Celebrating 40 Years: A Legacy of Transforming Your Challenges into Our Solutions

As we celebrate our 40th anniversary here at Shireburn Software, we can’t help but reflect on the incredible journey we’ve embarked on – a journey shaped by the trust and support of clients like you. This milestone isn’t just about us; it’s about the transformational collaborations we’ve had the privilege to forge with incredible partners like yourself.

For four decades, we’ve been driven by the commitment to turn your challenges into our solutions. It all started in 1983 when our Chairman and Founder, John de Giorgio, set out on a path to revolutionise the business solutions landscape. Today, we stand proud, having evolved into a significant force in the market servicing over 7,500 companies benefiting from our diverse suite of products, ranging from accounting and inventory management, to payroll, HR, and attendance management, among others.

John de Giorgio
Chairman and Founder

In the words of John de Giorgio, “Our success is a testament to the dedication of our team and the trust clients place in us.” We couldn’t agree more. It’s your belief in us that has fueled our pursuit of excellence, propelling us forward in an ever-evolving digital landscape.

Yasmin de Giorgio, our CEO, shares her pride in leading a team that consistently pushes boundaries and delivers value. She adds, “This anniversary is a celebration of the huge impact Shireburn has had over 40 years. It is the impact of our products and outstanding support service that has created the relationships with clients that has stood the test of time.”

Yasmin de Giorgio

Christian Agius

Speaking of our team, our Chief Operations Officer, Christian Agius, emphasises our approach to challenges, saying, “We have a deep commitment to  learning and improving. We don’t outsource the hard parts, but constantly push ourselves out of our comfort zone to keep making our products better.” His words reflect our commitment to learning and growing together, tackling obstacles head-on.

Neil Caruana, our Head of Engineering, beautifully captures the essence of our approach: “We build things like we’re building them for ourselves, we solve problems as though we are solving them for ourselves.” At Shireburn, our commitment extends beyond solving problems. It’s about crafting solutions that resonate profoundly because we invest ourselves in every aspect. We pride ourselves on an intimate understanding of your needs, infusing warmth and passion into everything we create.

Neil Caruana
Head of Engineering

As we celebrate this remarkable occasion, we recommit ourselves to our core values of integrity, innovation, and customer-centricity. Your trust and partnership have been instrumental, and we’re excited to continue this transformative journey together.

Thank you for being an integral part of our story. Your support inspires us to stay on the edge, pushing ourselves and each other, never settling for the ordinary.

Maximising Project Efficiency: Empowering ‘Time-Tracking by Project’ using the Indigo Mobile App

Are you tired of managing countless spreadsheets and manual time-tracking methods for project management? Wondering if there’s a simpler, more efficient solution? Discover how the Indigo Mobile App revolutionises time-tracking, offering streamlined project management and enhancing overall business productivity.

Seamless Time-Tracking Experience

With the Indigo Mobile App, time-tracking by project becomes a breeze. The app allows employees to clock in and out, assign time to specific projects, and effortlessly switch between them; all in real-time, allowing you to catch a break on the never-ending paper trails and spreadsheets. Our app offers versatile views: ‘Search’ for quick navigation, ‘All’ for active projects, ‘Recent’ for past projects, and ‘Favourites’ for starred projects, easing selection particularly in extensive lists. Additionally, employees can switch projects mid-clocking, either creating a new punch or modifying the existing one without clocking out. Managers can access real-time data on how much time each employee attributes to a project, enabling better resource allocation and allowing informed decision-making.

Boosting Employee Productivity


In today’s ever-changing work environment, where hybrid work is increasingly becoming a norm, the Indigo Mobile App empowers employees to track their time from anywhere, facilitating flexible work arrangements without compromising productivity. By providing a clear overview of project timelines and deadlines, the app helps employees stay focused on project goals. The ability to allocate time to specific tasks encourages a more structured and productive workflow.

Seamlessly Integration and Scalability


The app seamlessly integrates with our Indigo Payroll system, ensuring a smooth workflow which minimises data entry duplication and streamlines the overall process. Whether your business is just starting or a well-established one, we strive to adapt your challenges to our solutions. This scalability accommodates growing teams and expanding projects without compromising efficiency, making it a viable long-term solution.
Tracking time by project is no longer a hassle with the Indigo Mobile App – Empower your business today. Get in touch with us today and embark on a journey towards effortless project management.


