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Why it's time for insurers to invest in tech

Posted by Simon Michie | 23 Sep 2016, 10:47 AM

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Over the next two years more than three quarters of insurance firms are planning on investing in new technology with half planning on investment in 2017. Simon Michie looks at the some of the drivers behind this investment, including security and agility, as insurance firms across the sector look to maximise their customer value and create a competitive edge.

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Will public perception over data sharing ever change?

Posted by Peter Nailer | 31 Aug 2016, 11:45 AM

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Following an earlier report on Ofgem’s plans to set up a database service to ensure a competitive marketplace for household’s energy tariffs, Peter Nailer looks at the perception of data sharing and examples of how data has been used in innovative ways that has been embraced by the public.

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Brexit, Privacy Shield, GDPR and beyond: Where do we go from here?

Posted by Mark Hall | 25 Aug 2016, 10:52 AM

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Following a momentous decision in the UK Brexit vote, it is unsurprising that the last few months have been filled with Brexit stories and questions. With many organisations already heavily into data handling changes to ensure they are GDPR-ready for new data protection laws, those same organisations are now wondering how the vote outcome will affect them. In this blog, Mark Hall cuts through the uncertainty surrounding the effects of the Brexit vote to discuss possible changes to key areas such as data handling and protection.

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Living the G-Cloud dream

Posted by Peter Nailer | 23 Aug 2016, 11:04 AM

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Redcentric's G-Cloud dream is very much alive and well and continuing to open doors to the UK public sector for SMEs across the country. In this blog, Peter Nailer looks at how Redcentric have tailored their G-Cloud offering to mirror the development of the solution. By constantly reviewing and refining our offerings dependant on the client requirements, Peter explains how, with continued support and development, G-Cloud has the potential to offer SMEs so much more.

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What the swan did next

Posted by Ian Rhodes | 15 Aug 2016, 10:48 AM

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Fresh from completing an intensive three month network upgrade Ian Rhodes, Redcentric’s Platform Director, reflects on the considerations that go into making network improvements and how these improvements are critical to underpinning a resilient and available service.

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What is top of the shopping list for retailers?

Posted by Simon Michie | 9 Aug 2016, 14:27 PM

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As more and more household high-street names are closing their doors, retailers are learning the importance of aligning both their offline and online offerings to create one seamless customer experience. Simon Michie, CTO at Redcentric, looks at the technology retailers have identified as key investments to meet their objectives and help them to become the next industry goliaths.

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Spend or Save? The Top Five Technologies to Transform an Insurance Broking Business

Posted by Simon Michie | 29 Jul 2016, 14:59 PM

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Recent research carried out showed that 68% of mid-sized professional services businesses are looking at investing in new technology this year. Simon Michie believes that, despite a reputation for being cautious, the number of insurance brokers in this figure will be high as they look to differentiante themselves and offer the best customer exeprience. With legacy systems holding them back and almost 70% of IT budget going on day-to-day-maintenance, Simon lists his five top new technologies that he believes will help make a positive impact on the broking business.

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Law firms must overcome data management and security fears

Posted by Jonathan Birch | 11 Jul 2016, 11:20 AM

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There are many benefits to the legal sector taking a paperless approach when it comes to storing data. However, as recent research revealed, 29% of legal firms still saw digital data storage and security as a major business challenge. Outside of the legal sector, hybrid cloud solutions help many businesses overcome their anxieties towards cloud data storage and this blog explains why a hybrid solution along with proper staff training and constant security reviews should help the legal sector overcome those same issues.

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Wireless: Good for the nations health

Posted by Mark Hall | 27 Jun 2016, 10:45 AM

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Last year, in a bid to improve patient experience and medical treatment, the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced that all NHS buildings were to be equipped with free Wi-Fi. Mark Hall explains why this significant investment in digital healthcare means more to the sector than just patients having free access to Netflix and Facebook and how, from cutting paperwork to faster referrals and alert-based monitoring, if rolled-out properly, the benefits to the sector could be endless.

