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Month: July 2007

Blogging – 6 days without blogging feels like a month

As a target, I try to blog at least once a day. It seems that I have not blogged for six days, which feels like a month for a blogger. Professional bloggers such as Dennis Howlett aims to get 6 posts out daily, of varying quality. Some are pure originals and others are inspired by articles read in the blogsphere or the traditional press including web sites. This seems to be my fourth blog post today, certainly trying to catch up for the lost time. Dennis Keeling reckons getting couple of posts a year is sufficient – he put it…

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Transcepta #2 – The product

Having said how great Transcepta is with respect to helping the small guy, let’s quickly look at their accounts payable and accounts receivable products and services. Accounts Payable (A/P) & Accounts Receivable (A/R) Automation Once again, there are no surprises here with respect to Accounts Payable (A/P) integration. The target is the large company having an ERP system, i.e. your average Oracle (including PeopleSoft and JD Edwards) and SAP user with high transaction volumes and high number of suppliers (and customers).   However, its a different scenario at Accounts Receivable (A/R), where printer driver technology is used to extract data…

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Transcepta #1 – A breath of fresh air

Differentiation Very rarely you find a company that wants to provide a value proposition for the small guy, especially in the e-invoicing and EIPP space. I believe Transcepta is one of these companies, who understands and has found a way to overcome the barriers faced by SME’s joining the e-invoicing evolution. ebdex also understood that without helping the small guy, the level of market penetration by e-invoicing and EIPP vendors with respect to paper will remain negligent. ebdex was about upsetting the status quo. It seems Transcepta is thinking in the same lines. Therefore bringing a breath of fresh air to…

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SAP #10 – Appointment of Stefan Krauss to head the global construction business

You might question the relevance of this post to EIPP and Start Ups. This without a doubt falls into the category of “anything else of interest”. In fact, this is more of a note to myself than to you, as I use this blog as a reminder of people I met as well as information I want to find easily. The image below was taken at SAP SAPPHIRE 07 Vienna, and shows the product set of SAP’s Engineering, Construction and Operations (EC&O) Product Map. On July 1st 2007, Stefan Krauss joined SAP’s Industry Solutions Management for Discrete Industries, as Head…

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Gartner #1 – Financial Services Technology Summit

Hilton Metropole Hotel, London, UK on 24-25 September 2007 According to Gartner, this summit is for staying ahead of the game whilst been in touch with your clients! Easily said than done! The Summit is split into three areas, these being: Business Strategy  Operational Excellence Technology & Application Among sponsors are Microgen and TietoEnator from e-invoicing/e-billing/e-Procurement space. Others include: BizAgi Ltd (Vision Software) BT Cordys Exstream Software UK Limited Infosys Omnext Tata Consultancy Services Thunderhead Ltd Zafin Lab Speakers include: Ashley,Gerald – Managing Director, St. Mawgan & Co. Limited Buckley,Neil – CTO Retail, Wholesale Banking, Insurance and Facility Management ING Carr,John – Chief Operating…

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Seed Camp #1 – Y Combinator for Europe

Seedcamp is another brilliant idea by Saul Klein, the man behind OpenCoffee theme. The idea is to grab the best early stage companies set-up by those novel to startup scene before they get noticed by others – well before they achieve any valuation worth mentioning. Seedcamp targets young entrepreneurs. Saul has also achieved simplicity again with the programme: Anyone can apply. Intensive week long session for 20 companies – the companies will be exposed to a diverse mentor network of serial entrepreneurs, corporates, product designers, venture capitalists, recruiters, marketing specialists, lawyers and accountants that will help the selected teams put…

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Google #1 – Key word rankings

The prominence of this blog with respect to vendors’ own corporate Web sites for few companies operating in the e-invoicing space can be found in the following table. I also included BASDA Vendor(Key word) Google (Vendor) Google UK(Vendor) Google(This blog) Google UK(This blog) Accountis 1 &2 1 & 2 11 9 & 10 Albany Software 1 & 2 1 & 2 10 5 BASDA 1 & 2 8 1 & 2 4 Burns e-Commerce 1 &2 1 & 2 8 & 9 8 & 9 Causeway Technologies 1 1 & 2 4 & 5 3 & 4 Hub Alliance 1…

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OB10 #5 – Teams up with KeyMark

KeyMark, a document capture, management and workflow systems vendor founded in 1996 has teamed up OB10 to provide electronic invoice processing in their KeyTrack solution, which automates AP processes. According to the press release: KeyMark CEO Jim Wanner commented ?the sooner we transfer data to digital format the better it is for our customers. By Partnering with OB10, we bring the power of their relationships with tens of thousands of vendors around the world leveraging their ability to provide direct invoicing from any format to any format on behalf of multiple suppliers and clients, so that our costumers will save…

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Rhys Jones #1 – Sanoodi gets seed corn capital

  According to Mobile Magazine, one of Rhys Jones’s startups, Sanoodi has closed an initial seed funding round of £350,000 from a number of private investors in the UK, the US and Switzerland. It seems Sanoodi will use the initial investment to launch its mobile phone GPS platform and to expand its business development activities. Here is an extract from the post: ?Our focus is enabling users to share their total experiences of their active lifestyles with others who share these same interests, anywhere in the world”, said Sanoodi, CTO Rhys Jones. The company has also appointed Rhys Davies to the Board…

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Accountis #6 – Billportal joins as a partner

One of the key differentiators of ebdex was that it would have been partner-led (essential ingredient to become high volume transaction business), leaving ebdex to concentrate on developing and operating the ebdex Document Exchange. This is one of the issues I discussed when I met Accountis’s senior management in Q1 2007 in Bangor. Ifor Williams, Sales Director of Accountis pinged me yesterday to advice their partnership with Billportal of Germany. According to the press release: Werner Schneider, founder, owner and managing director of Billportal, explains: ?To take advantage of the fast growing European e-invoicing market, we looked for a product that…

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