On the 1st of April the soft landing period for Making Tax Digital (MTD) compliance ends. Many are referring to this as ‘Phase Two’ but this is a bit of a misnomer, we are not talking about a new phase so much as actual enforcement of the first phase, the soft landing specifically referred to the lenient (and more importantly non-punitive) approach taken by HMRC since the original rollout of MTD in 2019.
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Your business software system should be a well-oiled machine: efficient, effective and agile. However, more often than not, it is probably more than a little sluggish and in need of a bit of an overhaul. So, why not do something about it?
Contrary to what you might believe, taking the first steps towards sorting out your business systems doesn’t need to be daunting. With some expert advice your business could be energised and ready for the year ahead.
We are pleased to offer IFS customers currently running IFS Applications 9 and 10 an exclusive update support service. Running alongside our existing managed support offering, the new service is designed to make the adoption of core IFS solution updates as smooth as possible.
Issued quarterly from IFS, an update is essentially a cumulative set of fixes and improvements for the core version of IFS software and is delivered by IFS Product Development. Each update mainly contains patches, legal requirements, new capabilities and security vulnerability and bug fixes. They are a key element of how IFS supports their customers and is a method of ensuring that they can continuously deliver a quality experience.
Cooper Software recognise the important role that graduates play in the success of our company and the entire software industry as a whole. Not only do they bring the latest skills and knowledge to our teams but they offer fresh ideas and a new perspective. What’s more, bringing students and graduates on board can be an excellent way for us to gain extra resource on projects while at the same time, allowing them to test and develop their knowledge on business and technologies and work on exciting, real-life projects that make a transformational difference to our clients.
Much of the reporting around Brexit has concentrated on the impacts at the border with all the additional paperwork but it is worth noting these changes extend to the way you record VAT as well. While the tax return submission process will remain the same, it is necessary to update how you record purchases from and sales to the EU if this return is to remain accurate.
When we embarked on our journey developing ACQUIRE, well over a decade ago, we took a lot of time to engage with our customers to understand their requirements from both a functional and an ownership perspective. This engagement in the endless variety of data capture requirements has seen us develop a number of bespoke solutions, each tailored precisely to the customers’ requirements.
Article by Adrian Dickson, Solution Architect and Senior IFS Consultant.
Choosing the right partner to implement your IFS solution is almost as important as selecting the solution itself. It is vital that the partner you choose has the necessary knowledge, skills, and experience to carry out the implementation. The needs of the entire organisation must be considered, particularly as the implementation spans the entire business and encompasses all critical functions and processes at a time when it is imperative that ‘business as usual’ is maintained.
Hamamatsu Photonics had recently upgraded their IFS ERP platform to version Applications 9. Following this, they entered a period of business improvement reviews to drive more efficiencies and leverage the use of IFS across more of the business.
At their site in Herrsching am Ammersee, Germany, Hamamatsu Photonics were constructing a brand-new warehouse to house their supply chain processes and wanted to ensure the efficient use of IFS to underpin these processes for increased traceability and stock visibility. More specifically, they wanted to implement a mobile data capture solution to allow their warehouse operators to make use of barcodes for the handling and tracking of inventory/sales parts and reduce the manual burden on the order processing team.
“Cooper software was a great help with our first steps into a location bound warehouse system. The High Level Unit solution they have provided is a real game changer for our logistics.” Stephan Kalkschmidt, Warehouse.
One of our key strengths, or USPs if you like, is our ability to develop applications and software products that extend the capability and functionality of our customer’s ERP solutions to meet those “last mile” yet critical requirements. Over the last 15 years, we have developed well over 100 such applications with plenty more in the pipeline. These include mobile applications as well as the creation of our own complementary products such as Trax, Acquire, MTD and ProScope. All have been designed and developed to maximise the value of our customers’ ERP implementations.
We are pleased to have successfully passed our annual ISO 9001:2015 certification surveillance assessment with BSI.
The auditor representing BSI concluded that over the last 12 months, Cooper Software has continued to successfully demonstrate the ability of our management system to support the various statutory, regulatory and contractual requirements that are essential under ISO 9001.