Finally a guide to everything you need to know about "ERP" Business Management Software

Posted by Noel Shannon on Fri, Mar 06, 2015

CIF Buyers Guide

 When you search for “ERP” or “Enterprise Resource Planning”, the amount of information that appears can be overwhelming and confusing

Thankfully, this new Buyers' Guide from the Cloud Industry Forum cuts through the jargon often associated with ERP software to tell you everything you need to know (or have ever felt you should know) about ERP business management software.

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 This Buyers' Guide to ERP Business Management Software will help you understand: 

What ERP actually means and the different parts of your business it can be used to manage
Real-life benefits an ERP business management suite can provide to your business
Considerations you need to make when evaluating different systems in the future
Cloud ERP vs. on-premise ERP systems; the traits of both and the impact each will have on your business from an operational and cost perspective

About NetSuite

NetSuite is the industry’s leading provider of cloud-based financials / Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and omnichannel commerce software suites. NetSuite software allows businesses to automate operations, streamline processes and access real-time business information anytime, anywhere

About SiliconCloud

SiliconCloud (formerly Covali) is a NetSuite Solutions Partner and a leading provider of ERP, Analytics and Marketing Automation software in the UK and Ireland 

Tags: Cloud Computing, Cloud, ERP solution

Differentiate your business with NetSuite

Posted by Noel Shannon on Wed, Mar 04, 2015

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ERP is evolving to meet the needs of faster, smarter, more agile businesses, with cloud architecture and integration across organisational processes emerging as key differentiators for business success.

Download this informative paper by the analyst firm Mint Jutras,
NetSuite and the Modern Business Platform, for a look at how integrated cloud business management provides a catalyst for business transformation. Learn how you can use NetSuite to deliver:

  • Integrated business processes and data in a unified environment.
  • New general ledger flexibility for faster, more transparent finances.
  • A sophisticated customer commerce center to deliver highly customized experiences.
  • Next-generation services resource planning (SRP) for project- and product-based businesses.
  • Provide users a brand new, modernized and mobilized user experience.

Join the thousands of organisations around the world that are modernising their business with NetSuite.

Tags: Cloud, ERP, Ireland

Covali merges with SiliconCloud and moves to NexusUCD

Posted by Noel Shannon on Fri, Nov 07, 2014

Covali has today announced a merger with SiliconCloud and the relocation of its Irish headquarters to NexusUCD, the Industry Partnership Centre at University College Dublin. 

Covali has had a very successful three years since its foundation and is now an established Business Intelligence and Data Analytics provider using technologies from Qlik and GoodData. Covali is also firmly established as a provider of the world's leading cloud based ERP platform from NetSuite. 

SiliconCloud is a Marketing Automation company providing SEO, Content Management and Social Media services to an international customer base.

"This merger will augment our ERP and eCommerce offerings based on NetSuite and complement our Business Intelligence and Analytics solutions on Qlik and GoodData", said Noel Shannon, CEO, SiliconCloud. 

He added, ''By locating at NexusUCD we will benefit from University College Dublin’s vast talent base as we evolve our new product development strategy and initiatives.'' 

He concluded, "This is a very exciting opportunity for us to partner with UCD in the development of the new products we have in the planning process for ROI Analytics for Social Media ROI Analytics and eCommerce projects.’’ 


SiliconCloud HQ

NexusUCD, UCD’s Industry Partnership Centre, offers high-quality modern office space, with short, medium or long term occupancy arrangements, and associated services to established innovation-led companies who are collaborating, or wish to collaborate, with UCD’s world-class research base. By locating at NexusUCD such companies can benefit from close proximity to and interaction with UCD’s talent pool. 

The new merged organisation will be known as SiliconCloud to more appropriately reflect a stronger association with the combined activities and services on offer, both now and for the future. 

SiliconCloud will focus on providing enterprise solutions for front and back office requirements and deliver analytic solutions to add value and deliver better ROI on technology investments. 

For further information please contact 

For more information on NexusUCD please visit

Tags: Cloud Computing, Analytics, Discovery, Analaytics

NetSuite's 'Money Story' Challenge

Posted by Noel Shannon on Thu, Jul 10, 2014
Report: The CFO’s “Money Story” Challenge- Avoiding the 7 Deadly Stiflers

Learn how CFOs can make better decisions by removing the 7 limitations to fully assessing a firm’s financial viability
Can you tell your organization’s “money story”- the deep dive on how your company generates profit and maximizes cash flow? A lack of instant visibility for CEOs and CFOs into critical business data can cost market share and inhibit growth.

Download this new white paper to find out about the 7 key impediments that limit strategic visibility and how to remove these obstacles to make informed, insightful and assertive decisions that drive profitable business growth.

