management technology to automate this central Finance workflow to improve organisational fiscal efficiency and cash management.

“We are honoured to have received this accreditation,” notes EASY SOFTWARE Sales & Marketing Director, Howard Frear.

“It is very satisfying that our Accounts Payable/Invoicing Products have been recognised by as important industry body as the APA as those areas are core EASY competencies, and so this is real acknowledgement by the sector of our pivotal role in financial Document Management.”

EASY Prepares for the IACCM 2018 Annual European Conference

EASY Software will once more be supporting the IACCM European conference which this year is being held in Kraków, Poland.

Running from May 14th through 16th at the Double Tree by Hilton in Krakow, this years conference is themed COLLABORATING ACROSS BOUNDARIES – MOVING FROM ERP TO RRP (RELATIONSHIP RESOURCE PLANNING). Increased collaboration is at the forefront of the corporate and social agenda, yet for those of us negotiating and managing trading relationships, we know how hard collaboration can be. The IACCM global conferences are about bringing together the groups that represent the key stakeholders in every trading relationship – lawyers, project managers, contracts & commercial and procurement professionals.

EASY Software UK is a strategic supporter of the IACCM, building relationships with its members and gaining insights into contract management best practice. EASY Software is the company behind EASY Contract, a pre-configured solution package that allows organisations of any size to rapidly deploy and benefit from a Contract Lifecycle Management system. EASY Contract provides the functions to create, negotiate, collaborate, store and manage contracts whether they be sales, procurement, or legal contracts.

To find out more about the European conference click here.

About the IACCM
The International Association for Contract & Commercial Management (IACCM) enables both public and private sector organizations and professionals to achieve world-class standards in their contracting and relationship management process and skills. With over 43,000 members across 165 countries and 16568 corporations, IACCM is leading the way in responding to the demands of global networked markets.

Our membership is drawn from many industries and is made up of contract and commercial managers, negotiators, attorneys and supply chain professionals. Hundreds of organizations have also established Corporate Memberships, gaining enhanced services that support their performance and understanding of market trends.

Fujitsu, EASY Software And Midwich To Present New GDPR Solution For UK Market

Attend special upcoming event hosted by EASY SOFTWARE, Fujitsu and Midwich to learn more about this market-leading data tracking tool for GDPR preparation

Bury St Edmunds, UK, January 12, 2018 – EASY SOFTWARE UK, Europe’s foremost supplier of document management solutions, will be unveiling implementation guidance for its market-leading GDPR solution at a special partner event later this month.

The event, hosted by EASY, key EASY channel partner Fujitsu and award-winning AV & document solutions technology distributor Midwich takes place at Fujitsu’s Baker Street offices in London on January 18, from 10am to 2pm.

The January 18 event will allow document management resellers, content management specialists, privacy, information regulation and compliance experts and technology firms in the data management space to find out more the Otris privacy for GDPR software solution and how EASY, Fujitsu and Midwich can help deliver this product to the end user. The event will cover all the tools and resources available to assist firms in taking the opportunity to market.

Helping Data Protection Teams and GDPR Solution Vendors Alike

The solution, Otris privacy ®, developed by EASY’s German sister company Otris Software AG, offers fully-featured data compliance management support. One of the few well-established GDPR tools on the market, Otris privacy ® for GDPR has been enhanced for over a decade to address the stringent requirements of existing German data protection law BDSG (Bundesdatenschutzgesetz Federal Data Protection Act), and has been successfully deployed by over 500 organisations.

The web-based software tool can be used by Data Privacy Officers (DPOs) to collate, manage and assess data privacy usage in their organisations in order to meet the tough new data privacy legal requirements GDPR represents.

For EASY SOFTWARE Sales & Marketing Director Howard Frear, “Our January GDPR event has been designed to walk you through Otris’s extensive data tracking functionality, showing how it can manage the complexities of information legal compliance, while simultaneously unlocking and protecting the value of organisations’ data.

“The event will reveal the huge market opportunity here, how it can be best addressed, and how we can support you in that process with a tried and tested market leading solution supported by genuine GDPR experts.”

The first companies to register for the event will be invited to join us at the Shangri-La hotel at the Shard for post event networking drinks.

