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Covali merges with SiliconCloud and moves to NexusUCD


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. 

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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?

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Paschal Phelan engages Covali for Data Analytics project


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.

Phelan Energy Solar Panel performance

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.


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NetSuite -The Employee Who Never Leaves



NetSuite - The Employee Who Never Leaves

Traditional financial accounting tends to work on the principle of individuals performing accurate data entry on systems such as Sage and SAP, or on excel spreadsheets. The reality is that data entry is very easy to get wrong. A study by Marketwatch found that 83% of all spreadsheets have errors.

NetSuite provides a real-time dashboard which integrates all business application software including ERP, CRM, ecommerce and HR in one single system. It enables improved business intelligence as employees spend less time entering data, and more time evaluating results to gain insights.

NetSuite is business management software that is much more collaborative in nature than because it allows sharing of information across departments. Just dealing with the day to day gathering and management of accounting data eats up considerable time and resources within companies. NetSuite is a more powerful ERP business management software solution as it provides a clear, accurate view into finance, sales and service performance at a glance.


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NetSuite can be very useful when dealing with financial management. There tends to be an acknowledged resident expert in companies, who can sort out the problems that arise with errors in accounting software. If this employee leaves the company, things tend to get a bit chaotic for a while. It’s often because that person was the only one who had a complete handle of their particular area; the one that the other employees went to when they had a question. NetSuite makes this scenario a lot easier to deal with.

Streamlining of Data Allows More Transparency

The streamlining of data allows much more transparency in relation to business information.  The fact that NetSuite is cloud-based business management software means the data can be accessed throughout the organisation, so employees have a single view of the latest information. This built-in business intelligence in NetSuite ensures more targeted marketing and sales.

Using NetSuite will not mean an end to human accounting errors, but it does make it more likely that information can be amended and improved. We are moving away from a fragmented approach to ERP/CRM business management software where numerous separate systems are used, leading to the information being scattered throughout various departments in the organisation. The future of business management software means that all employees have the potential to be the expert, as information and knowledge is shared.

Using NetSuite, companies enable cross-department collaboration, while streamlining business processes and gaining invaluable insights.


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Covali builds a NetSuite and GoodData business for EMEA


When we developed the growth strategy for Covali in 2011 we decided that we wanted to concentrate primarily on high growth areas of technology - so Business Intelligence, Analytics,Big Data and Cloud computing were topics that were very much at the heart of the our discussions on the things we wanted to do.

Covali CloudOur experience with Business Intelligence stretched back to the mid '80's when the technology was known originally as Decision Support Systems (DSS), then Executive Information Systems (EIS) and latterly as 'Analytics' - with names like EPS, Pilot, LightShip and Cognos among the systems we had worked with - so naturally we looked to see where this technology would go in the future. Our more recent past was with QlikView so that was one platform that was an obvious choice for us.

With regard to Business Software, our experience was primarily with Oracle and Microsoft Dynamics NAV, where we had implemented both in many organisations of different size and complexity.

Three years later and I thought I might share some observations on where we are at!

The original business, based on the QlikView Business Intelligence platform, which we brought with us from ProStrategy at the outset has continued to grow and prosper - and still constitutes more than 50% of our business today. We have more than doubled our customer base and we have added significant new cutomers in different industries in the UK and Ireland. We have extended our reach from Retail, Wholesale & Distribution into the Health Sector, both public and private and we have built 'Ready-to-go' applications for many common business intelligence and analytic functions.

We decided that Covali would be a 'Cloud' company from the beginning - so we have no Server, no network controllers, no on-site database or application software of any kind - with the exception of personal copies of Powerpoint, Word and Excel - and all our business functions would run software as a service (SAAS) packages. We chose Google for email, Hubspot for our website and inbound marketing, Box for our file storage, Zoho for CRM and AccountsIQ as our Financial system. Every system has worked as promised with no downtime, no server issues, no capital outlay, no upgrades and no hassle!

As a software company with customers in the 'Enterprise' category we sought out new technoogies that we believed would have a future in the 'cloud' - that we could adopt through partnerships and add value to our markets. After considerable research we decided on GoodData for Cloud Analytics and NetSuite for Cloud based ERP solutions for the following reasons:-


This is a silicon valley company founded by Roman Stanek that is growing dramatically - and yet to make a big impact in Europe. 

GoodData is the only cloud-based business intelligence platform that enables more than 130,000 global users and 30,000 companies to store, combine, analyze and visualize information. GoodData offers both pre-built applications for Sales, Marketing, Services, and Social, as well as customer-specific implementations to deliver rapid time to value and self-service agility. The GoodData Open Analytics Platform supports both IT’s need for data governance, security and oversight and business users’ desires for self-service data discovery.

All our QlikView Applications transferred with ease to the GoodData platforma and we were also very impressed with the look and feel of this data visualisation platform - it also represents amazing value when we want to store large volumes and make the data available to lots of users.


NetSuite is a leading vendor of cloud computing business management software suites.

NetSuite enables companies of all sizes to manage all key business operations in a single, integrated system, which includes customer relationship management; order management and fulfillment; inventory management; finance; ecommerce and Web site management; and employee productivity. NetSuite is delivered as an on-demand service, so there is no hardware to procure, no large, up-front license fee, and no complex set-ups. Finally, NetSuite’s patent-pending “real-time dashboard” technology provides an easy-to-use view into role-specific business information that is always up-to-date.

As NetSuite is the #1 cloud based ERP vendor, they were an obvious choice for us at Covali. In less than one year we have won many new cutomers with this software suite and because it is cloud based we can implement anywhere in EMEA.

NetSuite is growing at a phenomenal rate and we expect to build a European wide Professional Services company in partnership with them - follow our blog for more updates on this.


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