Sign up to attend our November 2014 executive briefing

Sign up to attend our November 2014 executive briefing

Filed as EventsPosted October 28, 2014

We are pleased to announce our fourth executive briefing event, which is being held at our offices on Friday, November 21, 2014.

At Enable we see the organisations we work with as business partners and not just customers. A key part of this relationship is sharing with you our knowledge of the changing technological landscape and the opportunities within it.

With our new headquarters in Stratford-upon-Avon now officially opened, we would like to invite you to a special briefing.

During the session we will present the latest opportunities and demonstrate how we make businesses and their departments more successful by developing custom applications to meet specific company needs.

Spaces are limited so please book now via our website.

Enable wins award for best support services supplier

Enable wins award for best support services supplier

Filed as Client NewsPosted October 22, 2014

Enable is delighted to announce that it has won the award for “best support services supplier” from Today’s Group, presented earlier this month at the 2014 supplier awards at Egbaston Stadium.

Enable has been working closely with Today’s over the past 3 years to design, develop, implement and support some of the critical software systems that are used by Today’s, both at their central offices and by many of their members.

Andrew Butt, Managing Director comments “Buying groups and wholesale distribution are quickly becoming the biggest sectors in which Enable operates, and we are delighted to have such a fantastic relationship with Today’s Group. The group is very forward thinking and has invested significantly in the development of software systems to create real competitive advantage for itself and its wholesaler members.”

Enable CEO achieves TopTrack 250 with DCS Group

Enable CEO achieves TopTrack 250 with DCS Group

Filed as Company NewsPosted October 15, 2014
Thirty companies in the midlands — including twelve new entrants — appear in league table of the UK’s private mid-market growth companies.

Published this weekend, the 10th annual Sunday Times Grant Thornton Top Track 250 league table ranks Britain’s leading private mid-market growth companies with the biggest sales.

The 30 companies headquartered in the Midlands (compared to 32 last year) have made a strong contribution to the local economy. These companies all increased sales or profits by at least 10% year-on-year, achieving combined sales of £8.5bn and employing more than 30,000 people.

DCS Group UK Ltd has grown to £179.7m in 2013 and appears for the second year running in the Top 250 jumping 45 places.

Denys C. Shortt OBE comments “This is a huge accolade for our excellent team at DCS - we all work hard to achieve this growth in what is a very competitive retail and wholesale marketplace. Our factory has started to grow too which is great for British manufacturing.”

Is Excel the most dangerous piece of software in the world?

Is Excel the most dangerous piece of software in the world?

Filed as ArticlesPosted August 11, 2014

Recently there have been a number of articles published on the possible dangers of Microsoft Excel, with NewStatesman citing that “Microsoft’s calculator is partially to blame for JPMorgan losing $9bn, and a lot more besides”.

Many of us at Enable love Excel and use spreadsheets daily. Spreadsheets are often inexpensive to create, highly flexible, mostly easy to use and very easy to share. But what makes Excel so great is also its Achilles’ heel.

Many business processes start small. For example: recording financial progress, tracking budgets, or managing pricing on complex deal. And each spreadsheet often has a small team sharing, inputting and extracting data from it. In this environment Excel can offer a simple solution.

Difficulties often occur when the scale of the business process increases dramatically and far more people become contributors to the spreadsheets.

Sign up to attend our September 2014 executive briefing

Sign up to attend our September 2014 executive briefing

Filed as EventsPosted August 6, 2014

We are pleased to announce our fourth executive briefing event, which is being held at our offices on Friday, September 26, 2014.

At Enable we see the organisations we work with as business partners and not just customers. A key part of this relationship is sharing with you our knowledge of the changing technological landscape and the opportunities within it.

With our new headquarters in Stratford-upon-Avon now officially opened, we would like to invite you to a special briefing.

During the session we will present the latest opportunities and demonstrate how we make businesses and their departments more successful by developing custom applications to meet specific company needs.

Spaces are limited so please book now via our website.

Enable achieves ISO 9001 and ISO 27001

Enable achieves ISO 9001 and ISO 27001

Filed as Company NewsPosted July 7, 2014

Enable is pleased to announce that we have been successful in achieving the internationally recognised ISO 9001 quality and ISO 27001 information security accreditations.

The accreditations recognise the quality and information security management systems in place at Enable. Although many of the systems were in place prior to being recommended for accreditation, a number of them have been adapted and improved to ensure compliance with the standards.

The on-time delivery of correct to specification products and services is vital to our continued success. Our systems are regularly reviewed and improved to ensure Enable’s ongoing commitment to customer, quality and regulatory requirements is met in full.

The accreditations also demonstrate Enable’s promise to maintain confidentiality, integrity and availability of information security; to manage business continuity, and to minimise business damage by preventing and reducing the impact of security breaches.

Sue Cook of First Quality Solutions has supported us throughout the process of achieving both standards, and provided our people with the appropriate training to ensure we remain compliant.

Managing Director, Andrew Butt said “We build custom software to meet the specific needs of our customers businesses which enterprise systems and off-the-shelf software can’t. Therefore high standards of quality and information security are important for us and our clients. We are delighted to have achieved these standards and would like to thank Sue and First Quality Solutions for their hard work.”