The event will also offer the opportunity to find out about becoming a member of Fujitsu’s Channel Imaging Program and about its unique Imaging Rewards Channel loyalty scheme.

To secure your place at the event, email Info@EasySoftware.co.uk

More information on EASY SOFTWARE and GDPR preparation can be found here

A GDPR update briefing with Midwich and Fujitsu

Join EASY Software UK partners, Midwich and Fujitsu on January 18th for our latest GDPR briefing session. To book your place email howard.frear@easysoftware.co.uk

Another Great Win For EASY At The Prestigious Document Manager 2017 Awards

Bury St Edmunds, UK, 11 December, 2017 – EASY SOFTWARE UK, Europe’s foremost supplier of document management solutions, is delighted at the success its GDPR solution achieved at last month’s 2017 Document Manager Awards.

The UK document management industry voted EASY’s GDPR solution, Otris privacy ® from sister EASY company, Otris Software AG, as the winner of the ‘Compliance Product of the Year’ category in the 2017 DM Awards.

The Document Manager Awards are the sector’s most important peer recognition award scheme, and shone a spotlight on how EASY is helping the market deal with the imminent General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) pan-European data compliance standard.

The Awards took the form of a gala black-tie industry event at London’s Radisson Blu Edwardian in Bloomsbury on 3 November 2017. The night saw the attendance of EASY’s Howard Frear, Director of Sales and Marketing, its Technology Director, Tony Cheung, and Business Development Manager, George Haddaway, as well as other invited 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 Compliance Product of the Year win, as GDPR is such a huge issue for any British organisation working with customer data right now.

“Our win is acknowledgement of how successful and rigorous our Otris privacy ® solution is, to document and project manage data governance and address GDPR.”

Otris privacy ® is a support tool designed to help organisations get ready for GDPR, offering proof of process and a way to show auditors what’s being achieved.

The software helps document and project manage GDPR preparedness on many fronts, all the way from collecting data from stakeholders to producing a snapshot of results and helping data compliance officers build a traffic light system of green (compliant), amber (questions to settle) and red (at risk on GDPR).

The win caps a strong run of success in the Document Management Awards, with EASY SOFTWARE UK’s trophy cabinet containing impressive including ‘Accounts Payable/Invoicing Product of the Year’ and ‘Workflow/BPM Product 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,” added Frear.

Now in their eleventh 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, click here, follow @DMMagAndAwards and #dmawards2017.

More information on EASY SOFTWARE and GDPR preparation can be found here

EASY Software Announces GDPR Solution For UK Data Protection Officers

Team-up with Fujitsu delivers market-leading data tracking tool for GDPR preparation

Bury St Edmunds, UK, October 23, 2017 – EASY SOFTWARE UK, Europe’s foremost supplier of document management solutions, has a new solution to help UK organisations prepare for imminent data privacy changes in the shape of local implementation of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

The solution is from EASY’s German sister company Otris Software AG and allows the content management leader to resell fully-featured data compliance management software Otris privacy ®.

The longstanding co-operation will be further aligned with key EASY channel partner Fujitsu, a market leader in the document and data capture solutions arena.

Otris privacy for GDPR software solution has been enhanced for over a decade to address the stringent requirements of the incumbent German data protection law BDSG (Bundesdatenschutzgesetz Federal Data Protection Act), and has been successfully deployed by over 500 organisations within this area of jurisdiction.

This web-based software tool is used by many European Data Privacy Officers to collate, manage and assess data privacy usage in their organisations so as to lower risk plus provide auditable process documentation to meet the toughest data privacy legal requirements.

Welcoming the announcement, EASY SOFTWARE Sales & Marketing Director Howard Frear notes the strong relationship built over many years with Fujitsu, which has been providing many joint customers with reliable document and content management solutions.

“This relationship now enters a new era of information regulation and compliance where trust meets opportunity,” he adds.

Frear also welcomes the chance to work on GDPR preparation with colleagues at Otris, who “clearly live and breathe the considerable complexities of information legal compliance”.

“Otris privacy ® will be highly useful to GDPR Data Protection Officers, as it will allow them to simultaneously unlock and protect the value of their data.”