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Month: May 2007

Farewell from Gary Turner

I believe today is Gary’s last day at Pegasus. Here is what Gary said to his channel partners: Before I ride off into the sunset for my micro-retirement, I thought I should drop you a short note to express my personal thanks and appreciation for the support you’ve shown towards both Pegasus and to me personally over recent years. I have enjoyed our challenges and successes in equal measure and will always hold warm memories of my 18 of year’s service both inside and alongside the Pegasus channel community. Wow 18 years of service! That is a long time. I…

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My first mailshot – Intellicontact rocks!

I am currently trialling IntelliContact. Here is a screen shot of the e-mail shot I created for the forthcoming NW StartUp 2.0 event. It looks much better than the website. I am yet to fully test IntelliContact, but early signs are it’s a great tool to publish and manage mail shots. The only disappointment is that trial period is limited to about 2 weeks. Tags: NW Startup 2.0, IntelliContact, Marketing

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OpenCoffee Liverpool kick starts on 19th June

Phil Blything, co-founder of Internet and Marketing Consultancy, Glow New Media has accepted the challenge to run OpenCoffee Liverpool. The first event will run on 19th June 2007. Please register here. The plan is that Phil will run Liverpool events on every 3rd Tuesday of the month, whilst Manchester events will be held on every 4th Tuesday of the month. I hope Sheffield and Leeds will select the remaining two Tuesdays. Tags: OpenCoffee, OpenCoffee Manchester, OpenCoffee Liverpool

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SAP SAPPHIRE 07 VIENNA Post 7 – Governance, Risk and Compliance

On 15th May 07, I and other bloggers present had the privileage to drill Amit Chatterjee, SVP for Commercialisation and Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC). GRC seems to be an emerging theme within SAP whilst it has been part of the expertise provided by some of the Big 4 (and other) accountancy firms for sometime. L to R: Amit and Axel According to Amit, part of GRC includes Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), which I came to know whilst undertaking my Executive MBA at Manchester Business School from 2002 to 2004. In 2003, I attended a Business in the Community conference…

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SAP Biller Direct – a one-sided story

SAP’s answer to streamlining invoice processing within an enterprise is SAP Biller Direct application, which seems to be designed for mySAP ERP. It enables an organisation to submit invoices, receive invoices, make payments, manage accounts and settle and reconcile transactions through the web. Not sure whether there is a similar application for SAP R/3. If you know, please let me know. I split the EIPP market into supplier-centric, buyer-centric, enterprise-centric and exchanges. Whilst exchanges deliver the maximum benefit and best Return on Investment (ROI) opportunities, solutions such as SAP Biller Direct also brings significant benefits to the organisation deploying the…

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Equity Fingerprint – a refreshing idea

Philip Baddeley of Equity Fingerprint just pinged me to say hi after coming to know about OpenCoffee Manchester. According to the site: The site is about equity distribution; from the first equity split to the angel and VCs rounds. Use this business plan resource to shape your equity road map. Entrepreneurs and investors come in all shapes and sizes; some with ties some without. The illustrations are there to help, not to typecast anyone! I love the way the site graphically represent equity split during the lifetime of a company. He has included two case studies for illustration. One of…

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OpenCoffee North – Bringing Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool and Sheffield under one umbrella

It seems OpenCoffee Manchester is seen as a bit of a joke by the London crowd due to small number of attendees. There aren’t any London VCs prepared to attend Manchester events. So, Ed French of Enterprise Ventures came up with a marvelous idea to combine Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool and Sheffield under one common brand, known as OpenCoffee North. The idea is for each of the city to hold its monthly event on the same day of each month, so for example, OpenCoffee Manchester will be held on 4th Tuesday of each month. In addition, we would share a common…

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OpenCoffee Manchester is moving in the right direction

  3rd event of OpenCoffee Manchester (OCM) was held on 22nd May 2007 at Starbucks, Television House, 10, Mount St, Manchester, Manchester M2 5NT. Here are the attendees (15, the most we had to date) and some of the conversations that took place: Entrepreneurs: Mike Carter – Co-founder of Ixis – Ixis operates from Daresbury Innovation Centre (same place as ebdex’s home). With steady revenue growth over the last two years, Mike and Chris Haslam just added another staff member to its growing team. Ixis provides web development and network management facilities. Mike and Chris are also co-founders of edocr.…

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Ajaz Ahmed of Freeserve fame to give keynote speech at next NW Startup 2.0 event on 14 June 2006 @ KPMG Manchester

Moderator – Manoj Ranaweera – ebdexManoj founded ebdex in late 2004 to reduce the pains felt by organisations in dealing with their suppliers and customers with respect to exchange of structured documents. The result was ebdex Document Exchange, with ebdex EIPP (Electronic Invoice Presentment and Payment) being the first application offered to both SMEs and multinationals. Manoj made a significant error of judgment by outsourcing software development to partner, Affno, who failed miserably to deliver technology on time and to the budget. In fact, Affno was intended to provide a competitive advantage to ebdex. At the end of 2006, Manoj…

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