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Solutions for release management in procurement software

By: alexandrapogacean | 15 May 2019

Removing the risk of adverse impacts to your production environment, as a result of new system upgrades, is a priority for effective release management. Release Management services deliver this by managing the activity spikes when upgrades are applied and provides recommendations of new functionality that improve the use of the system. Changes in your procure […]

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Find us at Work.Life Fitzrovia

By: Kamelia Renata G. | 30 April 2019

We are pleased to announce an exciting new phase for Xoomworks’ London Office – effective from May 1st we are taking an 8-person office and additional hot-desks in the Work.Life Fitzrovia shared working space. Tom Ruck, our Senior Operations Manager, spent a lot of time looking at different options to find the best fit for us; as mentioned in a previous XT […]

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Procurement payment terms – part 2 – Opportunities

By: alexandrapogacean | 24 April 2019

In part 1 of this blog series we talked about procurement payment terms as a general approach. In the second part of the series we will delve a bit deeper into how optimising your procurement payment terms can significantly improve your overall cost savings. These are the areas to focus on in order to take […]

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Meet the Team – Paul Tempest, Service Delivery Manager

By: alexandrapogacean | 15 April 2019

This month’s meet the team section welcomes Paul Tempest, Service Delivery Manager. Paul has been working at Xoomworks for more than a decade and he manages the Operational Procurement Support centre.    1. Tell us about your time/journey in Xoomworks I joined Xoomworks back in 2002 as an Analyst working on a number of procurement […]

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Our migration to Microsoft Office 365

By: Kamelia Renata G. | 15 April 2019

After investigating its feasibility a number of our business systems from past providers are now fully migrated to Microsoft Office 365. We were aiming for a smooth migration to Microsoft Office 365 with no downtime for anyone and it is exactly what we achieved. The several driving factors for the migration were: to consolidate our business […]

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Procurement Payment Terms – part 1 – The Basics

By: alexandrapogacean | 11 April 2019

Trying to keep your relationships with your suppliers can be a tricky situation, especially when we are referring to payment terms. Finding a supplier that offers good payment terms can take time. As we live in an ever changing business environment, many procurement departments try to achieve cost savings from negotiating better payment terms with […]

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How to incorporate digitalisation into your payment process

By: alexandrapogacean | 8 April 2019

As per the most recent survey done by Deloitte CPOs main interest and goal is still to achieve cost reduction (79%). Their research also discovered seven main areas that are of major interest for high-performing procurement leaders:  Photo credit: The Deloitte Global Chief Procurement Officer Survey 2018 In this article, we’ll try and address the […]

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Meet XT at IT Services Simplified 2019 – ITSS2019

By: Kamelia Renata G. | 26 March 2019

This week, we at Xoomworks Technology, are hosting our IT Services Simplified 2019 event, being held on the 28th March at the famous Hospital Club, Covent Garden in London, UK. Designed for executives, business managers, and strategists who want to stay ahead of the game. We will discuss product innovation through lean product development by […]

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Cracking the IT Department Budgeting Code

By: Martin Bonner | 22 March 2019

Is the historical IT Budget riding a shifting tide of change?  2017/2018 hasn’t been any different to the past few years. Budgets have remained tight, constrained and trending towards shrinking values. Is there a glimmer of hope on the horizon for the 2019 budget cycle? Why should it be any different from the last few […]

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4 Steps to Demystify Emerging Technologies

By: Kamelia Renata G. | 19 March 2019

Although your business may be thriving, the threat of stagnation is always looming. People used to say that the business requirement should always drive the technology choice and while that is still largely true – how do you demystify emerging technologies when grappling with choosing a framework that will bring the most value? The implications […]

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SAP Lumira 2.0 – A future with impressive improvements

By: Yasmina Couty | 20 December 2016

The transition to Mobile BI and integration of Design Studio and Lumira into Lumira 2.0 enhancing the capabilities of both is worth the extended wait. Xoomworks BI will continue to monitor and consult with SAP in the run-up to the launch of Lumira 2.0. We will also make further assessments and run trials which we shall report on in 2017.

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Lack of focus could be the key to starting a Billion Dollar Company

By: Yasmina Couty | 1 November 2016

In the venture capital industry, a unicorn refers to any tech startup company that reaches a $1 billion. In 2016, there are 176 such companies with a combined valuation of $628BN* We have looked at the top 100 unicorns and studied the leadership titles of their founders to see what the secret sauce is to […]

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Beware: you’re most at risk from hackers today

By: Xoomworks | 13 September 2016

The end of August is when your passwords are likely to be least secure – putting everything from your internet banking to your computer at work at risk, according to security experts.

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The good looking ones: The future of reports with SAP UI5

By: Phil Gevaux | 8 September 2016

The team at Xoomworks BI was impressed with the speed and ease of UI5 to create a genuine HTML5 web based application. SAP are engaging with developers and giving the user the ability to create a modern UX and UI with the assurance and sophistication of SAP to handle complex environments. We liked the control we had to truly dictate the design of the application. SAP is in a program of steady upgrading to newer versions of SAP UI5.

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Video Intro: SAP Design Studio – The Basics

By: Phil Gevaux | 17 August 2016

This video aims to take Xcelsius creators on the very first steps in SAP Design Studio and show that it isn’t as scary as it first seems. It covers the very basics of creating a first BI application and introduces the first few lines of coding, which are much simpler that expected.

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Lumira 1.31: paving the way for further BI platform integration

By: Yasmina Couty | 16 August 2016

At Xoomworks BI with so many of our team of ex-BusinessObjects and ex-SAP having been involved with the story of Lumira, we see this new release and further progression of Lumira 1.31 towards Lumira 2.0 as a positive step for business and the user.

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GB&Smith 360 – Your new 3 best friends for migrating SAP BO

By: Yasmina Couty | 28 July 2016

At Xoomworks BI we view the GB&Smith 360 suite of tools as administration intelligence for SAP BusinessObjects. Planning a BI 4.1 to 4.2 migration on the very large scale we undertook, requires simplifying complex tasks. We have experience using proprietary and add-on technology. We use collective expertise and technology to fill the gaps that inevitably occur when planning a complex task in a complex system.

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How to: Plan a successful migration from pre XI BO to BI4.x

By: Alex Palley | 26 July 2016

How to: Plan a successful migration from pre XI BO to BI4.x Since 2007 BusinessObjects Enterprise version 6.5 has been unsupported. The lack of support places the system in the legacy category. Planning the migration from pre-XI BO to BI4.x is essential to ensure smooth transition and conversion of reports, and security. In this article, […]

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The transcript is ready: How to Properly Maintain and Secure Complex, Shared Landscapes

By: Nicolas Henry | 15 July 2016

Business intelligence (BI) is the lifeblood of data-driven organizations, enabling you to turn the data in your SAP systems into actionable information that drives better decision-making, uncovers opportunity, and improves efficiency. The modern BI landscape is an increasingly complex one, however, with trends such as big data, the cloud, and the Internet of Things dramatically changing the type, volume, and interaction of data and systems in play.

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How to best time migrations from SAP Dashboards to SAP Design Studio

By: Phil Gevaux | 12 July 2016

Migration to SAP Design Studio from SAP Dashboards is a manual process. No automation has been built in. SAP states that the manual process gives the user a chance to consider the new technology and decisions over design. A visualisation on Dashboard was made for a specific resolution. Design Studio using HTML5 is compatible with all devices including iPad and android, scalable to all sizes.

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