Capricorn January Image by Dorothe from Pixabay Last week, Sage provided a strong set of Q1 results with revenue growth at 10%. Newgen Software published even better growth figures of 27% in its Q3 2023 results. Precisely launched PSYTE™ US Geodemographic data, delivering a new level of context for finer-grained location-based targeting and decision-making. Actabl, a hospitality software company, announced a partnership with Avalara.

Embedded iPaaS vendor Prismatic raised $22 million in a Series B round led by existing investor Five Elms Capital. Minerva launched a new partner program for its AML compliance technology with Equifax Canada as its first member. Leantime announced a major new release of its PPM platform.

There were several announcements by retail tech vendors, with NRF occurring in New York. Epicor published a study by Forrester that looked at how AI is impacting retailers. NetSuite reminded people of its credentials for retail businesses with case studies from three retailers that are using NetSuite and specifically NetSuite Analytics Warehouse to help grow their firms.

Yottaa launched its Cache Experience, unleashing “instant” shopping experiences through Yottaa’s advanced page prefetch technology. fabric launched an updated fabric Order Management System (OMS).

There was also a conversation with Steve GU, CEO and Co-founder of bitHuman, whose futuristic AI Agents helped attendees at NRF find their way around.

Enterpriser Times also published a podcast with Eric Yau, COO at Precisely. In this podcast he talks about the challenges of data integrity and mainframe modernisation.

Other reports published last week included the iCIMS January 2024 Workforce report. The report looks at what job seekers are looking for in the year ahead. Eseye has published the IoT Predictions for 2024 and Beyond report. The report looked at the accuracy of its 2023 predictions and offered three more for 2024. A CData report, “Data Connectivity: The Missing Link for IT”, Highlighted the data challenges facing organisations looking to adopt AI.


ASUS IoT has launched a series of ultra-compact edge computers and embedded boards with the all-new Intel Core Ultra processors.

There are four computers within the range:

  • C7146ES-IM-AA, a single-board computer
  • C5143ES-IM-AA, a single-board computer (SBC)
  • EBS-S500W edge computer
  • PE2200U ultra-compact fanless embedded computer

KuoWei Chao, General Manager of ASUS IoT Business Group, said, “ASUS IoT is proud to present our leading solutions to the market, enabling easy deployment of next-generation AI capabilities at the edge. By collaborating with Intel, ASUS IoT solutions can provide faster AI results, support more media streams per device and ensure long-term value through product longevity.”

The range provides powerful support for AI and is 1.5 times faster than the previous generation. The devices are targeted at uses including video, smart retail, automated guided vehicles (AGVs) and autonomous mobile robots (AMRs).

BML Digital

BML Digital CEO, Ben Johnson announced that the company had supported the implementation of Workday for 8,000 staff at STARK Building Materials UK following the acquisition of Saint Gobain Building Distribution by STARK Group in March 2023.

Johnson said, “This was a complex Workday implementation, migrating from a highly-customised legacy Peoplesoft instance, owned by the divesting company. And this was alongside the overall separation program and inevitable dependencies to get Saint-Gobain Building Distribution wholly separated and integrated to STARK! BML led the project management and testing, working closely with partners Kainos and Alight along with the core STARK team.”


iplicit has revealed that Rabbie, an award-winning UK-based tour operator, selected iplcit as its new finance system. The shortlist of solutions included NetSuite, Sage Intacct and SAP Business ByDesign.

Fraser Robertson, Chief Financial Officer at Edinburgh-headquartered Rabbie’s, explained the decision, saying, “iplicit was the standout from the systems that were demonstrated to us.

“It felt like a system sized for our business and delivering the capabilities we would expect from a modern accounting system, aligned and exceeding in certain areas versus the other systems under review.

“Of the systems we chose to carry out diligence work on, iplicit had the benefit of exceeding our minimum requirements without a lengthy configuration programme and the cost add-ons that can often arise with that.”

Robertson is also enthusiastic about the iplicit team, their passion and confidence about the solution and what they will achieve. They also demonstrated how easy it was to modify the workflows within the application.

Tim Coles, Senior Business Development Manager at iplicit, said, “We are thrilled to welcome Rabbie’s to the ranks of iplicit’s customers and to see the finance team become so enthusiastic about the unique strengths of our cloud accounting software.

“iplicit was intended to give growing businesses all the functionality they need without the expense and disruption that comes from moving to large ERPs.

“The system will scale with Rabbie’s as the business grows and thrives, and we look forward to iplicit playing a part of the company’s continuing success.”

Panasonic Connect

Panasonic Connect has revealed that DJ Willrich Ltd, Titanic Belfast, is now using over 30 Panasonic PT-MZ16K, PT-MZ780 and PT-VMZ71 LCD projectors to deliver the Titanic Experience. The exhibition provides an immersive experience of what it would have been like to travel on the RMS Titanic.

Judith Owens MBE, CEO of Titanic Belfast, said, “Unfortunately, we can’t change the tragic ending of the Titanic story, but we wanted it to be even more impactful for our guests, that’s where we looked to technology to help us. We felt that the best way to do that was through immersive technology.”

The projectors will provide the organisation with over 20,000 hours of maintenance-free use. With the exhibition open up to nine hours a day, seven days a week, that should provide approximately 6 years of usage. The projectors were also chosen because of their quiet operation. The PT-MZ16K emits no more than 35dB in normal mode.

This is just one of the latest museums and attractions to use Panasonic projectors. The installation has also helped Titanic Belfast to win the “Outstanding Achievement – Visitor Experience Re-envisioned: Limited Budget” accolade at the 2023 Themed Entertainment Association Awards. It has also become one of the most visited tourist destination in Northern Ireland. With 624,000 people passing through its doors in 2022.


Zoho announced Geo Insights within Zoho Assist. The new feature converts data into a visual format. It enables firms to see the locations of users and the density of support sessions in each region. It will enable firms to personalise support and coverage in specific areas.

For example, if a region were to show an increased number of support calls, further analysis might identify the issue. Whether that is increased cover for the region, a design flaw or another issue. For example, it may show that callouts to coastal areas are increased. This could be down to a local factor such as the sea air, which is often laden with salt or other compounds such as dimethyl sulfide.

News from the week beginning 8th January 2024

Security news from the week beginning 8 January 2024



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