ILLY Systems Limited (Illy Systems) is a developer of specialist IT software solutions working in both the commercial and public sectors. After years of rapid growth, an expanding workforce was dealing with many parallel developments. With strong plans for growth, ILLY were keen to pre-empt & avoid future capacity issues. To achieve this, their CEO engaged Prederi to provide support in helping the company to understand how it could meet and pre-empt the future challenges and facilitate involvement from the whole team in addressing these.
TellTrail is a unique social media platform based on privacy. With $21 billion lost to identity fraud  and 33% of young people exposed to unwanted sexual comments online , Founder Tony Amey decided to set up a social network built on privacy that users can trust, understand and control. Creating a social networking site with complex privacy provisions is a tough challenge. Tony worked with several developers on early versions of the product without success. The team who took the product to market in 2015 comprised five freelance developers, including Kye Etherton. Kye implemented the complex privacy requirements, and ran the robust testing processes crucial to delivering a product that lives up to its privacy claims. TellTrail.com launched to beta in 2015, and IOS and Android apps are currently in development.
Since the introduction of fire safety laws over ten years ago, fire safety is a legal necessity, and most commercial properties in the UK are fitted with compliant fire doors. Despite progress in raising awareness and improving standards, there have been fatal incidents, where inadequate or poorly fitted doors have contributed to the outcome. In one tragic case, the inquest ruled that death could have been avoided (1), if a self-closing fire door had not become stuck on the floor, preventing it from closing. Correct fitting is critical to ensure that fire doors remain compliant and meet the appropriate standards. Tests to certify doors to a declared fire resistance period (typically 30 or 60 minutes) become redundant, if not fitted properly or maintained over years of wear and tear. The consequences for safety are frighteningly obvious – one incident highlighted where blocked exits and door faults trapped hotel residents (2) and there are plenty of video examples where door-sets fail to impede fire (3) as planned. The financial implications for the building manager and owner are significant with hefty fines for fault or negligence. Property management companies are held to account in cases where the council carry out inspections, such as Kier Stoke (4). However, the laws and standards can be confusing – and EU policy makers are urged to review them for the hotel and tourism industry (5). Alarmingly, statistics from Fire Door Safety Week (6) indicate that 45% of building managers do not know how to spot a problem with their fire doors.
Lack of confidence and procrastination are common issues that block individuals from identifying and achieving their personal and career goals. Negative thinking and the resulting patterns of behavior can be very difficult to change, especially when they are reinforced through self-fulfilling prophecies and embedded beliefs about oneself. Achieving happiness, fulfillment and attaining career goals are possible for everyone. Practical techniques like interview performance can be learnt, and self-limiting beliefs can evolve.
“We engaged with KBG IT to carry out all of the IT related work in helping us become an independent organisation, and they also became the first point of contact for all IT related issues our internal staff faced.
Our latest case study aboard the luxury ‘My Mosaique’ yacht, analyses the performance of the XCommNet internet bonding service in an environment where many internet providers find it difficult to perform and achieve their optimum output. This case study highlights not only the performance of XCommNet throughout this project, but also its adaptability and flexibility to perform in challenging circumstances. The My Mosaique yacht required fast and secure internet to ensure smooth operation during business meetings and discussions at a leading international corporate event and the below report provides a detailed overview into how XCommNet achieved this.
When Weatherbys Bank needed support within a major systems change project, Sarah from Bubble Business was hired because of her thoroughbred and horse racing industry knowledge, and her ability to streamline complex operations into simple steps. The organisation-wide systems change programme required a focused project team. Sarah was tasked with delivering six outcomes for one specific internal interface: Business analysis to identify requirements and recommend changes to process. Support for software development phases – to ensure alignment with planned changes. Test cycle support – including systems, user acceptance and latest software release checks. Support for the live implementation date – with weekly reporting to directors and senior management. Written documentation to define and embed the revised processes. Training sessions to support internal staff dealing with new processes; overview sessions for decision makers, and a handover to a permanent member of the team.
Seeking funding and preparing for investor conversations can be a daunting process for start-ups. Some start-ups struggle to understand financial terminology, while others overestimate potential sales and create unrealistic cash flow and revenue forecasts. Pitching for funding without an understanding of the numbers undermines investor confidence, and reduces the attractiveness of the proposition.