Business Systems, Integration and Reporting

Ambitious businesses need efficient and scalable systems and processes. This allows a business to grow and flourish whilst continuing to provide good service, to maintain high margins, and generate cash.

Systems that don’t talk to each other make a simple business complicated. Poor integration leads to manual work, errors, and issues. Getting reports and up-to-date information can be difficult, so decisions are based on gut feelings and expert judgement rather than hard facts.

It can be hard to understand the real problem and its real solution. And how do you get from where you are to where you want to be?

The impact of poor systems integration can be widespread

The impact of poor integration is often felt throughout the business. You may see it in complex management reports that require lots of tinkering. Or in the wasted effort when teams each maintain their own, separate (and maybe contradictory!) views of the world. Or in the digital initiatives that cannot progress because back-end systems are a barrier.

Either way, people are frustrated. Different people blame different things, but there is no clear solution.

We’ll honestly reassess your vendors and suppliers

Many of our clients don’t have a healthy relationship with their systems vendors so it’s not easy to get changes made simply, quickly and at a reasonable cost.

Our people (we call them “Principals”) have been managing companies like this for many years and understand how they work and how they think. But, uniquely, our Principals also have the maturity and breadth of experience to get to the heart of these problems. Our Principal will ask the most basic questions: do vendors have your best interest at heart? Are your systems really driven by the needs of customers, or just by historic ways of doing things?

We find the root causes

Our Principals bring years of experience to these problems and can look dispassionately at what’s really going on.

Whether the root causes are technical, process, or people (or a combination of all three!) our Principal will put in place a plan of action and deliver the necessary changes.

Business insights: Business Systems, Integration and Reporting

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Real-World Advice to the Board About Meltdown and Spectre

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Minimising the Phishing Threat: A CEO’s Checklist

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Techology Roadmap for Growth – A CEO’s Briefing

As companies grow, their IT inevitably needs to change and develop. In reality, few companies follow a well-planned path so...

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What Does It Take to Stay at the Top of Our Game?

People are the most important part of any business. We run conferences where we hear from expert speakers and run...

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How to Avoid a CRM Car Crash

Any CEO knows that customer information is a very valuable asset. And how you manage customer relationships is vital. So...

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Board Action Plan: 10 Steps to Digital Transformation

Ambitious business owners will always look for ways to improve the way their organisation functions. Digital transformation is just one...

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A CEO’s Briefing: Solving Systems Integration Problems

IT and Systems Integration problems can make a simple business feel complicated. Whether its the CRM system, Finance System, a...

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How to get Your Business Past Email

We’re all overwhelmed by email and looking for alternatives - many businesses are interested in collaboration and social tools to...

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CEO’s Action Plan: GDPR – One Year to Prepare!

There is now just one year until the new GDPR becomes law. The new rules are very different, and there is...

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GDPR Essentials: The Impact on IT, Legal and Marketing for Your Business

GDPR – the EU General Data Protection Regulation – is among the biggest legislative changes to hit UK businesses in...

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Four Key Steps to Successfully Managing IT Suppliers

The IT Suppliers you use in your business are a critical component to your success. Like any other team though,...

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When Nature gets Angry – Are You ready?

This is what Datchet looks like at the moment. One of our clients, comxo, has an office in Datchet, fortunately...

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GDPR: Mindset & Culture – A Short Note for the Board

Original article written by Trupti Harding-Shah of My Inhouse Lawyer, www.myinhouselawyer.uk In her video address yesterday, marking the 1 year...

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Manufacturing – Part 2: Board Checklist for Successful ERP Projects

Manufacturing companies’ internal efficiency and effectiveness are highly reliant on sound ERP systems. But all too often we meet CEOs...

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GDPR Action Plan: 6 Months to Go

Like me you’ve probably been bombarded by emails and offers about GDPR. But the material I receive is rarely any...

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GDPR: A Simple Guide for CEOs (and What to do Right Now)

[Since his article was originally posted we have created a new detailed slide deck. A link to download these slides...

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The Hazards of Scaling Up Your Business (and How to Avoid Them)

Imagine this: the co-founder of a multi-million-dollar HR management software company with almost 500 employees likes to micromanage to the...

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GDPR – The Voice of Reason

Anyone who is involved with GDPR will know that there are always complexities and dilemmas, and these are often not...

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Digital Transformations – Efficiency, Effectiveness & Risk Management

For many companies, the technology strategy begins and ends with technical details in which the Board have little interest. The...

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How Systems & Digital Drive Business Value for Private Equity (PE)

Private Equity (PE) ownership of mid-market companies is increasing. Of course, PE houses are driven by valuations and these days...

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5 Steps to Get Your IT Budget Under Control

We meet some companies who are constantly banging their heads against a brick wall when it comes to their IT...

