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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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Too big to fail? Banking IT Systems and their software

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If you’re an IT professional in the financial services sector, the recent RBS fine won’t have gone unnoticed - £56m after a 2012 software issue left millions of customers unable to access their accounts. And the problem is not just limited to the big banks, outages happen all the time in financial institutions of all sizes. So what can be done to minimise the risk?
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MSM Software approved as strategic business advisor

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MSM is now part of the government’s Growth Vouchers programme. Growth Vouchers can be used to obtain strategic advice that will help your business to grow by ‘making the most of digital technology’. Read more about how the scheme works and discover if your business is eligible.
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Charity Technology Conference 2014

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The theme at this year’s Charity Technology Conference is focused on times of great change bringing great opportunities, split into three key streams. With the rise of mobile, social media and big data, charities are harnessing technology developments to further their missions. In this blog we welcome the opportunity to share best practice and innovative solutions to help charities stay ahead of the technology curve.
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Why create a mobile app for your business?

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As business becomes more and more mobile, critical systems need to be available on the move, either via a custom mobile app or offline web application. In this visual blog we demonstrate the impact of a new Android mobile app for Guideline lifts.
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