Linda Brown, Author at X3 Consulting

Is your finance team spending too much time on manual processes?

Could automation give you more time?

Ideally, as the CFO or financial manager, your finance team has a strategic role, supporting you, the CEO and the leadership teams to make critical business decisions that shape the future.

But what if you don’t have time to do that necessary work?

What if you’re spending 10 or more days on monthly financial closes, reviewing and reconciliating your records?

You might have monthly closes, quarterly closes, or annual audits to deal with.

Today for most businesses, there’s a lot of repetitive work involved to get through those cycles due to time-consuming manual processes.

In this article, we highlight how you and your finance team can say farewell to those manual processes courtesy of automation.

Here’s what we cover:

  • Challenges of manual processes for finance teams
  • How spreadsheets are slowing the financial close process
  • Why automation can speed things up
  • How to adopt automation for financial processes
  • AI forecasting the future

Challenges of manual processes for finance teams

Managing processes can be time-consuming for finance teams, especially with issuing and processing invoices, keeping track of budgets, and creating financial reports.

As your business grows and processes and reporting become more complex, it’s common to waste incredible amounts of time with manual data entry, unruly spreadsheets and time-consuming workarounds.

No matter how skilled your finance department may be, any system that relies on manually inputting data from paper is slow and subject to human error.

Every time a piece of paper changes hands, you introduce an opportunity to misread, misplace or misunderstand something.

For a company that handles tens of thousands of invoices per month, even a tiny margin of error can result in huge losses.

Manual processing also leads to a lack of control and visibility, leaving you unable to make informed decisions to effectively lead your team, creating an environment vulnerable to fraud.

How spreadsheets are slowing the financial close process

Spreadsheets are cheap and flexible.

We all know how they work. And in lots of cases, they can be really useful.

However, a significant problem with spreadsheets is that you must enter calculations as formulas, so you need to learn the correct formula for each calculation you need.

And that can be a big problem when it comes to dealing with your financial close processes.

Training for this takes time, and some users still find them challenging.

If you enter a formula or data into a cell incorrectly, all calculations related to that cell will also be wrong.

Large spreadsheets can inevitably have some input or formula errors, which can be time-consuming to find and lead to severe consequences if uncorrected.

You can add spreadsheet on top of spreadsheet as you need them.

But as your business grows, your workbooks will become more complex, leading to more time wasted on maintenance.

The more complex spreadsheets are, the more of a problem it can be for anyone to change, modify and even destroy data.

If you lock them down, they lose the very flexibility that made you use them in the first place.

Why automation can speed things up

By incorporating automation into your financial processes, you can significantly reduce close days, increase agility, lower costs, improve productivity, reduce delays, minimise errors, and ultimately give your team more time to focus on strategy, business growth and success.

Automation can decrease the financial close to a more manageable three to five days and has the potential to get rid of the close entirely.

One day in the future, you might be able to automate all the processes within your finance team fully. Automation makes a future possible where real-time data removes the need for a close—as you’re always current.

Software as a Service (SaaS) businesses that might have only been able to forecast renewals quarterly can trend-spot in real time, flagging material changes.

Perhaps most importantly, automating routine tasks of assurance and accounting workflows frees up your finance team to focus on more strategic activities.

How to adopt automation for financial processes

If you’re looking at getting automation going, here are some steps you might want to take.

1. Understand what kind of automation you need

Every business is different, and it’s crucial to get the best value. It’s essential to understand what area of your finances could do most with automation.

You could focus on reconciliation, for example, a massive drain of resources for any finance office.

Reconciliation is a process where you must match the entry in the bank account with the relevant invoice in your system once you receive a payment.

Why not automate reconciliation?

With some types of financial management software, it’s possible to create rules where regular payments automatically get matched to their invoices.

Additionally, artificial intelligence (AI) means you can match up one-off or otherwise discrete payments.

Of course, someone from your team will still have to check the reconciliation.

Still, there’s a considerable time and labour difference between peering at two lists, matching things up, and simply checking that an existing reconciliation is correct.