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How to Stop Worrying About Cybersecurity and Compliance: Part I

This article is the first in our two-part report designed to provide busy CEOs with a template for mitigating the...

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CEO’s Briefing on IT Risks, Compliance and Security

No doubt you worry about growing your business and being successful, but as the business grows and becomes successful, protecting...

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Board Action Plan: IT Roadmap for Growth

To download, save or print this CEO's Action Plan, click here Companies planning growth need to have a plan for...

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How to Stop Worrying About Cybersecurity and Compliance: Part II

This article is the second in our two-part report designed to provide busy CEOs with a template for mitigating the...

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3 Common Problems with Systems Integration

Integration challenges can be difficult to identify. In this video, Freeman Clarke Co-founder Graeme Freeman explains three of most common...

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3 Focus Points for Successful Systems Integration

Freeman Clarke Co-founder Graeme Freeman explains the three areas you’ll need to focus on for a successful systems integration project...

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Scale-Up an Ecommerce Business – a Strategic Model.

Many successful Ecommerce businesses have been launched by entrepreneurs passionate about a product or market place, or who have spotted...

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CEO’s Guide to Strategic IT for M&A or Exit.

UK M&A activity progressively increased during 2017 and is forecast to grow further during 2018. With growth in most economic...

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Technology Fire Triangle. Part 2: Data

This is part 2 of our series of 3 briefings about the Technology Fire Triangle. A term we coined to simplify...

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Manufacturing – Part 3: Getting Data Right

Getting Data Right is a Critical Commercial Issue for Manufacturing Businesses We meet many manufacturing CEOs who are frustrated that,...

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Manufacturing – Part 1: The Impact of the Internet of Things

The impact of the Internet of Things on manufacturing is often talked about, but as ever, IT companies like to...

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Preparing for Strategic IT Demands from Corporate Clients

Providing services or product to corporate clients can be a lucrative opportunity. Large, stable clients can be a good market...

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How Can ERP Deliver Transformation

We have recorded a series of discussions about ERP. Two of our Regional Directors (Christine Parker Stubbs and Victor Kemeny)...

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Don’t Let a Disaster Ruin Your Day

The phrase “disaster recovery” conjures up earthquakes, fires and collapsing buildings. But a disaster can be as simple as a...

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AI and Its Impact on Business

Companies from Amazon to Aviva are investing in future technology like Artificial Intelligence (AI), changing their businesses, and filing patents...

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ERP Explained: The Basics

At Freeman Clarke, clients frequently ask for our help with their Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) projects. We’re not surprised, because...

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A Concise Introduction to Integration Problems Part I: How to Spot Them

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Using IT to Succeed in Third Party Logistics (3PL)

In an increasingly competitive market, the best 3rd party logistics (3PL) firms capture the lion’s share of the opportunities. IT...

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A Concise Introduction to Integration Problems Part II: How to Solve Them

(This is the second of our two-part series on integration problems. Click to read Part I: How to Spot Them.)...

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Technology Fire Triangle. Part 1: Integration

Our aim is for IT to actively contribute to our clients’ strategic success rather than being a drag and a...

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Hiring an Interim IT Director, Interim CIO or Interim CTO

Hiring an interim IT Director, Interim CIO or Interim CTO is made more difficult when IT is not an area of...

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Software Robots, Revolutionary New Tech Automating Admin Tasks?

Look around an office and you will see plenty of people whose main work is dealing with systems and information....

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Hiring an Interim Chief Information Officer

Companies often contact us because they want to hire an Interim Chief Information Officer (interim CIO) and they are looking...

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Infographic – The 6 Must Haves of Hiring ‘Simply the Best’ CTO!

Only the sharpest applicants make the Freeman Clarke cut. They posses an enviable range of talents that make them 'simply...

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Why CTOs are On the Rise in Mid-Market Businesses

Many of our clients are using custom software and digital initiatives to drive sales, increase efficiency or improve service. Sometimes...

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Introduction to Office Automation Using Software Robots

Look around an office and you will see plenty of people whose main work is dealing with systems and information....

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Using Software Robots to Eliminate Admin – Really?

The consultancy, McKinsey, claim that 60% of jobs could have 30% or more of their constituent activities automated. Forrester (a...

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Who are Freeman Clarke?

We are the UK's largest and most experienced team of CIOs, CTOs and IT Directors and work exclusively in the...

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What Does a Fractional CTO Really Do for a Mid-Market Business? 5 Tips to Make It Work.

The use of fractional Board-execs in mid-market businesses is growing. More companies see and hear stories of successful engagements, more...

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How Does a Freeman Clarke IT Leader Add Value Every Day?

At our recent conference we asked a few of our Principals how they see themselves adding value to their clients....

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How Can a Mid-Market Business Recruit a CTO?

