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Posts By: Antony Freelove

Notification of support telephone number change

Friday 9th October 2015

Notification to TouchstoneEnergy customers. We have been transitioning our helpdesk from an 0845 number to a geographic number, in order to make it more cost effective to call us. However it has come to our attention that some customers are encountering issues when dialling the old 0845 support number. To avoid any issues when contacting... Read more »

Business intelligence for spend analysis – the data you need and the importance of accuracy

Friday 17th July 2015

By Adam Hamlington, Solutions Architect Friday 17th July 2015 Visit Adam on LinkedIn It is generally accepted that gaining insight into your business data provides massive benefits for an organisation. Awareness of Customer behaviour, cross selling opportunities, sales trends, KPIs etc. Often when a company implements a business intelligence (BI) strategy the focus is on... Read more »

PHSO replaces finance system to reduce costs and provide powerful platform for the future

Thursday 2nd July 2015

TouchstoneFMS today releases a case study demonstrating its work with Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO). PHSO is a free and independent service set up by Parliament. Its role is to investigate complaints that individuals have been treated unfairly or have received poor service from government departments, other public organisations and the NHS in England.... Read more »

Why spreadsheets are slowing down your business

Friday 26th June 2015

By Andes Loukianos, Sales and Marketing Director Friday 26th June 2015 Visit Andes on LinkedIn The spreadsheet’s appeal is understandable – it’s allowed all levels of employee within an organisation to start organising, processing and communicating data without complex training. However its accessibility is also its downfall. As spreadsheets grow in number and complexity organisations... Read more »

Procurement isn’t purchasing: the rise of the procurement department

Thursday 18th June 2015

By Peter Layzell, Head of Touchstone PROACTIS Thursday 18th June 2015 Visit Peter on LinkedIn Making a distinction between two similar sounding titles or terms can mark you out as pedantic. Sometimes, it comes after gaining a more clear understanding of what was previously considered much the same thing. In the case of procurement and... Read more »

Automating accounts payable – why it’s good for your finance team and good for your suppliers

Thursday 11th June 2015

By Sarah Price, Senior Account Manager Thursday 11th June 2015 Visit Sarah on LinkedIn You’d be forgiven for thinking that working for a software provider means that each day our focus is on talking to organisations about the benefits of the software applications in question. In fact many years ago, that’s exactly what it meant. ... Read more »

Blog: New Ways to Dream

Tuesday 8th July 2014

‘Sunset Boulevard is a musical with book and lyrics by Don Black and Christopher Hampton and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Based on Billy Wilder’s Academy Award-winning 1950 film of the same title, the plot revolves around Norma Desmond, a faded star of the silent screen era, living in the past in her decaying mansion... Read more »

Blog: Everyday is Different part 5 by Sarah Davis

Monday 7th July 2014

  Final thoughts – Including a right royal lunch invitation and a rather bumpy landing… After such an action packed weekend, thoughts turn to the final few days on this visit. There’s a lot to pack into a short space of time. Monday morning dawns bright and sunny; and thankfully everyone is back to work... Read more »

Is the Second System the most dangerous system a man ever designs?

Wednesday 4th June 2014

  ‘As he designs the first work, frill after frill and embellishment after embellishment occur to him. These get stored away to be used next time. Sooner or later the first system is finished, and the architect, with firm confidence and a demonstrated mastery of that class of system, is ready to build a second... Read more »

Finance Systems provider TouchstoneEnergy and new partner ISN Solutions join forces in the supply and delivery of replacement finance, procurement and IT solution for a major Oil & Gas customer.

Tuesday 20th May 2014

  TouchstoneEnergy has agreed contracts to supply and implement an integrated finance & procurement system that will be deployed from the UK. The system will be used by head office and operational personnel in locations throughout Australia and Africa. Users will process contracts, raise purchase orders and process invoices over the web into a new... Read more »

Data Analysis and Business Intelligence: Why Jacob Bernoulli is important

Thursday 8th May 2014

First the history Jacob Bernoulli, a prominent mathematician, born in 1655 in Basel Switzerland, developed a special form of the Law of Large Numbers (LLN), the original law being developed, but not proved, by Gerolamo Cardano. According to the law, the average of the results obtained from a large number of trials should be close... Read more »

Blog: Everyday is Different Part 4 by Sarah Davis

Wednesday 23rd April 2014

A jungle ‘working’ party and Just how far would you go in search of a bathroom? I have to admit to being slightly exhausted by the hilarity of the past few days and looking forward to a ‘day off’ – although those of you familiar with this type of trip will know that you don’t... Read more »

A Win Project for TouchstoneBI with Cheval Residences

Wednesday 2nd April 2014

TouchstoneBI is pleased to announce the commencement of a BI project with one of our long standing loyal customers of 15+ years, Cheval Residences. The project will consist of InforBI and ETL Agile to completely transform the reporting capabilities across the whole company, starting with the budgeting and forecasting processes. Cheval Residences offer luxury serviced... Read more »

Cheers: Where everybody knows your name

Friday 28th March 2014

The series Cheers was an American sitcom that ran from 1982 to 1993. The show was set in a Bar of the same name in Boston Massachusetts. The bar was visited by a group of locals who came to drink and socialise. The lyrics for the show’s theme tune start as: Making your way in... Read more »

Blog: Renewables – How will your organisation meet the world’s growing demand for clean energy? by James Solomon

Monday 24th March 2014

Whilst the rest of the world’s economy struggles to survive the rising costs of fossil fuels, the impact that they have on the climate and the security of energy generally means there’s a constant demand for alternative, cleaner energy sources. The Renewable Energy Sector has witnessed unrivalled growth with new project investment in the UK... Read more »

John Chapman’s Blog – Royale with Cheese: What Pulp Fiction teaches us about international diversity

Wednesday 19th March 2014

In Quentin Tarantino’s film Pulp Fiction, Vincent Vegas (played by John Travolta) is explaining to Jules Winnfield (played by Samuel L Jackson) about ordering McDonalds in Paris. He says: ‘In Paris you can buy a beer in McDonalds. You know what they call a quarter pounder with cheese …. they call it a Royale with... Read more »

John Chapman’s Blog – We See Things as We Are

Friday 7th March 2014

It was Anais Nin who said ‘We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are’ This is an important point to remember when we are working on projects. Projects are about change. What might seem an obvious solution to a problem for one person, may appear to be alien to another. We... Read more »

Blog: Management Effectiveness: Bottom-up or Top-down? by James Solomon

Monday 17th February 2014

Bamford, D (2003) ‘Managing planned and emergent change within an operations management environment’, International Journal of Operations & Production Management, evaluates what he believes has worked and what has not been effective in UK based companies. Bamford emphasises that a company needs a “bottom-up” approach rather than a “top-down” hierarchy. This means that it is... Read more »

Blog: Everyday is Different Part 3 by Sarah Davis

Tuesday 11th February 2014

You couldn’t make it up – two days of Independence Celebrations, inverted emblems & a celebrity DJ…. We have been warned – the office really is closed for the next 2 days (along with shops, restaurants, banks and just about every other public service establishment). The day dawns with the usual drone of helicopters, but this time accompanied... Read more »

I feel the need, the need for speed

Monday 10th February 2014

Is a quote from the film Top Gun where Tom Cruise plays United States Naval Aviator Lieutenant Pete “Maverick” Mitchell. We appear to be obsessed with time. ‘I want it all and I want it now’ sang Freddie Mercury (lead singer of the band Queen). At the start of the project everyone is focused on go live.... Read more »

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