Wednesday, 27 August 2014

VMworld Europe 101 – the top 10 reasons to attend


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Experience No Limits! VMworld Europe, one of Europe’s biggest cloud and virtualization events, is creeping ever closer. If you’ve never been and you’re wondering what all the fuss is about, take a look at these ten reasons why you really should already be planning your trip to Barcelona:
  • Amazing sessions – You can choose from literally hundreds of technical and content-rich sessions to learn how to help drive your business forward.
  • Labs, workshops and demos – What better way to see how VMware’s products can help your business than by trying our solutions for yourself?
  • Keynotes – We have a fantastic line-up of keynotes, from the likes of Pat Gelsinger (VMware’s CEO), Bill Fathers (Senior VP and General Manager Hybrid Cloud Services at VMware), Joe Baguley (CTO VMware EMEA), and Carl Eschenbach (VMware COO).
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  • Solution Expo – You’ll get to see and review the latest solutions from our trusted partners, such as EMC and IBM!
  • Networking on tap – There will be plenty of opportunities to meet with other industry professionals and old friends (and make new ones), to compare notes and just catch up
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  • vExperts – Get insights directly from those individuals who are closest to our products
  • Training and certification opportunities – Receive 50% off of VMware Certification Exam fees at VMworld Europe!
  • Barcelona – Not that this city needs an introduction, but our theme of No Limits applies just as well to Barcelona itself, as to VMworld! Boundless opportunities to have a fantastic time – take a look at these awesome things to do in Barcelona.
  • Fantastic food – Nothing better than a delicious meal and maybe one or two cervezas?

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And finally, number 10:
  • Entertainment – VMworld is all about celebration, so expect plenty of fun and surprises along the way. Plus, don’t forget the VMworld Party on the final night.
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These are just the top ten reasons, and we can guarantee you will leave Barcelona inspired and energised for the year ahead.

So, if you’ve already registered – see you there! If not, what are you waiting for?

Register now for VMworld Europe!

 
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Monday, 28 July 2014

What are the consequences of not being in the IT fast lane?


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VMware recently announced the results of a European-wide research project looking at the gap between business demands and IT delivery.  Shockingly, the research revealed 80 percent of IT decision makers in the UK believe there is a significant gap between what the business wants and when IT can deliver it. The average gap between demand and IT delivery in the UK is five months, but over a quarter of IT decision makers believe that the gap is more likely between seven and 18 months.

This misalignment between business and IT can carry significant ramifications for the performance, competitiveness and growth prospects of organisations. In the UK, IT decision makers cited the reduced likelihood of innovation across all departments (51 percent), reduced staff productivity (52 percent) and loss of customers to more agile competitors (35 percent) as the most significant implications of the gap.

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Joe Baguley, EMEA CTO at VMware, explains why this is such an issue for the whole business: “A lag of almost half a year between what the business expects of IT and what it can deliver is huge. We cannot underplay the pressure IT departments face in this new mobile cloud era, as they balance a need to maximise value from existing systems alongside the necessity to deploy new technologies. We’re hearing time and again that businesses see IT as a driver of innovation; it has to be part of future, not part of the furniture.

Organisations of all sizes need an IT infrastructure that can scale up and down with business demand, increase automation to reduce management burden and help improve productivity and support innovation. Investment needs to shift so that IT can genuinely impact the business and reduce the gap.”

Our research also found 64 percent of UK IT decision makers feel their department is under pressure from the CEO, CTO and board to modernise IT within the next 12 months. Beyond the ongoing challenge of reducing the cost of IT (69 percent), these departments specifically have been tasked with increasing the mobility of the workforce (57 percent) and moving more infrastructure to the cloud (42 percent).

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We compared the results of our survey of UK businesses with those in the rest of Europe, and found a significantly higher number of UK firms identified the impact that the delivery gap is having on their competitiveness, innovation and productivity. From an economic point of view, this is especially important for the UK as Rob Harbron, Senior Economist, Centre for Economics and Business Research, notes: “As economies move from recovery mode into a period of growth and optimism, the pace of business is faster than ever. With this new wave of IT innovation taking place right before us, organisations are in a race to find better and quicker ways to align business expectations with IT delivery. There is a demonstrable impact on organisational performance for those that can closely align the two. Those that cannot may be forever hampered in their efforts to maximise productivity as the growth agenda returns.”

