Q3 Review: New Names, New Sites, New Services

Posted on Monday 9th October 2017 9:00

Influentials 2017 Q3 review: New Clients and Growing Partnerships

Businesses Embracing Digital Transformation

As the year progresses we find more and more businesses are starting to wake up to opportunities that the uncertain UK economic climate is presenting. The largest corporations are hesitating, which means smaller, more agile businesses are better placed to disrupt the competition and seize the initiative.

Digital Transformation is key for growing companies to make the leap to the next stage, and it’s at the heart of everything Influential does. From Business Intelligence solutions to our best-practice Software Development teams, we are seeing an increase in the number of agile, forward-looking businesses engage with our specialist teams to help them move to the next level.

If your business needs to take the next step, contact Influential today.

 

365 Recruitment To Focus On MuleSoft

Our 365 Recruitment team is now dedicated to MuleSoft recruitment services, an area that has seen growing demand for skilled developers and engineers. As a certified MuleSoft Partners offering MuleSoft Licences, Services and Support the extra ability to provide our clients with MuleSoft experts further ensures MuleSoft projects hit the ground running.

As a result of the new direction, we’ve also re-launched 365 Recruitment website to focus purely on MuleSoft Recruitment services. We are also developing a MuleSoft community to support our clients, as well as job candidates.

 

BI And Analytics In The Cloud

As demand for SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) continues to grow the market and products are maturing. For SME’s there are now real alternatives to on-premise analytics and business intelligence solutions. Now, powerful cloud-based business software offers better ROI for small teams looking to get the edge, through competitively priced and flexible subscriptions.

Influential SAP® Analytics Cloud new offers SME’s to the ability to leap to cloud-based business analysis. SAP’s latest software suite brings industry-leading Business Intelligence, Predictive Analytics and Planning capabilities to the cloud. Visit our SAP-Analytics-Cloud website for an overview

 

New BusinessObjects Training Workshops

To get the best ROI on software training staff is vital and this is particularly true for powerful Business Intelligence tools. To meet our clients increasing requirements for BusinessObjects skills our training team have introduced a series of new BusinessObjects workshops and private courses, with regular training offers available.

 

New Clients in Q3, 2017 include:

  • Colas Rail
  • Port of Dover
  • Mister Minit
  • NewDay
  • Hartlepool Borough Council
  • Maidstone Borough Council

Colas Rail Logo - New Client

New Client:
Colas Rail

 

Sector: Construction
Website: https://www.colasrail.co.uk/

The Colas Group is a world leader in road construction. Its railway division is a global and European leader of rail infrastructure services and supplies. Colas Rail are award-winning specialists having designed and constructed all forms of railways across Europe. In the UK Colas Rail combines the engineering skills of all the Colas Group’s specialist businesses to provide total solutions in all aspects infrastructure for railways. Their solutions range from high-speed rail systems to light and urban rail.

 


Port of Dover

New Client:
Port of Dover

Sector: Transport/Shipping
Website: http://www.doverport.co.uk/

Port of Dover was originally established in 1606. It is a vital international gateway for the move of trade and passengers that has grown to become is Europe’s busiest ferry port. The business administers and maintains the Port of Dover and its facilities.

A key requirement of the business is to develop resources to meet future demands. Influential are specialists in digital transformation and taking growing companies to the next level.


Minit

New Client:
Mister Minit

Sector: Retail
Website: https://misterminit.eu/en_be/

Mister Minit was founded in Belgium in 1957 as a shoe repair service to offer a rapid and efficient heel repair service. With over 60 years experience they repair over 4 million shoes each year, copy 6 million keys, and have over 1000 stores.

Mister Minit originally formed stiletto heels were the fashion and the Brussels cobblestones were damaging them by the thousands. As traditional cobblers couldn’t cope with the demand, taking an average of ten days to get them repaired, Mister Minit found a niche in quick, quality repairs. As a forward-looking business, they ensure they keep ahead of trends and now offer services such as smartphone repairs.