Streamline Attendance Management with Indigo Mobile

Are you tired of the hassles that come with managing employee attendance? The days of grappling with paper schedules and navigating complex systems are over. Say hello to the revamped Indigo Mobile app – the ultimate solution for hassle-free attendance tracking. Our revamped app simplifies clocking in and out, provides easy access to your shift calendar, seamlessly manages multiple job accounts, captures employee locations, and even allows for offline clocking records to be auto-uploaded. Here’s how Indigo Mobile is transforming the way businesses handle attendance.


<h4>Effortless Clocking In and Out</h4>


Managing attendance shouldn’t be a headache. Indigo Mobile simplifies the process, allowing employees to clock in and out effortlessly with just a few taps on their smartphones. Say goodbye to outdated punch cards and manual consolidation of excel sheets. Our user-friendly app ensures accurate timekeeping while integrating seamlessly with the Indigo Suite. The app is easy to navigate, making attendance tracking stress-free and efficient.


<h4>Access your Schedule anytime, anywhere!</h4>


Break free from the constraints of traditional scheduling. Indigo Mobile lets your team access their schedule on the go. Whether you’re at home or out on the go, we’re helping you stay organised by accessing your shift schedule directly from your smartphone. This feature is a game-changer for employees with different job roles or those working across multiple locations.


<h4>Seamlessly Manage Multiple Job Accounts</h4>


Accessing multiple job accounts for different companies has never been smoother. Indigo Mobile’s interface and real-time updates empower your team to effortlessly access multiple responsibilities, depending on the one they’re scheduled to be working on, whether part-time or full-time.


<h4>Location Capture</h4>


Enhance transparency and accountability with the built-in location capture. Indigo Mobile’s GPS technology tracks employee locations during clock-ins and clock-outs, aiding accurate timekeeping. This data not only ensures compliance but also offers insights for optimisation. As a manager, you can review patterns and make data-driven decisions to streamline operations and improve productivity. With the new map view, managers can also see who clocked in or out from which location.


<h4>Offline Clocking Record Updates</h4>


Bid farewell to connectivity worries with Offline Clocking Record Uploads. We’re helping your team stay punctual even in low-reception zones. When you record a clocking whilst offline, the app will automatically upload it when connectivity is restored, taking away the stress about missing clocking records due to network issues.


In conclusion, Indigo Mobile’s user-friendly interface, real-time updates, and innovative features ensure accurate and efficient attendance management. Are you ready to say goodbye to paper-based struggles and complex systems? Make the change today and experience the simplicity and organisation Indigo Mobile brings to your workforce.

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Reduce Local Infrastructure. Hello Hassle-Free Cloud Hosting

Reduce Local Infrastructure. Hello Hassle-Free Cloud Hosting

Cloud hosting is an online service that allows users to access software applications and store data on remote servers instead of using a local infrastructure. Many of our clients are switching to hosting our applications in the cloud as we collectively adapt to the increasing digital and remote age. This is why at Shireburn we are now offering cloud-hosting services for the Shireburn Financial Manager (SFM), Shireburn Inventory Management System (SIMS) and Shireburn Freight System (SFS). In this blogpost we will be discussing several benefits that this offering could provide to companies like yours.

Buying and maintaining hardware is costly and a headache that can be avoided. 

One of the main benefits of cloud-hosted applications is that there is no need for local infrastructure. When a company uses local infrastructure, they need to have physical servers and other hardware on-premises to store their data and run their applications. This means that the company needs to purchase, install, configure, and maintain all the hardware and software required to keep their systems running. Additionally, local infrastructure can take up valuable office space, and it can be expensive to upgrade or replace equipment as needed. 

Tired of continuously investing money to keep your infrastructure up to date? By using Shireburn’s cloud-hosting services for SFM, SIMS, and SFS, you don’t need to worry about any of this. We will provide you with a fully managed service including hosting your server at secure data centres, backup of your data, and a secure connection to the Shireburn applications.

Access anytime, anywhere! 

Are you struggling to ensure that your team can easily access SFM, SIMS, or SFS, even when working from home? Many of our clients need their workers to access systems remotely, whether because they have multiple office locations, or have remote workers. The need for remote access is only becoming bigger and can help you empower your workforce to work more flexibly, increasing productivity and collaboration.

No more security and maintenance hassles! 

Partner with us to host your applications on the cloud while you focus on growing your business. You will have the benefit of one point of reference to support your business systems while we take care of hosting and backing up your data, updating antivirus software, and keeping your servers secure. Our servers are protected by multiple layers of security, including firewalls, intrusion detection systems, and 24/7 monitoring. Additionally, our antivirus software in place offers enhanced protection against malware and other cyber threats.  