We discussed this with Angus Gregory, CEO, Biomni, a UK-based company specialising in cloud-delivered service catalogue and request fulfilment solutions. He explained why it is so important for a business’ IT department to respond to needs of the wider business: “With the pace at which we operate, it’s critical we have an IT infrastructure which enables us to adapt quickly to business needs – we cannot afford to have a gap between IT delivery and business strategy. Moving to a new IT model with a hybrid cloud solution has improved business agility and enabled faster delivery of services. There’s no longer frustration about how quickly we can meet customers’ demands, but a focus on how we can create innovative new ways to attract and impress them.”
If these points resonate with you, join us at VMworld Europe for three days packed with insights, Hands On Labs and exciting launches, helping you to develop your understanding of how VMware can help your business move into the IT fast lane.

To find our more information about the event, take a look at the VMworld website and register your attendance here.

Have you tried your hand yet at our Fast Lane Racer game? See if you have what it takes to beat the competition, and how VMware can help your business take the fast lane! 

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Monday, 21 July 2014

Compliance and security: How to have your cake and eat it.


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Desktop transformation is about satisfying an apparent paradox: How do you give users more freedom, while giving IT more control?

And how do you balance all the factors involved? For example, mobility versus visibility. Choice of device versus standardisation of support. Or accessibility versus security. That last one is probably ringing alarm bells. But, while security is still of paramount importance, how we think about it is changing…

The modern way involves an acceptance of risk. The reality is, you can only be so secure – and the edge of network can always be breached, by accident or design. Nowhere is totally secure today. And there’s no reason to think tomorrow will be any safer. In fact, all the evidence shows mounting levels of risk around every aspect of life online.

So here’s the thing. There’s no point in a lock-down; it just makes life harder for the business and users, and can be seen as inflexibility on IT’s part. Instead, be prepared for the inevitable breach, and be ready to audit when it occurs. If break-ins are going to happen anyway, it’s how fast and how effectively you deal with them that matters.

And remember that security (like productivity and competitiveness) is subject to the law of diminishing returns. When even security vendors admit that anti-virus software is pretty well useless, is the extra metaphorical padlock really going to make that much difference?

Now apply similarly enlightened thinking to how and where users access information.
Do you follow a policy of rigid prevention, or do you control the risk by changing the way you manage the access? Desktop transformation gives your users what they want – seemingly unfettered access to sensitive corporate data, anywhere, any time, and on any device.

At the same time, it gives you the visibility and control, so that you can meet regulatory compliance requirements and mitigate risk.

So you can deliver the responsiveness and agility the business needs, while protecting people, data and reputation.

Learn more about desktop transformation
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Monday, 14 July 2014

Prolinx wins British Council as customer in 2014

Prolinx and Tribal to deliver a global student management system for the British Council.

In 2012, the British Council invited suppliers to tender for the provision of a Teaching Centre Management solution for its global operations. Following completion of the procurement process and a preferred supplier contract negotiation with associated perfection of scope exercise, Prolinx Limited in partnership with Tribal Group plc, has now been contracted for the global system supply, implementation, hosting and support.

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations, and operates in over 50 countries. Through its training centres around the world, it is a leading provider of English language teaching and examinations, delivering courses to approximately 330,000 students each year.

The initial 5 year contract between the British Council and Prolinx, valued at £10m is to support the British Council Teaching Centre operations, including 90 centres across 50 countries. The contract will incorporate sophisticated customer self-service, multiple language handling and extensive integration with third party systems. The system is designed to underpin a modern, service orientated approach to education delivery.

Prolinx, the IT Secure Managed Service provider, works with major public and private sector organisations to provide technologies, solutions and services. Contracting with Tribal Campus, it will provide a fully managed Software as a Service student management system to support the British Council’s worldwide education delivery activities.

Gary Styles, Director of Prolinx Ltd, said yesterday “We are delighted to have now agreed this contract after a very thorough tender and perfection of scope phase that allowed the British Council to truly understand the proposed solution.”

Tribal, a leading provider of technology-enabled solutions to the international education, management market, will provide its Tribal Campus student management system in a contract with Prolinx for £6m. The student management system, which will be deployed through a private cloud, is expected to be adopted in all British Council training centres during the initial 5 year contract term, supporting efficient student administration and consistent business processes around the globe.

Keith Evans, Chief Executive of Tribal, commented “We are pleased to be working alongside the British Council, which is a powerful advocate of British education around the world. Tribal Campus has made excellent progress since becoming part of Tribal in March 2014, and the selection of its software in this programme illustrates the strength of its student management systems.”

Work has already commenced on the development of the global solution with a team of technology and business experts from across Prolinx, Tribal Group and the British Council.
 
