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Why it's time for insurers to invest in tech

Posted by Simon Michie | 23 Sep 2016, 09:11 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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What is top of the shopping list for retailers?

Posted by Simon Michie | 9 Aug 2016, 09:41 AM

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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, 11:48 AM

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

Posted by Simon Michie | 20 Jun 2016, 16:59 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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Bricks and mortar retailers need to be fast and agile too

Posted by Simon Michie | 7 Jun 2016, 11:49 AM

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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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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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CIOs target innovation but gaining their colleagues’ trust is key

Posted by Simon Michie | 22 Jan 2016, 12:24 PM

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Looking at recent research from CIO Insight and IDG that focussed on innovation plans found that CIO’s role are pivotal during 2016 and will be used to drive revenue growth. Simon Michie looks at the findings of this research and how it’s mirrored with Redcentric’s own research findings on UK businesses’ journey to the Cloud.

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Evolutionaries, experimenters and cautionaries: whats your approach to the cloud

Posted by Simon Michie | 30 Oct 2015, 12:28 PM

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Our recent Cloud survey asked respondents how they approached their Cloud projects. Using this data we were able to identify five key personas and how they plan their journey into the Cloud. Read Simon Michie’s latest blog and see if you can recognise your own approach.

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On the starting blocks: UK organisations are still at the beginning of their journeys to the cloud

Posted by Simon Michie | 21 Oct 2015, 09:40 AM

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As more and more businesses are making the journey to the Cloud, Redcentric undertook some research to see where organisations are along that journey. In this blog Simon Michie discusses the findings and provides further information as to what you can expect next in your journey depending on how far along your organisation is.

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How should Government ensure success for Next Generation Digital Economy Centres?

Posted by Simon Michie | 4 Sep 2015, 11:23 AM

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As well as changes to income tax rates and the price of a beer in the recent July Budget, the chancellor also announced plans for investment in and the development of six Next Generation Digital Economy Centres. In this blog, Simon Michie explains how these centres will work and help lead digital innovation across the UK.

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Don’t be directionless: Seven steps to creating a cloud strategy

Posted by Simon Michie | 1 May 2015, 15:40 PM

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In previous blogs, Redcentric have discussed the issues that need to be considered as your business moves along your journey to the cloud. One of the first and most important steps is the development on a cloud strategy. In this blog, Redcentric's Simon Michie describes seven steps that are required, as a minimum, to create a valid cloud strategy.

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Converged Infrastructure - What is it and how can it make your life easier?

Posted by Simon Michie | 2 Mar 2015, 15:22 PM

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Converged infrastructure is a subject that many of you may not be familiar with. In this blog we look at what it is, how it works and, most importantly, how it can benefit you.

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What will be big in 2015

Posted by Simon Michie | 23 Dec 2014, 10:48 AM

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As the New Year approaches Simon Michie, CTO of Redcentric, looks at his predictions for the enterprise IT industry during 2015. He reflects briefly on some of the technology that saw an increased uptake during 2014 that he feels may also have a pivotal role during 2015 as well.

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For now and into the future: what our customers learnt at the Redcentric Symposium

Posted by Simon Michie | 18 Dec 2014, 13:53 PM

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Following the huge success of the recent Redcentric Symposium event held in London, Simon Michie reflects on some of the key sessions held by our technology partners throughout the day. With topics ranging from the Internet of Things to Data Security, Simon looks at what the future holds for Redcentric's customers.

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Seeing through the fog

Posted by Simon Michie | 9 Sep 2014, 17:48 PM

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As the term 'fog computing' enters the computing industry our Head of Cloud, Simon Michie, takes a looks at what it means. As the Internet of Things (IoT) increase should data processing be taken by the devices around the network edge or within the Cloud? What challenges do businesses face by these new issues and how can fog computing be used to their advantage to resolve these issues.

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Organisations need to consider the full cloud lifecycle

Posted by Simon Michie | 28 Aug 2014, 12:40 PM

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In his latest blog, Simon Michie, Head of Cloud, discusses the importance in considering the entire cloud lifecycle when a business is looking at migrating to cloud services. Simon also looks at what can be done by Cloud Service Providers to support clients from the beginning to the end of their cloud journey.

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Why CIO heads are very much in the Cloud

Posted by Simon Michie | 17 Jul 2014, 11:15 AM

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Following a recent survey by Deloitte, Simon Michie reflects on how IT services are perceived within businesses and the impact on the growing up take of Cloud will increase innovation to drive added-value services. Simon looks at the CIO’s role within the boardroom and how they are using technology to drive innovation and gain a competitive edge.

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Cloud migration – what every CIO should know

Posted by Simon Michie | 9 Jul 2014, 16:36 PM

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Although the cloud has been around for a while, cloud services are still an unknown entity for some who may have only dipped their toes in the water. Once the CIO has completed the analysis for the proof of concept, done the RIO analysis and the risk assessment, then the governance reporting, and when they’re confident that the cloud is the next step to deliver IT services – what’s next? It’s now time to get ready to migrate.

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Cloud contingency planning – head to the middle of the road

Posted by Simon Michie | 14 Feb 2014, 12:12 PM

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Another week, and another Cloud provider goes out of business. OK, so I am being a little over dramatic, it has been a while since the last high profile closure. However, the importance of have contingency plans in place just in case your Cloud provider suddenly disappears should not be ignored.

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When quality of service is up in the clouds

Posted by Simon Michie | 7 Feb 2014, 12:27 PM

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When we talk to new or potential customers, quality of service is always at the top of the list when discussing a move into the Cloud. In many cases they have put some of their apps or compute resources into the public cloud as a test and it’s failed to deliver on the service levels they require.

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