Authored by renowned business journalist Russ Banham, this informative white paper will help you:
  • Discover 7 key inhibitors to company growth and how to address them.
  • Understand how to remove obstacles to enterprise-wide visibility that impact decision-making.
  • Improve your company’s money story—how it generates revenue and profits, maximizes cash flow and steers clear of trouble.
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This report is provided courtesy of NetSuite, the world’s #1 cloud ERP provider. NetSuite serves over 20,000 organizations and has been recognized by Gartner as the world’s fastest-growing Top 15 financial management software vendor five years in a row. 

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Tags: Cloud Computing, ERP

Is SaaS ERP Right for you

Posted by Noel Shannon on Tue, Jun 17, 2014
As SaaS ERP adoption accelerates, business and IT leaders like you are reassessing existing ERP implementations that may be a decade old, inflexible to changing business needs and expensive to maintain. One key question- do you continue to invest solely in on-premise ERP, or should you adopt cloud ERP to replace or complement your current software?

Download this Forrester report to explore the many business scenarios in which SaaS ERP makes sense for organizations like yours. With traditional ERP vendors jumping on the SaaS bandwagon and claiming SaaS capabilities, the informative report can help you distinguish between true cloud ERP solutions and the pretenders.

This Forrester report will help you understand:
  • Key factors driving SaaS ERP adoption.
  • Various scenarios for SaaS ERP deployment.
  • Evaluation criteria for vendor capabilities.
  • An overview of the vendor landscape.
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This report is provided courtesy of NetSuite, the #1 cloud ERP provider. NetSuite serves over 20,000 organizations worldwide and Gartner research calculations show NetSuite as the fastest growing top 10 financial management system, globally.* 

*Gartner, “Market Share: All Software Markets, Worldwide, 2013,” March 28, 2014.

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Tags: Enterprise Resource Planning, NetSuite ERP, Covali

Overcome the Strategic Finance Gap with NetSuite

Posted by Noel Shannon on Tue, May 27, 2014

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Research Study: Equipping Your Finance Team for a More Strategic Role

Learn how finance innovators are freeing time to focus on strategic business issues in this new survey-based Loudhouse research study

Finance professionals are expected to play a more strategic role in their organizations—yet 68% of them are too consumed by tactical day-to-day tasks to tackle strategic initiatives that improve business performance, according to international research firm Loudhouse. 

Download this new Loudhouse study, The Strategic Finance Gap, for a look at challenges facing finance teams and how innovators are creating the flexibility they need to fulfill strategic responsibilities. Based on a survey of 334 finance professionals, the Loudhouse study examines:

  • Freeing up capacity from routine tasks to focus on the bigger picture
  • The innovation gap brought on by being bogged down in administrative work
  • Finance as an "idea engine" equipped to drive strategy and make data-driven decisions

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This report is provided courtesy of NetSuite, the world’s #1 cloud ERP provider. NetSuite serves over 20,000+ organizations and has been recognized by Gartner as the world’s fastest-growing Top 10 business management software vendor four years in a row.

Tags: ERP, ERP software, NetSuite ERP

Paschal Phelan engages Covali for Data Analytics project

Posted by Noel Shannon on Mon, May 26, 2014

Paschal Phelan - CEO of the Phelan Energy Group has today announced the appointment of Covali - an independent Irish software analytics group - to provide business and data analytics for its solar projects in South Africa and around the world.

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The Phelan Energy Group is currently delivering the Solar Capital De Aar Northern Cape project which will generate enough electricity to power approximately 35 000 South African homes every year, with the intention of delivering the first 75MW of solar energy generated electricity into Eskom’s power grid. The company’s 94.5MW first phase project is the largest solar farm in South Africa and with the completion of the second phase in 2016, totaling a combined 200MW, will make this the largest in the Southern Hemisphere.

''The volume of data generated by this project is phenomenal and the ability to respond to identify and react to underlying trends in this data is key to driving operational efficiencies'', said Paschal Phelan - CEO of the Phelan Energy Group, ''and we are pleased to appoint Covali for this important project. The application of analytic technologies will also be considered in areas such as asset management, outage restoration, and theft and consumer segmentation.

Covali is a well known provider of Data Analytics and Business Intelligence solutions to a wide variety of industry types particularly in large data volume sectors such as Insurance and Health and it is now applying this experience to the solar industry.

Covali will deliver project analytics and risk intelligence through the deployment of an analytics platform for all performing solar assets with the Group. This will  provide essential foundation for research efficiency and investment due diligence.

''The shift toward analytics is part of a broader trend around the use of digital technologies (including mobility, cloud, social media) which has potential to drive differentiated capabilities and significant O&M reductions'' said Noel Shannon, managing Director of the Covali Group. 

Our information services provide data gap solutions and eliminate the time-consuming learning curve required to assess solar project risk. 