About Tribal
Tribal is a leading provider of technology-enabled solutions to the international education, management market. We build world-leading education management software, and provide performance improvement and quality assurance solutions across universities, colleges and schools, in the UK and internationally.

We work in partnership with a wide range of organisations, including schools, colleges and universities, government agencies and large and small employers.

Tribal has around 1,400 staff and our work spans five continents across the world. More information about Tribal is available online at www.tribalgroup.com.

About the British Council
The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations. It creates international opportunities for the people of the UK and other countries and builds trust between them worldwide.

It works in more than 50 countries and its 7000 staff – including 2000 teachers – work with thousands of professionals and policy makers and millions of young people every year teaching English, sharing the Arts and in education and society programmes.

It is a UK charity governed by Royal Charter. A publically-funded grant-in-aid provides less than a quarter of its turnover which last year was £781m. The rest it earns from English teaching, UK exams and services which customers around the world pay for, through education and development contracts and from partnerships with other institutions, brands and companies. All its work is in pursuit of its charitable purpose and creates prosperity and security for the UK and the countries it works in all around the world.

For more information, please visit: www.britishcouncil.org.

Monday, 7 July 2014

Infosecurity Europe London 2014

Prolinx Ltd will be exhibiting at Infosecurity Europe London 2014 alongside its partners IBM and Lumeta 29th April to 1st May 2014. Visit us at Stand B85 to meet the team.

The event will be a great opportunity to meet with representatives from Prolinx, IBM and Lumeta who can explain how an integrated solution is leading the way in providing actionable intelligence for enterprise security and compliance. Come over to our stand to see a live demonstration of it in action.

One-to-One Meeting Request
Are you planning on attending Infosecurity? If you would like to set up a one to one meeting with a technology expert adviser during show opening hours please register your request today.

As our executive meetings are filling up quickly, to reserve a place simply let us know which day, April 29 - May 1st and what time works best for you.

To find out more contact us today on 01844 279199 or email contact@prolinx.co.uk
In addition we will be running a presentation in the Infosecurity Technology Showcase Theatre.

Network situational awareness: Closing the gap

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29 April12:00 - 12:25http://bit.ly/1gUNQSN
30 April12:00 - 12:25http://bit.ly/1gt8PHs

Technology Showcase Theatre
Network visibility at the SOC/NOC needs to address real time requirements of dynamically changing enterprises รข€“ with virtualisation, cloud, and mobile architectures. A different approach is required that includes foundational network situational awareness integrated with solutions such as a SIEM.

ENTER TO WIN
Come along to our stand for a friendly chat and simply complete our questionnaire and you will be entered into a prize draw for a chance to WIN an IPad Mini Tablet. The winner will be announced Thursday 1st May on Twitter at @Prolinx_Ltd.

Infosecurity Europe is Europe's number one Information Security event. Featuring over 325 exhibitors, the most diverse range of new products and services, an unrivalled education programme and over 13,000 unique visitors from every segment of the industry, it is the most important date in the calendar for Information Security professionals across Europe, that's why Mobiquant Team doesn't miss this event since 5 years.

For more information on Infosecurity Europe please visit their official website @ http://www.infosec.co.uk/

Friday, 18 April 2014

Prolinx and Tribal Campus to develop global education solution for the British Council

Providing more effective customer self-service for students when booking courses and exams, and support efficiencies through the use of cloud technology.

In 2012, the British Council invited suppliers to tender for the provision of a Teaching Centre Management solution for its global operations. Following completion of the procurement process, Prolinx Limited in partnership with Tribal Campus was selected as preferred supplier.

Gary Styles, Director of Prolinx Ltd, said yesterday “We are delighted to have started work on this project with the British Council and Tribal Campus. Our systems integrators and hosting infrastructure will be brought to bear as a key element of success in this project.”

Work has now commenced on the development of the global solution with a team of technology and business experts from across Prolinx, Tribal Campus and the British Council who have been conducting preliminary workshops in London. This will feed into the solution development, targeted for completion in May 2014.

“The selection of Triabl Campus’s technology signifies Tribals’s emergence as a global player in the delivery of enterprise-scale solutions. We are excited to be working on this landmark project which will provide the British Council with a technology platform designed to deliver on global strategic growth initiatives” said Nick Stanley, CEO of Tribal Campus.

According to Mark Howard, recently appointed Head of Teaching at the British Council, “this project will help us deliver our strategic goals, and underpin our growth plans in teaching. We are also excited about the potential to provide more effective customer self-service and to support efficiencies through the use of cloud technology.”