Automation could allow you to import statements from your financial institutions and automatically reconcile them in minutes when managing your cash.

You’d be able to quickly spot exceptions, manage bank errors, monitor for fraud, and maintain accurate cash balances.

2. Develop a business case

When looking at automation within departments, you should question how economically viable opportunities are.

You should investigate what the return on investment would be.

Get relevant stakeholders in from the departments in question and try and create a business case.

3. Get management buy-in

You need to get information straight from stakeholders on what they understand when it comes to automation and how it would be able to benefit them.

You and other leadership team members should help the wider business understand what automation can do and how it could make their working lives easier, letting them focus on more critical, less repetitive tasks.

4. Support IT in setting up the systems

The IT team can provide technical expertise to ensure automation implementation runs smoothly and at the right speed.

The technical leadership needs to start small with automation, get the business used to the technology, and expand it when it gets used to the changes.

With the cloud, your finance team can become more agile and faster, gaining efficiencies through the time you save by removing time-intensive manual tasks.

To extract value from automation, it will be up to you to assess commercial models, look at the risks, recognise and account for value, and apply controls and governance.

5. Get results

Create a clear automation roadmap. You’ll have to work closely with your people, who will drive the use of new technology.

With the tech in place, you’ill need to work at measuring your progress and ask a few questions of your finance team:

  • How are you using automation, and are you doing it right?
  • How effective are your new processes?
  • Are they leading to the productivity and efficiency improvements you expect?
  • What outcomes do you see with the new technology?
  • How can you get business metrics for your intended goals?

AI forecasting the future

Automation is a subcategory of AI that follows pre-programmed rules to run processes.

However, we’re bound to see more advanced forms of AI in the future as systems apply self-learning capability through machine learning.

The future will see forward-looking finance teams use data science and AI to look into the future, using real-time insights and AI-powered forecasting.

Today, AI can help support small businesses with cash flow forecasting, while, as we’ve said, larger medium-sized SaaS businesses in specific industries might use AI to forecast renewals.

Members of your finance teams can use AI to build patterns of understanding, identifying transactions flowing through the business that don’t match these patterns—in real time.

Your team will have confidence when reviewing hundreds of thousands of transactions a month. Humans cannot review all of that manually.

Aaron Harris, chief technology officer at Sage, says: “The real value in AI-powered forecasting isn’t that it’s more accurate than humans; the real power is that AI can do it continuously, and basically for free.”

Looking after staff, ensuring investors are happy, managing cash flow and keeping customers content – CEOs have to keep more plates spinning than ever these days.

In the latest episode of Agility Unleashed, the podcast series from Sage that helps Britain’s businesses pick their way out of the pandemic, a group of business leaders from a variety of industries share their thoughts and insights on how CEOs can help their businesses thrive.

Here’s what they talk about:

Tackling uncertain times

Managing cash flow

The pandemic requires lateral thinking

CEOs need to look after themselves

Running a business: Data versus gut feeling

Cyril Journoux is CEO at PCL Ceramics, which makes pressure casting, mould development and advanced ceramics for the sanitaryware, hand former, pharmaceutical, defence and aerospace industries among others.

He describes 2020 as “a year of two parts”.

The first was very difficult while the second saw an “amazing recovery” with November witnessing the largest monthly sales for the company’s consumable division.

But it was that tough first half that tested Cyril and his team. “It’s really [a case of] reacting and managing cash and seeing how we are going to manage the business and make sure we don’t spend money we don’t have,” he explained.

The team focused on the long-term vision of the business. It took the opportunity, as well, to look at its technology and services and to talk to its customers and listen to what they wanted. Open communications with staff was also essential as was keeping positive, he believes.

Sinead McHale is CEO of Satago, a platform that helps businesses to manage their cash flow by covering cash flow gaps, managing debtors and predicting credit risks.

Running a business that helps other businesses to manage cash flow provides her with unique insights – in particular an alarming fall for some of them in revenue of around 50% year-on-year in March, April and May.

