Millennium Raising Futures Kenya Golf Day 2023


The Millennium Raising Futures Kenya Golf Day round up

We raised £5,000 for Raising Futures Kenya

It's always amazing how the weather seems to cooperate during the Millennium Raising Futures Kenya Golf Day. This year was no exception - the bright sunshine was a sight to behold. However, as is typical with the UK weather, grey clouds loomed in the distance. Nonetheless, it was a fantastic day at Sittingbourne Golf Club in Kent.

It was an exciting day for golf enthusiasts as players from different teams gathered to compete for the coveted Millennium Golf Challenge trophy. The USA team emerged victorious this year, with Ray Seamer leading the way as their captain and scoring an impressive 489 points. The team’s Stableford winners were Ben Hunt, Matthew Hunt, Sonny Merril, and Stephen May, who scored a total of 94 points.

Aside from the main competition, other prizes were also awarded for the longest drive and closest to the flag. Four players even managed to beat the professional in the Beat the Pro competition – Tom Edmonds, Mark Barnard, David Blake, and Maartin Heukshorst.

After the game, the players gathered for a post-round dinner where Jane Keet shared an insight about Raising Futures Kenya and the activities taking place on the ground in Kenya. She also highlighted the value of the Millennium golf day support. The dinner was followed by a raffle and auction, which raised a great amount.

The success of the event was made possible by the generous support of Unit4, ICORP, and Arbonne International.

Congratulations to the USA team and all the winners!

Here are some of the highlights:

The day generated £5,000 for Raising Futures Kenya and the money will be put to good use helping young Kenyans.

We look forward to reconvening in 2024 for the next event, and the date and location will be announced in the coming months. We welcome new participants, so if you would like to play next year, contact the Millennium team, who will be happy to provide you with the details.


Raising Futures Kenya

We firmly believe in our social responsibility to the wider community. That’s why, over the last 17 years, we have supported Raising Futures Kenya – a charity that breaks the cycle of inequality and creates opportunities for vulnerable children and young people in Kenya.

Raising Futures Kenya is the charity working together with young people to create opportunities for rewarding futures. Without these opportunities, one in five young people in Kenya face living in poverty; unable to reach their potential.

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Millennium Unit4 Financials by Coda Conference round up


Millennium Unit4 Financials by Coda Conference round up

Millennium Consulting held the ninth annual Unit4 Financials by Coda Conference on Thursday 25th May 2023 at the RSA, London.

The event was opened by Millennium Consulting’s COO, Jeremy Lucas, who also compered the event. The morning started with three presentations from the lead sponsor Unit4; Dave Anstey, Engineering Director, began with a keynote update on the recent commitments and investments made in Financials by Coda, followed by Jane Dolan, Product Owner, who provided a detailed product update. Before the mid-morning break Oliver Sullivin, Sales Growth Director for FP&A, shared a session on the value and functionality offered by FP&A Lite.

The mid-morning sessions started with Chris Peall, Director of Professional Services at Millennium, presenting Millennium+. Next, we heard from our first sponsor, Avalara, followed by a presentation on Complex Billing, the solution from our partner ICORP. Luke Sherratt at Scanmarket rounded up this session.

After lunch, Benoit Dallaporta, Cloud Migration Team Manager at Unit4 and Chris Peall explained that Cloud is great for everyone! Millennium’s cyber security expert, Ben Hart, then took to the stage to explain the importance of cyber resilience. At 3 pm, we welcomed a panel of experts to the stage. During the live Q&A, the experts; Phil Leaf, Jawaid Maqbool, Chris Peall and Ben Hart answered questions from delegates and presented different perspectives, creating a lively discussion in the auditorium.

The day ended with presentations from Good Business Charter and Gold sponsor, Trintech.

"The Millennium Unit4 Financials by Coda conference returned this week, and it turned out to be one of our best conferences yet, with many interesting and informative presentations. I want to thank everyone who attended and give a special thanks to our sponsors, who greatly contributed to the event's success."

— Jeremy Lucas, Chief Operating Officer at Millennium Consulting

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World Password Day 2023

4th May 2023

World Password Day

Started in 2013 by Intel, World Password Day is designed to raise awareness of the role strong passwords can play in securing our digital lives. Now more than ever, with the increasing frequency and sophistication of cyberattacks, it has become essential for individuals and organisations to keep up with best practices for password management. Although strong passwords are not a cure-all for making your organisation Cyber Resilient, they are still one of the best security measures. However, technology and cyber-criminals approaches are ever-changing, meaning advice can change over time.

