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Miles better: video means journeys end for accountants

29 October 2018

With 400 employees and an annual turnover of £40m, Menzies offers accountancy services and finance and business advice. Its offices are in London, Cardiff, Whitely, Egham, Woking and Farnborough.

Travelling between these locations for internal meetings and for appointments was costly and caused logistical problems, although the meetings were usually fruitful. In addition, the firm had attracted new clients, both in the UK and overseas.

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Struggle is now over thanks to hybrid WAN

19 October 2018

Mazars specialises in audit, accountancy and consulting and has 1,600 staff in 20 UK offices and a total of 20,000 around the world. The firm runs private MPLS circuits from the data centre at its UK head office in Tower Hill, London.

When Mazars opened branch sites in Australia, Delhi and New York it found that the existing infrastructure was not able to offer the same quality of service as its UK offices. Users overseas struggled to connect to cloud-based applications such as Citrix and Skype over the long distances.

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IT challenges for legal firm as three become one

02 November 2017

Law firm Howard Kennedy has undergone huge change over the last few years, including merging with two other law firms.

The mergers brought with them more staff and a growing number of clients with significant amounts of data which needed to be accessible and protected.

In addition, the firm moved into new offices in Southwark by London Bridge.

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In the City, trust is vital for IT company

02 November 2017

Founded nearly 30 years ago, MMRIT provides IT services to professional services organisations in London, including hedge funds, alternative investment managers, barristers’ chambers and law firms.

The company is based in Clerkenwell, near Old Street tube station and the British Museum. It reports that an increasing number of its clients were keen to move their IT off-premise to the cloud. The advantage would be the ability to centralise their infrastructure, free up office space and share costs around hardware, power and cooling with other MMRIT customers.

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Cloud computing proves a safe bet for LCG

16 July 2017

London Capital Group (LCG) specialises in online trading services and has now deployed an enterprise cloud solution from Nutanix to host its core financial services as part of a major investment and re-brand. The firm says this will support its aim to become the spread betting provider of choice for more than 70,000 clients, and reduce future operational costs as it expands globally.

LCG is using Nutanix’s Xtreme Computing Platform to consolidate its computing, virtualisation and storage resources. The vendor claims that its single, highly scalable and turnkey appliance has given LCG a faster, simplified and more flexible replacement for its end-of-life IT infrastructure which previously relied on conventional server and SAN architecture.

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Building society constructs modular data centre

03 July 2017

Since being formed in 1850, Cumberland Building Society (CBS) has grown to become one of Britain’s top ten building societies, with 34 branches throughout Cumbria, Dumfriesshire, North Lancashire and Northumberland.

In late 2012, CBS planned to move to a new head office. This provided an opportunity for it to upgrade IT infrastructure and procure a data centre solution that could also improve levels of reliability and availability in a cost-efficient manner.

The society had already worked with APT (Advanced Power Technology) on an earlier project to upgrade and maintain its power protection system.

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Accountancy firm earns fat dividends from thin clients

02 July 2017

Hallidays is a firm of accountants and business advisors that supports numerous clients in the Stockport and Greater Manchester area.

Founded in 1843, it provides a broad range of services covering not only accountancy and tax advice, but business growth, HR, recruitment, payroll, wealth management and corporate finance.

Furthermore, rather than just act as an internal IT department and break-fix problem solver, Hallidays’ IT team provides an IT support and consultancy service for clients.

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Fiscal gains in The Bunker

01 July 2017

Established in 2002, fintech company Fiscal Technologies creates software that prevents money from mistakenly or fraudulently leaving an organisation.

With offices in the UK and the US, the firm says its forensic solutions analyse financial transactions across the entire purchase-to-pay process, finding anomalies, errors, duplicates and identifying potential duplicity.

Some of Fiscal’s customers require contractual certainty that their data do not come into contact with any organisation that has any kind of relationship with the US or American organisations due to data sovereignty requirements.

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Diverse routes to financial hubs for global platform

16 July 2016

London-based Fidessa provides 85 per cent of the world’s major financial institutions with their trading and investment infrastructure, market data, and workflow technology. Transactions worth $20 trillion are said to flow across the company’s global network each year, and low latency connectivity that is stable and reliable are all therefore crucial. 

As part of the regular evaluation of its existing network providers, Fidessa first engaged BSO Network Solutions in 2013 when searching for a supplier to deliver a totally diverse route between Singapore and Hong Kong that both regional and global customers could leverage.

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Progress helps Nationwide deal with data

16 July 2016

The Nationwide Building Society is said to be the UK’s second-largest provider of household savings and runs an analytics system which has more than 300 developers working on it. 

Many departments across the organisation depend on the data the system produces to complete their daily tasks. For example, the fraud department uses it to analyse transactional data, looking for patterns that indicate fraud; the data modelling group uses it for predictive analytics; and marketing uses it for segmentation and trends analysis. 

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