“The pound in your bank account today is worth more than that pound tomorrow,” she points out, as customers re-evaluated their payment terms. “It was a reassessment for a lot of people about how their cash flow worked and how it would impact them that was so unprecedented.”

However, this wasn’t so much of an issue for Richard Youngman.

He’s the managing director at Sicon, which develops innovative, high quality and highly functional additions solely for Sage 200.

Richard’s positive balance sheet left him feeling “a little smug”, as he puts it.

“I was able to say to the staff, ‘Look, guys, we have got enough money in the bank to get us through the next six months,’” he says.

But that didn’t mean that he and his senior managers rested on their laurels: “We decided not to furlough anybody and to spend that quiet time, assuming that nothing was going to happen for three months, looking at our products and development and doing all that work we never get time to do.”

As well as products, the Sicon leadership team focused on the mental health of its staff in these unprecedented and worrying times.

After a few weeks, the company discovered that it was not alone in using this time to review internal systems and procedures.

Richard says: “We started to get people knocking on the door going, ‘We have got someone who would like to put in a new manufacturing system’ or put in a barcoding system and it was manufacturers I think that came back first into the sector.

“It was them reflecting on ‘What can we do better, how can we improve our systems?’ We saw a big increase in people just then starting to buy software to improve the processes and manufacturing was a big sector for that.”

This was indeed the case for PCL Ceramics, reveals Cyril.

He says: “We spent a lot of time working on our technology road maps and we surveyed our customers and talked to them to understand what they wanted from us in the future, and we also introduced a lot of technology to work with our staff.”

Employee consultation and training were key to making the success of this technological upgrade.

Coronavirus put Sinead to the test and forced her to do some lateral thinking – and to pivot the company – something many CEOs have been forced to do.

“You have to lead from the front and say, ‘We’ll grab this opportunity’,” she points out. “We don’t just do cash flow, we’re also a lender, so we had to really think about how we were operating and lending to businesses.

“I’m answerable to a board, to investors and so I had to really believe in what we were doing.”

She agrees with Cyril: “You have to pivot slightly and think, ‘Let’s really get down to what pain points the customer is feeling and what anxieties they’re having right now and see how we can solve that’.”

Again, the effective pivot has been important to Richard in the way that he’s led his team through the pandemic.

“What I think I’ve been better at doing is putting down a good story to the team, making a change in strategy quickly, giving them a good explanation of why we’re doing it, making sure everyone’s on board with it and then we’re all going together,” he says.

Good teams, if well managed, will shine in these challenging situations, he believes.

For Cyril, building trust in a remote working environment, being aware of the power of emotion and then complementing it with gut instinct are two key learning points.

He says: “You have to be mindful that sometimes your emotions can make you go in a different way.

“It is all about making the difference between being overwhelmed and having too many changes and saying, ‘How am I going to manage that?’ and saying, ‘I need to make a decision and the right decision is this’.”

In response, Sinead emphasises the importance of data, explaining that her decision making is “100% data driven.”

So what would the CEOs take forward from their experiences of managing their businesses during the pandemic?

“Make your CFO your best friend,” advises Sinead.

Familiarity with the numbers and careful contingency and scenario planning is essential, she argues.

Forward planning with cash flow, based on the assumption that invoice payments may well be delayed is essential to avoid being rushed into expensive short term financing options.

Investing in technology can help here, she adds.

Cyril has a different but equally important insight to share: “Look after yourself. It’s been a very draining, stressful time and we need to look after everyone, but I’ve also made sure I looked after myself.

“If your mindset and head is in the right place the team will follow you.”

But what about another key issue for the health of any business – sales?

“I think we’ll still have face-to-face meetings and we need to build the relationship, we need to shake hands,” Cyril argues.

This is still the key to building trust but it will increasingly be backed up with customers having ever greater access to information about your company before they do business with you.

Inevitably, technology is important for our CEOs.

The need for more integrated systems has been another lesson of the pandemic, according to Richard.