Today we want to help raise awareness, not only on what is good advice for strong passwords in 2023 but also the reason why. So here are a couple of ways cyber-criminals get hold of passwords and how to defend against them.

In brute-force attacks, an attacker leverages high-speed computing power to try every character combination to break a password or password hash*.

Hive systems’ research gives an idea of the time frame to brute-force a password with that year’s technology. According to their 2023 table, the time to break a complex (numbers, upper and lowercase letters, and symbols) 8-character password in five minutes, and a 14-character complex password should take 1 million years to brute-force.

So, the longer a password, the longer it can take to be brute-forced; the same goes for the complexity of a password; the same 8-character long password, just using lower case could be brute-forced in less than a second, and a 14-character password in about a year.
Consider the growth of computer power and access to powerful cloud computing instances and think ahead; the same 8-character password now down to 5 minutes would have taken around 8 hours to crack six years earlier.

So, to defend against brute-force attacks, a password should be long and complex.

*Passwords do not usually get transferred across a network or the internet; typically, an application converts the password using a special one-way algorithm into a password hash, so the password-checking function only checks that the received password hash is the same as the stored password hash.

Phishing is where an attacker deceives people into revealing information or performing an action. A phishing attempt could be simple (designed to capture the one person in a thousand who doesn’t spot the danger) or complex and very carefully targeted (even security professionals fall for phishing!). One purpose of phishing is to lead people to fake login pages that harvest their passwords.
Keyloggers come in many forms and have legitimate uses. Still, in this context, an attacker might use malware to read and store all the keystrokes on a computer, capturing passwords and sensitive information.

Passwords gained from phishing, keyloggers, and breaches all tend to find their way into large password lists, used to either speed up brute-force attacks (dictionary attacks) or can be used to speed up the breaking of password hashes.

A compromised password is likely to be used in further attacks; if associated with an identity (an email, for example), any related accounts could be in danger if they use the same or similar passwords.

A good defence against compromised passwords is to use a new password for every account. It will not save the breached account but protect your other accounts.

Enforcing a password policy across every account a user needs to do their daily jobs is almost impossible. It is also difficult for users to remember multiple 14-character complex passwords. Users may use bad practices, like a breach of policy, reusing passwords, writing passwords down next to workstations, or saving them in documents.

  • There are lots of ways to help users and defend against bad practices:
    Help users by using single sign-on (SSO) services with an account that can use them and password managers for everything else. These will help users have different and complex passwords*
  • Consider scraping regular password updates; they encourage enumeration (adding a number to the previous password); this is almost as bad as reusing the same password, as many dictionary attacks will enumerate previously breached passwords. Save the password resets for when passwords are compromised or forgotten.
  • When single sign-on and password managers are unavailable, one option is to advise users to use the three random words technique, which uses three random words to build a password, using symbols and numbers in a way that is easy to remember. This middle ground will generate long, complex, and easy-to-remember passwords, protecting against basic brute-force attacks but could speed up specialised dictionary attacks.

*There is a danger here that these systems if compromised, can result in multiple account compromises. Most single sign-on and password managers have extra layers of security built in because of this. Still, users should ensure they use a strong password for the master account when using single sign-n and password managers.


Individuals and organisations can enhance their cybersecurity by following these best practices for passwords and password policies:

  • Use single sign-on first and foremost
  • Create long, complex passwords (14 characters with symbols, numbers, and upper and lower case); store them in a password manager
  • Use the three-word technique when no password manager is available, and you believe you may forget the password
  • Always use a new password with every account
  • Changing passwords should be reserved for compromised or forgotten passwords

In addition to the above, the following best practices can complement strong passwords:

  • Enable multi-factor authentication where you can
  • Regularly check the current password advice as it changes over time
  • Regular security reviews or audits
  • Education and awareness training, understanding why something is a good idea, means people are more likely to comply
  • Tailor your policies to your organisation. The above is good general advice, but something more specific might suit your organisation better

Further up-to-date advice can be found at:

Each year on the first Thursday in May, World Password Day promotes better password habits and provides a timely reminder to evaluate our cybersecurity. If you need any advice, please get in touch. If you are a Millennium+ customer, hours can be used to access our Cybersecurity expertise.

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How IFS software enables the energy sector to address its biggest operational challenges


How IFS software enables the energy sector to address its biggest operational challenges

It is never a case of ‘one-size-fits-all’ when it comes to enterprise resource planning (ERP), enterprise asset management (EAM) and other complex software initiatives. To maximise the chances of a successful project, factors such as sector-specific expertise, vendor reputation and the quality of support on offer must all be given special consideration during the solution selection/procurement process.

