December 2017

Drones in commercial usage

Unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, present opportunities for forward-thinking businesses, but at the moment, tight restrictions apply to their usage. In the UK, drones cannot be flown within 150 metres of a congested area, or within 50 metres of a person or vehicle not under the control of the pilot. Drones over the weight of 20kg, or involved in commercial use must be registered with the Civil Aviation Authority. Keeping… Read More »Drones in commercial usage

Are you doing enough to secure customer data?

We live in a world where cyber-crime and ransomware hacks are on the increase, often with devastating consequences for those organisations caught unaware. In this climate, your customers may well be wary about handing over data if you can’t guarantee it won’t fall into the wrong hands. There are steps you can take to prevent harmful data-breaches that could damage your reputation and future business. Think about putting together a… Read More »Are you doing enough to secure customer data?

The internet of things in the UK

The term “Internet of Things” (or IoT for short), is a phrase coined by technology expert and entrepreneur Kevin Ashton in 1999, although variations on the concept had existed previously. It describes a network of physical devices embedded with electronics such as sensors and trackers that connect to the internet, allowing for precise control and monitoring, alongside the relevant software. Examples could be anything from smart thermostats, to heart monitors… Read More »The internet of things in the UK

What are S.O.L.I.D principles in programming?

SOLID is an acronym for five object-oriented design principles. S – Single responsibility principle O – Open-closed principle L – Liskov substitution principle I – Interface segregation principle D – Dependency Inversion Principle The intention behind these five principles is to promote flexible, understandable and maintainable code. The Single Responsibility Principle asserts that a class should have only one responsibility. This single responsibility should be entirely encapsulated by the class.… Read More »What are S.O.L.I.D principles in programming?

Is the paperless office still a dream?

In a BBC news feature from 2012, the author pointed out that despite existing for 40 years as a concept, the widespread reality of an entirely “paperless office” had yet to materialise. The average administrative worker uses 10,000 sheets of paper a year, and 6800 of them are considered to be a waste. But there are some ways you can drastically reduce your reliance on paper printouts for business purposes.… Read More »Is the paperless office still a dream?

The future of cashless payments

The ability to take cashless payments for your business, either in-store or online has benefits far beyond customer convenience. Not having to collect, count up and transport cash is the most obvious one. Having a running total of all of your transactions in real time is another. Distance is less of an obstacle, and accepting foreign currencies is made a lot easier. Aside from the standard credit, debit card and… Read More »The future of cashless payments

What SwiftCase optimisation means for you

With the release of SwiftCase 2.0, the team have taken the opportunity to optimise the system in various ways. As we added new features in this version, it became apparent that existing functionality could also be improved. We have internally highlighted multiple areas that, at the time of development were written efficiently, but over time, as the system has grown, these areas can now be enhanced. Optimising a platform such… Read More »What SwiftCase optimisation means for you

Four ways to speed up your website

Website speed is a crucial part of website design that is often surprisingly neglected. According to, the majority of users expect web pages to load in at least 2 seconds and web traffic will drop by around 40% if speeds are over 3 seconds. Don’t underestimate the importance of speed to provide a better user experience, in turn driving increased engagement and higher conversion rates. Minify Minifying is a… Read More »Four ways to speed up your website

The future of autonomous vehicles in the UK

In 2015, the company Transport Systems Catapult (TSC), in collaboration with the University of Oxford, tested their Lutz Pathfinder car on the roads of Milton Keynes, the first time an autonomous vehicle was permitted by the UK government to travel on public highways. Further tests involving higher speeds and longer distances have taken place since, and UK Chancellor Philip has stated that driverless cars could be in commercial use on… Read More »The future of autonomous vehicles in the UK

The benefits of cloud-based file storage

Cloud-based storage is a model in which digital files are stored on remote servers and made accessible over the internet. The service is snowballing in its usage and is becoming the standard across many industries. Cloud hosting facilities are maintained and operated by a range of service providers, offering different volumes of storage for different needs, and they are responsible for keeping the files secure as well as accessible to… Read More »The benefits of cloud-based file storage