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Flexible resourcing: solving today’s IT skills gap

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A recent survey showed that nine out of ten UK Executives said there was an IT skills gap in their organisation, which they believe damaged customer service and innovation. Flexible resourcing or 'body shopping' is an increasingly popular strategy which provides the agility to handle the changing dynamics of your organisation in a cost effective way. Discover how flexible resourcing could enhance your competitive edge here.
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What’s the difference between a web development company and a software development company?

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Businesses typically long-list potential suppliers by searching online but this doesn’t always yield the most relevant results especially when it comes to software development. Frequently customers looking for a software development company will follow links to web development companies or even web designers. In this blog we outline the difference between them to help you decide what’s right for your business.
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Microsoft strengthens business intelligence (BI) strategy with Datazen acquisition

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Mobile business intelligence (BI) is growing as organisations find new ways to extract data to improve their business performance. In this blog find out what Microsoft's acquisition of Datazen, a leading mobile and data visualisation specialist, means for your business.
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How resilient is your IT? Why software testing and health checks are critical to BCP

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Every organisation should have a Business Continuity Plan but software can often be overlooked. In this blog Lucas and Mark demonstrate how thorough testing and system health checks can minimise the risk of your software becoming the reason to invoke your BCP. This webinar was presented as part of the BCI's (Business Continuity Institute) Business Continuity Awareness Week 2015.
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Prepare for Google’s mobile update: make your website responsive or mobile-friendly

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From April 21st 2015, Google will be using ‘mobile-friendliness’ as a factor in determining website ranking. Any sites falling foul of the new algorithm could experience a significant drop in search engine rank. Find out how to check if your site works on devices of differing sizes and what to do if it doesn't.
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Implementing a Single Sign-On (SSO) system: the benefits and challenges

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Single Sign-On (SSO) has been around for a while, enabling businesses to grant access to multiple applications by authenticating users just once. As it gains in popularity (and familiarity), in this blog we examine the benefits as well as some of the challenges facing business when implementing an SSO system.
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Are charities too risk averse to implement innovative technology solutions?

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Although it is widely accepted that charities are unable to afford the luxury of trial and error, our research in association with Third Sector shows that 4 out of 5 charity IT leaders are planning to focus future investment on driving innovation. Discover the key challenges facing charities when implementing new technology in this blog.
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Consumerisation of IT – a challenge for CIOs and the wider organisation

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It can be a challenge marrying the experience we are accustomed to at home to the systems we may have to use in our day job. This is particularly the case in industries where reliance on legacy technology can be an issue. Find out how financial services firms are overcoming the challenge to cater for their 'millenial' staff.
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Thomas Coles to take three month sabbatical

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As of February 2015, our Chief Executive Thomas Coles will be enjoying a sabbatical for three months! Find out more about his strategic decision and why at MSM, we will miss him but at the same time, are excited...
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How to mitigate the shortage of IT talent in 2015

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With the market for IT skills buoyant, companies of all sizes are finding it difficult to find and recruit the best talent. As businesses look to match their IT capability to their growth plans, the demand for programmers has grown. Find out how businesses are addressing the skills shortage to quickly bring new apps to market.
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Software Trends for 2015: A Developer’s View

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In this blog, our Lead Technical Consultant Mark summarises the top 5 trends he believes are critical to software development in 2015. What should programmers be thinking about? And how will it impact the businesses they work in? Find out in this latest article.
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