New Day Logo

New Client:
NewDay

Sector: Finance
Website: https://newday.co.uk/

New Day is a leading consumer finance providers and specialists in the UK credit card market. Their company ethos is that customers are at the heart of their Manifesto and the Manifesto is at the heart of their business strategy. It is key that their customers are not a short-term revenue opportunity but form a lifelong relationship. This ideology makes NewDay a perfect match for Influential.


Hartlepool Borough Council Logo

New Client:Hartlepool Borough Council

Sector: Government
Website: http://www.hartlepool.gov.uk

Hartlepool Borough Council is the local authority of the Borough of Hartlepool, a unitary authority of County Durham, north-east England serving over 90,000 residents.


Maidstone Borough Council Logo

New Client:
Maidstone Borough Council

Sector: Government
Website: http://www.maidstone.gov.uk/

Maidstone Borough Council is a non-metropolitan local authority for the Borough of Maidstone in Kent, serving a population of over 166,000 residents.

 

For 25 years Influential Software has delivered quality business software & data solutions from within the UK. If you would like to talk to us about a business intelligence solution, software solution or any IT project you need to deliver successfully, please contact us.

 

MuleSoft Summit London 2017 – October 18

Posted on Monday 25th September 2017 9:00

MuleSoft Summit London 2017, October 18th, with Official Partners Influential Software

The MuleSoft Summit London 2017 is almost here. It is the perfect opportunity for your business and IT teams to talk directly with MuleSoft experts, to find out how your business can transform with MuleSoft’s Application Network.

Transform Your Business With An Application Network

MuleSoft promise the MuleSoft Summit London will be the most engaging yet. Attendees will walk away with a number of actionable ways to improve and transform their business. Whether you’re an IT leader, integration architect or developer, there are actions you can personally take away to drive that transformation.

The day will include a number of keynote presentations, interactive demos and certification opportunities. Make sure you don’t miss the opportunity to exchange ideas and pragmatic insights to drive business transformation.

Join Influential At The MuleSoft London Summit

Influential’s MuleSoft Software Developers and our specialist MuleSoft Recruitment team will be at the London MuleSoft Summit. Where you can learn first-hand how MuleSoft customers are leveraging API-led connectivity and the Anypoint Platform to build their application network. Discover how your business can deliver customer, partner and employee experiences like never before.

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Register for the MuleSoft Summit London 2017

Register now for a full day of innovation and best practices including:

  • Sessions from MuleSoft executives on how customers are partnering with MuleSoft to enable business transformation
  • Parallel architect, developer and business tracks
  • MuleSoft customer sessions focusing on digital transformation within their businesses and the utilisation of the MuleSoft Anypoint Platform
  • MuleSoft’s Sponsor Expo Demo and information booths
  • Pre-event training and complimentary onsite certification
  • Exclusive MuleSoft Happy Hour

Calendar Event - Influential
October 18th, 2017
08:00 – 18:00
Event Location - Influential
The Brewery
52 Chiswell Street,
London, EC1Y 4SD

Influential New Clients Q2, 2017

Posted on Wednesday 9th August 2017 5:03

Influential NNN - Q2 2017

Q2, 2017: Influential Net New Names

The Influential Software client base has continued to grow through Q2, 2017. Once again our specialist business intelligence services and SAP BusinessObjects Training courses and workshops have been in high demand. We’ve seen a raft of new Software Development projects begin, particularly upgrades and migration to the latest products such as SharePoint 2016. We also expanded our range of products and expertise, forming a new partnership with Database Management specialists Bradmark and launched a new Sybase-Influential website to promote a few of our extended range.

 

Boosting ROI On Investment With Staff Training

Why bother training staff? Successful businesses understand that training staff is key to getting the best ROI on your product spend and can hugely impact the success of any project. That’s why we also offer training for many of our software platforms, including our successful BusinessObjects training courses and workshops.

