Award winning property developer standardises on EASY for its Electronic Document Management demands -
May 8th , 2008 – EASY SOFTWARE UK, Europe’s foremost supplier of integrated document & email management, workflow and archive solutions has today announced that Urban Splash, the design-led property developer that pioneered city centre living, has nominated EASY SOFTWARE as its chosen document management technology partner.
Urban Splash was formed in 1993 and has made a huge contribution to preserving the UK’s built heritage by restoring and regenerating iconic buildings and has set the standard for urban regeneration in Britain. From the Royal William Yard in Plymouth Morecambe’s Art Deco Midland Hotel and the award winning work spaces in Birmingham’s Fort Dunlop, Urban Splash works on the basis that any urban redevelopment is about more than just bricks and mortar. It's about using enlightened design, creating new communities and enhancing people’s lifestyles.
In the last three years Urban Splash has undergone significant growth, from 100 to 300 employees, and that growth is set to continue. But business success has also meant that more and more paper is being generated in each department and the business needed to respond with an electronic document management solution to reduce reliance on paper and increase efficiency and productivity as a result. Fred Doherty is Head of IT at Urban Splash and led the search for a document management company to partner with to provide both their short term and long term electronic document technology needs.
From a shortlist of three suppliers, EASY SOFTWARE was selected. Fred recalls the main selection criteria, “Most suppliers had reasonable technology that could handle the scanning, storing, archiving and retrieval functionality we needed, but they fell down on ease of use. We have a diverse group of users from highly skilled computer literates to construction staff who are not fully conversant with technology and whose priorities lie elsewhere, so the chosen system had to fit the demands of both groups and this is where EASY scored highest. It is truly very simple to use and has an appealing and friendly interface.”
Urban Splash will soon begin its EASY implementation starting first with the accounts function, scanning and storing the 2,000+ invoices that it processes each month. Fred explains, “We have many applications and departments that will benefit from EASY’s document technologies as we are swamped with paper in the form of drawings, plans, agreements, contracts, legal documentation to name but a few. Invoice handling takes up a lot of time and so will benefit quickly from being managed electronically enabling rapid retrieval, less time spent searching, filing and misfiling and will benefit us from a compliance and security perspective as we will have an audit trail of each document and its journey through the business.”
Urban Splash has currently got £130M of projects under construction and £1 billion in the pipeline so finding a quiet time to implement a document management system isn’t easy. However with its busiest build time, Christmas to April, almost out of the way, Fred and his team will kick-start the first document management project in accounts payable.
Andrew Graham is EASY SOFTWARE’s managing director and is looking forward to getting the first implementation underway, “This is a great opportunity for us to work with Urban Splash to support their hugely successful business with document technologies and processes that will create major benefits in space and cost savings, faster service and response times and increased compliance. This is a long term partnership to underpin the business with world-class document technologies from its small beginnings in accounts payable to a company-wide electronic future.”
About Urban Splash
Property developer Urban Splash was founded in 1993 by Tom Bloxham MBE and Jonathan Falkingham. The company has an established reputation as a pioneer in urban regeneration and advocate of modern design.
From a standing start and financed entirely through the re-investment of profits, the company has created over 3,000 new jobs, 1,000 new homes and half million square feet of commercial space.
Urban Splash is currently investing over £1 billion in regeneration projects across the country including: Castlefield, Manchester; New Islington, the third Millennium Community at east Manchester; Altrincham, Cheshire; Ropewalks, Liverpool City Centre; Royal William Yard, Plymouth; Fort Dunlop, Birmingham; Lister Mills, Bradford; Park Hill, Sheffield; Saxton, Leeds; Lake Shore, Bristol; and the Midland Hotel, Morecambe.
The company has received 236 awards to date for its commitment to architecture, design, regeneration and enterprise. Its award winning projects include: Timber Wharf, Box Works and Moho, Castlefield, Manchester; Vanilla Factory and Matchworks, Liverpool; Silk Warehouse, Lister Mills, Bradford and Rotunda, Birmingham. Urban Splash has received 32 prestigious RIBA Awards for Architecture – the most received by a private property developer. For more information visit the company website on www.urbansplash.co.uk .
About EASY SOFTWARE
EASY SOFTWARE, which was founded in 1990 and is listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange, designs, is Europe’s foremost provider of integrated document management technologies. Apart from its head office in Mülheim a.d. Ruhr, the company has further branches in Germany and subsidiaries in Austria (Vienna), Singapore, the USA (Philadelphia) and the UK (London and Bury St. Edmunds).
EASY SOFTWARE markets its innovative products worldwide through its distributed sales, service and support organisation.
EASY SOFTWARE has received the endorsement of Microsoft and has formed more than 400 strategic alliances with systems integrators and line of business application partners. Further information is available from the EASY SOFTWARE UK website at http://www.easysoftware.net.
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