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Month: August 2007

Swearing will not work

Like other blogs, I receive lot of spam. Recently, I received two comments from someone angry with two names I mentioned on a blog article. Whilst I have no objection of authorising negative comments and comments that disputes with my analysis, I do have a problem with rude comments. Unfortunately, I cannot reach the person due to not receiving the correct e-mail address. If you are listening, please improve your comments and I will be glad to authorise them. The reason I took the steps to write this is that I believe s/he had a valid point to raise. Please…

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OB10 #8 – Ready to be acquired!

  According to VentureCast, a production of Library House, one of the most accessed companies recently is none other than OB10. The company profile from VenturePedia (another production of Library House) can be downloaded for £50 from here. As you know company’s current financial backers include Cargill Ventures, Fleming Family & Partners and Lynx Capital Ventures. One of the key reasons for increased interest by predators is the recent announcements by OB10. Among these are the press releases about teaming up with GXS and Abbey/Santander. At least, I met one predator (I know he will dislike the use of this term –…

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FreeAgentCentral # 2 – Imminent Launch

Ed Molyneux, CEO of FreeAgentCentral, the Freshbooks for UK, supported by Dennis Howlett pinged me to say that FreeAgentCentral will come out of Beta on 18th September 2007. He is offering a good deal for Beta Testers. Here is the deal: 60-day trial account for less active Beta testers 180-day trial account for active Beta testers He is also giving a chance for less active Beta testers to redeem themselves (e.g. users like me). All you have to do is respond to following 2-minute feedback questionnaire: Can you summarise in one sentence (or in haiku form, if you prefer) your overall…

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Sourcing Innovation – The Future of Sourcing

If you are interested in the future of sourcing and procurement technologies, tune in to Michael Lamoureux’s Sourcing Innovation on 6th September 2007 for the second annual Sourcing Innovation Series, which will run for 2 weeks.  According to Michael: One year ago today, the first post of the first annual Sourcing Innovation Series, which focused on the future of sourcing, hit the blog-sphere.  With cross posts from leading bloggers in the sourcing and procurement space like Jason Busch, Tim Minahan, David Bush, Dave Stephens, and Charles Dominick and from forward thinking professionals, which included Kevin Brooks, John Martin, and Doug…

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End of holiday season

Apologies for been silent. Just returned yesterday morning from 10 nights in Ireland. We spent 3 nights in Dublin and 7 nights in Co. Kerry. Highlights included a visit to the Guinness Storehouse. Thoroughly enjoyed driving in Ireland, especially the “Ring of Kerry” and “Gap of Dunloe“. Will post some pictures later. Did not get a chance to do any work even though I had my laptop with me. Managed to read a book (Panic at the Bank) from start to finish – a massive achievement. Used the opportunity to rediscover my family. It has not been easy for my family…

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CheckFree #1 – Fiserv to Acquire CheckFree

Over the last year, we noticed two key acquisitions in the EIPP and Payments space, these being purchase of Xign by JP Morgan and purchase of Harbor Payments by American Express. Recently, I had lunch with a US Company looking for an acquisition in the UK. And now CheckFree is to be acquired by Fiserv. This clearly shows the importance and the increasing maturity of this segment. So according to the press release: Fiserv, Inc. (NASDAQ: FISV) will acquire CheckFree Corporation (NASDAQ: CKFR) in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $4.4 billion, and the CheckFree shareholders will receive $48.00 in cash…

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PrimeRevenue # 1 – Introduction

One of my regular readers, who happened to be a competitor to PrimeRevenue pinged me recently to enquire about my views on the recent announcement of partnership between PrimeRevenue and Morgan Stanley. Before I give my viewpoint, for consistency, I believe it is useful to first introduce the company in here. PrimeRevenue is a leading company in Supply Chain Finance (SCF). According to my new friends, Paystream Advisors: The combination of PrimeRevenue?s technology and services makes it an excellent choice for organizations seeking to accelerate cash conversion cycles and compress working capital requirements. We are impressed with the company?s evolving…

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Google # 2 – Analytics: Most used keywords

Here are the most popular keywords used by visitors to my blog from 21/01/07 to 06/08/07. EIPP 352 OB10 267 SAP 141 American Express 129 e-invoicing 124 Ariba 103 Causeway 67 Oracle 66 Harbor 65 Abbey 60 Bottomline 49 Xign 48 Burns 48 JP Morgan 41 Accountis 30 Basware 19 Transcepta 16 Deskom 13 Albany 15 Tradex 11 Version One 6 Esker 5 Do let me know if anyone would like to see a full report for any of above keywords. References: Google #1 – Key word rankings Technorati Tags: eipp, e-invoicing

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Blogger conversation on EIPP #1 – Jason Busch rocks

I have been ranting about EIPP for 16 months now. Perhaps worth listening to few other folks about what they have to say about my favourite subject: Michael Lamoureux of Sourcing Innovation Ariba + Orbian = ? Increase Competitiveness using Supply Chain Finance The Importance of Supply Chain Finance Technology The Supply Chain Finance Movement Supply Chain Finance David Bush of e-Sourcing Forum Update: eSourcingWiki Forrester study on spend management Spend Management Decade – Chapter II Jason Busch of Spend Matters Kennametal and Amex = Payables Success LIVE Dispatch: Forrester’s Andy Bartels Takes the Stage LIVE Dispatch: Ariba and Orbian…

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James Governor # 1 – Learning from a Pro

I have been looking for an opportunity to use these three pictures I took of James when we both attended SAP Sapphire 07 in Vienna in May 07. James is a cool chap well respected in the software industry for his no-nonsense vendor analysis. So, why am I talking about James now? I am in the process of re-launching ebdex, capturing everything I am doing and planning to do over the next couple of years with the exception of edocr (and other startups I might incorporate), which is clearly a separate business and legal entity. I plan to model ebdex…

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