 

New Partners: Bradmark

In Q2 we proudly became official partners with Database Management specialists Bradmark. With over 35 years of database support experience, including Sybase and SAP solutions, Bradmark expertise adds further tools to our already extensive skill sets. In return, Influential are sharing our Business Intelligence knowledge and are able to provide SAP BusinessObjects licences and consultancy.

 

Sybase-Influential Website

As our SAP product portfolio has grown, we launched a new website:
https://www.sybase-influential.com/

New Clients in Q2, 2017 include:

  • Companies House
  • The Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ PLC
  • Vanguard
  • Paul (UK)
  • Fortem
  • Islington Borough

Companies House Logo

New Client:
Companies House

 

Sector: Government
Website:  https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/companies-house

Companies House is the official registrar of companies in the UK. An executive agency and trading fund of the UK Government, Companies House is a member of the Public Data Group and falls under the remit of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

The core roles of Companies House include incorporating and dissolving limited companies, registering certain information about UK Companies and ensuring this data is available to the public.


Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ

New Client:
Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ

Sector: Banking & Finance
Website:  http://www.bk.mufg.jp/global/

Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ (BTMU) is Japan’s largest bank with offices throughout the country. It is also one of the largest global banks, with offices in over 40 countries worldwide. It is also part of the Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG), an international network with offices in London, New York City, Hong Kong and Singapore.

BTMU core values are to build long term customer relationships, to promote real economic growth and to contribute to orderly capital markets that serve society.


Paul (UK)

New Client:
Paul (UK)

Sector: Food & Drink
Website:  https://www.paul-uk.com/

Paul is a chain of French cafe/bakeries, established in 1889, which has spread to over 33 countries. Specialising in exquisite French products whose range includes bread, macarons, crêpes and cakes, to soups, coffee, wine and beer.

“PAUL is the Ambassador of the French art de vivre” whose teams “share the love of work well done, the joy of offering to our customers each day the very best quality products in a setting that is enchanting and unique”.


Fortem Logo

New Client:
Fortem

Sector: Property
Website:  http://www.bk.mufg.jp/global/

Fortem is a leading UK property solutions provider. They deliver services to over 500,000 people across the UK, undertaking 400,000 responsive repairs each year, in over 165,000 homes and properties. As part of the Willmott Dixon group, they are driven to create a legacy in local communities and invest in local community projects through volunteering, supplying materials and fundraising.

While the core business is social housing, Fortem also provides a range of solutions for public buildings, blue light services and education. They also strive for innovation, with an industry-leading Energy Service, they specialise in making homes more energy efficient, reducing carbon emissions and helping families out of fuel poverty.


Vanguard Logo

New Client:
Vanguard

Sector: Banking & Finance
Website:  ttps://www.vanguardinvestor.co.uk/

The Vanguard Group is an investment management company with over 20 million global investors, managing trillions in assets. It is the worlds largest provider of mutual funds and the second-largest provider of exchange-traded funds (ETFs). Vanguard also offers brokerage services, variable and fixed annuities, educational account services, financial planning, asset management, and trust services.

Helping investors since 1975, Vanguard grew into one of the world’s largest fund managers by offering flexible investment through its unique structure, which put its clients first, all of the time.


Islington Council Logo

New Client:
Islington Council

Sector: Government
Website:  http://www.bk.mufg.jp/global/

Islington Council is the local authority for the London Borough of Islington in Greater London. The council is divided into 16 wards, serving over 206,000 inner London residents.

The council is driven by a guiding vision: “We’re determined to make Islington fairer. To create a place where everyone, whatever their background, has the opportunity to reach their potential and enjoy a good quality of life.”

 

For 25 years Influential Software has delivered quality business software & data solutions from within the UK. If you would like to talk to us about a business intelligence solution, software solution or any IT project you need to deliver successfully, please contact us.

 

Bradmark & Influential Software Form Strategic Partnership

Posted on Monday 3rd July 2017 9:00

New Partnership - Bradmark Technologies and Influential Software

New partnership announcement: Bradmark Technologies, Inc., a provider of monitoring and performance management software for enterprise databases and big data worldwide, are now partnering with Influential Software, business intelligence solutions and software development services. The partnership agreement allows both companies to deliver expanded ranges of integrated IT solutions to client bases in the UK and beyond.