Ambitious mid-market or externally funded start-up businesses are increasingly investing in custom software. Very simply they want to seize new...

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Fintech Chief Technology Officers (CTOs)

In any Fintech company the CTO (Chief Technology Office) has a crucial role and finding the right person is a...

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Ransomware – 5 Practical Steps for CEOs

We’ve all seen the stats… ransomware is growing at an alarming rate. Our experience suggests that it’s even more common...

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When IT “Just Works” Incredible Things Happen!

When IT runs smoothly conversations become about things that matter - things that make a real difference to your business....

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What is Digital Transformation and Where do You Start?

Everyone is talking about Digital Transformation...what does it mean? If you're interested in learning how Digital Transformation can transform your...

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Successful IT in Digital & Creative Agencies

We have a large number of Digital and Creative Agency clients and they have specific IT challenges. For these clients,...

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Using Systems & Digital to Grow Your Business

Companies planning growth need to have a plan for how their technology can support and drive this growth allowing them...

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Bitcoin – What is It and What Does It Mean to Businesses?

What is Bitcoin? Bitcoin is a “crypto currency” that was created in 2009. It has many (or perhaps all) of...

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Bitcoin? Blockchain? I’m already lost!

When the last page is written on the bizarre Bitcoin story, many people believe the conclusion will be that the...

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Why Does Blockchain Matter to My Business?

When the last page is written on the bizarre Bitcoin story, many people believe the conclusion will be that the...

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A Strategy for Solving Systems Integration Problems

For many businesses, systems that don’t work together are the source of major headaches. Systems that don’t talk to each...

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How to Make Home Working Work

Many of our clients want to explore opportunities for home working. They have 2 main drivers: 1. reduce office costs...

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Giving Back

Our Principals consistently tell us when they join that one reason they  got out of a corporate environment and have...

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Technology Strategy and Vision

Companies that have a clear business strategy need a systems and digital strategy to match. Each function of an ambitious...

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7 Key Points When Hiring a CIO, CTO or IT Director

The IT leader is a critical role. But what is this role and how do you hire the best at...

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Transform Your Business and Increase Revenue Using Custom Software

About a quarter of our clients are ambitious mid-market companies who want our help to manage and drive custom software...

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CEO’s 15 Step Guide to Bespoke Software Development

Click on the download button for our full CEO's briefing on overcoming bespoke software problems or read our short 15...

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Digital Transformations – Real World Examples of Market Breakthrough!

Many mid-sized businesses simply see IT as a problem to be overcome or a beast that has to be fed....

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Digital Transformations – Wow Your Customers!

All too often, IT is seen as an inward-looking function. The Board are exhausted and tired by issues and problems...

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Get Real: How Does Tech Fuel Business Growth?

We recently launched Freeman Clarke in the US and hosted an event where 3 panellists discussed how technology fuels business...

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How to Get Started with an ERP Project – Part I

This is the first in a two-part series on how to launch a successful Enterprise Planning Resource (ERP) project. For...

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How to Get Started with an ERP Project – Part II

This is the second in a two-part series on how to launch a successful Enterprise Planning Resource (ERP) project. For...

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The Scale Up Phenomenon October 2019

At one of our recent joint events, Ivan McKeever explained 8 Key Drivers that can significantly impact your company’s value...

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IT’s Evolving Role in an Evolving Legal Sector

The context for IT in the legal sector is changing. Legal Aid cuts, new flexible legal service providers, referral fee...

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ERP Pearls of Wisdom from Our Experts

We have recorded a series of discussions about ERP. Two of our Regional Directors (Christine Parker Stubbs and Victor Kemeny)...

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Too Late to Get on The Cloud?

Staff, suppliers and even your customers are asking ‘Why aren’t you using the Cloud?’ But if you’re a sceptic, concerned...

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5 Ways to Create Competitive Advantage with IT

1. Optimise your mobile teams Properly equipped and trained mobile workforces can be fully integrated with business processes, utilised effectively...

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What Really is Digital Transformation?

Many mid-sized businesses simply see IT as a problem to be overcome or a beast that has to be fed....

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Managing Partner’s Briefing on IT’s Role in Successful Legal Services

The context for IT in the legal sector is changing but the winners are those with, amongst other essentials, a...

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Companies also approach us about these areas

Technology Strategy and Vision

Connecting your systems and digital strategy to your business objectives.

Custom Software and Digital

Online and digital are at the heart of most new opportunities, and custom software is often key.

Team Development and Leadership

Enable your IT team and suppliers to help drive efficiency, service, and innovation.

Focus on Private Equity

PE houses are driven by valuations, and IT and tech are now at the heart of business value.

Risk Management, Security and Infrastructure

Get on top of cyberthreats, security risks, regulatory issues, and compliance problems.

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