This is especially the case for businesses operating within the energy sector. From the revival of the switching economy, through to intense pressure to diversify and decarbonise, energy companies are facing a complex mix of sector-specific operational and market driven challenges at present.

With a track record of serving the needs of the energy sector since its inception, global cloud enterprise software company, IFS is acutely aware of the implications of these challenges.

Here’s how its offerings are equipping energy companies to tackle them head on…

1. Business-wide challenges demand an integrated approach

If a particular plant is hit with performance issues, or a sudden policy shift impacts a niche area of operations, what are the implications for the entire business? What does it mean both operationally – and for your bottom line?

Resource planning and performance management have never been easy for this sector. However, over recent years especially, it seems that the problems faced by energy – political instability, volatile pricing, and, of course, the pressure to hit net-zero, to name just a few – are of a different nature. For one thing, they are less localised: i.e. if an event hits, its implications are rarely confined to a particular business function boundary or geographical area. Another increasing descriptor of such challenges is non-linear: the idea that the full impact of an event or decision is difficult to trace and understand.

For energy enterprises to get a grip on performance and make the right decisions on asset management and allocation, they need clear visibility over all moving parts of the business. This includes linkages to possible early warning signs on performance-related issues. IFS appreciates this better than anyone. Its applications – including EAM, ERP, Enterprise and Asset Lifecycle Management – are made available through a fully composable, integrated platform. It enables planners to collect key information all in one place, get a joined-up picture of performance and make timely, better-informed business decisions.

2. Supporting enhanced customer service

As the price cap gradually becomes redundant, the coming months look set to see a return to competition across the energy sector.

The first stage will most likely take the form of a switching bonanza as customers cast their eyes across a newly competitive market and head for the most attractive tariffs. Beyond this however, savvy operators will be careful to focus not just on price, but on quality of service as a means of securing customer loyalty.

Energy companies need to look carefully at what type of experience customers expect, and whether they are equipped to deliver it. Factors such as speed of response, knowledgeable staff, and consistent, seamless messaging can all offer energy companies the opportunity to establish points of differentiation in the race for both consumers and commercial customers.

IFS applications directly support the development and optimisation of this type of standout customer experience. From human capital management through to customer fault logging, the entire process of service engagement management can be handled on a single platform. These are the building blocks for rapid, consistent service, happier customers and a stronger brand reputation.

3. Ensuring maximum return on technological investments

When market conditions are uncertain, businesses are more likely to think twice about major investments. Against this however, there is a desire on the part of energy companies to boost visibility across their organisations and to ensure they can respond with agility in the face of rapidly changing conditions. As such, despite – or perhaps more accurately, because of – a difficult economy, as many as 60% of businesses plan to increase investments in digital transformation this year.

Businesses are keen to upgrade their capabilities. But with budgets under strain, there is little room for expensive mistakes, and business leaders need to think very carefully about how and where to focus their investments.

Managers responsible for procurement and implementation on major software initiatives need to look very carefully not just at their choice of solutions, but also their choice of vendor. If it is a purely transactional relationship with the vendor attempting to shoehorn the business into a one-size-fits-all solution, the chances of failure are high. By contrast, IFS solutions have been devised and optimised with the needs of the energy sector squarely in mind. This sector-specific expertise helps ensure a genuine strategic partnership, complete with a carefully considered plan for prioritising projects, aligned to the organisation’s goals. This is precisely what companies require to maximise the prospects of success.

4. Helping create more agile businesses

The energy companies most likely to prosper over the coming years will be the ones who can respond with agility to shifting conditions and pre-empt customer demand and expectations. This includes the ability to spot trends in usage demand and behaviour, equipping suppliers with the intel to hone their service offerings accordingly.

IFS applications enable companies to manage and analyse all data relating to customers in a single location. Alongside tools to streamline service management, IFS also offers integrated customer experience management (CXM) software solutions to capture feedback data from customers. Utilising this intel, companies can get a better handle on what is and what isn’t working and focus on service improvements that are in line with customer needs.

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As a premier IFS Managed Service Provider, Millennium Consulting is ideally placed to support energy companies as they seek to transform their operating models to meet the challenges ahead.

To discover what’s possible through the IFS platform reach out to Philip Keet, IFS Customer Services Director via email or LinkedIn.