Adding Bradmark to the Influential team is an exciting prospect, it’s great news to our customers who can benefit from over two decades of experience Bradmark bring within enterprise data management and Sybase technologies. The complementary partnership enables our clients to access new SAP licence products, plus access to further tools and expertise within database management and our growing big data solutions.

Bradmark provides industry leading Surveillance DB® performance monitoring software for SAP (HANA, ASE, IQ and Replication Server), Oracle, IBM DB2 and Microsoft SQL Server. Influential, SAP Gold Partners with Business Intelligence and Analytics, now extend our portfolio of SAP Licences with former Sybase and SAP database management solutions. Including:

The new partnership allows both organisations enhanced the ability to deliver comprehensive software solutions to each other’s clients. Providing our customers with new offerings and access to even more experienced support.

 

If you would like to find out more about Influentials new Sybase and SAP database management solutions and licences, visit Sybase-Influential.com 

For 25 years Influential Software has delivered quality business software & data solutions from within the UK.
If you would like to talk to us about a business intelligence solution, software solution or any IT project you need to deliver successfully, please contact us.

 

Influential Sponsor Hachette Connect London To Paris 2017

Posted on Monday 8th May 2017 1:57

Hachette Connect 2017 - Sponsored by Influential Software

This May 2017 a team of 30 employees from long-time Influential partners Hachette are taking on the ambitious cycling challenge of cycling 200 miles from the Hachette office in London to the Paris office. They will be supported along the way by suppliers, friends and family. The riders are also being urged along by a great cause, raising money for the National Literacy Trust, and by the support and best wishes of their sponsors.

Influential Software are long-time partners of Hachette and proud to be shirt sponsors for this worthy challenge.Everyone at Influential would like to wish all the riders and those supporting them all the very best of luck, a safe and successful journey to Paris.

Riding For A Great Cause

A third of disadvantaged children in the UK leave primary school unable to read well enough to succeed in secondary school, severely reducing their chance of leading a happy and successful life. The National Literacy Trust is dedicated to raising UK literacy levels and works with schools, parents and local communities to increase literacy levels in the poorest communities across the UK.

 

All donations from the Hachette Connect event will help disadvantaged children gain the literacy skills they need to succeed in life.Thanks for visiting our team fundraising page. If you would like to donate please visit the team fundraising page, Hachette Connect Team on JustGiving.

 

Keep Up With The Event: Visit Connect News

The team are posting regular updates as they take on the challenge. You can follow events as they unfold, discover more about great charity cause and even read about the individual adventures of the riders themselves Visit the Hachette Connect website to find out more.

You can also follow the team directly on social media.
Follow the Hachette Connect team on Twitter @HachetteConnect and Facebook Hachette Connect

Once again, good luck to all involved from all of us here at Influential Software!

New Year, New Clients, New BI & Software Development Projects

Posted on Thursday 13th April 2017 2:00

Influential New Clients, Q1 2017

Q1, 2017: Influential Net New Names

2017 is already looking to be one of Influential’s brightest years for new customer growth.
Despite the persistent fears over Brexit, Influential have seen a surge in businesses looking for specialist Business Intelligence and Software Development services.

Boosting Business Intelligence

2017 promises to be an interesting year for our Business Intelligence teams. We are partners with the industry’s biggest, most established brands and are anticipating a bumper year of new software releases and tools.

As a certified IBM Partner, we have worked with the ever improving Cognos range for over 10 years, from selling Cognos Licences to bespoke consultancy work. It is our depth of experience with Cognos and IBM that means we continue to win new clients.

Our SAP teams are also looking forward to an exciting year. As a certified SAP Gold PCOE Partner, we are preparing to offer the very latest in SAP BI, SAP Cloud, SAP HANA and S/4HANA. In the meantime, our SAP Licence Sales, Consulting and Training teams have been attracting the attention of various high-profile businesses who appreciate Influential are cited as one of the leaders in the BI industry.

