Tags: UK

Sage fund to help small non-profits

Sage has announced that it has set aside $1 million to help fund initiatives in non profit organisations across the World. The amount equates to about £800,000 and will be donated in grants between $5,000 and $35,000. Global not just UK While the press release states that the fund is available to applicants in the…

Late payments harm SME’s

Xero recently carried out research among 517 small businesses in South Africa and revealed the impact of late payments on them. The research was carried out by Frontline Market Research, but similar results are seen in most other countries one suspects. Almost 50% of UK SME’s are paid late according to Bacs Payment Schemes Limited. The…

Before and after – Article 50 and the European supply chain

The British decision to leave the European Union has left many businesses – both UK and pan-European – in a state of shock.  The short-term fluctuations in currency and markets have given way to a profound sense of uncertainty. Political arguments continue and businesses try to prepare for an ever-increasing range of various scenarios. Amidst…

Xero gains through pain

The cloud accounting company Xero has announced substantial growth in the first half of their current year. Revenues are up 48% (55% in constant currency to NZ$137.2). Subscribers have also increased in every major region. They added 269,000 subscribers in the previous 12 months, an increase from the 12 months to March 2016 when they added…

Microsoft to open data centres in the UK

Satya Nadella, Chief Executive officer, Microsoft announced at the Future Decoded conference that Microsoft plans to implement Azure and Office365 cloud solutions in the UK  during the first half of 2016. The planned deployment was made in his keynote speech where he also announced that the latest expansion phase for both Dublin, Ireland and Middenmeer in the Netherlands…

Renewable energy forecasting improves 

Renewable energy forecasting is a major challenge for power generators around the world. An IBM research programme partly funded by the US Department of Energy SunShot Initiative is seeking to change this. Taking advantage of IBM’s Watson cognitive computing platform the press release claims that the ability to accurately forecast wind and solar have increased…

COPLINK takes to the cloud

IBM has announced that IBM i2 COPLINK has now made the jump to be a cloud-based solution for law enforcement agencies inside the US. COPLINK is a data sharing system created in the mid-1990’s to help law enforcement share data on crimes. The solution was eventually spun out into a separate company called i2 which…