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Enable at Documation 2007

Filed as EventsPosted October 17, 2007

Enable is pleased to announce that it will be exhibiting at Documation UK 2007 at Olympia Grand Hall, London UK. The exhibition runs for two days from 17 Oct 2007 to 18 Oct 2007. We will be demonstrating our latest products on stand 424. If you would like a one to one meeting with one of our product experts, please contact us.

About Documation

Documation UK, in partnership with AIIM, is the largest dedicated exhibition of its kind in the UK covering end-to-end enterprise content management. It will address all the latest issues in information management, including web content, email and fax management, document and records management, information capture and lifecycle management, scanning, imaging, business processes and compliance. Showcasing a diverse range of new, innovative products and services and addressing today’s strategic and technical issues in an unrivalled education programme, Documation UK is the definitive event for business process and information management.

Document management on the desktop

Filed as Product NewsPosted July 24, 2007

A new feature in Enable’s Document Fusion software allows users to access their web based document management system directly from their Windows desktop. Users can now benefit from key document management features such as enterprise search, version control, check in / check out and role based permissions with the practicality of instant access to documents via the Windows Explorer.

Once the client application is installed, a new ’Document Fusion’ icon appears in the ’My Computer’ window. Files and folders can be dragged from the local computer and will be transferred to the central server using a highly efficient data transfer service which is significantly faster and more robust than uploading files via a web browser.

Within desktop applications such as Microsoft Word and Excel, files can be saved directly into the document management system. If an existing file is opened and modified, the application automatically archives the previous version of the document. An audit trail of previous versions of each document is available within the full browser based application, and includes a history of who modified the document and when. A document can be rolled back to a previous state with a single click. Any changes made using the desktop tool are instantly reflected in the web based document management system.

Welcome to enable.com

Filed as Company NewsPosted July 6, 2007

Enable has acquired the prestigious enable.com domain name.

All web based services and software will be migrated to this domain over the next 4 weeks.

David Hunt, Director of Operations commented, "For us, enable.com was always the ultimate domain from which to host our web-based software solutions. After 7 years of running the company we are delighted to have finally acquired this domain. We host mission critical services for over 200 clients globally including NHS, Sage and Mitsubishi Electric and this shorter address will make it even easier for our clients to access their solutions."

Enable’s solutions are hosted on 18 servers in a London datacenter. With an extensive infrastructure and the experience to match, Enable provides a highly developed, professional and secure environment with a single point of contact for each client. Comprehensive helpdesk support is provided as an integral part of the solution.

About Enable

Enable provides tailored business solutions using proven browser-based software. Based in Stratford-upon-Avon, UK, Enable is a dynamic, entrepreneurial organisation and has won over a dozen awards over the past 8 years.

Software team take on multinational giants

Filed as Company NewsPosted June 1, 2007

A sporty team from Enable based in Timothy’s Bridge Road recently found themselves up against some of the toughest physical and mental challenges the corporate world could throw at them.

Enable competed in ’The City Challenge’, a gruelling one-day team adventure. Enable was pitched against more than 50 teams, including some multinational giants such as Microsoft, Google, BT and Lloyds TSB.

With the impressive backdrop of Bletchley Park, Milton Keynes once famous for its wartime ’Enigma’ code breaking triumphs, Enable’s first task was to crack 16 codes in one hour. Alan Neill shone when it came to puzzle solving, earning his team precious time tokens. The teams fitness and physical endurance was also put to the test with an assignment to collect ’air time’ tickets and then tear around Campbell park on bikes, flying from one checkpoint to another in order to collect points.

Alan Neill, Enable Infomatrix Director commented, "Despite punctures and considering the might of the competition Enable achieved a fantastic 15th position overall. Thankfully we’d put in the hard yards running on Stratford’s Greenway and cycling up the Welcome Hills."

Jack Cantwell, Business Development Manager added, "This was a great team building event. We recommend other local businesses joining us next year."

The hardy foursome more accustomed to increasing their client’s productivity through implementing browser based business software, included Enable Informatrix Director, Alan Neill as well as Jack Cantwell, David Newman, and team captain Ewan Gibb.

Enable at IMS 2006—one size doesn't fit all

Filed as EventsPosted November 20, 2006

From 28th to 30th November, Enable are exhibiting at the IMS 2006 show. Come and see us on stand 364 at the London Olympia. IMS is a new event for business, information and IT professionals needing to drive business performance through effective information management. Over the course of the three days we will be introducing our tailor-made software development services.