 

Surge In SharePoint

The release of SharePoint 2016 saw a raft of improvements reinvigorate Microsoft’s popular application. Now perfectly integrated with the Microsoft Office suite, SharePoint offers a host of highly configurable applications for organisations such as a document management and storage system, even Intranets and Extranets.

The Influential SharePoint team has years of experience, bringing in yet more expertise in 2016 to meet the increasing demand amongst our existing clients. 2017 has kept the team busy, with new clients and projects including content migration, consultancy services to improve performance and deliver best-practice solutions, as well as a surge in upgrades to SharePoint 2016.

 

Looking To Recruit BI or Dev? We Know Where To Find It

Influential have been in the Business Intelligence and Software Development business for over 20 years. We work hard to grow, retain and improve our internal teams, and we have a good eye for exactly the right talent we need. As a result, we developed an internal recruitment team to help find both emerging talent and seasoned experts.

Watching our partners and clients searching hard for the right candidates, we realised we could better utilise our internal Recruitment Team’s skills and launched Influential People.

 

New Clients in Q1, 2017 include:

 

The HM Treasury is the UK government’s economic and finance ministry.
It maintains control over public spending, UK financial services and economic policy, strategic oversight of the UK tax system, the delivery of public infrastructure and works to achieve strong and sustainable economic growth.

Its core objectives are to maintain sustainable public finances, increase employment and productivity, and ensure the economic and financial systems enable strong, sustainable and balanced growth on all levels.

Lloyds Banking Group are a financial services group with millions of customers in the UK.
They are a familiar presence on the high street and in nearly every community. Plus, with an impressive portfolio of brands, they work with more than 1 million businesses.

Focused on retail and commercial financial services the company thrives based on how well we serve their customers and relationships within the communities they serve.

The Insolvency Service is an executive UK Government agency, part of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. Their core function is to deliver economic confidence by supporting those in financial distress, maximising returns to creditors and tackling financial wrongdoing.

The Insolvency Service has around 1,700 staff, operating from headquarters in London plus 22 locations across Great Britain. The agency has a range of responsibilities including the administration of bankruptcies and liquidations, act as a source of public information and investigating misconduct or criminal activity in UK businesses.

 

Willmott Dixon are experts in construction, residential development and property support services. Their core aim is that everything they do is designed to be of long term value.
Across the UK Willmott Dixon teams work closely with their partners and local people to deliver effective services and sustainable developments.

With a £1bn turnover and 3,500 staff across the UK, the business has been growing since 1852 and retains a focus on the people: employees, those who they work for and the people in the communities in which they work.

While a privately run company they proudly put shared value before share price. Influential are also proud to help deliver this value by employing their own specialist Business Intelligence Licences and tools.

 

Freemans Grattan Holdings LogoNew Client:
Freemans PLC (Freemans Grattan Holdings)

Website: http://www.fgh-uk.com/

Freemans PLC (Freemans Grattan Holdings/FGH) are mail-order specialists. Founded in Bradford in 1905, they now have over 700 employees as the UK e-commerce wing of the Otto Group.

Freemans PLC is home to a number of household retail and fashion names such as Freemans, Grattan, Kaleidoscope and much more. Selling across the globe, the business continues with its popular catalogue ranges but has diversified into global internet sales, reaching over 1 million customers each year.

Freemans PLC continues to grow and diversify within such a large scale and widespread customer base. To do so, they are utilising specialist Business Intelligence and Analytics tools, which is where Influential Software step in.

 

Seven Seas Worldwide (United Kingdom) are ‘Moving Specialists’. World leaders in both nationwide and global moves. Every year they help thousands of customers move or store their personal belongings, baggage and household items.

In the global shipping business for over 20 years, they offer a vast array of shipping and storage solutions including MoveCube® mini-containers, StoreCube™ private storage, specialist student moving and excess baggage shipping services.