“But ultimately it comes back to that same point we talked about a few times which is data, getting access to that data in an easy-to-understand format,” he adds.

A new service desk, a project management system and a customer relationship management (CRM) solution, which are joined up, has made a huge difference to Sicon, he explains.

Subscription services increase agility and have helped to manage costs and cash flow, he’s found.

Looking back over the past 18 months, Sinead admits that business has been more about the survival of the strongest than it usually is.

That said, she’s generally optimistic.

“We’ve had more new businesses set up in the last 12 months, which is fantastic because people are taking the opportunity to probably reset where they are from a personal perspective, to think about their careers and think about what they want,” she says.

“I guess [there are] pros and cons to everything but I think there are huge opportunities.”

Customers have been willing to embrace innovations such as remote installations, Cyril has been encouraged to find, but good old fashioned customer service is also key.

He says: “For us, that effort in supporting the customer despite the tough times has made a massive difference and we will have to keep that going as they expect that now.”

Richard agrees: “Bringing that whole ethos into the company and just trying to go the extra mile – I think that’s going to be the thing that will hopefully set us aside even more from the competition.”

So what advice would our CEOs give to themselves as they sat at their desks in March 2020?

“I spoke earlier about efficient gut feeling and so use your gut and make sure you take the decision and do it,” says Cyril.

Sinead takes a similar line – you need to own your decisions, even if they turned out to be wrong.

She adds: “You make a decision, based on the information you had at hand, so it was the best decision you could make at that time.”

Richard agrees: “It’s a funny thing to say that we run our businesses on gut feeling but I do.”

In his case, his gut told him not to furlough staff: “I think that was a good decision because we were there for the people that needed us, and we could respond to them quickly.”

And how can CEOs deal with uncertainty?

Using data to make well-informed decisions can help here, suggests Sinead. However, taking the general business temperature with other business leaders is equally important, she adds.

For Cyril, the key is simple: “What’s the best decision I can make with what I’ve got in front of me and what do I see as the implication of the decision?”

Richard applies gut instinct to a major decision about the purchase of a new office.

He says: “I’m going with what my gut tells me there and acquiring that building to allow us to spread out a little bit more and be ready for that expansion.”

Whatever the decision, having the executive committee, the senior leadership team and the board onside is essential.

Sinead adds investors to that list: “Having the support of an investor that acknowledges and appreciates what’s happening in the market and supports your decisions, good and bad, is really, really important.”

The pandemic helped Cyril’s team to bond with its board.

He says: “I think coming out of it we gained the trust of the board, and all the stakeholders are really confident that we’re doing the right thing.”

Richard is in a different position.

“Myself and my wife own the business, so we have no shareholders and investors to worry about,” he explains. “Fortunately, I have a good senior management team who temper some of my crazy ideas sometimes and keep my gut instincts of doing something new and innovative a little bit more under control perhaps.”

And surely that’s the role of any good senior manager?

Article shared courtesy of Sage, see the link here: https://www.sage.com/en-gb/blog/ceos-ensure-businesses-thrive/

X3 Consulting complete the 26 mile Rob Roy Mighty Hike

On Saturday the 3rd September 4 members of the X3 Consulting team completed 26 mile long marathon along the Rob Roy Way, following in the footsteps of Rob Roy MacGregor, a famous figure in Scottish Folklore in aid of MacMillan cancer support. The team started the marathon at 7.30am and finished in just over 9 hours at 4.32pm. The team have collective managed to raise £1,878.00 for the charity. Nick Tucker, Kelly Tucker, Jaco Estherhuysen, Tanya Esterhuysen were also support by Jaco’s son William and his girlfriend Liberty on the hike.

In the months before the event the team trained hard in preparation for the day long marathon. The Rob Roy Way is a 79-mile route linking Drymen to Pitlochry in Perthshire. It follows in the footsteps of Rob Roy MacGregor, a famous figure in Scottish Folklore, and the mountainous Scottish Highlands provide a stunning backdrop for the Rob Roy Mighty Hike.