Covali provides project analysis and produces data models that can help with equity at risk questions with actual vs. expected energy performance analysis. We can determine if a new system is likely to underperform or outperform expectations, allowing either more aggressive bidding on a project or mitigating portfolio performance risk. Topics covered include

PV System Performance

  • Energy yields, system reliability 
  • Relative performance: Comparative portfolio performance relative to industry
  • Panel performance comparative analysis
  • Inverter performance comparative analysis
  • Custom project/portfolio asset analysis

Predictive Analytics

Covali offers a custom data modeling platform for institutional investors and industry participants seeking system-specific or portfolio-specific performance analysis, and also provides comprehensive collateral risk analysis on current and future solar deals under offer.

Risk Analysis

  • Cash Flow Assumptions - Value-At-Risk calculation
  • Credit Underwriting analysis
  • Panel Performance Risk - Panel quality
  • Inverter Performance Risk - Inverter reliability


About the Solar Capital De Aar Northern Cape project 

Apart from its acquisition of the 2,300 hectare farm on the outskirts of De Aar, Solar Capital has purchased a 2 000 sqm factory on a 4 hectare industrial site in the center of the town as well as having purchased,  acquired and upgraded the local 45 bedroom Hotel De Aar. These acquisitions have been made to ensure that job creation and social development take place and that Solar Capital enriches the community of De Aar

About the Covali Group

Covali is an independent Business ntelligence and Data Analytics company specialising in the provision of custom built dashboards and database solutions for analysing data and delivering the results through an intuitive and easy to use visual interface. Recent projects have included delivering patient analysis for the NHS and risk analysis in the Insurance market.


Tags: Business Intelligence, Analytics, Covali, Paschal Phelan

Is Sage Holding your Business Back? Move to NetSuite.

Posted by Stephen Reynolds on Wed, May 21, 2014

Is Sage holding your business back?

Download the Sage Switch Guide to quickly identify whether Sage may be slowing you down, and the benefits of moving to the cloud.  

Is your business suffering from these ailments?

•  Entering the same data in multiple business systems?
Spreadsheets multiplying like rabbits?
Not getting management reports fast enough?

It isn’t supposed to be like this. This simple guide shares real stories from Sage Switchers. They’ve felt the pains, and switched to the world's leading integrated cloud-based solution—NetSuite. Relief was quick:

•  eMarket streamlined business processes by 20%
2Pure UK increased turnover by 30% year-on-year
i-nexus grew its revenue by 800%
Rococo Chocolates increased sales by 25%

If you have outgrown Sage, and are seeking a better way of managing your business, download our Sage Switch Guide and find out why 500+ other businesses have already joined Cloud NetSuite from Sage. You’ll love it! 

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168-quickbook-webinar-header NetSuite has been recognised by Gartner as the world's fastest-growing top 10 financial management systems vendor and beats Sage, Microsoft and SAP to win Best ERP at Software Satisfaction Awards 2013.

Tags: Cloud, ERP, ERP software, ERP solution

Get the QlikView Finance Toolkit

Posted by Noel Shannon on Tue, May 20, 2014

Your Data. You're in Charge.

Empowering Finance with Deeper Insight

Nobody knows what you need better than you do. That's why QlikView lets you combine the data sources you want, ask your own questions, and get answers instantly.

Our Empowering Finance with Self-Service BI e-book explains how you can:

  • Be creative in uncovering new business and revenue opportunities
  • Gain deeper visibility into forecasts and budgets
  • Manage compliance and risk with consistency and confidence
  • Share insights clearly with shareholders and stakeholders

The Empowering Finance with Self-Service BI e-book is part of QlikView's Finance Toolkit. Download the e-book now and you’ll also get access to the Expense Management demo app and video.

Access your Finance Toolkit now.

QlikView simplifies the way people use data by making it a natural part of how they make decisions. QlikView is positioned as a Leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms 

Covali is a specialist QlikView Partner delivering Business Intelligence, Data Analytics and ERP solutions to businesses in the UK and Ireland.

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Tags: QlikView, Business Intelligence, BI, Cloud Analytics

The Competitive Advantage of The Cloud with Covali

Posted by Noel Shannon on Fri, May 02, 2014

According to Gartner, 80% of organizations intend to use Cloud Computing services within the next 12 months. Chances are many of your competitors have already made the transition to the Cloud.

Learn more from Covali about how the Cloud can integrate your business operations and accelerate performance.

Download this White Paper on 'Creating a Cloud Roadmap for your Enterprise'  to find out how the Cloud can help you to:

  • Streamline business operations

  • Gain competitive advantage 
  • Achieve greater agility and collaboration

  • Reduce IT costs and maintenance 

  • Increase BI and Data driven decisions 

Read this White Paper to find out out how the Cloud can allow you to get the inside track on competitors.

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Tags: Cloud Computing, ERP, Cloud applications, Cloud Software Solutions