IT Purchase Compared To A Managed Service

IT Purchase Compared To A Managed Service

The needs of consumers, the technology and the way they use it to communicate with others are moving fast. This creates pressure within the IT industry to adapt, sparking a transformation in the way that products and services are marketed.

Increasingly we are seeing IT providers move from a model where companies buy hardware and software outright, to one where equipment is rented or leased as part of a managed service. 

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Is It Time For Electoral Voting To Be Available Online

Is It Time For Electoral Voting To Be Available Online

The use of mobile and internet technologies is a brilliant way for people to get their opinions heard in real time.  I was involved in one of the largest projects to do this earlier in my career when I designed the network connectivity used to support the early X-Factor mobile voting solution for an UK mobile operator.

This saw millions of votes being tallied in real time from the general public and we have seen this technology triumph again and again; most recently in the Eurovision song contest where votes were tallied across multiple methods.

The ability to transmit data quickly via the internet and across mobile networks has not yet, however, reached the way we elect our leaders.

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5 Cloud Technology Misconceptions

5 Cloud Technology Misconceptions

Generating awareness of cloud-based technology took time; it has taken a few years for the term to permeate both the UK business community and the general public.

Despite reaching large scale awareness of cloud technology in the UK, there is still a great deal of confusion and misconception about the idea of cloud computing.

So at  CGS Solutions we thought we would take some time to look at five common misconceptions that businesses we meet have about the cloud.

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SMEs & The Digital Transformation Challenge

SMEs & The Digital Transformation Challenge

One of the challenges facing small to medium sized businesses is how to adopt digital technologies within the products and services they offer;  and how to develop the processes that drive them.

Regardless of size or industry businesses are having to make decisions on how they react to the digital opportunities and challenges that advances in technology are having on their industry.

This is because the UK and the global economy are undergoing a digital transformation.

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Boosting Charity Revenue Using Guest WiFi Technology – Pinnies Cafe (Huntingdon Mencap)

Boosting Charity Revenue Using Guest WiFi Technology – Pinnies Cafe (Huntingdon Mencap)

One of our core product sets at CGS Solutions is linking guest WiFi solutions at physical retail locations with the digital marketing data that these interactions generate.

The data generated, and contact information submitted, can be a lucrative resource for businesses to strengthen their relationship with their customers, improve retention and increase the average number of visits to the location per month.

One group of organisations we believe this has huge potential for are Charities that have physical locations, particularly those with cafes or restaurants.

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Creating A Pain Free Visit To The Dentist

Creating A Pain Free Visit To The Dentist

For many sitting in a dentist office waiting room for an appointment is one of the most daunting experiences they face in their day to day lives. Around 1 in 10 people officially suffer from dental phobia and we can imagine why.

Sat in silence waiting for your name to be called sweating on what could happen once you go the doors and into the dreaded dentist’s chair can affect any of us.

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Ransomware Apocalypse? What Your Business Needs To Know

Ransomware Apocalypse? What Your Business Needs To Know

The destructive power of ransomware has hit media headlines recently as businesses and individuals are fed fear inducing stories about how hackers are increasingly looking to use this malware to extort money.

What Is Ransomware

Ransomware is a type of malware that restricts access to the infected computer system in some way, and demands that the user pay a ransom to the malware operators to remove the restriction.

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Could Business Co-Working Inspire Your Next Big Idea?

Could Business Co-Working Inspire Your Next Big Idea?

There are more than 4.5m people that are registered as self-employed in the U.K and the figure is rising as the economic balance continues to shift as part of the recovery from the 2007 recession.

The sheer number of people working from home or from a small office has seen the rise in demand for business co-working opportunities.

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The Value Of Business Collaboration When Operating B2B

The Value Of Business Collaboration When Operating B2B

The balance of the UK economy is changing and there is an increasing focus on bringing in specialised skills for projects rather than retaining them in house.

This creates an opportunity for business collaboration for freelancers and small businesses that have well defined and specialist skill sets.

Operating as a freelancer or small business owner creates specialised resources that can add tremendous value. However, as these businesses look to expand their offering, or work with larger clients, this may create a resourcing challenge.

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The Power Of Wi-Fi In Waiting Rooms & Reception Areas

The Power Of Wi-Fi In Waiting Rooms & Reception Areas

The British may be famed for our ability to queue, but nobody likes to wait.

Unfortunately from time to time everyone has to spend time in a waiting room as we wait for a healthcare or professional service appointment.

