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6 things you can learn in our help center (that you may have overlooked)

DealTrack FeaturesJune 6, 2019

In case you didn’t notice — we recently introduced our help center, an online knowledge base that provides users with easy to follow how-to articles, guides and tutorials!

Having a knowledge base nowadays has become absolutely essential for any business, especially with the emergence of software as a service (SaaS). One of the main reasons why customers stop using a product is because they find it too hard to use or they don’t receive the right support. And to top that off, customers nowadays expect immediate self-service support.

Who the help center is designed for

One of the main benefits of having a knowledge base is its 24/7 availability. DealTrack users can access information when they need it, from any device. You won’t have to wait until the morning to contact the Client Services team to solve a problem which could be fixed with two clicks.

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May ’19 update: Trading agreement PDFs and specialist module enhancements

DealTrack FeaturesMay 31, 2019

May’s update covers enhancements across the board, from our scheme PDF and replication functionality to specialist modules such as the executive summary and forecasting.

Enable is committed to ensuring our software is constantly being updated and improved. To achieve this, we release a new DealTrack update every six weeks.

Each DealTrack update is carefully constructed from a combination of invaluable client feedback, research on current market demands and technical recommendations from our experienced development team. This means we learn from any past problems, look ahead to future trends and make the most of the latest technological advancements.

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How we manually test our applications to create high-quality software

Build It BetterMay 30, 2019

We pride ourselves on delivering software solutions that are robust, polished, and user-friendly. Our manual testing process is one of the ways we achieve this. By being attentive to testing of this kind as early as possible in the implementation process, a solution is a lot more likely to be secure, reliable, efficient, maintainable and provide a high standard of usability.

What is manual testing?

Manual testing is the practice of testing software by manually using the system, without any automated tools. This testing is completed once a piece of functionality has been created or altered, but before it is delivered to end users.

The main goal of this testing is to confirm that the system meets the requirements defined in the functional specification. In addition to this, manual testing improves the quality of our applications since its always performed by a developer who did not develop the work that they are testing: a fresh pair of eyes. This means that every change made during a project build phase is scrutinised and critiqued by at least two people.

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New features every 6 weeks: what’s included in our scheduled software updates

DealTrack FeaturesMay 23, 2019

Your business never stands still — so neither does our software. Remaining up to date with the latest technology keeps your business ahead of the pack by providing you with new or enhanced features and reducing potential security risks. In addition to these, they can also improve software performance, eliminate known bugs, offer better compatibility with different devices and remove outdated features taking up valuable hard drive space. It goes without saying that regular updates to your is software is critical to your business’s success.

What is Enable’s approach and how often is DealTrack updated?

Enable is committed to ensuring our software is constantly being updated and improved. To achieve this, we release a new DealTrack update every six weeks.

Each DealTrack update is carefully constructed from a combination of invaluable client feedback, research on current market demands and technical recommendations from our experienced development team. This means we learn from any past problems, look ahead to future trends and make the most of the latest technological advancements.

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The trials and tribulations of a customer rebate program

The Deal EconomyMay 13, 2019

Customer rebate programs are great in that they drive the selling behavior of resellers and distributors on more than ten trillion dollars in North America and Europe alone. The large volume of money attributed to customer rebate programs is hardly surprising since they include everything from simple rebates to marketing development funds (MDFs), co-op funds and special pricing agreements (SPAs). However, rebate accounting is complicated, and managing customer rebates programs can be a signific...Continue reading

3 ways rebate software can help to increase the profitability of your business

The Deal EconomyMay 9, 2019

For any business to be successful, it’s vital that a profit is made enabling continued success and to provide opportunities for growth and development. But, making a profit isn’t always as easy as it may seem. Once all the necessary expenses and costs have been paid out, its then essential enough sales have been made just to break even, let alone have anything extra to realize a company’s ambitions.

Although this can be extremely challenging at times, it’s also possible to increase the profitability of your business by spotting opportunities. Collecting rebate agreements on time, consistently and accurately could be one of these opportunities. Rebate management is the process of recording supplier agreements, tracking purchases and sales against those agreements, and managing accruals and rebate claims in a timely manner.

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Excel errors — why spreadsheets are so dangerous for rebate accounting

The Deal EconomyApril 30, 2019

Finance and accounting departments tend to rely on Excel spreadsheets to manage a growing business’s financial data because they know it, they understand it and old habits die hard. But human entry error is always a risk which we saw a few years ago when news about Excel miscalculations at JP Morgan rocked spreadsheet users’ worlds. A simple cut and paste excel error cost JP Morgan $6 billion and resulted in dramatic headlines like “Why Excel is the Most Dangerous Software in the World”, but it...Continue reading

Forecasting rebates? Here’s 4 challenges you may come across.

The Deal EconomyApril 25, 2019

Whatever industry you are involved in, forecasting the potential earnings for your business is essential in preparing for the ups and downs of the year ahead. But how do you make decisions about your budget, such as how many employees you can afford to hire or how much you can spend on marketing if you don’t know how much revenue and profit you’ll be generating?

Accurate forecasting and accurate accruals are vital to success within your business to ensure that you are aware of what the future is likely to hold so that you can appropriately allocate resources to assist in key areas. For many businesses, forecasting is not a focus and even for those that make a point to forecast their future, various challenges can limit the accuracy and benefit of these forecasts.

With this in mind, let’s dive in to the four common challenges of forecasting rebates.

Rebate forecasting challenges

  1. Many in-house forecasts are too basic.
  2. Renegotiating the best deals in the future.
  3. Forecasting is too manual.
  4. Forecasts are not updated throughout the deal.

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