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Central purchasing — consolidating purchase history across multiple ERPs

Filed as Product blogPosted January 19

Negotiating deals for buying groups and businesses that have grown though acquisition or merger is a challenge.

Vendor rebate module — requirements specification

Filed as Product blogPosted January 18

You may be reading this blog for one of a number of reasons, e.g.: Your ERP system doesn’t have a vendor rebate module Your ERP system has a vendor rebate module but before implementing you want to draw up a requirements specification to check on the match to your business needs Your current vendor rebate module needs some work to meet your business needs You have more than one ERP system operating within your company, but need one module that sits across them all to manage vendor rebates acros...

Choosing your rebate management system

Filed as Product blogPosted January 9

Trading agreements involving rebates are prevalent in many industries such as building materials, lumber, HVAC, electrical distributors, buying groups of all types and other wholesale distribution businesses. Rebates are used by suppliers to these industries to influence purchase decisions and drive profitable growth for both the supplier and the wholesaler. Our Buyers' Guide is aimed at those wanting to choose a system to address the issues posed by managing rebate agreements.

UX design: improving productivity, brand loyalty and satisfaction

Filed as ArticlesPosted January 5

Users often decide in just a few seconds whether or not your site or app is worth their time. If your software is unusable or confusing, it can result in user mistakes, reduced productivity or even the total failure of the project. This is why user experience (UX), whilst often neglected, is one of the most important features of your software. What is user experience design?

UX design is the process of enhancing user satisfaction by improving the compatibility, usability, appearance and performance provided in the interaction between the end user and the software. In simpler terms, this means that good UX design works to ensure the user’s experience of your software is as enjoyable, intuitive and satisfying as possible. What is Enable’s approach to user experience design?

Enable is passionate about UX design. Our goal is that our applications genuinely enhance people’s day to day tasks and are a pleasure to use. To meet the high standards we set ourselves, we conduct a UX planning exercise for each area of work. The key point of this exercise is that, before any code is written, the team has considered the different possibilities for the look of what is to be created and how the user will interact with it. Planning is one part of the UX process but reviews are required to help consolidate it. During the build phase, UX reviews are held periodically to consider what has been developed and if it is the best that it can be for the client.

So let’s dive in and explore how user experience design can benefit your business.

Support: keeping your software up and resolution times down

Filed as Company NewsPosted December 15, 2017

Enable’s dedicated Client Services team are on hand to provide our clients with an ongoing helpdesk support service, covering general questions, diagnosing problems, fixing bugs and discussing possible changes to existing software systems.

Once a client raises an issue, Enable records a detailed ticket to keep track of the request, and stay organised as the team’s work progresses. Rather than passing responsibility to third-party providers, our team takes direct ownership in resolving issues. This leaves our clients safe in the knowledge that requests will be resolved efficiently and speedily.

Our helpdesk support services are available during the UK working hours of 8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday. By being easily contactable by telephone and email, we ensure there are efficient communication channels available for clients to report incidents and receive feedback.

We appreciate the vital role our software plays within our clients’ businesses and the disruption that can be caused when a problem occurs. We take great pride in our response times, with our in-house helpdesk software system ensuring our clients receive an initial communication from our team within 30 minutes of raising a request. We manage expectations by publishing a set of target resolution times, as follows:

Contract management software for buying groups

Filed as Product blogPosted December 7, 2017

Considering whether contract management software could be the solution for efficient, compliant, management of supplier agreements in your buying group? You’re not alone. According to a recent survey by Oxford Economics, 49% of procurement executives said that their contract management is already automated and 68% of those surveyed predicted that in 2 years’ time contract management processes would be completely automated.

Webinar synopsis — a three step approach to business growth through better rebate management

Filed as Product blogPosted November 30, 2017

Learn why organisations are looking for specialist rebate management software to solve their issues, and how our implementation methodology leads to not only accurate rebate claims, but significant profitable business growth.

Application testing: setting a new quality benchmark with every project

Filed as ArticlesPosted November 24, 2017

In today’s business landscape, software applications play an integral role. By getting the requirements for an application right first time, Enable’s clients are free to focus on what matters: profitable growth, business transformation, and achieving their company’s vision.

The approach for any software design and build lifecycle should focus on ensuring that all of your requirements have been fully understood and delivered. The fact that software testing plays a vital role in this process is well understood, but the variety of topics that need to be considered can often be overlooked.

This article draws attention to six types of application testing that Enable recommends. By being attentive to testing of this kind as early as possible in the implementation process, an application is a lot more likely to be secure, reliable, efficient, maintainable and provide a high standard of usability.

Why your rebate management system needs to be ERP agnostic

Filed as Product blogPosted November 15, 2017

DealTrack integrates with major ERP systems such as SAP, Oracle and Microsoft Dynamics. For reporting and payments, DealTrack can interface with a range of leading BI tools including Business Objects, QlikView, Tableau as well as purchase-to-pay solutions such as Ariba, Fourth and Proactis. But in our view “out of the box” integrations are not sufficient for most scenarios. A rebate management system needs to be truly ERP agnostic. For that reason, DealTrack comes with open APIs that can be used...

How to keep your software infrastructure secure and your customers protected

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.

Why your ERP system doesn't do rebate accounting

Filed as Product blogPosted November 1, 2017

Many ERP systems already have a way of recording contract information and a vendor rebate module or elements of purchasing software that allow for rudimentary recording of rebates owed.

A three step approach to business growth through better rebate management

Filed as Product blogPosted October 23, 2017

We've had great feedback from our recent webinar, so I wanted to share the content with those who didn't make it on the day. This blog provides a summary of the topics we discussed:

Profitable business growth for suppliers to the building industry

Filed as Product blogPosted July 25, 2017

Profitability for suppliers to the building industry — including building materials, plumbing, HVAC and electrical distributors — is often very closely dependent on the amount of rebate they can negotiate and claim.

Post merger — do you need a consolidated ERP system to boost buying power?

Filed as Product blogPosted May 22, 2017

How do you achieve a single ERP system across all businesses in a newly merged organisation? Is a single ERP even necessary?

Due diligence pre-merger

Filed as Product blogPosted May 18, 2017

Merger and Acquisition (M&A) activity often starts well before the actual merger with a period of due diligence where the value of the acquisition is assessed.

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