What does big data really mean for the financial sector?

Posted on 9th February 2017 by Jenny Jones

Big data banking is only as effective as the analytics.    Big data has been a buzzword on the lips of business managers and CIOs for at least the last two decades. Every industry, from financial to medical and even local authorities, appears to be investing in ways to be a part of the modern…

Government Intelligence – but not as you know it

Posted on 27th January 2017 by Jenny Jones

Democratising data helps local authorities combat fraud   In June 2016, independent auditing company Audit Scotland uncovered almost £17m lost to fraud and error. The startling find was only discovered thanks to the organisation’s biennial National Fraud Initiative (NFI), which involves local authorities and other public bodies sharing data between them. This exercise of identifying…

Regulatory Reporting: Facing the Technology Challenges of Today

Posted on 13th January 2017 by Ben Edge

Following on from the major financial crisis of 2008 and the resulting global recession, governments across the world have established tighter financial regulations in order to prevent and mitigate a similar situation occurring in the future. Financial regulators have been made accountable for the health of the banking and finance sector and thus play a…

2016 End of Year Highlights

Posted on 19th December 2016 by Jenny Jones

As we reach the last remaining weeks of 2016 it’s time to sit back and reflect on the year we have had. 2016 has been quite the year, with Brexit, Trump becoming President, Tim Peake going into space and back, David Bowie dying, Leonardo DiCaprio winning an Oscar, Bob Dylan being awarded a Nobel Prize…

Top Technology Trends 2016: Predictions Revisited

Posted on 16th December 2016 by Ben Edge

Each year we bring you a selection of our predictions for the following year, however this year, we thought we’d be different and look back at the technology predictions we made last year and see which were accurate which and have fallen short. Prediction 1 – Internet of Things is becoming more practical It’s fair…

2017 Healthcare Technology Predictions

Posted on 9th December 2016 by Jenny Jones

With 2017 fast approaching, it’s time for our healthcare technology predictions. Every day we are bombarded by the media highlighting inefficiencies in the NHS, the obesity crisis and an aging population. How can technology help drive efficiency, reduce the burden of our overworked NHS and improve the lives of the population? 1 – Rise in…

2017 Technology Predictions

Posted on 17th November 2016 by Jenny Jones

While 2016 may be remembered for its unexpected political outcomes, the technology news has also seen its fair share of publicity. A year that will be remembered for the forced ‘upgrade’ to Windows 10, the short-lived phenomenon that was Pokémon Go! and Apple removing the headphone jack from the iPhone, opting to sell no less…

4 Key Takeaways from EHI Live 2016

Posted on 4th November 2016 by Ben Edge

I write this having wrapped up another year of discussion at our stand at EHI Live 2016. All of the planning and hard work that has gone into this year’s exhibition certainly feels like it has been worth it now. It’s safe to say it has been another successful year for us at EHI Live…

You are What You Eat: Feeding a Healthy Data Warehouse

Posted on 14th October 2016 by Tom Jardine

Now technology has infiltrated our everyday lives and smartphones provide us with an ever increasing array of varying information, the internet has become a far more accessible commodity. While it has grown enormously over the past decade, the data is actually easier to navigate than ever before, with seemingly limitless content rapidly available to be…

How the Financial Services Sector can Harness their Disparate Data with Big Data Analytics

Posted on 7th October 2016 by Ben Edge

In recent years, banks and building societies within the financial sector have had to respond to the vastly changing landscape of the financial world.  As customers drive change from the traditional high street branches to a more modern digital service it is imperative that these organisations do not get left behind. The number of building…

How Data Centralisation Combats Fraud

Posted on 16th September 2016 by Tom Jardine

In recent years, fraud has become a recurring problem for local authorities in the UK. Back in 2013, it was found that as many as one fifth of London council tenancies showed ‘indications of fraud’, and the Annual Fraud Indicator (AFI) concluded that a figure of £52 billion had been taken from the economy due…

A New Approach to Tackling the NHS Winter Pressures

Posted on 9th September 2016 by Ben Edge

As we start moving into the latter stages of the year, I thought it was about time we revisited a topic that we covered last year in our blog – the NHS winter pressures. A lot has happened in the NHS over the last year: the four hour A&E waiting time targets have been missed,…

Has the IoT Gone OTT?

Posted on 2nd September 2016 by Tom Jardine

Imagine this scenario: you wake up one morning and brew yourself a fresh, pod-based coffee. While basking in the decadence of your velvety beverage you glance back into the cupboard and a harsh reality dawns: you are running low on pods. This is no ordinary coffee. You cannot simply leave the house to restock the…

The Value of Integrating Business Intelligence and ERP

Posted on 26th August 2016 by Ben Edge

The traditional challenge facing fast-growing organisations and large enterprises is being able to manage all of their business processes and ever-growing number of operational systems. This is when an Enterprise Report Planning (ERP) system such as Microsoft Dynamics NAV is implemented to integrate these systems and lead a more intelligent, streamlined and automated approach to…

How Can Analytics Improve Operating Theatre Efficiency?

Posted on 19th August 2016 by Tom Jardine

With numerous operational systems and data input procedures that vary depending on the individual and their department, uncovering causal links between patients and operating theatre efficiency in the NHS is not a straightforward task. Theatre time is the most costly activity that a hospital delivers. If cancellations can be reduced, huge cost savings can be…