The Rob Roy Mighty Hike is predominantly a flat route with good underfoot conditions. While it is one of our more accessible hikes, it is still a demanding challenge, particularly if the weather is poor. The route covered approximately 26 miles from Callander to Killin, along the Rob Roy Way.

If you would like to donate to the cause there is still time. Please click the link to the just giving page here.

IT SHOWCASE MANCHESTER

X3 Consulting will be attending this years It Showcase Manchester at Old Trafford Stadium, held on the 1st December. This event is specifically focussed on helping businesses identify what software they require to grow their business.

Getting your software project off to the best start requires that you speak to the right people. People who understand your business and the challenges you face on a daily basis.

Not only does itSHOWCASE present more specialist software suppliers than any other UK event, but we’re also the only event that brings them to you.

Venue and date:

1st December 2022

Old Trafford Stadium

Sir Matt Busby Way

Old Trafford, Stretford,

Manchester

M16 0RA

REGISTER HERE

Ready to upgrade now?

If you have already decided it’s time to update your business software, the itSHOWCASE ERP software discovery event is a great place to start looking. The X3 Consulting team will be there to guide you through the benefits of upgrading to Sage X3 and Sage Intacct and discuss the unique software from Trax3ion developed to help in scoping your needs prior to the Sage implementation.

Not quite ready to change yet?

That’s no problem either. You still need to keep your finger on the pulse of what’s out there. Meet our Sage X3 and Sage Intacct experts and discuss what the future holds so, when the time comes to upgrade, you know you’ll be ready.

Learn what the future holds and how to access the software

The pace of technological change has never been greater. Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML) and Robotic Process Automation (RPA). The Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data and Cloud Computing. Visiting itSHOWCASE will help you demystify the technologies that fuel digital transformation and help you avoid some of the pitfalls when deciding to embrace digital change for your business.

Why start your project with a large financial outlay when you’ll only start to reap the full benefits of your new system after you’ve gone live? We are helping businesses get the software they need for tomorrow, today with Buy It Your Way from X3 Consulting, find out more by clicking this link.

If you’d like a one-to-one discussion with our team you can book a session now on-line using our contact form here or come along on the day and speak to one of our experts.

We look forward to seeing you there!

IT SHOWCASE LEEDS

X3 Consulting will be attending this years It ShowcaseLeeds at Royal Armouries Museum, held on the 11th October. This event is specifically focussed on helping businesses identify what software they require to grow their business.

Getting your software project off to the best start requires that you speak to the right people. People who understand your business and the challenges you face on a daily basis.

Not only does itSHOWCASE present more specialist software suppliers than any other UK event, but we’re also the only event that brings them to you.

Venue and date:

11th October 2022

The Royal Armouries Museum

Armouries Dr

Leeds

LS10 1LT

REGISTER HERE

Ready to upgrade now?

If you have already decided it’s time to update your business software, the itSHOWCASE ERP software discovery event is a great place to start looking. The X3 Consulting team will be there to guide you through the benefits of upgrading to Sage X3 and Sage Intacct and discuss the unique software from Trax3ion developed to help in scoping your needs prior to the Sage implementation.

Not quite ready to change yet?

That’s no problem either. You still need to keep your finger on the pulse of what’s out there. Meet our Sage X3 and Sage Intacct experts and discuss what the future holds so, when the time comes to upgrade, you know you’ll be ready.

Learn what the future holds and how to access the software

The pace of technological change has never been greater. Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML) and Robotic Process Automation (RPA). The Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data and Cloud Computing. Visiting itSHOWCASE will help you demystify the technologies that fuel digital transformation and help you avoid some of the pitfalls when deciding to embrace digital change for your business.

Why start your project with a large financial outlay when you’ll only start to reap the full benefits of your new system after you’ve gone live? We are helping businesses get the software they need for tomorrow, today with Buy It Your Way from X3 Consulting, find out more by clicking this link.

If you’d like a one-to-one discussion with our team you can book a session now on-line using our contact form here or come along on the day and speak to one of our experts.