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Out with the old, in with the new: How law firms are driving efficiencies

Posted by Simon Michie | 20 Jun 2016, 17:01 PM

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Following recent research within the legal sector, our CTO Simon Michie looks at the current challenges law firms are facing in meeting their strategic objectives, and how they are utilising technology to stimulate growth. Simon looks at the key stats within the research and how a managed IT services provider can help to drive efficiencies within legal firms.

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In-house, In-Cloud, In-data-centre or hybrid – which way to go?

Posted by Jonathan Birch | 14 Jun 2016, 16:08 PM

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Today businesses are left with a range of options on how to host their IT systems. Jonathan Birch, our head of infrastructure services, looks at the choices, the benefits and disadvantages of each of the hosting options.

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Bricks and mortar retailers need to be fast and agile too

Posted by Simon Michie | 6 Jun 2016, 16:07 PM

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Retailers have more to focus on than just being agile and responsive online. With the high street still providing a significant proportion of a retailer’s total revenue we look at how creating a fast and agile physical environment within your stores can create a competitive advantage.

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Healthcare innovation, not data theft

Posted by Peter Nailer | 17 May 2016, 09:38 AM

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Technology giant Google recently announced it will be launching an app in conjunction with the NHS to monitor for symptoms of kidney failure. However, despite the obvious positives to this technology, this potentially lifesaving project is facing a backlash due to the implications of Google having full access to the medical records of more than 1.6 million patients in the UK without prior patient consultation.

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Just because you can't see it…

Posted by Jonathan Birch | 13 May 2016, 10:20 AM

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Redcentric's customers expect a high standard of service but this takes time, money and effort to ensure the infrastructure used to deliver our solutions is of the highest standard. This blog argues that, while it is fine to expect a high-standard of service, it is just as important to remember the commitment, investment and hard work that goes on behind the scenes to ensure the service remains at an on-going high standard.

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5 ways to tailor your wireless LAN Service

Posted by Sean Paxton | 29 Apr 2016, 16:24 PM

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Public space WiFi, while adequate for the job it is required for, is essentially a limited product. For most enterprises there is the need for more than just a vanilla solution for their wireless requirements and with that comes the importance of the managed service provider. This blog looks at the key elements your business should consider when looking for a managed wireless solution and provider.

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How #GenMobile is spurring the wireless workplace

Posted by Simon Michie | 21 Apr 2016, 14:55 PM

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A recent study showed 63% of employees born between the years 1980 and 2000 (or #GenMobile) felt that their personal devices played a key part in managing their lives both in and out of work, causing an increased demand on wireless networks. We look at how businesses are responding to meet the needs of an increasingly connected generation.

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Busting cloud myths

Posted by Stuart Brown | 14 Apr 2016, 14:10 PM

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With data loss and theft being a big concern of CIO’s, Stuart Brown our Principle Solutions Architect looks at the common myths that surround questions of moving data into the Cloud as well as looking at other areas that could create a data loss or theft within organisations.

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Oracle on customer launch opens up true hybrid Cloud

Posted by Vaughan Andrews | 5 Apr 2016, 17:14 PM

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With Oracle announcing last month their Oracle Cloud at Customer we look at how this changes hybrid Cloud proposition for Oracle and helps to meet requirements such as data residency, security or compliance issues.

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The beating heart of innovation: how machine learning could drive patient health care

Posted by Francis White | 1 Apr 2016, 14:18 PM

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Francis White, NHS Innovation Fellow and VP sales & business development at AliveCor, gives his thoughts on innovation within healthcare. He discusses how innovation needs to be supported by technology to fulfill its potential and what the impact can be on the industry.

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NHS Innovation Accelerator

Posted by Mark Hall | 1 Apr 2016, 11:58 AM

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As the NHS is challenged with reducing spend and meeting increasing demand, the NHS has had to put innovation at the heart of its programmes to deliver better outcomes against the NHS Outcomes Framework. We look at the NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA) fellowship programme and some thoughts as guest blogs.

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