In short, hosting your SFM, SIMS and SFS applications on the cloud allows you to access the software and services you need, without the need for local infrastructure. This substantially helps companies reduce costs, increase flexibility, and focus on their core business functions, while leaving the technical details to us. 

If you already have a licence for SFM, SIMS or SFS, we can migrate these onto our cloud-hosted environment effortlessly. By switching over to cloud-hosted applications, companies can save money, increase productivity, and focus on their core business functions. 

Ready to say goodbye to local infrastructure?


Taking confident decisions – driven by accurate and timely data

The pandemic can be seen as having brought about a substantial mindset shift in terms of dealing with our people. There has never been a more obvious focus on the welfare of our people. Almost overnight, companies had to grapple with the need to ensure the welfare of their staff coupled with the survival of their business. The speed with which decisions had to be taken coupled with the uncertainty and fear in the first few weeks of the outbreak of Covid-19 has forced us to reassess not only our people policies but also the management of our data and how this can be used as a decision making tool, especially in times when decisions were required quickly and surely.
I can recall the difficulties with needing up to date and real time information on staff movements, numbers and statistics when looking at shifting priorities during the pandemic. How many vulnerable staff did the company have? Where were they located? What shift system was impacted? How can my company be split into teams? These questions and more were the bread and butter of decision making for an extended period of time.
I was assured of one fact. My payroll information was intact, updated and reliable. That is where I had to start from. This was a good start yet having to clean the data, work it on excel, find my way through v-look up and other complicated formulae became daunting. I couldn’t get over the missing comma or the extra bracket. I was acutely aware of the urgent need to up to date information which I can analyse.
I have always believed that you are as good at your job as when you face a crisis. It is at these times that one requires accurate data and effective analysis. This is when people analytics comes into the picture. With one click the full picture emerges. One click and the red flags stare you in the face. One click and you can decide with full confidence that your data is accurate.
No more decisions in the dark. Reliable, accurate and easy to use. Decisions have never been easier and safer to take.


The CEOs People Dilemma

How many times have you presented strategies that haven’t worked out as you intended? How many times have you made plans only to realise that you didn’t have the capacity to implement these plans? How many times have you turned to your people and felt frustrated at their lack of motivation, lack of drive or even lack of understanding? How many times have you heard yourself think ‘my people are not up to the task’ or wondered ‘how can I get my people to do this?’

Whichever industry you are in, whatever initiative you are driving and irrespective of how digitised you have become, ultimately your business will depend on the people. It makes sense therefore to take a closer look at your greatest investment and greatest competitive differentiator in the market. It is your people that define you and it is your people that will bring your business goals to light. Yet in reality, how much do we know about our people?

How often do you look at your wage bill on your P&L and wonder why it is increasing? How often do you wonder where this investment is going and what added value it is bringing to your business? Your wage bill is probably your biggest cost. It is also your biggest investment. Yet, how much do you actually know about this cost? How much data have you got in hand to analyse this cost?
The world of people analytics is a relatively old concept yet one that boggles the mind as to how to extract this data and analyse it properly. Beyond the excel formulas and brackets, inverted commas, pivot tables and v-look ups, there is a wealth of information to be explored and analysed. I have always wondered why it comes so naturally to finance driven people to understand a company just by looking at a P&L, yet struggle to explore the data behind their people costs.

In all honesty I do not blame CEOs for this oversight. People are often complicated and difficult to understand. One can be forgiven for thinking this area is best left undiscovered. Yet who wouldn’t want to be given a clear picture of their people in an objective and non-judgemental way? Numbers and dashboards don’t lie. They represent a picture. It’s the information that picture gives us that allows us to make informed decisions. Decisions that are not based on opinion or on gut feeling or even on a whim. Decisions that are taken on fact .

Just imagine what insight you can gain with data that can be extracted from your people analytics. Are your staff on the verge of burnout? Is there a toxic manager in your midst? Are your people abusing of sick leave? Is there a staff member at risk in your company? Are your staff engaged and, if not, why? What is my wage bill projection for the next few years? How sustainable are my teams in the current environment? The list of analytics is extensive. It’s a question of how to obtain this insight.

People data gives you the opportunity to dig beneath the surface of your largest line item – your people. Understanding what’s at play and what decisions are required to maximise this investment will ensure it adds the required value to your business. For, after all, our people are our major competitive advantage.