 

Established in 1974, Swann Group Ltd offer bespoke engineering excellence, building a global reputation for the high-quality in-house product design, fabrication, installation and maintenance services by providing turnkey solutions for often-complex engineering problems.

Swann Group operates across a range of high profile sectors which includes radar, iconic structures, rail, floodlighting, outdoor media and telecommunications.

 

The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) is an independent organisation, a statutory levy board funded by farmers, growers and others in the supply chain.

Working independently of both Government and commercial industry the key purpose of AHDB is to inspire our farmers, growers and the industry to prosper in a fast-changing world.
Tasked to equip the industry with best-practice and practical know-how needed, the goal is to improve decision making and boost performance across the sector.

 

Oxfordshire County Council serves the most rural county in the South East. One-third of the 666,100 population live in towns or villages of less than 10,000 people.

The county of Oxford is a popular visitor destination for its numerous market towns, rural beauty and the university city of Oxford itself, which has earned a global reputation for its academic and architectural splendour. Oxford is also a global centre of publishing, boasts high levels of employment and a highly-qualified workforce. This ensures the Council works with world-class business clusters including bioscience, advanced motorsport engineering, scientific research and cryogenics.

Even with such rich talent on its doorstep, it’s not easy to find the right personnel. Influential People is Influential’s own specialist recruitment team. With years of experience in Business Intelligence and Software Development, Influential are able to deliver the right staff, with the right skillsets, to our highly demanding partners and clients.

 

For 25 years Influential Software has delivered quality business software & data solutions from within the UK. If you would like to talk to us about a business intelligence solution, software solution or any IT project you need to deliver successfully, please contact us.

 

Q4, 2016 Review: Influential’s Net New Names

Posted on Tuesday 3rd January 2017 3:50

Q4, 2016: Influential Net New Names

2016 review: a successful year for all at influential

Our internal teams have expanded to welcome new specialist staff, such as a new head of BI Training. We’ve also launched official new partnerships with industry leaders like MuleSoft.

We have also expanded our services. From new offerings such as the cutting edge MuleSoft Anypoint Platform, to upgrades of industry leaders like Microsoft’s SharePoint 2016 platform. We also launch our very own Publishing Intelligence Platform Atlas.

Business Intelligence is Key to New Clients

We are pleased to welcome a number of new clients in Q4. Many of these projects have been bespoke Software Development Services, Maintenance and Support.
However, we have seen that the demand for Business Intelligence and Business Intelligence Training has continued to grow. Many of our new customers have sought out Influential specifically for SAP BusinessObjects and IBM Cognos consultation, implementation and training.

 

New Projects and New Clients

Springer Nature is a world-leading research, educational and professional publisher, committed to providing the best quality content. This is delivered through a range of innovative product and services for the research, education and professional communities.

Worldwide, the company brands support the important work of millions of people. From students and researchers to scientists and professionals Springer Nature helps people achieve their goals and ambitions.

QuestGates are a leading specialist provider of claims solutions. Operating UK wide they have a global reach via a network of international partners. They deliver a bespoke range of claims related solutions to insurer, broker, captive and self-insured clients.

The business operates in areas where innovation and technical excellence really matter. They are technical experts with a commitment to achieving long-term success by putting the client first and strive only to employ the best staff in the sector. It also requires the cutting edge Business Intelligence tools and knowledge.

Edinburgh Council are one of the largest councils in the UK. Almost 17,000 staff providing high-quality services to nearly 500,000 people. Services cover all aspects of community life, as well as providing support for local businesses. Influential are helping train their experienced staff with the very latest Business Intelligence software.

 

Shanks Group is a leading international waste product business. With a vision to be “the most respected waste-to-product company” and the strategy of ‘making more from waste’ they meet the growing need to manage waste without damaging the environment. Their services cover commercial, hazardous and municipal markets. Their solutions work to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, recycle natural resources and limit fossil fuel dependency. Business Intelligence plays a key role in managing their extensive operations.

