It might be an i-FilingCabinet or an e-FilingCabinet but it’s not automation!

I must admit, we like to work with companies that know they need automation. Most are fully aware that automating systems and processes will get them to where they want to be; scaling, increasing profit margins, keeping headcount manageable and opening up opportunities. Most of our customers have tried and have bought boxed products to […]

Waiting for the robots? You could be more productive

No doubt, the robots are coming: AI and automation will change the business environment beyond recognition. Until then we face human problems, many of which can be fixed. There’s a lot of talk about how the robots are coming for our jobs. Depending on your perspective that could be a great thing, or a dystopian […]

Investors eyeing your business? We’ll help you clear the red flags

You’ve established your business, built a viable product or service and you’re ready to take it to the next level. But investors are looking for the red flags in your business – and if they find them, you may not get the valuation you expect. By its nature, innovation is quick, and technology – even […]

Accelerating innovation – stop the startups eating your lunch

You’ve spent years creating your business, in which time its core technology has aged. These days your dev team is saddled with a legacy skill set – and it’s too busy patching up old code to build something fit for the app age. If you’re worried by the startups sniffing your sandwiches, it’s time to […]

What we’re not – avoiding hipster.js

Beard oil, sleeve tattoos, cold-press coffee and an office poet. We are literally none of these things. There’s a place in this world for sexy. There’s a place for software that’s all top-level, up-front smoke and mirrors. A place for beards that glisten and apps which dazzle and surprise. That place is probably Shoreditch. See, […]

Decoding a decade – Red River is 10!

Red River has just hit a big milestone: it’s 10 years since we started out. As the rest of us chill the champagne and set up party games, founders Kieren Johnstone and Simon Pringle look back on a decade of partnership, growth, and doing things right. We founded Red River Software on a wave of […]

Stop working outside the system (or death by spreadsheet)

If your business runs on buttery smooth software that serves your needs, enacts your whims and lights up places the sun doesn’t shine, well done: this post is not for you. If the very words ‘business’ and ‘software’ send your blood pressure rocketing, perhaps boil the kettle and read on. Because we’ve pretty much seen […]

Underperforming software? We need to talk about Alan

You were young, you were growing fast. You needed some code, so you hired Alan. Alan was always a multi-instrumentalist. He did you proud, throwing together the business software that helped you get things off the ground, and wiring up the network that everything ran on. As the company took off Alan went back and tweaked a […]

How useful is the BCS for graduates? More than you might think

Last week I was invited by some fellow degree apprentices working at SSE to a BCS (The Chartered Institute for IT) seminar. The aim of the talk was to give guidance to apprentices and graduates on advancing their career path, and the role which BCS could play in their careers. I was interested in sitting […]

Industry 4.0: it’s not all robots and the internet of things

If you’re in manufacturing, you’re probably swamped with messaging around industry 4.0. Automation, intelligence, sensors and the cloud are all combining to reinvent production, say its proponents. In the future factory, robots will do all the work, while one man and his dog loiter around the emergency stop button. That may be in your future, […]