New Years resolutions

Your New Year’s resolutions could hurt your IT strategy

It seems that everyone has a blog or take on New Year’s resolutions at this time of year. And you can bet that IT vendors, analysts and bloggers will all be talking about the latest innovations and technologies that you should be investing in. Some of our favourites are listed at the bottom of this article. But while many of …

S/4HANA Public Cloud vs Private Cloud

S/4HANA Public Cloud vs Private Cloud

If you are using SAP products at the moment then you’re probably considering your next steps given the 2025 deadline (if so, you should read our white paper on the topic). Most SAP ERP is currently on-premise and SAP is heavily pushing these customers to consider its cloud solutions. SAP has been investing heavily in cloud recently and expanding its …

Oracle Moves to the Cloud

It’s taken Oracle six years to move to their own cloud

And they’re still not done yet… Oracle has recently been making noises about its successful transition to its own cloud services. There have been a lot of high-fives and back-slapping over the fact they have taken SIX YEARS to transition most of their business to their own cloud. The worst part though is that they aren’t even fully migrated yet; …

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You could escape Oracle Managed Cloud Services in just four months

Are you an unhappy Oracle Managed Cloud Services (OMCS) customer? If so, it’s likely that you are one of the many voices out there complaining about how much you pay for the quality of service that you receive. Well, you will be happy to know that you are not alone. We talk regularly with organisations like yours who are pulling …

Computing – Oracle’s “dirty tricks” to continue in 2019

Our CEO, Mark Smith, was interviewed by Computing Magazine about some of the latest ‘dirty tricks’ he has seen Oracle use to confuse its customers. He pointed out that Oracle has recently changed several of its support contract policies which have confused and concerned customers (we wrote a white paper on those changes here). Smith said that: “We expect Oracle will …

Oracle charging for Java updates

Oracle Now Charging for Java Updates:  But does it affect you?

From the end of January 2019, Oracle are no longer providing Java updates for free – they are going to charge customers a fortune for these instead.  But does this affect you? To understand this, we are going to use an example.  Let’s say that you are a customer running Oracle e-Business Suite on Oracle database 11g.  You may be …

e3zine – The End Of ERP History?

Is this the end of ERP history? Innovation of on-premise ERP software has slowed, but why? Vendors such as Oracle and SAP just don’t want to sell it anymore as it’s no longer their flagship product. So are we witnessing the end of innovation in ERP? Our CEO, Mark Smith argues that vendors need to re-evaluate what their customers want …

Confused by SAP Indirect Licences

Confused by SAP indirect licences? You’re not alone

Diageo fined £millions by SAP, but are you still at risk? Indirect access – when referring to SAP – is when you use third-party or custom applications to access data held in SAP systems. SAP’s indirect licences and access became (in)famous last year when SAP won a legal battle against long-time customer Diageo. It turned out that they had been …

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18 months since WannaCry – what’s your patching strategy?

Was WannaCry a one-off incident? Last year’s WannaCry ransomware attack affected many organisations from both the public and private sectors across the globe. It targeted an exploit in IT systems (EternalBlue) by encrypting data and then demanded ransom payments. WannaCry is thought to have hit over 300,000 computers in organisations as powerful and diverse as the NHS, FedEx, Chinese oil …

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Are you prepared for ‘Making Tax Digital’

What is ‘Making Tax Digital’? Making Tax Digital (MTD) is a move by the UK government to introduce a modern streamlined tax system that makes it easier for businesses and individuals to keep their tax records up to date and to transfer information to HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC). MTD is HMRC’s policy to move all business-related tax reporting online. …