We look forward to seeing you there!

We’re excited to announce Sage Intacct Manufacturing has launched in the UK!

Sage, the leader in accounting, financial, HR, and payroll technology for small and medium-sized businesses, has launched Sage Intacct Manufacturing in the UK as part of an Early Adopter programme.

The cloud-native solution extends Sage Intacct to deliver industry capabilities for businesses specialising in discrete manufacturing and distribution, enabling them to streamline end-to-end operations and increase productivity.

It simplifies complex production and operations processes helping manufacturers and distributors become more resilient businesses tightly coupled with their customers, suppliers, and partners. This is done by delivering world-class accounting and manufacturing industry best practices, and guided workflows that make it easy to manage:

  • Procurement – buy and put-away
  • Manufacturing – make and assemble
  • Distribution – sell and distribute
  • Inventory and warehousing
  • Resourcing and skills

“According to Sage’s recent Digital Britain report, untapped tech adoption could boost the UK economy by £232 billion annually. Cloud native solutions, such as Sage Intacct are key to this, supporting customers to save time and money by transforming their businesses and embracing smart processes,” said Paul Struthers, Managing Director, UK&I, Sage. “Sage Intacct Manufacturing aims to boost tech adoption among small and medium-sized manufacturers in the UK through unrivalled extensibility, great agility, personalisation, and deep functional vertical capabilities.”

What can Sage Intacct Manufacturing offer?

Providing best-in-class capabilities to manage manufacturing and distribution operations, Sage Intacct Manufacturing offers:

  • Award winning Sage Intacct finance management and accounting
  • Simplified and automated management of operations and processes across a single platform, providing access to data anywhere, anytime, on any device
  • Contextual data insights, helping manufacturers and distributors to make decisions based on real-time insights
  • Automated system updates, keeping customers compliant with local regulations
  • Best practice workflows built using experiences gathered from partnering with global manufacturing businesses
  • A solution that can be scaled to meet customers’ needs, growing as they grow without having to invest unnecessarily

“Sage Intacct  delivers intelligent solutions, which support small and medium-sized manufacturers to modernise processes and accelerate digital transformation, in a cloud environment with quarterly automated updates. Implemented in rapid timescales which results in our customers realising value quickly with vital real-time data,” said Nick Tucker, Operations Director, X3 Consulting Sage Intacct Manufacturing evolution will offer growing success for businesses as we have seen with Sage Intacct.”

Go-to-market

Sage Intacct Manufacturing is available to customers in the UK in two phases: firstly, an Early Adopter programme which has now been launched, followed by general availability as new customers are successfully onboarded. The product is available to customers in the UK, either on a stand-alone basis to automate operations or with Sage Intacct finance management and accounting.

Find out more

Sage X3 Version 12 2022 R2 quarterly update release

Finance

Currency rates on-demand

For increased ease of use, a change has been made so that you can now use the ‘Update currency rates’ function to update the rates for either all or a specific currency based on a selected date.

VAT Framework –Controls

For a simplified experience, controls are now in place to esure consistency between settings in the VAT boxes and the VAT form functions.

The below inconsistencies will now be detected:

  • A box is defined in the VAT form but not in the VAT box setup.
  • The VAT box type, Detail, Total, or Off declaration, does not match in the two settings.
  • The formula for a VAT box is different in the two settings.

Distribution

Sage X3 Mobile Automation

Pick ticket transaction improved

For enhanced user experience, theEnter line details pagein the Pick ticket transactionhas been improved.

LPN linking

You can now use the LPN linking transaction to link stock lines into a License plate number.

Label printing

Label printing For increased simplicity, you can now print stock labels on the fly using the new Stock label printing transaction.

Credit memo management on scheduled invoice

For better credit memo management, new scheduled invoices are generated to reinvoice the sales order line and integrated into the project billing flow.

You can see these changes related to the credit memos in the Scheduled invoices inquiryand in the project management functions.

