ERPaaS at CIPFA CYMRU Wales Annual Conference 2016 – Highlights

Last Thursday saw our Business Development team venture south to Cardiff for the CIPFA Wales Annual Conference. The conference was held at the Park Plaza Hotel in the city centre and welcomed speakers and delegates from across the country in both the public and private sectors.

The conference was opened by Iolo Llewelyn, the President of CIPFA Wales and, with the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement still fresh in everyone’s mind, Professor Tony Travers from the London School of Economics also took to the stage to discuss how local governments need to aim high to achieve their collective goals.

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The breakout areas were awash with delegates and the ERPaaS stand received plenty of footfall from enthusiastic visitors, primarily to talk about what we have to offer, but the chocolates certainly helped to draw them in!

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Our MD Simon Robinson ran his workshop “Empower Your Staff or Close Down Services”, which drew the usual healthy crowd of eager delegates. The talk touched on how modern technology that is commonly used at home isn’t the same as the technology used in the workplace, highlighting how organisations are actually lagging behind their workforce in terms of technology. He spoke about the importance of determining how you, as a business leader, can implement technology and services that will benefit your staff and organisation and leave a lasting legacy.

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Following on from the workshop, which will be available to watch in the near future, Simon was invited to sit on the guest panel for the closing discussion of the conference, a Question Time style session discussing some of the decisions set out in the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement and how they will affect both the public and private sectors.

During the event, Simon spoke about the “elephant in the room” for public services – moving resources out of non-productive areas and into front-line services where they’ll actually make a difference. There was also some very interesting discussion surrounding methods of overcoming political and legal barriers to innovation, especially surrounding data protection, as well as the current economic climate and its effect on the public and private sectors. It turned out to be a very enlightening experience and, for anyone who’s interested, we’ll be posting the video of this event very shortly.

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Panellists, from left to right: Brian Roberts, CIPFA President and Director of Corporate Resources; Alan Birmingham, Policy and Technical Manager at CIPFA; Simon Robinson, Managing Director of ERPaaS; and Chris Tidwell, Head of CIPFA Wales.

The video below is a light-hearted summary of our time at the conference – if you missed out on attending or if you want to relive some of your conference memories, feel free to watch it and let us know what you think! As mentioned above, we’ll also be posting a video of Simon’s workshop, so make sure to subscribe to our blog or follow us on Twitter or Facebook so you don’t miss out.

If you have any thoughts or questions about the conference or about ERPaaS in general, feel free to leave a comment below or send us a tweet at @erpaas.

We’d like to wish a huge thank you to CIPFA Wales and the staff, speakers and delegates of the conference that made the event a huge success. We’ll hopefully see you all again at CIPFA Scotland in 2017!

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Empowerment – People and Places: Come and See Us at #CIPFAWales

If you’re going to keep up with the ever-changing nature of the IT industry, it’s important that you’re empowered to take control and shape the future of your own organisation.

Next week, we’ll be attending the CIPFA Cymru Wales Annual Conference — which is the biggest public sector conference in the country – to speak with clients and colleagues alike about how we can do just that, enabling people to think differently and provide better services for all.

Our very own Managing Director, Simon Robinson, will be giving a workshop at the event entitled “Empower Your Staff or Close Down Services” and, if past conferences are anything to go by, you won’t want to miss it!

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If you’re attending the conference, don’t forget to come and visit us at stand 7, where we’ll have a number of exciting challenges that will demonstrate the empowering aspects of the Cloud while giving you the chance to win some money for a charity of your choice.

We’ll also be chatting to people about our PolicyPlus family of products and how they can benefit those in the public sector. If you have any questions, this is your chance to ask them – don’t be shy!

If you aren’t able to attend the conference, watch this space – we have a few things up our sleeves that should help you to feel like you were right there with us!

To find out more, visit the CIPFA website. Don’t forget: if you want to attend, you’ll need to book your place before you go.

If you’re planning on attending, let us know what you’re looking forward to the most by leaving a comment below or sending us a Tweet.

We hope to see you there!

Fun in the Sun at Oracle EMEA Football Tournament 2016

The start of October saw some of the ERPaaS team head off to sunny Marbella, Spain to represent Scotland in the 18th annual Oracle EMEA Football Tournament. Reigning champions Ireland took the #Oracup again this year, but it wasn’t all doom and gloom for Team Scotland!

