Filed as ArticlesPosted November 3, 2017
Keeping software secure has become increasingly important for businesses over the years. Software security is no longer optional; it has become an absolute necessity. Security breaches and attacks could potentially result in a significant loss to your company’s revenue, reputation and even your customer base. With this in mind, it’s important to have procedures and processes in place to minimise the chances of any sensitive customer data getting into the hands of the wrong people.
Let’s dive in to the five key security steps Enable recommends your company should take to keep your software secure and your customers protected.
1. Preventive Measures
Being part of a connected world provides a significant number of both benefits and risks. Any computer that is connected to the internet is at a potential risk from various security breaches and attacks, such as viruses, Trojans, and spyware. Firewalls should be used to protect your company network by only allowing internet traffic that is defined in your firewall policy. Antivirus software should be used to prevent, detect and remove any malicious software and other threats. All software should be properly patched and kept up to date.
Stratford-upon-Avon based software developer Enable has closed another record year in 2016 by sustaining double digit growth.
Sales for 2016 increased to more than £3.15m, up from £2.65m the previous year which represents an increase of 18.6% — more than £500,000. Licensing and implementing Enable’s new DealTrack software product was responsible for a significant portion of the growth.
During the year the company also welcomed 7 new starters on-board, taking the total headcount to 44 staff.
Co-founder and MD Andrew Butt comments:
“In 2017 with DealTrack and Enable iD we hope to pass through the £4m milestone.”
“We are receiving significant interest in our products and services from both UK and USA and are investing heavily in product development to make sure we are providing innovative software to our existing clients as well as attracting more new business.”
“We are also continuing to work closely with University of Warwick and plan to recruit many more graduates this year to help meet current and expected future demand.”
West Midlands, UK — sales-i and Enable, two West Midlands based enterprises, have partnered to provide a suite of software to improve profit margin and increase sales across manufacturing, distribution and wholesale industries.
Founded in 2008, and with offices in both the UK and North America, sales-i provides market-leading sales performance software designed to help manufacturers, distributors and wholesalers. Its award-winning software helps companies to improve their bottom line, identify new business opportunities, and strengthen their customer relationships.
Enable provides DealTrack — a rebate management solution that helps organisations manage complex trading agreements involving retrospective payments, such as rebates, retrospective discounts, royalties, purchase income and other forms of back margin.
The partnership will combine sales-i and Enable’s vast experience and expertise in wholesale and distribution to provide a suite of software to improve profit margin and increase sales.
Stratford-based software development firm Enable has achieved a record 16th year of growth with sales of £2.65m last year, up more than 25% compared to 2014.
During 2015, 12 new local jobs were created, taking the current headcount up to 42. The company builds software for some of the UK’s most recognised companies including BBC, BUPA Care Services, Mitsubishi Electric and Wolseley.
The firm, who recently purchased three freehold office units on The Courtyard, Timothy’s Bridge Road, was started by Denys C. Shortt OBE and Andrew Butt in 2000. From humble beginnings in a stable block with 2 employees, Enable has achieved sales growth every year and been profitable since inception.
Filed as ArticlesPosted February 14, 2015
We help buying groups, wholesale distributors, and retailers protect margin, accelerate cash flow and reduce risk in their trading agreements. Using DealTrack, our market-leading rebate management software, clients typically manage between £100m and £30bn of rebatable purchases annually.
The complexities involved in retrospective payments on trade agreements and the sheer volume of these contracts, are often difficult to model in manual systems such as spreadsheets and basic accounting software. Organisations opting to calculate, forecast and accrue rebate income in this way leave themselves at risk of inaccuracies, missed opportunities and supplier disputes.
Rebate management software meets these problems head on, by removing the risks associated with manual processes and delivering a streamlined process that handles complex trade agreements in the following ways.
