Why retailers need to put their heads in the cloud

11 May 2021

Alex MacPherson, director of solution consultancy and account management, Manhattan Associates

Alex MacPherson, director of solution consultancy and account management, Manhattan Associates

 

If theCovid-19 pandemic-induced disruption to retail in 2020 taught retailers anything at all, it’s that the need to be flexible is crucial not only to business continuity, but to business survival.

The seemingly never ending uncertainty caused by repeated lockdowns, social distancing, lack of clarity as to what you could and couldn’t do, having to work from home with no end in sight - not to mention finally “getting Brexit done” – has had an enormous effect on society as a whole. Combine that with the closure of non-essential shops and the rise of ecommerce has had just as big an impact on retail as an industry too.

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Autonomous cloud security

11 May 2021

Scott Dodds, CEO, Ultima

Scott Dodds, CEO, Ultima

The Covid-19 pandemic has created exponential growth in companies requiring cloud services, but their IT staff don’t have all the technical skills to effectively and safely move them to the cloud. This leaves companies open to security vulnerabilities as well as meaning they are not optimising their cloud environment. 

While many businesses have risen to the challenges of remote working, infrastructure and security remain an issue. But automated cloud services with in-built security solutions can solve these problems. They can be bought on a pay-as-you-go basis, addressing large CAPEX outlay issues and allowing companies to overcome legacy application issues and provide security that protects both employee and company from outside attack. 

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Automating manufacturing resiliency

22 April 2021

Ian Millington, managing director, adi Automation

Ian Millington, managing director, adi Automation

Automation is causing seismic shifts across many industries, as the adoption of intelligent technology promises to transform the way we live and work.

Before Covid-19 arrived on the scene and took the world by surprise, a business’ ability to adapt and respond to marketplace changes was strong indicator of its industry success. Fast forward to today, and without this kind of business mobility, manufacturers expose themselves to a ruthless economic climate, whereby manufacturers across the world are having to down tools and shut up shop to such an extent that they could be doing it for the last time.

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Norfolk Fire & Rescue deploys ESN-ready mobile solution

22 April 2021

Norfolk Fire & Rescue Service has deployed an Emergency Services Network (ESN)-ready mobile data terminal (MDT) solution across its fleet of 66 vehicles, using Panasonic devices and Cradlepoint giagabit-enabled rugged LTE routers.

The fire service has deployed Panasonic Toughbook 33 tablets in the front cabs of its fire appliances as mobile data terminals (MDTs) and Cradlepoint NetCloud and IBR1700 Series routers for 4G LTE connectivity via EE, Vodafone and the forthcoming Emergency Services Network. 

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