The future of digital employment

The future of digital employment

The Digital Futures West Sussex roadshow is making waves around the county, with its recent stop-off in Midhurst proving to be a particularly energising event. The panel session at the end was a highlight for many attendees, as panellists including Red River’s very own Simon Pringle, along with Richard Hopkins from Fargro Limited, Luke Mead […]

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 […]

Underperforming software? We need to talk about Dave

You were young, you were growing fast. You needed some code, so you hired Dave. Dave 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 Dave went back and […]

Six reasons to avoid bespoke software – and why they’re all poppycock

There are a lot of preconceptions around software development. Given what we do, the ones we encounter most relate to the cost, strengths or weaknesses of custom-built software as opposed to off-the-shelf solutions. Here, then, are the six biggest reasons we hear to avoid bespoke software – and why they’re all nonsense.

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]