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Upgrading legacy code - navigating the shortfall in legacy programmers

16 April 2014 by Kindy Mann

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One of the most interesting discoveries of our recent Computing research is that many organisations still have core systems built on legacy programming code that dates back to the 1990s, or even earlier!

With fewer experienced coders in these languages available, the challenge of maintaining critical systems that have been written in them is growing all the time.  So how do you navigate the minefield?  Read more…

End of support for Windows XP: tip of the legacy software iceberg?

09 April 2014 by Kindy Mann

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There’s plenty in the news at the moment about the demise of support for Windows XP.  But how big is in the problem in reality? And how far do legacy issues extend beyond XP?  

Recently we ran a major survey with Computing magazine to try to find out. The fact is: legacy technologies are something that many organisations live with.  Many of them might also argue that they’re not doing much wrong. They're just running their businesses. Everything works. So what’s the problem?  Read more...


Does the launch of SQL Server 2014 signal a mass upgrade to SQL Server 2012?

31 March 2014 by Mark Reed

You may have seen some publicity around the SQL Server 2014release of the latest version of SQL Server (Hekaton) which has been promoted to general release status today.  Much of the work that has gone into this release centres on a new in-memory OLTP capability which is an exciting new feature. 

What may be more pertinent to most IT decision makers than the 2014 release today is the looming end of mainstream support date attached to SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008R2....



5 risks to business continuity

17 March 2014 by Kindy Mann

Today sees the launch of Business Continuity Awareness Week Checklist 100(17th-21st March) which brings together experts from the Business Continuity Institute (BCI) and their partners to help organisations improve resiliency.

As a BCI partner, we’re dedicated to driving awareness and understanding of business continuity planning through IT systems.  In this slideshare you’ll find the 5 key risks which could affect your resiliency and leave you counting the cost.     

Counting the costs, and benefits, for business continuity - a software perspective

17 March 2014 by Kindy Mann

Last week, a hacker infiltrated the charity Pound SignBPAS’s (British Pregnancy Advisory Service) site threatening to publish the details of 10,000 people who had consulted it for advice.  Earlier this month, NatWest customers threatened to leave after an IT error left thousands without access to their money. 

Regardless of the industry or the size of system compromised, the cost to productivity, reputation and loss of revenue can be avoided by including a software health check in your business continuity planning...

UAT:Your Last Chance to Mitigate Risk

05 March 2014 by Kindy Mann

Not Fit For Purpose StampWhether you’re an enterprise, a start-up, a charity or public sector organisation, whenever you develop a new application or enhance an existing system, you must ensure it’s fit for purpose.  We all know the best way to do this is through UAT or User Acceptance Testing.   Without thorough UAT, all the work you’ve done prior to release could be wasted and problems post-release may lead to further costs and increased risk. 

The critical components of UAT are in its name... 


Achieving ROI on a software development project: considerations for IT and Finance Leaders

27 February 2014 by Ciara Wood

We all know that software development projects carry
risks and for this reason, considerable effort is put into Coin graph
developing a business case before a project is given the go ahead.

Despite this, we are all familiar with the horror stories in the media of high profile software projects ballooning in cost and scope. While there can be an element of sensationalism in the coverage of these stories, many projects do fail, in fact The British Computing Society estimates the figure is around 88%.....

7 considerations for data management procedures

13 February 2014 by Ciara Wood


Database management is essential for organisations, especially at a time when business data worldwide is expected to double every 1.2 years. This means big data is becoming a reality for many companies, bringing with it an essential need to comply with regulations and security aspects. Whether you are embarking on the development of a new database or already have an existing database, making sure best practice methods are in place is essential and more challenging than ever before.

Mark Reed promoted to Lead Technical Consultant

23 January 2014 by Ciara Wood

Mark is a pivotal member of the MSM team and has been promoted to Lead Technical Mark Reed frontConsultant, I grabbed 10 minutes with Mark to find out what his new role entails and to quiz him about his experience at MSM.

1. How long have you been at MSM and what prompted you to join?  

I joined MSM in March 2006 so it will be 8 years in March.  I joined for a couple of different reasons, I was working with VB6 almost exclusively in my previous role so was looking to move away from this technology...

Are your applications up to scratch?

21 January 2014 by Ciara Wood

With the continual introduction of new ways for customers to interact, it’s imMan at computerportant that you regularly assess whether your systems are up for the challenge.

It’s easy for businesses through acquisition, growth or streamlining to face challenges with systems and integration. Challenges could be that;

  • Systems are written in different technologies and may not be compatible with one another
  • Some are built on legacy platforms that are no longer supported
  • The vast amount of data makes it a task that is best left alone

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