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What you need to know about PaaS

Most businesses are familiar with cloud computing and its ability to deliver agility, scalability, convenience of anywhere access and drive down costs. However, there is a compelling case for organisations to venture further, utilising “Platform as a Service” (PaaS) to further accelerate innovation.

PaaS accelerates the development and deployment of a variety of applications, whether web-based or mobile, B2B or B2C.

What exactly is PaaS?

PaaS is a cloud-computing platform that is provided online by a cloud services vendor. The platform allows organisations to deploy and run business-critical software in the cloud, without ever having to worry about purchasing, installing or maintaining a sophisticated IT infrastructure: you just get to focus on your business, everything else is done for you, as an on-demand pay-per-use service.

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UK manufacturing ‘strongest growth for three years’

The UK’s manufacturing sector picked up further in November to its strongest level for almost three years, according to a closely watched survey.

The Markit/CIPS Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) also showed employment in the sector grew.

The news adds to other recent data showing that the UK economy is putting the economic crisis years behind it.

The PMI stood at 58.4 in November, its highest since February 2011. A reading over 50 indicates growth.

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Mobiles to ‘outnumber people’ early next year

Following on from our recent posts on Mobile Strategy and Mobile Technology in the work place, it was interesting to learn that it’s possible that there will be more mobile subscriptions than people in the world by the end of next year; according to a UN agency report.

“Every day we are moving closer to having almost as many mobile cellular subscriptions as people on earth,” said Brahima Sanou, director of the ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau. “The mobile revolution is ‘m-powering’ people in developing countries by delivering ICT applications in education, health, government, banking, environment and business.”

The report also found that 2.7 billion people, almost 40% of the world’s population, are online; Europe has the highest penetration (75%), followed by the Americas (61%). Asia has 32% of its population online, Africa 16%.

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Win-Win Situation for Merlin Customers

Chancellor of the Exchequer

Chancellor of the Exchequer

2013 – Seeds for Business Growth Sewn

January 1st sees the first major instalment of the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s plans announced in the autumn 2012 Statement to inject growth in to the British Economy.

This is the much-welcomed increase in the Annual Investment Allowance from £25,000 to £250,000 for two years to support small and medium-sized businesses.  The effect of which means that companies needing a helping hand to invest in key projects like IT-aided efficiency improvements and proactive sales activities can do so without paying Corporation Tax on their investment.

In the maximum cases, this could see a reduction of over £50,000.00 in Corporation Tax payments in addition to the bottom-line profit improvements that businesses expect to receive from an investment in a new business software solution.

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Mobile Technology in the work place

builder_mobile-technologyThe idea of having a fully-functional computer on hand at all times has become a reality. With wireless networking, useful applications, and high-speed connectivity, smartphones and tablets are becoming increasingly integral commodities to a productive, integrated lifestyle.

The same applies to business.

Taking advantage of this technological advancement through organised use of the correct apps can have a significant, positive impact on your business’s bottom line.

It’s important to consider how you’re currently using technology to promote and sell your products and services, as it’s vastly becoming our first point of call for sourcing products online.

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