Project Management

Import a project

For an elevated experience, new project import template is now available from the Import/export templates function. Use theProject import template to create or update one or more projects from a single import file. All elements of the project can be imported including budgets, budget lines, tasks, task products, task operations, and operation assignments.

Project billing with Credit memos

A new functionality has been introduced for a simplified user experience whereby credit memos are displayed in billing plans and can be re-invoiced on demand in full or in part if the Re-invoicing field on the credit memo line is set to yes.This completes the fully integrated features of time billing and progress billing.

Planned load initialisation on Employee assignments

To save you time, the employee planned load is now synchornised automatically when the planned load is updated on the task operation. This behaviour only occurs if a unique employee is assigned to the operation from the Task operation list and not from the operational detail screen.

Manufacturing

Sage X3 Mobile Automation

Time tracking For an improved user experience, a new Mobile Automation Time tracking transaction replaces the current ADC time tracking transaction. You can use this function to record operator time and progress against work order operations and you can also use the ‘Add quantity’ button to track multiple time records against a single work order and operation. To move between operations for a work order, or between work orders use the next button.

Production label printing

For ease of use, anew Mobile Automation Production label printing transaction prints production labels from content determined by the user using selection fields provided.

Material consumption -unplanned materials management

A new Mobile Automation Material consumption transaction has been introduced which replaces the current ADCs Material output transaction. You can usethis function to record planned and unplanned material issues and consumption progress against work orders. You can also use the Add quantity button to track multiple material issue records against a single work order. Use the Next button to move between components for a work order, or between work orders.

Sage X3 Web Scheduling

New Sage X3 Web Scheduling version: 11.9.8.3 is now available.

Want to learn more?The Sage X3 Central Centre of Excellence team are running a series of New Feature Highlights sessions where you can learn the value of the newest features of Sage X3 2022 R2.

Please visit Sage University.

Sage X3 Update: JavaBridge Component End of Maintenance 31st July 2022

Sage X3 JavaBridge will no longer be delivered or supported by Sage from July 31st 2022.

This means existing installations of the JavaBridge will keep working, but no new releases will be delivered, and no issues will be fixed. Existing releases of the JavaBridge will still be available for download in the foreseeable future. However, Sage does not guarantee the compatibility of the JavaBridge component with future Sage X3 releases or with oncoming modifications to existing releases such as security hotfixes.

 

What do I need to do?

If you are a  Sage X3 customers that use the JavaBridge to interface to external services you need to contact your Sage support partner for more information. The Java bundles developed specifically for Sage will stop delivering new releases or bugfixes for this component from July 31st 2022.

Sage advised in the Planned Conformance Changes document, that customers should plan a transition to other technologies currently using the JavaBridge. Those include using the REST capability in Sage X3 to connect to external services or to custom services developed as needed.

 

DATE CHANGES TO Fintech Digital ROADSHOW

Are you a business leader looking at how you can transform your business and get future-ready? 

Welcome to Fintech Digital Roadshow 2022

In this newly launched business roadshow, we want to help businesses take the next step towards digital transformation.  As a hot topic over the last few years, it’s time to focus on technology trends that maximise the value and growth of organisations.

This roadshow will provide an insight into building a digital network, embracing technology with a roadmap to digital transformation, forging the way for growth and evolution of businesses into the digital era, and positioning CFOs, CIOs, Finance Leaders and Business Executives as strategic businesses drivers in your organisation.  

Business leaders need to spearhead change by embracing technology to gain a competitive advantage over competitors. In this event, leading UK businesses discuss how to create a clear roadmap and digital best practices, to open up new business opportunities and create a digital culture which will enhance the capabilities within your organisation.

Thought leaders and senior business experts from PwC UK, FSB, Sage, Zap business intelligence, Frontline data security and X3 Consulting ERP transformation specialists will present key topics with a choice of attending either the breakfast briefing or lunch briefing. 

Dates:

14th September Leeds South
15th September Newcastle
28th September Manchester
29th September Solihull
12th October Elstree
13th October Farnborough

Click the link to register for your place

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