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Zynstra Hybrid IT Blog

Infographic: Top 10 Ways to Deliver More Value to Your IT Users

Posted by Team Zynstra on May 12, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Today, technology is measured according to its contribution to the user experience – and, by extension, the extent to which it enables organizations to realize their strategic goals.

With rapidly improving technologies, and an aptitude for adopting new ways of working, it has become absolutely paramount that IT systems are designed to keep up - or even stay ahead - with the needs of the user.

We have created this handy infographic to help you identify the top 10 ways in which to deliver more value to the modern day IT user.

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Topics: Multisite

Infographic: Top 5 Problems with Managing Multisite IT

Posted by Team Zynstra on Apr 26, 2017 12:00:01 PM

Managing IT across multiple locations can result in a number of challenges. If left unchecked, the load on central IT systems can become overwhelming. In addition, it can lead to unneccessarily high levels of stress on the part of the IT professionals, who end up meeting every proposed improvement to the business with a stern 'it can't be done'.

We have created this handy infographic to help you identify the issues with managing IT for multisite businesses. There is also a free guide on how to address the challenges of multisite IT.

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Topics: Multisite

Infographic: Top 10 Things to Consider When Buying a Server

Posted by Team Zynstra on Apr 20, 2017 2:00:00 PM

In an increasingly cloud-driven world, server upgrades are no longer straightforward. Factors to consider include:

  • On-premises, cloud or hybrid-IT?
  • Single use or multifunctional?
  • Future-proof for growth?
  • Bought, leased or 'as a service'?
  • Mobility enabled?
  • Secure and reliable?
  • Easy to manage and maintain?

The questions go on and on and it can feel overwhelming. 

We have created this handy infographic to help you consider your business needs. There is also a free server guide for those who want more detailed information.

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How can Cloud Service Providers easily create new revenue streams at 'the edge', when they have no current capability to do so?

Posted by John Bennett on Apr 13, 2017 11:51:15 AM

I’ve worked with a number of Cloud Service Providers (CSPs) for the past few years and have watched the continued development of their offerings over time. From a starting point of standard cloud based IaaS, CSPs have recognised the proliferation of public cloud and typically now offer hybrid solutions, based on delivering the most appropriate hosting venue for applications and workloads across public and private cloud; located on or off-premise. Although not specifically stated, when delving into the ‘on-premises’ solutions further, the customer environment being referred to is predominantly either the customer’s datacenter, or larger facilities such as the Head Office. However, the distributed enterprise also has application and workload requirements at its small, remote office, branch office sites (ROBO) which are very often not addressed by a CSPs portfolio.

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Topics: Inside Track

IT needs to play critical role in branch – says 97% of retailers

Posted by Team Zynstra on Apr 12, 2017 10:26:39 AM

Our experience working with retailers across the US and UK, has shown that they are challenged to deliver a better user experience, whilst reducing the operational costs of remotely managing a highly-distributed branch IT environment. To investigate further, Zynstra commissioned research conducted on our behalf by survey consultant Censuswide, polling IT managers and C-level professionals in the retail space across the UK and US.

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Topics: IT for Retail

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

AWS outage. What AWS outage?

Posted by Nick East, Zynstra CEO on Mar 1, 2017 11:33:58 PM


Yesterday’s problems with Amazon's Web Services facility in Virginia, US, causing S3 cloud storage ‘challenges’, has highlighted the need for resilience in data storage, particularly for core, business impacting data.

Let’s face it, failures such as these are not uncommon across the IT industry – so you need to design to avoid the business impact of IT outages, and respond well if and when the worst happens.  

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Topics: Insider

3 Proptech Trends to Look out for in 2017

Posted by Team Zynstra on Feb 23, 2017 9:19:04 PM

Technology has presented a threat as a disruptor within many industries over the last decade. This is particularly true of retail and hospitality, with the innovations surrounding self-service and delivery. Real Estate has been one of the few industries to escape disruptive tech relatively unscathed – that is until recently. Property tech has landed, and brings with it an ever-increasing standard from customers, who have grown accustomed to the way in which innovation has made their lives easier for purchasing across multiple retail industries, and now expect the same level of customer experience when evaluating real estate portfolios or simply buying property. This blog post specifies three game changing proptech trends to look out for this year.

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Topics: Proptech