The team consisted of midfield anchorman, Robert Peddie; our very own defensive rock, Mark Dernie; and a mix of our colleagues from various other Scottish organisations – some seasoned competitors and some first-timers, who brought a burst of energy and youth to the team.

Both days began without a hitch and everyone performed admirably but, alas, a victorious Team Scotland just wasn’t to be. Day one ended with a 2-0 defeat at the hands of the Auld Enemy, England, leaving Scotland unable to qualify for the finals. Nevertheless, the team soldiered on and had an excellent time on day two, ending the tournament with smiles on their faces, despite losing their final game to Portugal.

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They acted gracefully in their defeat and made sure to go out with a bang, scoring plenty of goals and making friends with their international counterparts along the way. The unusually high temperatures for this time of year coupled with the quick pace of the games led to a lot of thirsty and tired bodies but, luckily, the good company kept everyone in high spirits and the abundance of chilled beer at hand made sure that all thirst was well and truly quenched. After looking at the final results, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Team Scotland were taking advantage of the beer situation mid-match, but don’t worry, guys – we won’t tell if you won’t! 😉

Check out this fantastic drone footage that was taken during the tournament to get a feel for what it was like:

This tournament was an excellent opportunity for some team building and socialisation with our Oracle colleagues from all over the world, and everyone involved is almost certainly looking forward to the next one. ERPaaS will once again be represented in the Oracle Scotland team during next year’s tournament, which will be held in Romania. If you want to congratulate the team for not letting the scoreboard get them down, or if you’ve got any tips for next year’s team, leave a comment below or tweet us @erpasaservice and we’ll make sure to let them know!

Look out, Ireland – Team Scotland are coming for that #Oracup!

#CIPFA2016 Highlights

Last week ERPaaS had the pleasure of hosting an exhibition stand at CIPFA annual in Manchester. The conference was an overwhelming success, particularly our Managing Director Simon Robinson’s workshop which was overflowing with attendees.

ERPaaS talked about the impact of Cloud and SaaS on Public Services, the culture change that come with moving to it, and the leadership decisions facing senior Public Service officers.  We also talked about the huge change that is taking place in the IT industry as large IT companies wrestle with the impact of their revenues collapsing as the industry transitions.  We demonstrated how we personalise Cloud ERP with PolicyPlus and move transactions into digital mobile self-service on Smartphones.  We connected  with decision makers from all over the United Kingdom.

We had a fantastic time at the conference and it saw the return of our ERPaaS buzz game! Many steady handed attendees tried to beat the buzz but our overall winner was Chorni Henriques of Hays Recruitment. She took home a £250 prize for her charity of choice!

The conference was rife with interesting workshops and we found the experience of connecting with many of those in Finance invaluable. Here are some of our highlights of the event.

 

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We hope you enjoyed looking at some of our highlights. Don’t hesitate to follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn or Facebook to find out which event we will be attending next.

CIPFA Annual Conference Manchester

After three years in London, CIPFA Annual Conference and Exhibition will return to Manchester for 2016. As the sector heads into the seventh year of fiscal consolidation – now under a majority Conservative government – attention is turning to the future of the finance profession. This year’s conference will focus on how public services need to become more commercial and productive to ensure long-term growth and regeneration.

ERPaaS are pleased to announce that we will be exhibiting at the conference on the 13th of July.  Our Managing Director Simon Robinson willing be presenting at the event with a talk on digital mobile transformation. Simon’s workshop will be from 15:10-16:10. We will announce the room number on our Twitter page closer to the time of the conference.

We had an excellent time at CIPFA Scotland and we are thoroughly looking forward to our involvement in July. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us on our Twitter, LinkedIn or Facebook if you’re attending.

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CIPFA Scotland 2016 Highlights

Last Thursday and Friday some of the team at ERPaaS had the pleasure of attending CIPFA Scotland 2016. We thoroughly enjoyed the conference which aimed to drop the traditional barriers between the public and private sectors, ensuring that true collaboration, good practice and innovative thought are recognised.

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Some of the highlights of the conference included our managing director Simon’s talk which helped demystify the cloud, our buzzer game and the black tie event. To celebrate the event, we’ve put together some of our highlights in the link below.

https://storify.com/erpasaservice/cipfascot-highlights

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We’d like to personally thank CIPFA for organising such a fantastic conference. If you’d like to keep up to date with other events ERPaaS will be attending, please take a look at our events page here. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook too.

