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Sheridan Hindle Co-operates to replicate IT benefits

When Midcounties Co-operative decided to upgrade its payroll system, it took the opportunity to move from a waterfall to an agile methodology. Learn how they managed the testing element? Read the ComputerWeekly article.

Insurance & Technology: How Insurers Can Avoid “Black Swans” in Product Launches

Insurance & Technology, a US publication that “provides insurance business and technology executives with the targeted information and analysis they need to be more profitable, productive and competitive,” recently published a contributed article by Original Software CEO Colin Armitage.

“We’ve all seen it happen: An IT project plagued with delays, changes and complications goes so far off the rails that it becomes a liability,” wrote Colin, describing projects such as new product launches that exceed budget by more than 200%–sometimes as much as 400%. Industry pundits call these projects “Black Swans.”

“Disasters are avoidable, though,” Colin reassured readers.

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Capturing the Process Truth

By Colin Armitage, CEO Original Software

Learn how Marston’s documented 1,000+ processes in a few weeks.

The Business Process Management (BPM) market is set to reach a value of $10 billion by 2020, from its current value of $3.4 billion, according to a 2014 survey from Wintergreen Research Inc. This highlights just how crucial business processes are to the effective running of organizations all over the globe.

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Grocer Gold Awards Announced Today

Original software is excited to announce that our organization has been selected as a Finalist for the 2014 Grocer Gold Awards in the “Technology Supplier of the Year” category, which recognizes the company whose innovation in 2013 has most meaningfully boosted the sales, profitability, effectiveness and/or reputation of a grocery/fast-moving consumer goods retailer or supplier.

Our company is being recognized for outstanding work with Midcounties Co-operative, the best performing company within the Co-op Group, and Marston’s, the UK’s largest independent brewer.

We helped Midcounties Co-operative improve the quality and speed-to-market of their customer-facing software and reduced the time and cost of ensuring a high-quality, low-risk SAP upgrade for Marston’s.

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Retail Online Integration: 5 Tips for Retailers to Effectively Leverage Mobility & New Digital Technologies

Retail Online Integration (ROI), a US-based online publication that bills itself as the “go-to source for marketing, e-commerce, operations and management executives looking for the latest news and analysis on the omnichannel retail industry” recently ran a column by Original Software CEO Colin Armitage.

In his column, Colin summed the direction in the retail world this way: “Retailers are innovating in response to consumer demand for instant access to product information and transactions through digital channels.”
Colin also offered anxious retailers five pieces of advice for coping with this trend:
1. Plan ahead
2.

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Unconsciously falling foul of the regulators – website mis-selling

Mis-selling

Keep on the right regulatory track as far as mis-selling is concerned, FS companies would do well to get their website testing in order.

Computer Weekly: Businesses Face Oracle Applications Timebomb

An article in the digital publication Computer Weekly, a leading UK resource for senior IT professionals recently included additional details from Original Software’s research project with UKOUG canvassing plans and opinions regarding upgrading Oracle E-Business Suite.

The article highlighted the finding that 1/3 of organisations using Oracle E-Business Suite have not yet upgraded from Release 11 (R11) to Release 12 (R12), and a minority plans to remain on 11i with third-party support or sustained support.

In his comments quoted in the story, Colin Armitage, CEO of Original Software, shed some light into why many companies have yet to make the move, despite the fact that they have less than a year before some updates will no longer be provided:

“On average, an Oracle upgrade can cost between $5m to $10m for large organisations.

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CIO Today: Original Software and UKOUG Survey Reveals Risk Is Biggest User Concern

CIO Today, a US publication focusing on purchasing strategies for enterprise systems, recently covered Original Software’s research project with UKOUG canvassing plans and opinions regarding upgrading Oracle’s E-Business Suite.

The article stressed the study’s findings that nearly three quarters (72 percent) of Oracle E- Business Suite users surveyed cited “minimizing the risk of not supporting core business systems” as their most important success factor when upgrading.

The story also quoted Colin Armitage, CEO of Original Software:

“Our research demonstrates that reducing the risk of being unable to perform core business processes is the key goal when upgrading ERP software.

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As Retailers Boost IT Spending, Be Mindful of the Minefields

By George Wilson

Research out this week has earmarked the retail sector for soaring IT investment in 2014, with websites, mobile and IT system replacement being top of their wish lists. Law firm TLT has found that two thirds of the UK’s top 60 retailers expect their firms to grow this year and 80 per cent were convinced that IT will be instrumental in driving sales.

Mobile is the technology that retailers are getting most excited about, with two thirds planning to invest this year.

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Ensuring Quality in New Insurance Products

Dog Illness Premiums? Young Driver Policies? Will They Work?

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