Bespoke Software. Because one size doesn’t fit all.

From customisation of existing software to ground-up projects, organisations such as Mitsubishi, the NHS and Sainsbury’s trust Enable’s ability to deliver unique solutions that an off-the-shelf alternative could never match. Standard software packages are great for basic, run-of-the-mill business processes. But to maintain a competitive edge, organisations need flexible software tailored to the specialist aspects of their business. That’s where Enable comes in.

You don’t have to change your business to fit our software. We ensure our software is precisely tailored to your requirements. Our experience, expertise and technology ensure faster project times, keeping costs under control. And our solutions are built with scalability in mind, to support future growth as your requirements evolve. Our proven methodology ensures a high degree of stability and resilience. Together with services such as requirements definition, project management, application support and hosting, Enable provides the complete solution.

When off-the-shelf isn’t good enough.

Benefit from our wide ranging expertise Our all-encompassing ’define, deliver and operate’ capability has helped clients large and small, including RBS, Procter & Gamble, DTI, GKN, Sage Software, Scope, HSE, Hunting Plc and over 100 others. Talk to Enable about the kind of individual software solution that will allow you to meet your business objectives. Whatever your needs, we’d love to see if we can help.

Data management goes DIY

Filed as Product NewsPosted September 18, 2006

A new development from Enable offers complete control over the way you gather and assess information. With Info Tracker, you get the most user-friendly and flexible toolkit to help you get more from the data relating to any process or aspect of your business.

The easy-to-use toolkit allows you to design (and keep designing) electronic forms and processes to whatever format suits your business. You can build in as many levels of data entry as required. Either keep it simple or build multi-level tabs that offer the opportunity to cover every question or option relevant to the subject. You can even associate information or documents at any level or layer. It’s entirely within your control.We give your administrator full instructions. From that point onwards, you can develop the system to suit any need. Alternatively, you can simply hand the project to us and we’ll configure the solution to your brief.

Anyone drawing data will find it easy to navigate. The user interface makes everything so accessible. For example, opt to show key information on a headline screen with deeper levels of knowledge available in subsequent layers. As all of your forms or processes will benefit from a consistent look, anyone can quickly find the data they need.

Analytical capability

To help you gain real insights from the data gathered, user-friendly analytical tools are built-in. You can set-up your own range of search criteria. Then whenever you want to assess if a particular pattern of behaviour is occurring, simply click the report button. You can view findings in a variety of ways; including easy-to-assess tables, bar charts or calendar views.Whatever suits the information you’re assessing. And at any time, you also have the ability to convert the data into different formats (from tables to bar charts for example).

New Info Tracker. It’s the ultimate DIY data management toolkit.

Example applications

  • Project management data
  • Audits or nonconformance reports
  • Monitoring SLAs
  • Vendor rating and performance
  • Site inspection processes
  • Knowledge management

Enabled—Summer 2006 Newsletter

Filed as NewslettersPosted July 3, 2006

To view the news item (PDF Format), please click here.

Across the country, over 2,000 air conditioning installers are hungry for updated information, spare parts and technical support from Mitsubishi UK. The challenge for the air conditioning specialist was to find an easy way to support this network of companies without drowning them in a sea of paperwork.

Enable Software had the answer. Working in tandem with Mitsubishi throughout the process, we researched, designed and built a user-friendly website that gives the numerous installer companies instant access to everything they need. All at their fingertips.

Open the PDF to read more.

New premises, new opportunities

Filed as Company NewsPosted May 11, 2006

Our home. Designed by software developers for inspired software development.

Keep ’em coming back for more. This philosophy of delivering more than clients expect has ensured that Enable has kept on growing year after year. Now, after six years of attracting clients as diverse as Sainsbury’s, Mitsubishi and the NHS, we’ve expanded into new premises.

One huge advantage of our expansion is now being able to provide even better facilities for our team. We have always been a company that lives the idea that we are our people. Their energy, their insight and their sparks of genius are what make us such an asset to our clients. So to be able to offer our team space in which to thrive is great news for us. And great news for our clients.

The orange logo that's a red hot opportunity

Filed as ArticlesPosted March 14, 2006

Click on any major news organisation’s homepage. From the BBC to Times Online. A bright orange RSS logo will almost certainly be lurking. Next time you see one, give it a click. It offers fresh opportunity for your business.

RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication. The reason nearly all news organisations highlight RSS is that it helps people stay in touch with stories of particular interest. Rather than having to surf around or keep coming back to websites for news, the viewer can be ’fed’ links to relevant stories as and when they appear. The headline appears like an email in a special window (your RSS reader), or as a bookmark in your browser (if supported) so that you can choose to click on it for the full story or come back to it later when it suits you.

How is this of interest to me?

Wouldn’t you like to keep customer and prospects better informed? Using this exciting new RSS technology, you can ’feed’ your news to customers or prospects. Once they express an interest in a subject or product, you can keep them updated without relying on them remembering to revisit your website. And as you know they have a genuine interest in the subject, they’ll be very interested in the information you supply.

How Enable can help make the most of the opportunity.

Using RSS couldn’t be easier—many modern browsers such as Firefox, Safari and IE7 support RSS feeds out of the box, or alternatively web surfers can install RSS reader software. It can be very simple or offer varying degrees of sophistication. Enable has the ability to design it to suit your needs. For example, we can make them work for Java-equipped mobile phones or PDAs. The potential is immense. Let Enable help you exploit it.

Fast facts

  • RSS is currently used by nearly every news website
  • Allows requested ’news’ or events to be brought to someone’s attention
  • Potential for every kind of business
  • Start of a new electronic opportunity
  • Can be used on computer, mobile phones or PDAs

Enabled—Winter 2005/06 Newsletter

Filed as NewslettersPosted February 1, 2006

To view the news item (PDF Format), please click here.

B2B Marketing magazine identify the Sage website, powered by Enable Software’s content management solution, Content Fusion, as being the best B2B site it reviewed.

In its July edition B2B Marketing magazine reviewed how effectively Accountancy Software companies were using the web to support software sales. It was interested to see how well vendors offered solutions to business needs rather than majoring on specific products, and equally how well they were able to address the diverse needs of the different sectors, recognising that not everyone looking to buy software is an IT specialist.

Open the PDF to read more.

Entrepreneur duo win Director of the Year

Filed as AwardsPosted November 14, 2005

Stratford-upon-Avon based entrepreneurs Denys Shortt and Andrew Butt were winners at the recent Young Director of the Year Awards run by the Institute of Directors in the Midlands.

At a glittering black tie event attended by over 600 people at the NEC, Birmingham Denys and Andrew walked away with the Chairman’s Young Director of the Year award.

One of the world’s leading entrepreneurs Simon Woodroffe founder of Yo Sushi restaurants was the keynote speaker.

Denys Shortt started health & beauty products distributor DCS Europe in 1994 and the company now has sales of over 85 million pounds employing over 100 people and selling to 45 countries world wide.

Whilst learning to fly a helicopter in 2000 Denys met Andrew Butt at age 16 and together they decided to form a new company called Enable. Andrew became the 16 year old Managing Director of Enable.

Five years on Enable now employs 15 people, has sales in excess of 1 million pounds and has been profitable from day one.

Denys commented "Its pretty cool to think that I started a business with Andrew when he was 16 and we have now both won this award together—quite an achievement. What is even better for me is that I am still considered ’young’!" Denys continues "The cut off age for the award is 42 and I just scraped in at aged 41. Andrew is 22 years old—needless to say at half my age he makes me feel old !"

The pair won the award based on their endless energy and enthusiasm for business, their own superb business growth and for giving up their time to help advise others starting their own business.

Both Denys and Andrew are actively involved in encouraging people to "start their own business". They both recently spoke at the Open 05 conference—an event held for SME’s and start-ups at the ICC in Birmingham.

Trying to login to use Enable Webadmin?

Filed as Product NewsPosted May 18, 2005

The address to access Enable Webadmin has changed. Please use the following address and enter your normal details: http://webadmin1.myenable.com/.

Denys Shortt finalist in 2005 Entrepreneur of the Year Awards

Filed as AwardsPosted May 11, 2005

Denys Shortt, founder of Enable’s parent company, DCS Europe plc, has been selected as a Central Region finalist in the 2005 Entrepreneur of the Year Awards.

Denys won this award back in 2000 and it was winning that inspired him to expand and start more businesses. Stratford-upon-Avon based DCS Europe has more than doubled in size in the five years since Denys won the award, with sales of 81 million pounds and employs over 100 staff.

In 2000 Denys ventured into a new field—Enable. This company, also based in Stratford-upon-Avon, employs 20 and has sales of over 1 million pounds. Last year Denys started a third company, Enable Infomatrix which employs 5 and with sales of 500,000 pounds.

