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GDPR: A Seismic Change That No Business Can Ignore

In a few short months, General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force in a change, which will hugely affect businesses of all sizes. It is a development that cannot be underestimated and in helping businesses work towards the changes, I see the enormity of the challenge. I would advise all businesses to start planning now, if you haven’t already done so, and take timely action to do all you can to make the transition easier. GDPR requires far more than just lip service – companies need to change the way they operate and manage risk, to ensure they stick to the new rules. GDPR goes beyond just the good principles of data production. It requires companies to make data protection by design and by default – which means that data protection considerations must be taken i...

Could Brexit Affect Courier Services In The UK?

With Article 50 triggered earlier this year, the wheels are now in motion for the UK’s exit from the EU following the historic referendum back in June 2016. But with still so much uncertainty surrounding what Brexit will mean for the UK, have things gotten any clearer since the official process of withdrawing has begun? In this post, we’ll look at some of the consequences that Brexit has had on businesses so far and the possible long-term effects it could have on how UK courier services operate. The Brexit-Effect Regardless of the arguments for and against Brexit from both the Leave and Remain camps, the outcome of the referendum resulted in many questions from business owners about how the UK would cooperate with the remaining countries in the EU. By leaving the economic and political par...

How To Improve Boardroom Performance With Data

Big data is an undoubted technology and business trend over the past few years, with organisations keen to extract maximum value from the data they hold on customers, employees, competitors and much more. It is mostly used for customer understanding/engagement and marketing, although it can be deployed in almost any business function. One important area that data is yet to be applied to however, is that of boardroom performance. This is an issue that is highly topical. Although Theresa May has backtracked on plans to install an employee representative in every corporate boardroom – plans that were impractical and untenable anyway – the issue of executive pay and performance is one that won’t go away. Can data be used to improve board performance and introduce transparency to encourage bett...

10 Tips To Improve Marketing And Productivity Post Debt Consolidation

Entrepreneurship comes with many challenges, one of which is managing finances. The wrong decisions can lead the business into a never ending debt trap. When struggling with multiple debts and several lenders, entrepreneurs can seek debt consolidation as a possible solution. However, it is not a permanent cure, but a temporary fix to a long-term problem, which surely needs to be addressed properly to attain financial stability. Running a business in today’s competitive times is no easy task. It requires a lot of funding, and entrepreneurs may have to rely on loans to meet their needs. There is no control over the external factors, but business administrators can surely work on the internal aspects of business such as increasing productivity, and devising better marketing strategies t...

Addressing Business Requirements With Custom Software

Generic software packages can play a role in business IT, but there really is no substitute for tailored software that snugly fits your business and addresses its unique requirements. Bespoke written software enables you to: Tap into a pool of skills and technology to come up with software solutions that apply only to your specific business goals, operations and personnel. Be best positioned to cope with present and future needs as part of an on-going digital evolution. Discard the distractions of ancillary software capabilities and features that aren’t aligned to your business objectives. Avoid the financial overheads and time burdens that arise from having to customise off-the-shelf software so that it meets your unique requirements. Opt out of subsidising commercial software developers ...

AI And Machine Learning: Predicting The Path To Success

Organisations face an array of challenges when attempting to manage and deliver optimal service whilst ensuring business efficiency. Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning can be utilised by businesses globally to finally wrangle the unwieldly and unpredictable, from traffic to weather. Let’s explore… Disruptions & Cancellations On sunny days, service appointments are around 30-40% more likely to be cancelled (and rescheduled) than on a day with ‘typical’ European weather. Weather, when it comes to field service, is a huge natural disruptor for job allocation, impacting both service levels and costs. So, with small weather changes affecting service operations around the UK, how can service providers automatically rearrange their workplan when a sunny day occurs and can...

Collaboration Overload: Is Productivity Starting To Backfire?

More and more enterprises are using more and more collaboration tools to connect dispersed workforces and external partners. From project management tools to video conferencing, collaboration tools have transformed the way that we do business, driven by the constant call to make people and teams more productive and creative. But is the growing array of tools becoming so overwhelming that their value is waning, or perhaps even starting to reverse? And if so, what can be done about it? Users In The Core Collaboration tools take off if they make daily working life noticeably easier for a target user group – for example a CRM platform for sales, or a tasks management tool for product development. Shadow IT – despite certain negative connotations that surround it – actually presents users with ...

How Digital Signage Can Improve The Public Sector

While all organisations have to watch their budgets, public-sector organisations are under particular scrutiny. They therefore often tend to wait until the benefits of a new technology are clearly established and the technology has come down to a lower price point before they start to introduce it. Digital signage has now reached this point and has begun to benefit the public sector in a variety of ways. Providing Emergency Information While this may seem unglamourous, in an emergency, getting the right information to the right people can literally make the difference between life and death and the more quickly the information can be broadcast, the better. Even in less serious situations, it can be extremely helpful to know that you are providing not just the right information but consiste...

Are You Ready To Go It Alone?

Self-employment is now, more than ever before, a realistic dream for millions. One in seven of us – that’s an astonishing five and a half million Brits – run their own business. People all over the country are thinking about whether it’s time to say goodbye to the day job and start their own business. And it could be! Here are the key questions to help you decide if the time is right: Are You Cut Out To Be In Business? You don’t need to be the next Richard Branson to start a business, but you do require a certain strength of character to handle the highs and lows of running a business. Are you prepared to work 18 hour days, and not have the certainty of a pay packet at the end of the week? Running a business, particularly in the early days, can test the nerves of even the most entrep...

3 Clear Skills That All Successful Leaders Have

Successful leaders are not created overnight. It takes time and commitment to learn the right attributes to motivate a workforce that consistently achieves good results. However, there are some clear skills that all successful leaders have, that can be useful for anyone in the world of work and especially have a profound impact on those working in small and medium businesses (SMB). 1. Time Management The need to do more with less is an overarching theme with small and medium businesses. It is a skill that can be learnt, and mastering it separates good leaders from great leaders. All employees can benefit from this transferrable skill that enables them to optimally manage their time and improve their productivity both in the workplace and in their personal lives. Time management is an area ...

Data Lineage For Regulatory Compliance

For the last decade, data lineage has been identified as a vital element of data-related regulatory compliance. Despite this, our experience has been that businesses, especially financial institutions, are not making the progress that might seem necessary. Our VP of Strategic Technologies for Data Intelligence, Sue Habas, was recently a panellist on a webinar titled “Tracking Data Lineage for Regulatory Compliance and Change.” The poll questions presented during the webinar provided a range of great statistics on hot topics in the data management industry, including some surprising revelations about the progress of regulatory compliance automation. The first webinar question appears to confirm our aforementioned suspicions – at least for the 300 financial services representatives responded...

LGBT In Tech: 5 Steps To Encourage Inclusion In The Workplace

As the founder of Capgemini’s LGBT network OUTfront, I seem to spend a lot of time musing on the difficulties of being LGBT in the modern workplace. Imagine my delight therefore when, at a joint event held by Capgemini and HMRC on IDAHOT 2017, I found myself surrounded by 160 colleagues who were all there to support me. And obviously not only me, but their LGBT colleagues at work, and LGBT friends and families at home. It was a truly amazing feeling, and I know I wasn’t alone in that sentiment. Advocating for diversity in the technology industry, or in the workplace in general, can sometimes come across as a bit preachy. I am well aware of this, and have to admit that even I did experience a bit of a “come and be educated” reaction when the idea of a joint LGBT event was first mooted. It f...