Enable provides clients with ongoing application management and support services for most of the software it develops. When combined with the ongoing management of application hosting it means that Enable is solely responsible for the efficient running and availability of software, making it easy for the client by ensuring they are not being passed back and forth between service providers. Indeed, one of our clients in the US kindly reminded us that we are ‘one throat to choke!’
For most clients we provide support during UK working hours which tend to be from 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday, excluding bank holidays. Our dedicated support team are contactable by telephone and email, and our efficient helpdesk software system ensures that clients receive an acknowledgement by email within 30 minutes of raising a request. We know how important it is to be responsive and how frustrating it can be when someone has a problem with a software system.
In order to maximise client satisfaction we manage expectations by publishing a set of target resolution times, typically as follows:
Enable iD and Centro have signed a formal agreement to jointly develop MyJrny, a unique application that allows people to combine personal data with travel network information. The application aims to deliver tailored journey planning information more efficiently than existing mapping services, which typically lack real-time awareness.
Instead of prioritising information based on historic data or commercially-driven offers that ignore personal context, MyJrny prioritises personal data, giving individuals full control of what information they use to plan their journey.
The service will comprise an online dashboard for transport operating companies and commercial partners alongside a consumer-focused mobile application, initially for Apple iOS and Android phones.
Enable iD are also creating a software development kit (SDK) that will enable developers to easily plug the MyJrny functionality into third party applications.
“Enable demonstrated quality and consistency throughout the entire engagement as well as a deep understanding of our business needs. My team and I are delighted with the outcome.”
— Angie Horne, Clinical Compliance and H&S Manager
Oasis Dental Care is required to satisfy Care Quality Commission (CQC) criteria that it is meeting national standards of care and service. One of the ways it does this is by carrying out regular audits at each of its dental practices. Oasis had been using a standard off-the-shelf audit tool to support this process.
The existing tool was costly and no longer fit for purpose. It was complicated to use, partly because it had functionality that wasn’t needed and this had resulted in Oasis having to change their processes and use work-arounds to fit the tool. Any changes that were required were costly to implement and took a considerable amount of time to achieve.
Oasis therefore commissioned Enable to build an Audit Tool to meet their specific current and anticipated future needs.
Enable undertook a business analysis exercise to understand the Oasis business and specifically the audit processes. Definition work was then carried out to reach an optimum solution design. The specific requirements were gathered and developed into a configurable, web-based, Microsoft .NET solution.
The Maserati 100 — a definitive list of Britain’s most successful business leaders actively supporting the next generation of entrepreneurs — has been announced by Maserati and the Centre for Entrepreneurs (CFE) and published in the Sunday Times.
A diverse and vibrant array of established entrepreneurs feature in the inaugural 100 list, highlighting the strength and tenacity of modern British entrepreneurialism. Those featured in the list included:
Julie Deane creator of The Cambridge Satchel Company who is committed to preserving British manufacturing by taking on apprentices and encouraging young people to embrace craftsmanship.
Sir Charles Dunstone, founder of The Carphone Warehouse and chairman of TalkTalk Group who is also Chairman of The Princes’ Trust Enterprise Fellowship.
And, one of the West Midlands leading entrepreneurs Denys C. Shortt OBE — founder of health & beauty company DCS Group and technology companies Enable, DealTrack and Enable iD.
Filed as EventsPosted February 16, 2015
On Friday 13th February 2015, Stratford upon Avon District and local businesses came together at the Holiday Inn, Stratford, to celebrate the best achievements in business and the community on one truly glittering night - the fourth annual Pride of Stratford Awards.
In the presence of the “who’s who” of Stratford-upon-Avon, they awarded their prestigious “Swan” Awards to the best businesses, individuals and organisations in the local area.
Enable’s DealTrack team was nominated for “Team of the Year” where the judges were looking for “teams that have made a significant contribution to the business, showing commitment to team working and mutual support and respect.”
Facing some very stiff competition from other local businesses, Enable was a winner in the award for the “Team of the Year” category.