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Charity IT Leaders Annual Conference

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The topic for the 2014 Charity IT Leaders Annual Conference is ‘Be More Business’. The need for IT teams to communicate with all departments across the organisation is becoming more of a trend than ever before. Read about MSM's experience helping charity clients effectively integrate business and IT in this latest blog.
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Types of cost to consider when calculating software ROI

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In this short slideshare we delve deeper into the types of costs that you should consider when working on your software development project forecast. It’s important to not just include the obvious elements such as people working on the project and additional equipment required but, to also think of other potential direct or in-direct costs. Read more today.
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4 steps to calculating ROI in Software Development

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Calculating the Return On Investment (ROI) for a Software Development project is challenging but, in today’s world where stakeholders want extra reassurance prior to approving investment, solid justification is a must. This SlideShare takes you through the 4 key steps required to enable you to calculate ROI for your software project.
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Mobile workforce software, an operational requirement to a strategic necessity

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Any organisation with field based staff will understand the challenge of reducing costs whilst maintaining excellent customer service. Not only does technology help differentiate reliable organisations from the inefficient, it is ultimately enhancing the brand and driving competitive edge. Read more in this blog.
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What makes financial services organisations the biggest consumers of IT outsourcing?

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The latest survey of CIOs shows that 45% believe their businesses are at risk from a shortage of technology skills and 42% will invest more in outsourced activity. Outsourcing has long been seen as one solution to minimise risk and reduce costs. But what are the other benefits we can adopt from the financial services love affair with IT outsourcing?
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The best way to escape the issues caused by legacy systems? Start with a health check

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As part of our recent Computing research about legacy systems we asked IT leaders whether they have an ‘escape plan’ from their legacy system issues. 45 per cent that say they are plotting their escape, so we thought it would be interesting to ask them exactly what it is they are planning. And with so many options available, how do you decide what the best option is for your organisation?
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Overcoming the barriers to legacy software replacement, a new guide for IT leaders.

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It’s an unfortunate fact that legacy system replacement projects often meet with resistance from the board and the business as a whole. For forward thinking IT leaders this can be a real problem as these common ‘fears’ can often turn into permanent ‘roadblocks’ that have a fatal impact on the success of your modernisation programme. Here we identify these roadblocks and recommend how to overcome them…
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Does your corporate risk audit take sufficient account of legacy IT?

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With 85% of organisations claiming that they assess their legacy systems as part of their risk audits at least once a year, we might be tempted to assume that issues with legacy systems are being addressed regularly. However our suspicion is that these audits limit themselves to focus on what will happen if something goes wrong rather than taking preventative action to minimise risk...
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Ian Russell achieves ISTQB-BCS Certified Tester Foundation Level

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Recently, MSM gave me the opportunity to achieve my very first testing qualification. BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT have partnered with the International Software Testing Qualifications Board (ISTQB) to deliver a globally recognised software testing certification programme. I thoroughly enjoyed the course as well as writing this blog about my experience.
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Don’t let legacy issues blow your cloud project away

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The migration of applications to the cloud is a key initiative for many organisations in 2014. However it’s an unfortunate fact that many implementations will fail to live up to expectations - due to a lack of forethought about how cloud applications work with your existing legacy IT systems. With 42% of IT leaders telling us their legacy modernisation project was driven by a move to the cloud, how can you ensure your project is a success?
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