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The Whats, The Whys and The Hows of Business Data

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The Whats, The Whys and The Hows of Business Data

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Business data is continuously collected, stored, and scrutinised to ensure companies are able to gain the depth of insight they require into their customers. Such data plays a pivotal role in the operation of a business and as a result, should be accessible 24/7. Gone are the days when data was stored behind-the-scenes in the likes of a store cupboard. Now its stored remotely in the form of cloud-based servers and SaaS applications. This transition means data backup no longer calls for floppy disks, spare hard drives, or duplicate servers. Despite this shift to the cloud however, backups should by… Read More

6 Key Steps for Successful Software Project Delivery

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For any software project to be a success, a plan is required. There are specific steps to follow, just as there are mistakes to steer clear of. This article is designed to give you those vital steps required when partnering with a software development provider in order to encourage successful project delivery. How your chosen provider engages with you on a software development project is a big deal. Particularly so, as the selling of software often involves ‘an act of faith’ in terms of investing a significant amount of time and money in the hope that something will be created… Read More

Keeping GDPR In Perspective… Don’t Panic!

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With only a matter of days until GDPR is introduced, there appears to be a mass panic taking place… and to make matters worse, a lot of this panic has been unnecessarily blown out of proportion. Fear mongering has taken charge, whether it be by means of buying new technology or with the idea of non-compliant companies being penalised, when the actual focus should be on the culture of your providers (as opposed to the technology they use). Many businesses in the IT support and software development industry seem to be using GDPR as some sort of millennium bug opportunity,… Read More

Software Development is About Problem Solving Not Writing Code

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The most innovative of designs are often born out of the necessity of solving problems. But when it comes to understanding and defining the dilemma, you’ll usually have your work cut out, particularly when it comes to software development. Perfecting the Problem-Solving Skill Without knowing the precise issue, you cannot begin to fix it, which is why software development has to be about problem analysis, yet many still consider software development to be about writing code. If writing code were to be at the core of developing software, more often than not, the wrong solution would be delivered. How so?… Read More

6 Ways to Manage Technical Debt

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What Is Technical Debt? Technical debt is a reality for all IT teams, and anything IT related that affects productivity can incur technical debt. Some people would argue that there are many types of technical debt; defects are quality debt; poor or misaligned processes are process debt; missing features are feature debt, and so on, yet using different terms only adds unnecessary complexity to the issue. On the whole, it’s simply important to understand whether you have incurred any technical debt, and if so, where it is coming from. This way, measures to reduce the debt can be implemented. Have… Read More

Boost Business Productivity with the Right IT Software

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Does your Company Suffer from Poor Productivity? Since 2006, the rate of growth of productivity has fallen worldwide, particularly in the UK, which means Britain’s businesses are in need of new strategies in order to help recapture employee output per hour. According to recent research by incentive expert Red Letter Days for Business, UK employees spend in excess of a staggering 4.4 million days every year on ‘time wasting tasks’. Their ‘Productivity in the Workplace’ report conveyed that employees consider ‘better technology’ to be one of the biggest attributes in boosting productivity at work. In this article we will discuss… Read More