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Month: September 2007

FOWA – One free ticket to give away

As you probably know I will be at Future of Web Applications event on 3rd October 2007. I also have a Conference Pass worth ?245 + VAT to give away. Here is the criteria for selection: Make sure you can attend the event. Respond by 15:00 hrs on 01 October 2007. State clearly why you deserve the free pass. Whoever come up with the best response will win. Please remember to leave the correct e-mail address. Update 1: Both people who have commented cannot attend the event. This means the ticket is available to whoever first reply. What a shame…

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Transcepta #3 – Going from strength to strength – community of 12,500 users

It’s good to hear that Transcepta is going from strength to strength, servicing the needs of more than 12,500 companies in such a short time, proving that there is a real market for a simple product offering on EIPP. It’s a great story, and my congratulations go to Mitch, Shan and the team. But I wish they do not get carried away with marketing statements such as “the only solution in the market…”. As I stated before there are number of solutions that constitute printer driver technology. Among these are Accountis and EasyInvoice. EasyInvoice’s business model is perhaps closer to…

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Daresbury Innovation Centre celebrates 50 tenants

ebdex moved to Daresbury Innovation Centre (DIC) within Daresbury Science & Innovation Campus (DSIC) in February 2006, when there was a handful of tenants, and everyone knew everyone else at that time. Time has passed since, and now DIC is getting ready to celebrate 50 tenant companies on Thursday 4th October 2007. According to John Leake, General Manager of DSIC: ?We are delighted to have reached the milestone of 50 hi-tech tenant companies and look forward to supporting these businesses as they grow and develop. ?   The 50th company to join the DIC is Quantum Detectors, a spin-out from the Science &…

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Let’s build the largest database of EIPP documents on edocr

It has been less than 3 weeks since the launch of edocr Alpha. Today, we allowed anyone to register an account on edocr. We will be at Mashup* DEMO on 2nd October, demonstrating edocr and will also attend Blognation launch party later the same day in addition to attending Future of Web Applications on the following day. So far, 4 EIPP related companies have uploaded content to edocr, these being: ebdex, Paystream Advisors, Accountis and Causeway Technologies. All of the documents can be access through http://www.edocr.com/tags/eipp. Here is the link for RSS feed: http://www.edocr.com/taxonomy/term/7/feed. Wouldn’t it be great if we can…

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Project Sahara # 1 – Kick off meeting

I attended the Project Sahara kick off meeting held at Sheffield Halam University last Saturday.    The concept was put together by Lee Strafford, Founder and ex-CEO of plus.net with the support from his fellow team mate Marco Potesta and Ian Spence, who Lee has worked with in the past. Having sold Plus.Net to BT and then getting the sack, Lee had plenty of time to think of what to do next. He also realised how stressed he has been in nurturing and growing plus.net since its incorporation, dealing with various stakeholders including Sarbanes Oxley compliance. As Lee said it, he does not…

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OpenCoffee Manchester – 6th Event

OpenCoffee Manchester 6th event took place yesterday at the usual venue. Here are three stories: Paul Robinson of Vagueware – Paul has been developing Vagueware for number of months (feel like years) whilst competition is getting products out to the market. After much debate, I hope I convinced Paul to release Vagueware, which will now be available from 1st October 2007. It’s an idea bank without the strict conditions attached to many such services. It’s free – it’s fluid – it’s simple – it’s no brainer. In fact, can be used as a brain dump and allow the social network to interact…

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Second Chance Tuesday – The story of Europe’s largest web 2.0 sale

I attended the Second Chance Tuesday run by Judith Clegg and Michael Smith at Royal College of Physicians last night in London. A superb networking event except for poor catering. Then again, I set the bar high with NW StartUp 2.0, which any event organiser will find hard to beat. Northerners are much better at hospitality than Londerners, but Londerners continue to pull the crowd putting Northerners (especially me) to shame. Enough of comparisons, let’s get back to the story.. It was an exceptional opportunity to hear the story of two classic web 2.0 entrepreneurs Felix Miller and Martin Stiksel,…

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BasWare acquires my neighbour Digital Vision Technologies

The news of acquisition of Digital Vision Technologies by BasWare was broken to me at the ExPP Summit. Apologies for taking so long to write about it. Better late than never though. Digital Vision based in Northwich, Cheshire is a system integrator who specialises in accounts payable automation. Its solutions are based on Kofax’s Ascent, a data capture product that scans invoices and other purchase-to-payment documents. Through Optical Character Recognition (OCR) and Intelligent Character Recognition (ICR), Ascent converts data from paper to electronic data which can then be automatically fed in to an accounts payable system. As you very well know, this…

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ebdex teams up with Tata Consulting Services to offer Oracle and SAP capability

    Now, don’t get too excited! There will not be a formal announcement nor you would see TCS mentioned on ebdex’s website, or ebdex mentioned on TCS’s website. But we have reached a verbal agreement today to work together. The actual proposition has to be worked out and joint targets identified. This further strengthen my belief that ebdex truly has a unique place in the UK market place. Most people may not have heard of Tata Consulting Services! It started as an IT services company servicing the needs of Tata Group. Today, they provide number of services to global clients…

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