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MS Office 364 not 365

Posted by Jonathan Birch | 22 Dec 2015, 11:09 AM

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Recent outages affecting both Microsoft Azure and it's Office suite not only highlighted the risk of relying on the public cloud for critical applications and data but also the risk and impact of having no form of failover solution. In this blog, Jonathan Birch discusses the use of public cloud by major organisations and why IT managers need to consider the wider impact in the event of an outage.

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G-Cloud – A Historical Perspective

Posted by Vaughan Andrews | 17 Dec 2015, 09:56 AM

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In this blog Vaughan Andrews, Head of Service Delivery at Redcentric, takes a step back to look at the G-Cloud framework as a whole. With the public sector coming under heavy cynicism for failed IT projects Vaughan looks at how G-Cloud will be viewed historically and some of the stats behind G-Cloud’s success.

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Whats in store for the legal and professional market in 2016?

Posted by Chris Bull | 8 Dec 2015, 14:21 PM

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Chris Bull, a leading advisor within the legal and professional services sector looks at the upcoming year and gives his predictions for impacts within the market for 2016. Chris gives his advice on how these legal firms can best leverage technology to a gain a competitive edge.

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Insuring your future with Cloud

Posted by Jonathan Birch | 8 Dec 2015, 10:20 AM

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When Cloud and Cloud services first started to appear on the IT landscape it was heralded as the future for businesses. A few years later and, now the hysteria and hype has died down, a common question being asked is 'will you move everything to the Cloud?". With many organisations reluctant to move fully into the Cloud, this blog looks at how a hybrid solution is a more common sense approach to getting the best out of the Cloud.

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Navigating obstacles on the cloud journey

Posted by Mark Hall | 3 Dec 2015, 09:41 AM

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In our research that looked at CIO’s approaches and drivers to Cloud, only 2% of the public sector IT managers respondents said that they were ‘strongly supportive’ of cloud. Mark Hall looks at the Government’s Cloud First strategy mandate and G-Cloud framework that has topped £750 million in sales and looks at the strong scepticism of public sector IT managers over implementing cloud.

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Closing the NHS demand-supply gap: reasons for optimism

Posted by Mark Hall | 1 Dec 2015, 12:17 PM

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With the NHS needing to meet growing patient demands and balance system efficiencies it seems a tough job with a £30 billion shortfall identified in its Five Year Forward Plan. Mark Hall discusses how the NHS can close the demand-supply gap and create more time to spend on patient care using ICT-driven improvements.

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Don't resent the effort, embrace the opportunity

Posted by Peter Nailer | 26 Nov 2015, 10:01 AM

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Some see the biannual task of going through their application process for the Government's G-Cloud framework as nothing more than a box-ticking burden. However, Peter Nailer, someone who is extremely familiar with the time-consuming process, explains why the immense commercial opportunities offered by G-Cloud are worth the effort twice a year.

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Clouding your judgement: the truth behind the public cloud

Posted by Mark Hall | 24 Nov 2015, 10:29 AM

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Mark Hall looks at the confusion that challenges the public sector, using recent example by Lewisham Council. Mark looks at EU and US legislation to point public sector organisations in the right direction when it comes to public sector data in the Cloud.

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Symposium in review: from the evangelical to the social

Posted by Fraser Fisher | 17 Nov 2015, 15:18 PM

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The Redcentric Symposium brings together customers, partners and the Redcentric team for a day discussing today's biggest IT challenges and how new technology and innovations can help you overcome the challenges faced. In this blog, Fraser Fisher looks back at the fifth Redcentric Symposium and some of the feedback that came from both attendees and speakers.

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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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Top security threats: September 2015

Posted by Stuart Brown | 9 Oct 2015, 16:48 PM

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Stuart Brown reflects on some of the top security threats in September and gives some tips on how your organisation can stay protected. This month’s top threats take a closer look at SYNful Knock, Lockerpin and WhatsApp, what happened and how threats can be avoided.

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What we learnt at CGBT

Posted by Mark Hall | 6 Oct 2015, 16:24 PM

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There are plenty of examples of how cloud is delivering new and innovative services however the public sector faces many challenges as it makes the journey to the cloud. At the recent CGB&T Event in London, Mark Hall found that one of the major concerns discussed was how the transition of data and applications to the cloud actually works.

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Healthcare efficiency through technology: how to spend less time on technology and more time with patients

Posted by Mark Hall | 6 Oct 2015, 14:39 PM

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Despite recent research showing that cost cutting was a big driver for the public sector implementing cloud services, Mark Hall found that, while talking to attendees at the recent Healthcare Efficiency Through Technology event in London, there was also a lot of interest in the innovation in patient care that Cloud services can deliver.

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How Law Firms Can Gain Competitive Edge through a Managed Service Approach to IT

Posted by Mark Halpin | 1 Oct 2015, 13:48 PM

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Mark Halpin discusses IT within the legal sector and how by utilising outsourced managed services this can provide a competitive advantage. He discusses why law firms may be hesitant from moving from on-premise to off-premise IT solutions and using his experience in the IT legal sector gives his top tips on transitioning to the Cloud.

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The transformation of IT within the Public Sector

Posted by Mark Hall | 25 Sep 2015, 11:19 AM

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Over the last five years public sector IT has undergone a huge transformation which has brought massive benefits to workers and the public alike. This blog looks at how the public sector has developed, how they can learn from previous expensive mistakes and how new technology can revolutionise the public sector to bring additional efficiencies.

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Don’t believe the hype: why enterprises need not worry about SDN just yet

Posted by Clive Atkins | 16 Sep 2015, 09:27 AM

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Leading technology vendors such as VMware, Cisco and Brocade are showing increasing interest in Software Defined Networks (SDN) with industry analysts predicting further growth for the technology. Bearing this in mind, should businesses be implementing SDN right now? In this blog, Redcentric's Business Unit Director, Clive Atkins, gives his thoughts on the matter.

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O ye of little faith in cloud security

Posted by Jonathan Birch | 10 Sep 2015, 10:38 AM

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After Gartner’s recent ‘Top 10 Cloud Myths’ post Jonathan Birch looks at his experience with the attitudes of customers moving to the Cloud and enterprises’ thoughts on Cloud security. This blog discusses the considerations that an organisation should make when a business decides to move to Cloud services.

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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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DRaaS: why disaster recovery is no longer the preserve of the rich

Posted by Jonathan Birch | 1 Sep 2015, 13:13 PM

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As demand put on technology to support business operations increases have you ever thought about what would happen in the event of a disaster to allow your business to keep operating? In this blog Jonathan Birch looks at how Cloud has enabled disaster recovery as a service, making business continuity possible for any business.

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