Denys has a hunger for growth and focuses on providing excellent customer service and building customer loyalty. He believes his drive and determination comes from his younger days in sport when he was an England international hockey player.

Denys will be attending a judges reception on 23rd May 2005 at Castle Ashby, Northamptionshire. The award winners will be announced at the Central Region Awards Banquet and Ceremony on Thursday 30th June 2005 at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole.

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A single property or 1,000 superstores

Filed as Product NewsPosted December 10, 2004

Enable Infomatrix has developed a web enabled property information management suite armed with such vast flexibility that it can be deployed by businesses as big as superstore chains—or those with a single property location.

A year in the making, web-based Property Tracker has been developed to address growth, portfolio management and the growing demands of legislation.

"The key is simplicity—this is software to be operated by the property person or department, not the IT team. The key and crucial element of the development brief was to keep it simple, genuinely intuitive and easy-to-use: user training is minimal—it’s based on common sense and intuition," said Alan Neill, Director of Midlands-based Enable Infomatrix.

"But ’property’ covers a wide range of headings: as well as the property portfolio and all its components, it can also encompass HR, H&S and vehicles; the modular format of Property Tracker means that a business can choose to use either one or all of the software modules in running a single property or multi-site business.

"In a nutshell it will fulfil the vast majority of needs of the vast majority of businesses," said Alan Neill.

"At one extreme is the food retail sector, with Tesco, Sainsbury, Asda and Morrison at its heart. It is a £200 billion industry and Property Tracker has already been deployed with one of the major players. There are thousands of sites, millions of property, people and vehicle issues, dozens of developments—and hundreds of departments, suppliers and contractors involved with each one.

"In the public sector, there are local, regional and central government-run property portfolios—and at the other end of the spectrum there is strong growth in small-scale buy-to-let and residential development property portfolios; and then, of course, all the businesses in between.

"This is a ’property-centric’ information management toolset—hugely configurable and modular in format allowing businesses of all shapes and sizes to abandon the disparate spreadsheets, databases and forests of paper and keep everybody in the loop with real-time information from a secure but accessible website.

"It is a central repository of immediately-available, layered and password-protected information that does not rely upon the post, couriers or email, and enables everybody involved to have access to the same information at the same time."

There are seven key modules within the Property Tracker toolset.

In terms of property it can record and track all property details against a full range of pre-configured fields with bespoke drop down menus to suit individual businesses. Additional fields can be added, with instant uploading and storage of any associated property documents or ’events’. Property Tracker works for one or 1,001 properties—and the powerful search engine allows operators to find data instantly, whether it is the insurance renewal date or how many spaces there are in the car park.

It is equally effective with lease administration, HR and people, vehicle management, Health + Safety and Town Planning.

The customer chooses which modules are required to support their business with the flexibility to ’switch on’ additional functionality as and when required.

A flexible, fully web enabled business information management toolset with remarkably low start up and maintenance costs to suit a broad range of customers.

Entrepreneur of the Future

Filed as AwardsPosted October 25, 2004

Stratford-upon-Avon based Andrew Butt, 21, has been named as a finalist in the prestigious Growing Business Awards.

Andrew, who is Managing Director of Enable, has been short-listed in a new category: Entrepreneur of the Future.

This new award identifies and celebrates entrepreneurs, under the age of 30, who are really going places. The judges are looking for candidates who have already started to build a business—or businesses—and who can show they have the ambition, energy, skill and vision to really scale the heights.

Denys Shortt, a former Entrepreneur of the Year, who discovered Andrew at a helicopter flying school said:

"Andrew’s business is on target to hit 2 million pounds sales a year—that’s not so much of a benchmark in this day and age until you consider his potential.

"He’s 21, he started in business at 14, he was the UK’s youngest qualified helicopter pilot 20 minutes after his 17th birthday—and the clients of his software development company are Sainsbury’s, Goldman Sachs and Collins amongst others in the UK, plus businesses in the USA and Dubai."

Denys spotted Andrew Butt’s potential while they were each taking helicopter lessons. Andrew was 16, Denys was—and still is—the Chief Exec of one of the Midlands’ fastest growing and most successful businesses, DCS Europe.

So impressed was Denys that he asked Andrew to create software for his 80 million pounds household and healthcare distribution business. That mission accomplished, they formed a company to design and develop software for other companies.

The Growing Business Awards final, presented by real Business magazine and the CBI, is to be held at the London Hilton on Park Lane on December 2, 2004.