Business Systems, Integration and Reporting

Ambitious businesses need efficient and scalable systems and processes. This allows a business to grow and flourish while 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 business sense 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.

Below are some relevant briefings, posts, videos and stories from our clients.

All written in Plain English and suitable for CEOs and Exec members.

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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Bonhill Group plc

Integrated the existing systems and processes between the US and the UK, developed and implemented an entirely new technology infrastructure Read more

Client story

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

Integration problems can cause your business quite a bit of damage. When systems don’t talk to each other, it inhibits...

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How Successful ERP Projects Can Transform a Business

We’ve recorded a series of discussions with our ERP experts: Regional Directors David Birnbaum, Kingsley Hill, Craig Teahen and John...

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ERP and Integration Issues Knowledge Center

For companies facing integration issues, the solution may be the introduction of ERP. Read more
Knowledge Center

AI and Midmarket Businesses: The Real Opportunities, and the Hype

From Amazon to Zappos, companies are investing heavily in Artificial Intelligence (AI). They’re using AI to radically change how they...

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Manufacturing Insights — Part 2: Checklist for Successful ERP Projects

This is the second of our three-part series on the future of manufacturing. Check out Part 1: The Impact of...

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Technology Roadmap for Growth – A CEOs Briefing

If you’re planning for significant growth — or better yet, your business is already seeing it — you need IT...

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Simplify Digital

The experience to help you lead expansion and prepare for due diligence Read more

Client story

Can Software Robots Really Eliminate Admin?

According to McKinsey & Company, 60% of jobs could automate 30% of their tasks. Forrester, a respected technology research company,...

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Introduction & Part I: Streamline Systems to Control Costs

How AEC Can Succeed with Digital: Introduction The COVID-19 pandemic has brought global business to a halt, and the architecture,...

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Part II: Get Onsite IT Right

Part II: Get Onsite IT Right In the coming days, we’ll be posting about how midmarket AEC firms can use...

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Part III: Building Information Modelling (BIM)

Part III: Building Information Modelling (BIM) In recent weeks, we’ve been posting about how midmarket AEC firms can recover and...

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Robotic Process Automation (RPA) Knowledge Center

All you need to know about Robotic Process Automation (RPA) Read more
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Part IV: Next Gen Tech

Part IV: Next Gen Tech Here’s the next instalment in our series on how midmarket AEC firms can succeed with...

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Part V: IT Leadership

Part V: IT Leadership This is the final instalment in our series on how midmarket AEC firms can succeed with...

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Bitcoin – What Is It and What Does It Mean to Business?

What is Bitcoin? Bitcoin is a digital-only currency, or “cryptocurrency,” created in 2009. It has many (or perhaps all) of...

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5 Key IT Points for CEOs in AEC

At Freeman Clarke, we work extensively in AEC (architecture, engineering and construction). We’ve seen that when AEC companies use IT...

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Who are Freeman Clarke?

We are the largest and most experienced team of CIOs and CTOs and work exclusively in the mid-market. Our team...

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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 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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The Role of a CTO In The Mid-Market

Companies of all sizes are increasingly aware of the role technology plays in the success of their businesses.  Business and...

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What Do We Do at Freeman Clarke?

We are the largest and most experienced team of part-time, or fractional, CIOs and CTOs and work exclusively in the...

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How to Stop Worrying About Cyber Security and Compliance: Part I

The first in our two-part report that will help busy CEOs mitigate the stress of cyber security and compliance. It’s...

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How to Stop Worrying About Cyber Security and Compliance: Part II

The second of our two-part report providing busy CEOs with a template for mitigating the stresses and risks of cyber...

