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The Quest for Sourcing Excellence – part 3 – Top tips for driving better results from your procurement sourcing

By: Andrada Sabo | 22 March 2019

In part 2 of this blog series we uncovered the 6 steps companies need to follow in order to get a good understanding of their strengths and weaknesses when it comes to their current sourcing process. We want to first just put it out there: It’s OK to have weaknesses. All the successful organisations have […]

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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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Aligning Procurement Strategy with the Business Strategy (best practices)

By: alexandrapogacean | 19 March 2019

Procurement has become a key enabler in the generation of incremental profits and is now  becoming the custodian of third party risk awareness and risk mitigation. This trend has been an evolving journey for over 50 years. In particular, looking back at the statistics post 2008 when the world experienced the global financial crash, organisations […]

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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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The Quest for Sourcing Excellence – part 2 – 6 steps to sourcing excellence assessment

By: Andrada Sabo | 14 March 2019

In the first part of this blog series we tried to illustrate the role that sourcing plays in the success of an organisation’s procurement strategy. It’s clear, having a strong sourcing process in place can help deliver significant savings and get more value from the procurement function.    But how do we get sourcing to […]

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Digital Disruption – Ups and Downs

By: Francesca Comsa | 12 March 2019

The world is facing new digital demands Technology is taking centre stage in the world economy, embracing new growing digital demands. When discussing the new challenges facing the world, research from BMC Software reveals that workers are placing more responsibility on employers to enable them with the skills required to be successful as they face […]

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The Quest for Sourcing Excellence – part 1 – Sourcing a critical part of the Procurement Strategy

By: Andrada Sabo | 6 March 2019

Over the last decade there have been many debates about the importance of having an effective procurement strategy in place. It is nearly impossible these days to keep cash flowing smoothly without a well-documented strategy.  We have moved on from the premise that the procurement strategy needs to cater only to the procurement function, now […]

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A Time to Train & a Time to Outsource

By: Martin Bonner | 5 March 2019

When is the time to train and when to outsource?  By keeping your employee training in-house and under the HR function, you ensure that you retain control over the progression and development of that training for your personnel. Outsourcing training, however, means you can access services provided by people who have that proven expertise and/or […]

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The importance of a successful RFx process

By: alexandrapogacean | 4 March 2019

  Before choosing a P2P implementation partner or a P2P software provider your organisation should ensure that you are aiming for the best possible outcome for your needs rather than just the best in breed solution. It is important to be willing to have a real conversation about what the products can or cannot do, […]

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How to Resource Like a Gazelle – Part 2

By: Ana Cretu | 26 February 2019

In part one of this article, you could learn about how inter-connected departments and excellent resources with flawless operation and structures are what drive growth. The backbone of the Gazelle’s success is its Human Resources department, and its inspiration comes from a Giant’s branding methods. It improves by copying what it can and constantly building new resourcing planners […]

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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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