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Month: January 2007

Who has been most active in terms of marketing this month?

I just had a quick glance at key players in the EIPP (specially those who are considered to have models similar to ebdex) space including those who integrate with accounts payable systems. To my disappointment, Accountis, Causeway Technologies, Burns e-Commerce Solutions, and Tradocs have no news to share this month. How sad is this? These are companies with revenues, customers and history. Yet we all complain about lack of customer awareness. OB10 managed to get just one story out. Congratulations! (yes I am being sarcastic!) Career Education Corp. Joins OB10 e-Invoicing Network to Reduce Costs, Improve Financial Management. But the…

200 blog posts over 297 days

This is my 201st post. I started blogging on 9th Apr 06. Here are some statistics: 1 Authors To This Blog. 200 Posts Were Posted. 11 Pages Were Created. 161 Comments Were Posted 80 Different Nicks Were Represented In The Comments. 9 Links Were Added For a live update, click here. What I really miss is the simple blog stats counter available on I believe this is unique to hosted blogs. I also messed up my sitemeter counter. Tags: blogging, blog stats

European companies raised €52.9 million last week including $4.5m for UK based Shiny Media

According to Library House, 35 European companies raised €52.9 million (15 deals were undisclosed) last week – i.e. an average of €2.6 m per company. Among the UK based deals were: Shiny Media – a blog network – raised $4.5m from Bright Station Ventures in exchange for 50% of the company. Shiny Media attracts almost 3 million readers each month to its 22 sites, and employs more than 30 bloggers. If you want to read how they plan to spend the money, please click here. For coverage on vecosys, click here. Times Online article, click here. The Library House has…

29-Jan-07: New look – time for experiments

I moved my blog today (29/01/07) for the second time since starting to blog in Apr 06. Please bear with me whilst I experiement with the freedom this hosted version of wordpress gives. Do let me know your comments as usual and please reset your links. Any idea where I can locate the WP blog stat counter? This blog is now hosted by Ixis. Chris and Mike, thank you. By the way, if you need any work done using Drupal, I recommend Ixis boys highly.

Success measured by transaction volume – A maturing industry

In Nov 2006, Causeway reported annual transaction volume in excess of 2.5 million for its Tradex platform, which has been operational for number of years and was originally designed specifically for the construction industry. Causeway also reported the value of transactions to be in excess of £1bn, i.e. an average transaction value of £400. Tradex’s customers include Sir Robert McAlpine, Taylor Woodrow, Morgan Sindall, Amec, Alfred McAlpine, Aggregate Industries, CEMEX, Tarmac, Hanson, GAP Group, Speedy Hire, HSS, Hewden Stuart, Greenham Trading, Jewson and Travis Perkins to name a few. Celebrating the success, Duncan Speight, Tradex Business Development Manager commented, “The…

Bruno Koch – the man behind EXPP events

Bruno Koch has been providing consultancy services in addition to running EXPP events for the last 10 years. His company, Billentis offers advisory services to clients seeking EIPP and EBPP solutions, similar to my idea of forming ebdex Consultancy. Bruno has provided consultancy services to more than 100 customers from over 20 countries, a track record only to be congratulated. Bruno has done more to promote EIPP/e-invoicing solutions in Europe than anyone else I know. The third EXPP summit will be held on 10th and 11th of September in the UK. The last summit which was held in Germany attracted…

Closure of BT Transact

I spent most of this morning trying to ascertain whether BT Transact can be resurrected, as I saw an opportunity. Alas to my dismay, the decision was taken at least 7 months ago when BT wrote to their customers giving them 12 months notice. BT has made alternative arrangements for these companies including helping them to migrate to solutions offered by other companies. Now less than 10 customers are on the platform, and BT will continue to help them move to different solutions. It seems that BT has made enquiries to off-load the platform, but no viable option was found.…

NW StartUp 2.0 – 2nd Event in March 07

NW StartUp 2.0 brings software entrepreneurs and investment community under one roof. If you are interested in attending the next event, please choose dates you are able to attend from those listed on doodle. References: etribes this blog David Terrar’s blog TechCrunch – Sam’s old blog Tags: NW StartUp 2.0, NW StartUp20, StartUp20, doodle, funding, entrepreneurship, start up

Mybloglog Test

Recent Readers View Entire Community Provided by MyBlogLog This blog is hosted by I have been trying to get mybloglog widget to work. Unfortunately, strips out many of the coding including scripts and style sheets which cause significant difficulties when you deal with widgets. Let me know if you have successfully integrated mybloglog to a wordpress blog hosted by Many thanks. Tags: Mybloglog

Version One finally brings justice to their website

Have you visited Version One’s website in the past? Were you impressed? Probably the answer was "no". Have a look at their new website. Except for "Copyright 2006" at the bottom of page, it looks great. My disappointment is that there is no blog. But they have provided a RSS feed. What is also missing is details of the Board and the senior management. Perhaps, this is due to the fact that Version One is a family owned business. Actually owned by two families, Bray and McGain. Husbands and wives (I may have analysed this slightly wrong as there are…