 

NHS Ayrshire and Arran is one NHS Scotland’s fourteen regions. Staff members include several hundred general practitioners, dentists, pharmacies and other services. In total, there are almost 9,000 staff members covering both university and community hospitals. This provides vital health care services to around 400,000 people.Ensuring these services are run smoothly and efficiently is no mean feat. Business Intelligence is an essential tool in this process. Influential help ensure team members remain up-to-date with the very latest BI skillsets and knowledge.

 

Royal Joh. Enschedé is world renowned for stamps and banknotes, delivering accredited banknotes to over 70 countries. Among the oldest businesses in the Netherlands it started as a small book printing shop in 1703 and developed into a major company in Haarlem.

Driven by particular attention to detail and technical expertise, Joh. Enschedé is the specialist for special, secure, and highly trustworthy print work and related services. Influential are working with the team to supply their own very specialist software support.

 

Pennies is a family run company with over 25 years of experience in childcare. Based in the South East UK, there services include day nursery, kids clubs and nanny services. Their mission is to provide: “the very best in childcare, learning and fun”. The Influential Software Development team are working with the dedicated Pennies team to deliver enhanced online services to support the key business.

 

For 25 years Influential Software has delivered quality business software & data solutions from within the UK. If you would like to talk to us about a business intelligence solution, software solution or any IT project you need to deliver successfully, please contact us.

 

The Mo Can Go as Movember Ends

Posted on Thursday 1st December 2016 12:30

“Mo-Bros & Mo-Sistas” worldwide are celebrating their fundraising efforts as Movember Ends, and the Influential team is no exception. With funds successfully raised and then matched by Influential, our Support Team participants are ready for a shave.

Influential Movember Ends

It’s December 1st, which means that Movember has officially come to an end. Our participating support team members have been doing their part, growing and grooming their moustaches throughout the month, but shaving-day has finally arrived.

Movember’s purpose is to raise awareness and donations to tackle men’s health issues; the goal is to reduce the number of men dying prematurely by 25% by the year 2030. The movement has raised millions globally since its start in 2003, funding thousands of men’s health projects worldwide.

The last day of Movember has come, so it’s off with my salt and pepper tash,” said Richard Walls, Influential Head of Support and Movember Team Captain. “The Daves are glad to shed theirs too! It’s been worth it though if it’s raised awareness of men’s health issues and raised cash for the Movember charities. Thanks to all of those who have donated and I’m proud of Influential Software Services Ltd for their pledge to match those donations. There’s still time to donate so please don’t be shy.

The amount raised as of November 30th was £252, but it’s not too late to show your support and get your donations in. As promised at Movember’s start, Influential has pledged to match our team’s final donation number.

Influential Support Movember

Influential and Supportive

Influential is about providing solutions – not necessarily just for our customers: we’ve a proud history of supporting our team members and local community. From investment in young local talent through our Apprenticeship programme, to our recent involvement in building a regional software development community; from in-office charity bake-offs, to company donations to various annually chosen charities – most recently, Macmillan and Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice.

Influential is always keen to hear of new projects and incentives in our local community that we can get involved with. If you have a project that we might want to hear about then don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Big Data Revolution: Influential review Big Data LDN 2016

Posted on Monday 28th November 2016 2:30

A Big Data Revolution took place in London this November, at the Big Data LDN event. Influential teams were delighted to attend and engage in discussions and demonstrations of the latest technologies from leading industry providers.

The Big Data Revolution

Big Data, Revolutionised

This month the Influential Java Team joined the ‘big data revolution’ at Big Data LDN  (London), a two-day event about Big Data, Analytics, and building Data-Driven Enterprises. Our developers attended talks from industry leaders, heard positive case studies from global corporations and were able to view technical demonstrations of all the latest products in action.

