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Month: August 2007

The plan beyond Causeway! Thinking loud…

So what is the general plan after Causeway? Ideally, I like to spend 50% on fee earning work and the remainder on projects. So what are these projects? edocr – we will soon be looking for 100 volunteers to test the alpha version. If you are interested in helping us, please register your interest at http://www.edocr.com, and we will get in touch with you as soon as the Alpha version is ready. I have an excellent team working with me on this project. The other three guys are Rhys Jones, Founder of Accountis and Mike Carter and Chris Haslam, both…

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Causeway Technologies #7 – Time to move on!

My current contract with Causeway Technologies will soon come to an end. By then, I would have spent four months with Causeway’s Tradex, asking awkward questions and getting people out of the comfort zone. Tradex now has a tactical team as well as a strategic team. The tactical team is led by Dave Gilchrist, Managing Director of the BuildingRegister, whilst the strategic team is led by Phil Brown, CEO of Causeway with support coming from Tim Cole, R&D Director. Tradex is the brain child of Tim, and he was influential in securing the partnership with Lloyds TSB in earlier days. Tradex has…

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Abbey’s Supplier Payments #2 – The A Team

Whilst there has been much talk, I believe Abbey is the second company to offer a supply chain finance solution in the UK after GMAC Commercial Finance, which uses Deskom. Between the two propositions, I believe Abbey has the best chance of making an impact. I have not heard or seen much publicity of Deskom and GMAC’s joined proposition recently and wonder its degree of actual success beyond the marketing hype. Let’s review the team responsible for delivering the expected results for the Santander Group.  Marcus Hughes, Financial Supply Chain Solutions, Abbey UK Corporate Banking Marcus is a specialist in financial supply chain…

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Causeway Technologies #6 – No. 1 in UK Construction – Congratulations!

  Congratulations to Causeway Technologies for becoming the No. 1 software house in the UK Construction industry with the acquisition of Elstree Computing Ltd (ECL). According to Phil Brown, Causeway has achieved No. 1 position in three fronts, these being: headcount (circa 130), revenues (pro-forma £13m) and customers (over 2000). With this acquisition, the split in terms of acquisitions vs. organic growth is circa 50:50. When Phil and I met in early Jan 07, I learnt the revenue targets the company was trying to achieve. By the rate the company is growing, thanks to Phil Brown and Peter Nagle, it is hard…

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Mashup* is coming to Manchester

Here is a clip from the last mashup* event in London. Mashup* Manchester first event will be held on 18th October 2007 at Sun Microsystems offices in Sale. This is a paid event. Please register through here. Click here for attendees list. The Manchester series will take a gentle approach. First session will be on “web 2.0”. Confirmed speakers: David Terrar – Editor of Blognation – UK Enterprise. Founder of D Squared C Ltd among others. Renown blogger on enterprise 2.0 Simon Grice – Founder of Mashup, etribes and Midentity – Another renowned speaker. Will do a proper introduction once…

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Causeway Technologies # 5 – Alfred McAlpine’s Supplier Roll Out Programme

Causeway Technologies is currently running a programme to roll out Tradex, their e-invoicing presentment (EIP) platform to Alfred McAlpine’s supply chain. Whilst the benefits of products such as Tradex is well documented, running a supply chain roll out is not as easy as one makes it out to be. This is a long drawn out process and need to be implemented in bite size chunks, so that clear progress can be demonstrated. Ideally, you need to start with a clear idea of who your suppliers are. You might think this is a silly statement. I can guarantee you it isn’t. Many…

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