How MSPs have coped during the Covid-19 pandemic – and what they need to assess going forward

When the pandemic first hit earlier this year, nobody could have foreseen that we would be in lockdown again by November. With no signs of slowing down, the global health crisis is continuing to create challenges for businesses everywhere, but perhaps the biggest shock was the initial closing of offices when the UK was first told to work from home.

Many small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) were unprepared, scrambling to set up remote network access, cloud applications and the...

How Greater Manchester has utilised cloud-based low-code development for its Early Years app

Sponsored The benefits of low-code, which enable companies to build custom applications in the cloud, are primarily three-fold: speed of innovation, reduced costs, and a faster time-to-market.

By using low-code functionality, organisations can adapt to changing market trends enabling quicker speed of innovation - as well as faster time-to-market, while also creating a better user experience by quickly making adjustments to their products as users' needs grow and change. This also...

Head in the cloud: Why media production teams are adopting cloud-based solutions for a post-Covid world

Sponsored “Change is inevitable … growth is optional,” says John C Maxwell, internationally recognised leadership expert and best-selling author.

As a renowned leadership guru, Maxwell may have been talking in general terms, but for media organisations in these tumultuous times, change has come along like an unstoppable tidal wave, with solutions to the challenge of remote working needing to be found. The question is – sink or swim?

So, how do traditional media...

Will DevOps and APM get a lift from the ‘next normal’?

By now, many organisations have had time to experiment and have discovered DevOps disciplines can improve or even transform operations. According to Deloitte, adopting DevOps will lead to an 18% to 21% reduction in time to production and time to change.

Perhaps more than process changes, DevOps culture can help teams do the previously “impossible”: breaking down silos between business, IT, engineers, and managers. And this may be the most significant effect as increased and...

Case study: How to quickly build and deliver a cloud-agnostic product

Sponsored Two years ago, Objectivity was asked to help deliver a new digital ecosystem. The client had a significant market share but wasn’t perceived as innovative or digitally-savvy. To counter this, they came up with the initiative to build a software platform which would manage their asset portfolio.

The client’s advantage was that they were close to the assets. They could easily keep them up-to-date in the system, allowing for the development of more advanced end user...

Bundesliga goes all-in on AWS, cites ML and AI expertise for archiving as key

Yet another sporting franchise is signing up with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to utilise its artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) capabilities. The Bundesliga, Germany’s top flight football league, has announced it its going all-in on AWS to beef up its statistical acumen as well as improve the fan experience.

Among the technologies in AWS’ arsenal being used by the Bundesliga...

Ela Osterberger, Deliveroo: On inspiration, injustice, and building great data science teams

“I’m someone who always has to speak up if there is any injustice,” says Ela Osterberger, director of data science at Deliveroo. “As soon as I see something not being quite right, I have to speak about it.”

Being an experienced data science leader, with Omnicom and The Guardian among others before Deliveroo, means Osterberger has seen her fair share of it over the years....

How Abbots Care gained greater assurances around data security with a revamped DR and backup strategy

Case study All data is equal, but for some industries, data is more equal than others. As a result, great care needs to be taken when it comes to keeping that data secure, whether in the cloud or anywhere else.

Healthcare, across its various channels, is a classic example. Some healthcare organisations are moving with less trepidation towards the cloud. In February, for instance, a study from Nutanix...

The state of the MSP in 2019: Why flexibility and further moves to the cloud are key

Managed service providers (MSPs) are in a fascinating place right now. They more often than not have plenty of longevity, while the vast majority believe today is as good as ever to be in the industry.

Yet the two points can be conflated. With longevity comes a need to change course, to avoid falling behind competitors. But as organisations continue to move to the cloud, and as their cloudy workloads become increasingly complex, the role of the MSP becomes increasingly vital. It is...

Supply chains and digital transformation: How Manutan rebuilt its systems and strategy

Executive summary: Distributing giant Manutan moved from a reactive customer engagement strategy to a proactive approach through going cloud-native. While the process had various roadblocks, the sense of engagement and community was key. Xavier Laurent, director of value added services at Manutan, has ‘lived the journey of transformation’ over the past 10 years and discusses how the company meets customer demand in the digital economy...