IDU | Budgeting Forecasting and Reporting Solutions: January 2019

Thursday, 24 January 2019

IDU identified as a High Performer by G2 Crowd

IDU has been identified as a High Performer in the Corporate Performance Management (CPM) industry by the prestigious G2 Crowd 2019 Winter Report.

The report which ranks and compares leading CPM solutions based on market presence and customer satisfaction ratings was released earlier this month.

“Rankings on G2 Crowd reports are based on data provided to us by real users,” said Michael Fauscette, chief research officer, G2 Crowd. “We are excited to share the achievements of the products ranked on our site because they represent the voice of the user and offer terrific insights to potential buyers around the world.”

According to G2 Crowd, “High Performers provide products that are highly rated by their users, but have not yet achieved the market share and scale of the vendors in the Leader category.”

 We are incredibly grateful to our customers for sharing their recommendations. We strive to deliver a combination of the best possible product, user experience and support to our customers, and this feedback shows we are on the right track.” says Kevin Phillips, CEO, IDU.

We wanted to share some of the amazing feedback we received from our customers in their reviews:

“IDU is not only a great and easy to use budgeting application, but helps drive day to day ownership of business unit or departmental budgets, cost management, revenue growth and variance reporting by the business unit or department leaders.”

“IDU is excellent and user friendly, it gives you the ability to view your financial data in the most effective and simplistic way possible. This software can be used by everyone (including a non-financial user).”

“IDU offers excellent software and support.”

To read the full list of reviews please visit the IDU page on G2 Crowd. 

Read more about IDU or to schedule a demo of our software visit our website at

About G2 Crowd
G2 Crowd, the world’s leading business solution review platform, leverages more than 440,000 user reviews to drive better purchasing decisions. Business professionals, buyers, investors, and analysts use the site to compare and select the best software and services based on peer reviews and synthesized social data. Every month, more than one million people visit G2 Crowd’s site to gain unique insights. Co-founded by the founder and former executives of SaaS leaders like BigMachines (acquired by Oracle) and SteelBrick (acquired by Salesforce) and backed by more than $45 million in capital, G2 Crowd aims to bring authenticity and transparency to the business marketplace. For more information, go to

Thursday, 17 January 2019

Can blockchain and POPI be friends?

Inevitably innovation challenges the typical ways of doing things and regulation always seems to lag progress. How can we balance protecting personal identification information with the opportunities offered by blockchain?

There’s no doubt that 2018 was the year that the protection of personal information became front of mind, whether through data breaches, Facebook sharing information for dubious purposes, or the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in the European Union and the still pending roll out of the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA) in South Africa. Depending on your perspective, 2018 was when we finally started ensuring companies take their responsibilities seriously, or the year we started breaking things and stifling innovation by trying to protect personal information in inappropriate ways. (It’s probably a bit of both.) 

Take POPI and blockchain, for instance. Blockchain is the distributed ledger technology that underlies cryptocurrencies, but also can be used to power many other things. For instance, Malta is looking at a blockchain-powered land and health registry. And Estonians can log into their blockchain-based healthcare registry and see exactly who has accessed their details.

The savings alone that blockchain offers are staggering. Goldman Sachs estimates that the securities industry could save $11 - $12 billion in fees by using blockchain to remove errors in the clearing and settlement of cash securities. And we have only started to scratch the surface of what blockchain technology will allow us to do. It’s useful to think of blockchain as an operating system, like Microsoft Windows or Apple OS. The really exciting stuff is what people will develop on top of it. 

A fundamental feature of a blockchain, what makes it so useful for storing important records, is that it can never be erased or rewritten. But wait a minute, what about the right to be forgotten, to have personal data deleted, especially from the internet? This is explicit in GDPR, which any South African company dealing with customers in the European Union has to comply with, and implied by POPI, which says that people can request their personal information and records be corrected or deleted. 

Does this mean we have to choose? Remain stuck in the past and miss out on the promise of what blockchain will enable for us and our customers, or risk the fines threatened by POPI and GDPR and the brand damage associated with non-compliance? Alternatively, do we water down blockchain technology, and its capabilities and promise? Can you imagine if almost 40 years ago, we severely constrained an aspect of the brand-new Microsoft Windows interface manager? What would we have missed out on? Let’s not do that with blockchain, either.

Blockchain 101
Unlike central registries controlled by a single authority, say a bank, blockchain ledgers are spread out over a number of anonymous computers, connected on a peer-to-peer basis. The people involved don’t have to know, or even trust, each other. Transactions are announced to the group and recorded by everyone. At set intervals a section of the ledger, called a block, is locked irreversibly using cryptography and information from the previous block, and added to the blockchain. Working on the principle that the majority is honest, if any copy of the block on the network doesn’t match that of the others, it is replaced with information the majority agree on. In other words, the longest block is the true one.