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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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COVID-19 Knowledge Center

Businesses will be facing some tough challenges over the coming weeks and months and it is vital that we in... Read more
Knowledge Center

Future Biogas

Delivered a seamless network to connect their nine sites, incorporating the industrial computers and providing improved communications for all their remote locations Read more

Client story

Sleaford Quality Foods

Guided the business towards GDPR compliance, revised the Business Continuity Plan and on boarded a new IT Service Provider Read more

Client story

Rendall and Rittner

Helped them navigate a key decision in respect to IT operating platform Read more

Client story

BRC

Oversaw the IT aspects of an office move; reduced systems cost through better integration and use of the cloud. Read more

Client story

DEKRA

Agile software development for client-facing software products. Leadership of growth and innovation Read more

Client story

Oxitec

IT roadmap, ERP strategy and international implementation for a rapidly growing, externally-backed business Read more

Client story

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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Who is Freeman Clarke?

For every business, the COVID-19 pandemic is a challenge to the wellbeing and safety of their people. IT, systems and...

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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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COVID-19: Message from our Co-founder Graeme Freeman

Visit our COVID-19 knowledge center, which have more useful content related to this topic. Freeman Clarke is the largest and most...

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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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How AEC Can Succeed with Digital: Infographic

To download, save or print this Infographic, click here Freeman Clarke is the largest and most experienced team of part-time...

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Urgent operational challenges from some of our clients

For every business, the COVID-19 pandemic is a challenge to the wellbeing and safety of their people. For some businesses...

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Sterling

Resolved a number of technology issues as well as define, plan and kick-off significant infrastructure and technology projects Read more

Client story

What Is Digital Transformation, Really?

This is the first in our four-part series on Digital Transformation. Many mid-sized businesses see IT simply as an ongoing...

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Digital Transformation: Real World Examples of Market Breakthrough

This is the second in our four-part series on Digital Transformation. For a more in-depth definition of Digital Transformation and...

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Digital Transformation: Wow Your Customers!

Digital Transformation: Wow Your Customers! This is the third in our four-part series on Digital Transformation. For a more in-depth...

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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 it's the CRM system, Finance System, a...

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Manufacturing Insights — Part 1: The Impact of the Internet of Things

This is the first of our three-part series on the future of manufacturing. Check out Part 2: Checklist for Successful...

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Manufacturing Insights — Part 3: Getting Data Right

This is the third of our three-part series on the future of manufacturing. Check out Part 1: The Impact of...

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CEO’s 15-Step Guide to Custom Software Development

Around a quarter of our clients approach us because they don’t know how to effectively kick off a custom software...

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Preparing for Strategic IT Demands from Corporate Clients

It can be a lucrative opportunity when you get the chance to provide products or services to corporate clients. Large,...

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Crown Golf

A proven IT director to oversee management of costs and risks… Read more

Client story

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

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

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Top 10 Tips for Effective IT Supplier Management – Infographic

To download, save or print this infographic click here Your IT Suppliers are a critical component to your success. But...

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Why CTOs Are Crucial to the Success of Mid-Market Companies

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

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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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How Mid-Market Businesses Can Recruit a Quality CTO

IT leaders who focus on software development and digital are often called Chief Technology Officers, or CTOs. You’ll also hear...

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Bitcoin and Blockchain: The Next Big Thing(s)?

Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and the underlying technology promise to change the business world. It’s easy to be cynical about this,...

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How to Avoid a CRM Car Crash

Every CEO knows that customer information is a crucial asset. And how you manage customer relationships is vital. So of...

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How to Make It Work When They Work from Home

Many of our clients want to explore opportunities for their employees to work from home. They have two main drivers:...

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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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Get Real: How Does Tech Fuel Business Growth?

We recently launched Freeman Clarke in the US and hosted an event at the Norwood Club in Chelsea. We invited...

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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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J Tomlinson

J Tomlinson is an integrated multi-disciplinary business providing construction, repairs and maintenance... Read more

Client story

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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COVID-19 Changing suppliers, contracts and managing cash

Freeman Clarke is the largest and most experienced team of part-time (we call it “fractional”) IT leaders. We work exclusively...

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COVID-19 Delivering effective homeworking

Freeman Clarke is the largest and most experienced team of part-time (we call it “fractional”) IT leaders. We work exclusively...

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COVID-19 Moving operations and supply chains

Freeman Clarke is the largest and most experienced team of part-time (we call it “fractional”) IT leaders. We work exclusively...

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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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