An introduction to ERPaaS at Scottish CIPFA Public Finance Conference 2016

With only 9 days to go, we thought we’d give a little insight into our stand at Scottish CIPFA. Scotland’s politicians and decision makers will gather in Glasgow at what is the biggest public sector conference in Scotland.

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There will be a focus on the leadership skills that Scotland’s public service professionals will need to pave a confident route through austerity. ERPaaS is taking a leading role in establishing a digital Scotland. This means personalisation of Cloud ERP, and digital mobile self-service enablement for back office applications.

Our Managing Director Simon Robinson aims to not only demystify Cloud and Cloud ERP but also outline the impact on the IT industry and what it means to clients. Simon will talk about where the quick wins are, some of the barriers, leadership challenges and where to get started. You can watch Simon speak at the conference at 12:00pm on 17th  March.

We will be giving attendees an insight some of the exciting things ERPaaS have been getting up to. Including demonstrations of our revolutionary PolicyPlus software. PolicyPlus enables us to personalise the cloud to reflect the unique aspects of your organisation. We also use PolicyPlus to deliver cloud apps such as National Living Wage which is our latest cloud service. You could also be in with the chance to win £250 for your charity of choice so make sure you say hello to us at stand 15. See you next week!

ERPaaS sponsoring sport for young people in Scotland

ERPaaS are backing youth football in Scotland with a sponsorship deal that provides the young footballers of Duloch Juniors 2005 Dynamites with a match kit that will see them through to their transition into 11 aside football.

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The Dunfermline-based Duloch Juniors which was set up in 2009 have grown into one of West Fife’s largest football clubs.

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Robert Peddie who runs ERPaaS’ Scottish Operations said:

“At ERPaaS we have a recruitment policy to bring in young staff and nurture and train them towards a fulfilling career. Helping out a young football team allows ERPaaS to provide an environment where the children can enjoy their football and nurture their sporting talents from a young age. We are delighted to be supporting the team and hope it helps build team spirit, good sportsmanship and fitness”

Duloch Juniors has over 170 club members, aged from 5 to 12 years and plays, 4-a-side, 5-a-side, 7-a-side and 11-a-side games within the Fife Soccer Sevens Development Association and Fife Football Development League.

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The ERPaaS sponsored Dynamites also play in the winter Futsal Escocia Youth Futsal League played throughout West Fife during the months of November to February.

The Clubs Chairman, Craig Park, said:

“It is thanks to companies like ERPaaS that clubs like Duloch Juniors can operate successfully and provide opportunities and fun for many local youngsters. The kit looks great and the boys certainly look the part wearing it”

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You can find out more about ERPaaS and the projects we’re involved in by following us on TwitterLinkedIn and Facebook.

Headley Court Modelling Club: ERPaaS employee championing for serving and ex Service Personnel

On our blog this week we thought we’d take a look into some of the fulfilling work ERPaaS employees get up to in their spare time. One member of our team has led a project to help serving and former Services Personnel counter PTSD and complex trauma by working with the Occupational Therapists at Headley Court.

Online military forums provide an environment where serving and ex Service Personnel can chat and share their experiences. One of the military forums has a thread dedicated to military modelling which attracts a variety of people from the Armed Forces Community.  One of those people is Ken Bellringer.

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Ken had a 10% chance of surviving after being blown up in Afghanistan.  Ken expressed an interest in taking up military modelling as a hobby as he felt it could assist with him adapting to his injures, as well as assisting with his general recovery.

After some discussion between forum members, Ken and one of our employees agreed to approach Headley Court to establish a modelling club at the centre. An appeal was launched and donations came in from the UK, Netherlands, Canada, Hong Kong and even the Pentagon in the United States.

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The initiative was seen as a positive step in supporting ‘mindfulness’ which is focusing on the ‘here and now’.  It helps patients with complex trauma, including PTSD and depression as well those adapting to life after the loss of limbs or senses.

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Modelling is therapeutic, mentally stimulating, an escape, and it delivers something tangible at the end of it, with guys feeling a huge sense of achievement.  It also helps people with traumatic injuries to develop new skills.

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The next step is to expand the initiative and enable members of the club to take the hobby home with them when they are not in support at Headley Court.

You can find out more about what the team at ERPaaS are up to by following us on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.

If you wish to support this activity and are interested in donating, please contact ERPaaS at info@erpaas.com