Consultant, Sue Cook said “We enjoyed working with Enable and have been very impressed by their standard of commitment to achieving the standards. No non-conformances were raised during the audit, which is a real achievement. In fact, the auditor commented that this was the first time in 85 audits.”

Enable was started in 2000 by Denys Shortt OBE and Andrew Butt and now has sales in excess of £2m per annum and employs 30 people.

The pair recently invested over £1m in new offices in Stratford-upon-Avon with Google-esque office design.

The mobile computing revolution

The mobile computing revolution

Filed as ArticlesPosted May 8, 2014

Whilst mobile app usage continues to soar, studies suggest consumers spend nearly half their time using games and a third in social networking apps. It seems mobile is currently offering the most engaging experience on a personal level but how has this tremendous change to the way we think about computing impacted companies like Enable?

Two senior members of Enable’s development team, Matt Brooks and Matt Sharpe, explain how mobile computing platforms have facilitated growth and innovation for Enable and our clients.

Matt Brooks

Five years ago, we were building web application logic that ran almost exclusively on the server. In this model, the web browser was used as a ’thin client’ purely for presentation purposes, i.e. the user interface. Today, we build web applications that run a significant portion of the application logic within the web browser.

It is the emergence of mobile computing platforms that have helped drive the capabilities of web browsers and accelerate the adoption of web standards for both mobile and the desktop. A mobile device is bundled with a modern web browser and is updated (or replaced) regularly. This was not true in the days where desktop was the only platform. Users would be stuck on the same version of a desktop web browser that would rarely or perhaps never be updated. The popular mobile devices are highly capable in terms of computing power. This is good for Enable and its clients because it means we can deliver cutting edge user experiences targeting the latest capabilities of a modern web browser or mobile device.

Sign up to attend our June 2014 executive briefing

Sign up to attend our June 2014 executive briefing

Filed as EventsPosted April 30, 2014

We are pleased to announce our third executive briefing event, which is being held at our offices on Friday, June 20, 2014.

At Enable we see the organisations we work with as business partners and not just customers. A key part of this relationship is sharing with you our knowledge of the changing technological landscape and the opportunities within it.

With our new headquarters in Stratford-upon-Avon now officially opened, we would like to invite you to a special briefing.

During the session we will present the latest opportunities and demonstrate how we make businesses and their departments more successful by developing custom applications to meet specific company needs.

Spaces are limited so please book now via our website.

Enable’s most wanted: our favourite devices

Enable’s most wanted: our favourite devices

Filed as ArticlesPosted March 18, 2014

Over the past decade, technology has revolutionised the way in which we manage our lives both at home and at work. We have come to expect easy, instant access to information and a constant connection to the world around us, creating a highly competitive marketplace for speedier, increasingly slick devices. But is the consumer as fickle as this ever-changing face of the future suggests? Perhaps not, based upon the opinions of our technology-savvy staff at Enable.

For Andrew Butt, co-founder and MD of Enable, the iPad has been ‘the biggest game-changer in computing convenience since the Blackberry.’ Whilst not the first device to offer ‘on the go access’, the iPad was first to nail its objective, changing the world’s approach to computing: “It’s not just about the ease of use with the iPad, it’s about the minimal time involved in running the device. With a PC there is an overhead in simply keeping the machine running, whereas with the iPad you can spend 99% of the time using it rather than constantly fiddling with it. Here at Enable, we’re great believers in optimised solutions and the iPad is a highly optimised solution for fast access to information”.

Andrew’s second favourite gadget proves his loyalty to an optimised solution, even after a fast fall from grace: the Blackberry. A device once widely referred to as a ‘Crackberry’ in the United States due its excessive use by owners, Blackberry is currently in serious decline. Fighting back, interim CEO John S. Chen announced in 2013 “We are committed to reclaiming our success.”

Andrew’s right behind the crusade: “Pre-Blackberry there was no reliable way to manage email on the go. Like the iPad, the Blackberry was the game-changer of its time.” Andrew explains why he is sticking with the brand — “Blackberry is the only mobile device on the market with a keyboard. I can type much more quickly using this method than on a touchscreen. And, using a combination of Blackberry and iPad leaves me less open to email issues occurring at the same time, as the protocols and methods that each device uses are different so if email isn’t working temporarily on one device then there’s a good chance it will be working on the other.”

Choosing the right partner — the rocky road to happiness

Choosing the right partner — the rocky road to happiness

Filed as ArticlesPosted March 14, 2014

The press is littered with foreboding tales of failed multi-million pound IT projects. Wasted time, money and effort.

So how can you — as a potential client — ensure the odds are stacked towards success when committing to a software development partnership?

Size Matters

A large company is likely to have the resources but may be less flexible. Set processes may result in a slower reaction time. There could be pressure to buy what they’ve got rather than what you really need.

A small company will likely have limited resources. If so, there’s a greater risk they may not be able to deliver on time and within budget.

Choosing a lean, mid-size company like Enable — with our long track record and broad experience — provides the best of both worlds. We minimise your risk and costs, yet you remain high on our radar!

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