Two greatly discussed subjects at the event were Data Visualisation and Data Analytics:

Big Data LDN Talks

Data Visualisation – a key part of our business, our developers were keen to attend the talks about data visualisation from companies like Microsoft, with their product: Power BI. Visualising your data is vital to understanding it. At Influential we know this very well and work with a variety of tools to deliver this feature to our clients, including SAP Lumira and Dynistics . We have even developed our own BI platform, ATLAS Publishing Intelligence.

For our developers, the event talks confirmed the importance of presenting data in an effective manner. Java team member Todd commented that the event effectively “demonstrated a writer or analyst’s responsibility to choose the right data to display.”

Data Analytics – the Big Data LDN Exhibition provided the chance for our team to discuss data analytics with representatives from IBM. As Advanced Business Partners, Influential developers are always interested to view demonstrations of the latest Cognos  product versions and functionality. Data analytics and reporting are core to the Business Intelligence and software development work we do, so demonstrations and talks such as these are invaluable.

Be Part Of the Big Data Revolution!

At Influential we’re passionate about technology and we pride ourselves on continuous innovation and exploration of the latest tools and platforms available. The Big Data LDN event topics were all in line with our ethos of keeping on the cutting edge as a business, offering insights and examples of the range of technologies that we can offer our customers.

“We got a lot out of the day,” said our Head of Development, Pete Halloran. “The talks were full of great insights and I was delighted to meet with the Microsoft BI speaker after his talk, to understand the potential of the product for our clients.”

Technology does not stand still, so nor do we. We’re committed to doing our part to maintain expertise and knowledge of the best tools and platforms available, and ensuring our teams keep up-to-date with their specialist skillsets is a top priority at Influential. This, combined with a critical understanding of the challenges that our clients face, makes us expertly equipped to provide the best solutions possible.

Find out what solutions we can deliver for your business.

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Influential Welcome New Head of Training – Simon Jackson

Posted on Thursday 3rd November 2016 8:28

SAP BusinessObjects Training

We would like to offer a very warm welcome, this rather chilly November, to our new Head of Training Simon Jackson.

Andy Richardson, Chief Exec at Influential, says “Simon has over 15 years of training delivery experience, most recently as Head of Training at another large international SAP Partner. Bringing someone of Simon’s extensive training and BI experience into our already highly accomplished SAP Business Objects team is a huge achievement and allows us to grow and service our client base even better into 2017. We approach next year therefore with great excitement in the SAP Business Objects space”.

As well as years leading training, Simon also has a solid background in Business Intelligence and IT. After graduating in Business Computing Simon spent 18 years in IT, from testing and development to pre-sales and sales.

Business Intelligence has been his specialist area for 17 years, with a strong focus on SAP BusinessObjects. Starting with the original version 4 (in 1999!) he’s grown his knowledge and training delivery styles with the toolset.

Are you looking for help with the latest version of SAP Business Objects? Do you have new employees needing to learn the basics? Do you need training tailored to your own data? Are you expanding into using the other tools within the toolset and require help on those? Whatever SAP BusinessObjects training your team needs Influential Training team can deliver the service that suits your business.

 

Special SAP BusinessObjects Training Offer

To celebrate Simon’s arrival we are offering a limited time discount. Order SAP Business Objects training courses before the end of 2016 with delivery before the end of February 2017 – the more you order the higher the discount.
See our SAP BusinessObjects Training Offers Page for further details

Number of Days

Price

RRP

Discount

Day rate

1

£1,500

£1,500

0

£1,500

2

£2,850

£3,000

5%

£1,425

3

£4,050

£4,500

10%

£1,350

4

£5,150

£6,000

14%

£1,288

5

£6,100

£7,500

19%

£1,220

6

£6,800

£9,000

24%

£1,133

7

£7,500

£10,500

29%

£1,071

8

£7,950

£12,000

34%

£994

9

£8,250

£13,500

39%

£917

10

£8,500

£15,000

43%

£850

What Next? New BO and Tech Training Courses – Coming Soon

Simon’s arrival enables Influential Training courses to further expand their reach and depth. With brand new courses in core SAP BusinessObjects Tech, courses will soon launch for training in our other areas of expertise. Watch this space!