Media Coverage

January 17, 2015

How can retailers cope with the 'Kate' effect

Whilst Madderson couldn’t have predicted when the Duchess of Cambridge was going to wear their ‘Camilla’ dress and have the right stock levels in place to meet the demand, they could have had their website ‘live’ to sell out their maternity range capitalising on this unprecedented interest in their products. So what should they have done to ensure their site could handle the traffic? We asked Kate Craig-Wood, MD of web host Memset to talk about how businesses can ensure that they have the ability to scale resources up and down based on demand.

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January 16, 2015

Hosting For The ‘Kate’ Effect

You should always be prepared for any level of demand, says Kate Craig-Wood, MD of Memset. Yesterday we saw another small British business fall victim to the ‘Kate’ effect, when the Duchess of Cambridge stepped out in the £450 navy ‘Naomi’ shift dress by Madderson London. British maternity line Madderson were totally unprepared for the honour and the rush on its website caused it to almost immediately go down.

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January 5, 2015

Pro tip: Use Cyberduck to manage files stored in the cloud

Files can be uploaded and downloaded with a simple drag and drop. Batch uploads of files are placed inside a queue manager, where progress of uploads can be viewed. Attributes can be managed with the Get Info button, and configuring data on traditional webservers for distribution with Amazon CloudFront, Memset Memstore, and Akamai can also be performed with a simple interface.

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January 1, 2015

Lend Support In Funding Fight

With lending to small businesses once more in the limelight, Rachel Willcox reports on what's being done to goose SME funding.

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December 18, 2014

Jury still out on G-Cloud 6

"I hope they get the formula right that allows the smaller companies to sell to buyers who are confident in their services. But the jury is out as to whether or not those changes are going to achieve this," he said. Robin Pape, public sector advisor for SMB supplier Memset said he was optimistic about the key changes to G-Cloud 6. "With the change to the Digital Marketplace from CloudStore- it's early days but we feel it can only help customers find services and that has been one of the big issues with G-Cloud in the past. "It's an evolution - we are on iteration six now and every time it gets better," he said.

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December 9, 2014

G-Cloud 2014: Three Years On And We're Making Real Progress

It's hard to believe that it has been three years since G-Cloud launched and with total spend recently hitting the £300m mark at the end of September 2014, real progress is starting to be made. As we look to G-Cloud 6, the sixth reiteration of the G-Cloud programme, Memset's Public Sector Advisor Robin Pape explores what G-Cloud and associated government initiatives have achieved to date.

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November 27, 2014

How cloud can make getting your flu jab easier

Boots Pharmacy are using an online booking system by Q-nomy hosted by Memset and it has reduced costs.

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November 27, 2014

Boots blurs channel boundaries with online booking system

Health & beauty retailer Boots UK has said this week that its new online booking system, which allows customers to arrange appointments for services in its high street stores, is aiding the business's multichannel strategy. Using a cloud-based appointment system, customers can book in-store appointments for a range of services, such as pharmacist meetings for flu and travel vaccinations. The new service allows customers to pick an appointment time – from the following day up to three weeks in advance – online or on their mobile. Users can also amend their booking through the service and set up SMS and email reminders. Boots commissioned in-store customer experience tech solutions company Q-nomy to design the new system, while UK hosting provider Memset was selected to host the software across four stages: development, UAT testing, pre-production and production.

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November 27, 2014

Hire and hold IT staff in 2015: The Reg's how-to guide

Employers beware – after years of relative inactivity, job seekers are gearing up for change. Economic improvements and an increase in business confidence have led to a burgeoning jobs market and an epidemic of itchy feet. While a certain amount of staff churn is inevitable – and even good – new research from IT recruiter Hays suggesting that 65 per cent of IT professionals expect to move jobs in the next 12 months has propelled IT staff recruitment and retention even higher up the corporate agenda as a sense of urgency, particularly among those employing niche skills in short supply - quite rightly sets in.

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November 27, 2014

Boots launches cloud-based appointments service

Nearly a third of appointments come via the cloud one month after going live Boots has built a booking service in the cloud to allow customers to make appointments online for flu and travel vaccinations. The pharmacist hopes the new digital system will be more convenient for customers, who previously had to book appointments via in-store paper diaries.

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