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Financials Focus: Flexi Fields

Join Millennium Consulting’s Webinar Series, Financials Focus event on Flexi Fields

Unit4 Financials by Coda is no longer just a set of ledgers. With the introduction of Flexi-Fields to your implementation, it can be an information database for most of your reporting needs.

Flexi-Fields allows you to specify a set of user-defined fields which you can use to associate additional information relevant to your company’s business processes.

You can specify fields to contain the following types of information:

  • Dates
  • Text strings
  • Integer values
  • Numeric values to a specified number of decimal places
  • Checkboxes
  • User codes
  • Element level and code combinations

You can also specify tables containing a mixture of these types of user-defined fields.

Thursday 22nd June 2023 at 14.00 p.m. UK for 30 minutes

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N.B. this webinar will be hosted via Microsoft Teams, and you will receive a link to the session after registering. 

Phil Leaf

Systems Architect/Principal Consultant at Millennium Consulting

Phil is one of the world’s leading experts in the use of Unit4 Financials, with over 25 years of experience providing strategic advice, project management, implementation, and migration services for clients across the globe.

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Financials Focus: Millennium+

Thursday 27th July 2023

Financials Focus: Flexi Fields

Thursday 22nd June 2023

Unit4 Financials 2023 Q1 Release

Unit4 Financials by Coda 2023 Q1 was made available on 14 March 2023.

The new release contains all the previous Unit4 Financials functionality and new features. Plus, many additional customer requested fixes, highlighting the importance of logging enhancements via Unit4’s Community 4U.

Highlights of the 2023 Q1 release include:


  • User Master


  • Element Authorisation
  • Pay Format Files
  • Deprecated features


General Fixes/Updates

  • Information about the version of a Desktop Application has now been updated to refer to the About option on the application menu.
  • The Browse Worklist link has been corrected in the workflow alert email, the link now opens Browse Worklist.
  • Metadata Dataview – It is now possible to add new attributes when editing dataview joins.
  • Resolved an intermittent logon issue in Workflow Designer and Print Formatter.
  • Functional errors (with stack trace) generated in webservices are no longer output to the container log.
  • Out of memory errors when exporting data have now been fixed as part of general improvements to state handling.
  • The Installation Requirements have been updated to explain how to get Java 11 to print the same separators as Java 8 for certain locales (for example Swiss French).
  • If a cost centre transfer fails to post (for example – when period access is closed), the asset is no longer kept locked.
  • All rows in Billing Browse are selected when using the ‘Select All’ check box.
  • Restricted tax lists set on finance document masters are now enforced in Intray Management and Browse Intray.
  • Header only documents on the Intray can now be retrieved for modification and deletion in Intray Management and Browse Intray.
  • An original user can now modify and post back to the intray (but not to the books) a document whose “Prevent posting to books by original user” flag is set.
  • Column recnum on tables ‘oas_elmhistory’, ‘oas_inthist’, ‘oas_lethist’ and ‘oas_prlhist’ has been increased in size from smallint to int to minimise accidental rollover.
  • XL will reauthenticate when the current session expires.
  • Reduced the memory usage in the CSV Transformation and the Repository Output.
  • Security of attachments has been improved

The Release Notes detailing the fixes and features within this release can be found in the Documentation area on Unit4’s Community 4U.


Release dates for Cloud users

Unit4 Cloud customers are notified by Unit4 Cloud support when their pre-production and production systems will be updated. This information can also be found within the Cloud Services – Release Schedules area. View the 2023 Cloud Schedule here.

The Release Notes detailing the fixes and features within this release can be found in the Documentation area on Unit4’s Community 4U.

Upgrading Financials is not merely about accessing the new functionality that comes with a new software release. It is also about mitigating technology, operational, and business risk.

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Renewable energy to become the world’s top source of electricity by 2025

Renewable energy will become the world’s top source of electricity within three years, new data reveals.

According to the International Energy Agency Electricity Market Report 2023, 90% of new demand between now and 2025 will be covered by clean energy sources like wind and solar, along with nuclear energy.

This growth in output means that renewables will become the world’s largest electricity source within three years – providing 35% of the world’s electricity and overtaking coal.

"The world’s growing demand for electricity is set to accelerate, adding more than double Japan’s current electricity consumption over the next three years. The good news is that renewables and nuclear power are growing quickly enough to meet almost all this additional appetite, suggesting we are close to a tipping point for power sector emissions."

— IEA Executive Director, Fatih Birol

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IFS offers the best engineering services and industrial processes to clients involved in various industrial manufacturing sectors. IFS also provides efficient, environment-friendly renewable energy solutions for your renewable energy sector needs.

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