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How a disaster recovery plan could save retailers

Posted by Jonathan Birch | 29 Nov 2016, 11:47 AM

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In an age when technology is at the forefront of the retail customer experience, once a retailer suffers an IT failure, reputation can be damaged to the point of no return. Jonathan Birch explains why it is vital for retailers to not only review and update their IT infrastructure on a regular basis, but to have a solid Disaster Recovery plan in place to futureproof its IT infrastructure and, more importantly, it's reputation, against all unexpected incidents.

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The battle for the DevOps space

Posted by Martin Fisher | 18 Nov 2016, 13:24 PM

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When it comes to software, operating systems and applications, both the DevOps and Open Source movements offer flexibility and real choice to those business who take a more creative approach to their IT projects. In this blog, Martin Fisher explains why vendors would be wise to remember this rather than forcing customers down more restrictive routes.

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Microsoft: a power-house in Data and Analytics

Posted by Vaughan Andrews | 4 Nov 2016, 12:12 PM

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With changes in the data and analytics market our Head of Service Delivery, Vaughan Andrews, looks at the evolution of Microsoft within this sector over the last year and where they’re heading to meet rapidly changing demands such as business and machine intelligence.

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What next following the expiration of GCF contracts?

Posted by Peter Nailer | 2 Nov 2016, 14:08 PM

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Following the Government Secure Intranet Convergence Framework (GCF) closing and GCF contracts coming to an end we look at the issues, contractual obligations and support problems that arise when the contracts meet their termination date as well as suggested remedy advice for public sector organisations who find themselves in this situation.

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What is the price of a security breach for retailers?

Posted by Glenn Temple | 24 Oct 2016, 15:09 PM

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The retail industry’s infrastructure faces constant security threats, which are far more costly than loss of profit during an IT outage. Glenn Temple looks at the immediate and on-going impact of a security breach on retailers and how they can reduce the threat of a breach.

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Bespoke IT solutions for the Public Sector

Posted by Peter Nailer | 13 Oct 2016, 11:18 AM

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With the growing uptake of procurement through G-Cloud being used to drive business efficiencies and cost savings, some skill gaps can lead to investment where a ‘one size fits all’ solution may not be fit for purpose. Peter Nailer discusses how bespoke IT solutions and a hybrid approach can provide the flexible scalability and low implementation costs required by public sector as they transition to the Cloud.

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Paving the way towards the 'Cloud first' digital mandate

Posted by Mark Hall | 28 Sep 2016, 11:05 AM

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It has been over three years since the government announced its 'Cloud first' digital mandate for the public sector however a recent survey shockingly revealed that two-fifths of councils across the UK still have no Cloud strategy in place. In this blog, Mark Hall looks at how public sector organisations are slowly coming around to the Cloud.

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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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Will public perception over data sharing ever change?

Posted by Peter Nailer | 31 Aug 2016, 09:44 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, 09:05 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 | 22 Aug 2016, 11:58 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 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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Law firms must overcome data management and security fears

Posted by Jonathan Birch | 8 Jul 2016, 11:11 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 | 24 Jun 2016, 11:32 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, 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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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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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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