This can be a long, boring and frustrating experience at the best of times, but thankfully things are not as bad as they used to be.  The rise in mobile internet use means that the days of waiting in a dentist’s reception area reading a two year old copy of Heat or Men’s Health are thankfully behind us.

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A Look At Li-Fi

A Look At Li-Fi

In the news recently there has been some focus on the potential of Li-Fi technology to overtake Wi-Fi as the way we access the internet. This would be a revolutionary change that could widen the potential speeds and uses of connectivity.

So What Is Li-Fi?

Li_fi is the term used to describe the transmission of data using LED room lights. This is done by using the ability of LED lights to turn off and on in nanoseconds, which can be used to transmit data.

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Connectivity Trends & How They Could Influence Your Business In 2016

Connectivity Trends  & How They Could Influence Your Business In 2016

We are likely to see the impact of technology innovation on small to medium sized businesses continue as we move into 2016. One area that is facilitating this is increased internet connectivity available to businesses across the United Kingdom.

The large scale investment in connectivity on both broadband and mobile platforms is starting to have a real impact on businesses.

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Growth and Trends of eSports Into 2016

Growth and Trends of eSports Into 2016

In the last 12 months we have seen the huge interest in eSports generated in Peterborough, something that is likely to continue in 2016. However eSports are a global rather than a local phenomenon that is experiencing a wave of popularity and investment.

What Are eSports

eSports are sports that are played using video games, whilst this does not sound to many as more than a bit of fun it is turning into a huge industry. There are competitions organised between professional players and people from across the world watch on platforms such as Twitch.

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Retail As A Leisure Activity

Retail As A Leisure Activity

The internet has been putting pressure on high streets and out of town retailers to adapt for more than a decade. Staying ahead of the curve and providing value to shoppers is crucial to ensuring that the bricks and mortar retailer can survive.

Retail As Leisure

Shopping has always had leisure connotations within certain sectors. However, retailers are being pushed to do more than just reinforce stereotypes in the modern competitive environment.

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Why NHS IT Consultants Should Not Be Demonised

Why NHS IT Consultants Should Not Be Demonised

The use of IT consultants by organisations funded using public money is an area that has been open to high levels of scrutiny in recent years. The NHS is one organisation that is particularly sensitive in this area at the moment, due to the ever political nature of NHS budgets and resourcing.

This pressure means that NHS trusts need to prioritise their infrastructure investment and implement it in the most cost efficient manner possible. IT consultants play a crucial part in helping non IT specialists prioritise what resources are needed where, and how they should be deployed.

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Security Is the Biggest Danger to an IoT Revolution

Security Is the Biggest Danger to an IoT Revolution

The use of the Internet of Things (IoT) by consumers and business owners to manage appliances and devices is growing rapidly. The IoT is about allowing practically any device to connect to the internet, and then using this to capture data and control its use.

This creates many practical applications within the consumer and commercial marketplaces to create efficient and innovative products.

Despite this, the IoT faces a few challenges ...

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eSports In Peterborough – A Growing Trend

eSports In Peterborough – A Growing Trend

In recent years there has been a consistent focus on developing Peterborough into a Smart City through the introduction of new connectivity and technology solutions. A good example of this was the commissioning of the Peterborough Core project to deliver fibre based gigabit connectivity to the City.

With this continued focus on technology it seems a logical step that one of the fastest growing sports in the world would gravitate towards the City.

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The Challenge of Managing NHS IT Systems

The Challenge of Managing NHS IT Systems

Public sector investment in the IT operations of the NHS receives a lot of scrutiny.

The public is quickly made aware of the cost of failures in the design and implementation of any systems at a local or national level, but not the sheer cost and scale it takes to manage the IT of the one of the world’s largest and most complex organisations.

Whilst these may make great headlines they also highlight the challenge of implementing solutions within an organisation like the NHS. The NHS is a massive organisation, employing more than 1.3m people in England alone with an annual budget of more than £100bn.

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The IT Infrastructure Of A Restaurant

The IT Infrastructure Of A Restaurant

The scope of Information Technology (IT) use within the restaurant industry still varies widely. There are those that operate with a simple infrastructure such as an electronic till and online based ordering, through to restaurants with a fully integrated infrastructure, which may include interaction with customers during their dining experience.

The Use Of IT Within Restaurants

IT can be used to support a wide range of different functions within a restaurant including stock management, security, payment processing and capacity planning.

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