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Month: January 2008

EIPP and Card vs. ACH

This Guest Post is from Will Donovan of Paystream Advisors of USA There’s been some recent discussion at PayStream surrounding EIPP on the receivables side and payment channel issues. The question: Does/will EIPP drive ACH adoption, thus intruding upon middle-tier B2B electronic payments, an arena that credit-card companies have dominated. ACH payments is a problematic process, and B2B card use mitigates many of these problems – Cards provide instant, although expensive, access to supply chain finance – Card payments are guaranteed by an FI – Cards are always “push” and never “pull” payments, which larger corporations may object to –…

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Tim re-unites with his baby (Tradex) and enters the world of blogging

Last week, I learned that Tim Cole, R&D Director of Causeway Technologies and Founder of Tradex has been given the task of growing Tradex into a mainstream e-invoicing hub. During the last year, the responsibility for Tradex changed many hands internally, causing immense confusion. Tim never gave up his involvement, but at the time, his main task was to manage the development centre in India, which was no easy task. In addition to realignment of resources, some of the existing staff has moved on, creating opportunities for new recruits to join and strengthen the team. Tim is a likeable chap,…

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e-invoicing service provider maximising the edocr advantage

Keeping true to my promise, I started a regular e-mail marketing campaign for edocr last Friday. I am yet to start a similar initiative for ebdex. Unfortunately, the SaaS product I used to produce the ezine does not allow me to create an effective pdf for uploading to edocr. I am yet to figure out how to keep a public record of ezines produced for edocr, ebdex and Northern StartUp 2.0. Reaction to eZine In the ezine, I identified four case studies, among them was Crossgate, which has achieved significant success on Google rankings due to uploading a single document…

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TBiConnect joins a foray of e-invoicing startups to be funded by Venture Capitalists

Latest to join the e-invoicing startups to be funded by Venture Capitalists is TBiConnect run by Simon Fox. Both OB10 and Burns e-Commerce top the VC funding tables for attracting the most cash to date. Among other funded companies include Accountis from North Wales, but they still require a significant funding round to enable an European expansion. For some reason, I do not see Accountis conquering the world similar to OB10, so their best hopes remain within the Europe, capitalising their key customer, DHL. UK companies looking for VC funding include United Data, which is yet to launch its e-invoicing…

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Be honest … why do we trade electronically?

This blog post is by Guest Author Tim Cole of Causeway Technologies… Do you think you know?  As I enter my 14th year working to reduce the folly of computers talking to computers via paper, there are still many questions to be answered.  Ah, you may say, don’t I even read my own presentation slides!  Sure, I have answered this question many times and am clear as to why compenies “should” – just less clear as to what would makes a company actually “do it”?  The two key ingredients are that there is a clear “value proposition” to justify the…

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Forget SEO – Use edocr

Just now, I googled “e-invoicing”. Below are the results:     Crossgate is at 10th place and this blog is at 9th place. What does this tell you? Crossgate has taken advantage of edocr to have a listing on Google first page for much contended keyword without paying a penny. How much has Microgen, AuthentiDate, Bottomline, Xerox, paypal, gandlake, accountis, AcuInvoice and Insearchofsolutions have paid Google to be on the first page? How much has OB10 and accountis have paid for Search Engine Optimisation? How much has Crossgate paid? Perhaps not a penny.  So what has Crossgate done to achieve…

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Will I ever complete my analyst report on OB10?

I started preparing a detailed analyst report on OB10 in September 07. Unfortunately, very few manhours were spent with the end result being an incomplete report. Perhaps, the best way to achieve the end goal is to break it down to bite sizes, just like any other project. There is a high probability of completing the financial analysis first, given that most hours were spent on analysing OB10’s finances. Let’s hope I can get this out before end of this month. Time to place your bets, gentlemen! Technorati Tags: Ob10, analyst report, ebdex, e-invoicing, eipp, ap automation, finance automation, accounts…

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OpenCoffee Manchester is innovating

Since handing over the organising of OpenCoffee Manchester to Paul Robinson and given the success of collaboration during the past events (e.g. founding of edocr), Paul has decided to combine OpenCoffee with Co-Working, an original initiative by Paul. The next event will take place on 22nd January 2008 at MDDA in Manchester. The details of the event can be found here. I have not finalised my plans for 22nd, but hope that I could attend at least the OpenCoffee session. Whilst I believe this creates a new type of event, my suspicion is that this might end up becoming a…

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NW StartUp 2.0 – StartUp Business Funding Event on 17th Jan 2008 at KPMG – Final Speaker List

This evening, I will be hosting my 8th event in Manchester. Doug Stellman of YFM Private Equity and Paul Barraclough of Tecmentor will be joined by Stuart Scott-Goldstone of Aaron & Partners, and Pam Holland of Telecity. Let me introduce the two new speakers: Stuart Scott-Goldstone – Aaron and Partners Stuart Scott-Goldstone is Head of the Corporate/Commercial Team at Aaron & Partners LLP, a commercial law firm with offices in Manchester and Chester. Stuart specialises in corporate finance transactions and has advised both investors and companies on a large number of early stage and start up investments in the North…

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Review of Bruno’s latest e-invoicing Quarterly…

Without a doubt, Bruno is the master of e-invoicing in Europe if not the world. His e-invoicing Quarterly is a much anticipated update of the e-invoicing market. Whilst I have hoped to do something similar for the UK market, I must admit, I am less organised than Bruno. However, I plan to put my e-mail marketing solution from iContact into full swing this year. If you are interested in e-invoicing and have not subscribed to Bruno’s e-invoicing Quarterly, I suggest you do that right away. Here is a review of what Bruno has written. 1. European Market Outlook 2008 The…

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