Fordway Blog

Are there immediate benefits to moving legacy applications to the cloud – and should you?

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 16, 2020 10:28:54 AM / by Drew Markham posted in Cloud migration, tactical, remote working

As remote working continues, it provides an opportunity to consider whether your organisation can make more of its business applications available to staff by any means possible e.g. public or private cloud and, crucially, whether you want or need to.

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Things to consider when optimising your home working implementation

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 9, 2020 2:57:45 PM / by Drew Markham posted in remote working

The first in our new series What Now? Not What's Next to help you address immediate IT challenges in delivering mainstream business capability

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“If we’re doing a good job, we go unnoticed” - Introducing Tim Waller

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 8, 2020 1:37:58 PM / by Caroline Houlden

What do you do at Fordway?

I’m part of our service operations team, where I’m responsible for service continuity. My team are the people who work evenings and weekends providing 24x7 support for our customers. There are six of us in total. I’m the one who’s less of a vampire as I’m actually at work during the day!

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How to use ITIL 4 for best practice supplier management

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 27, 2020 11:03:36 AM / by Neville Armstrong posted in IT Transformation, ITIL, Strategy

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One of the ways in which ITIL 4 differs from its predecessor is in its increased emphasis on supplier management. ITIL V3 defined ‘4 Ps’ (People, Products, Processes and Partners) of Service Management. In ITIL 4 these become the ‘4 Dimensions of Service Management’, and there is an increased focus on partners and suppliers – an important and necessary change given the growing use of cloud-based services and increasing supplier dependencies.

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5 tips to help you roll-out remote working without the headaches.

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 19, 2020 9:22:50 AM / by Caroline Houlden

With the immense pressure for organisations to get remote working services up and working many SaaS providers are offering free trials which are very tempting. Whilst these services may seem to offer a convenient short-term fix, they could have implications for your governance and compliance.

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How local government can maintain its cloud momentum

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 3, 2020 4:50:45 PM / by Richard Blanford posted in Cloud migration


Although local authorities are increasingly moving services to the cloud, they’ve been much slower to do so than central government. After working on cloud implementations with both councils and government agencies, I believe there’s one key reason for this - the wide range of services local authorities provide.

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How to realise the business benefits of public cloud in Azure.

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 26, 2020 4:21:55 PM / by Caroline Houlden posted in Azure

As enterprise adoption of public cloud increases, accessing the resources and expertise to handle architecture design, security and operations can be daunting. Once live, many organisations experience problems and discover that they aren’t making the cost-savings they anticipated or experience issues such as latency. Optimising cloud post-migration can be complex and costly, so it is crucial  to take time to plan and architect for the desired outcome.

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In security, attack is the best form of defence

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 19, 2020 10:25:45 AM / by Caroline Houlden posted in Cloud Security

The recent ransomware attack on Travelex is a salutary reminder of the constant security threat we all face. While we don’t know whether or not a ransom was paid in this case, it’s widely understood that some organisations have been willing to pay several times to have their data restored.

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My technology predictions for 2020

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 18, 2019 10:45:00 AM / by Richard Blanford posted in Insider, Strategy


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Supporting a mobile workforce with DaaS

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 11, 2019 11:32:31 AM / by Drew Markham posted in IT Strategy

How are organisations meeting the demands of an increasingly mobile workforce? In a digital world, users may be able to work from any location at any time, but they need much more than a laptop or tablet to be productive. They have to be able to access corporate documents and applications securely whenever they need them, from whichever endpoint device they’re using. (That includes legacy applications, not just documents.) They expect self-service and self help – they don’t want to have to call up IT Support for every small query or problem, or when they forget their password. And all of this has to be totally reliable and available at any time.

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