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Ifan Kaldain

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Transforming Real Estate Branch IT Event Roundup

Posted by Ifan Kaldain on Mar 30, 2017 11:00:00 AM


Real Estate has been left relatively unscathed by the rapidly expanding advancement of disruptive tech, but the tables are beginning to change. New methods of construction, customization, virtual tours and maintenance sensors are fast approaching on the horizon, and have already raised the expectations of the average customer. As with other industries, such as retail, customers will come to expect a new level of convenience and service from property services, and those that do not adapt now may eventually cut themselves out of the market. Zynstrarecently held an event at the Gherkin in London, to discuss the main drives and effects of Proptech. Read on to get the highlights, or register for our catch-up webinar.

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Topics: Hybrid IT, IT for Retail, Multisite

What is Endless Aisle and Why is it Vital for Scaling in Retail?

Posted by Ifan Kaldain on Mar 10, 2017 12:49:01 PM


Endless Aisle is the answer to the omnichannel retail conundrum: consumers are shying away from the larger department stores, and yet they expect the smaller stores to have everything in stock. This could be attributed to the prominence of online shopping, however the instant gratification that online shoppers have become accustomed to has left the expectation that the smaller stores should have exactly what consumers are looking for, so they can walk in and get what they want now. Not next week, not next month; now.

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Topics: Hybrid IT, IT for Retail, Multisite

Transforming Retail & Hospitality Branch IT Event Roundup

Posted by Ifan Kaldain on Mar 3, 2017 10:59:34 AM

Storm Doris had been unleashed, and London was besieged by an aggressive bout of wind and rain. And yet, even the weather wouldn’t dissuade those representing a variety of retail and hospitality companies from joining us at the Gherkin. The eye-catching tower swayed from side to side, giving many the feeling of sea-sickness, but the attention of the attendees was drawn towards Miya Knights, from Planet Retail, and Roger Sowerbutts, from Zynstra. They provided key insights into the modern consumer's buying habits, how to provide them with a seamless omnichannel experience, and what IT systems you need to meet these demands. This post provides a roundup of what happened, for those who could not attend.

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Topics: Hybrid IT, IT for Retail, Multisite

How Furniture Retailer Made.com Utilized their Branch IT as a Customer Experience Asset

Posted by Ifan Kaldain on Feb 7, 2017 11:00:00 AM
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Topics: Retail, Case Study, Multisite

The Retail Technology Trends of 2017 - Zynstra

Posted by Ifan Kaldain on Jan 24, 2017 3:30:31 PM

2016 was quite a rollercoaster for retailers: Magento 2.0 was released, the ‘Internet-of-Things’ escaped the clutches of science fiction and became more reality, and omnichannel retail became an increasingly important term for retailers to consider. While each of these changes sounded exciting to the average person, they were viewed with trepidation by retail professionals, as with each opportunity comes a host of new issues, such as the need to upgrade one’s IT infrastructure to cater for these growing trends.

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Topics: Retail

New Year’s Resolution Ideas for IT Professionals

Posted by Ifan Kaldain on Jan 10, 2017 2:20:29 PM

You’ve survived the first week of 2017. You patched up the server issues that cropped up over the holiday period, and now you can take a quick breather to reflect on what the next 12 months have in store for you. One question that might be popping into your head is: ‘how do I want to do things differently this year?’ The holiday season is a good time to reflect on how content one is with one’s career on a day-to-day level, and how improvements can be made in the coming year. While you can find reams of material for how to achieve that in the general sense, there’s a shortage of ideas specifically aimed at IT professionals.

Below is a list of ideas for your IT New Year’s resolutions. And while we all know New Year’s Resolutions can be tough to achieve, we also know that if we don’t plan to make things better, nothing ever changes. Find a way to:

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Topics: Hybrid IT