The British Council’s Teaching and Exams Business offers English Language courses in 102 Centres around the World and administers more than 2,000,000 exams including the International English Language Testing System Exams (IELTS) in more than 100 countries every year. The Teaching Centre Management Systems project has been established to identify, purchase and deploy a new global system for Teaching Centre, Student and Learning Management.

About Tribal Campus
Tribal Campus is a privately held and wholly owned Australian software company leading the way in cloud-based student management systems and additional configurable software solutions mostly deployed within the education and training sector. Over 50 leading education brands use Tribal Campus technology solutions to improve workplace productivity and communication.

For further information, visit tribalcampus.com.

About the British Council
The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations. It creates international opportunities for the people of the UK and other countries and builds trust between them worldwide.

It works in more than 100 countries and its 7000 staff – including 2000 teachers – work with thousands of professionals and policy makers and millions of young people every year teaching English, sharing the Arts and in education and society programmes.

It is a UK charity governed by Royal Charter. A publically-funded grant-in-aid provides less than a quarter of its turnover which last year was £781m. The rest it earns from English teaching, UK exams and services which customers around the world pay for, through education and development contracts and from partnerships with other institutions, brands and companies. All its work is in pursuit of its charitable purpose and creates prosperity and security for the UK and the countries it works in all around the world.

For more information, please visit: www.britishcouncil.org.

Friday, 7 March 2014

Prolinx at UK’s premier Police and Security event in Farnborough

Partnering with Serious Games International to bring pioneering artificial intelligence and augmented reality to Police and Security sector.

Prolinx, a trusted IT solutions provider specialising in the development of secure IT-as-a-Service (ITaaS) environments for the Public Sector, will be demonstrating a range of augmented reality products and secure services alongside its partner Serious Games International (SGIL), at this year’s Police and Security Show in Farnborough on 12th and 14th March. This will include the latest intelligent 3D Avatar - Chatterbox - a virtual character, which brings important messages to life on behalf of end users.

Chatterbox provides law enforcement officials access to immediate translation services as well as training and intelligence that can help cut down investigation time in the critical ‘golden hour’.
Mark Tuley, Police, Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Account Director at Prolinx, with over 32 years of experience in the sector, said, “Law enforcement professionals, especially constables on the beat, often need to understand members of the public immediately when they are approached about a crime or serious situation. The technology we can deliver, alongside SGIL, through Chatterbox, enables officers to securely store and receive the information they need to make more informed and intelligent decisions on the spot – helping to mitigate risk and increasing the chances of crimes being prevented or solved.”

Through the use of artificial intelligence Chatterbox also offers the capability to develop as additional knowledge and information is added via databases, the internet or manual input. This ensures it is a solution that will continue to deliver value.

Prolinx is uniquely able to offer Chatterbox as a secure mobile application through a fully managed hosted solution. The company’s secure datacentre architecture enables optimised control and protection for classified operating environments. This secure environment, combined with SGIL’s pioneering technology, offers law enforcement and security organisations a platform, to drive innovation through their operations and to truly derive value from it.

Mark Tuley, continues, “Chatterbox, combined with Prolinx’s secure hosting environments, presents a strong and very unique technology offering to the Police and Law Enforcement sector – one that saves time, money and improves services to citizens. Our secure database environment offers SGIL the ability to share this product with the sector. For our customers having access to this technology will enable them to respond rapidly to the market challenges they face. This partnership is indicative of Prolinx’s commitment to innovation and focus on delivering value to our public sector customers.”
Prolinx can also offer law enforcement supplementary services including; application hosting, data management, installation and configuration, application virtualisation and packaging, full administration support through a 24/7 Secure service desk, secure backup and environmental management.

Serious Games International Managing Director Tim Luft, is confident it can make a real impact within this major marketplace. Tim explains, “Police and security are key markets for us and these sectors are increasingly realising the important role that games based applications have to play in creating effective training programmes for employees, corporate simulations and innovative methods of obtaining and distributing information. Applying gameplay techniques has proved to be an effective means of conveying information that engages users more fully and increases their knowledge retention. We are looking forward to showcasing our innovative products and demonstrating how we can contribute to their increasingly changing and challenging environments and add value and vision.”

The Police and Security Show is aimed at police, law enforcement and security professionals who are tasked with security, civil protection and National Resilience. It allows exhibitors the opportunity to showcase world leading products and services, bringing together people with operational needs and companies that have the relevant solutions, all within a secure environment.
You can visit Prolinx and SGIL at stand F8.

For further information about Prolinx and Serious Games, please visit www.prolinx.co.uk and www.seriousgamesinternational.com.