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The times, they are a changin'

We have changed our web site and company branding to reflect our new approach to marketing and delivering our products and services.

TriSys Business Software has been providing business software to the recruitment industry for 20 years. Our software has matured greatly during this time, and because we have listened to our customers, TriSys has evolved to be much more than traditional customer relationship management. We provide a host of other software products such as applicant tracking systems, mobile apps, web apps, software development kits and application programming interfaces.
During this time, the world of recruitment has also changed greatly, and we have had to build a range of complementary services to the recruitment industry such as cloud hosted desktops, business analysis, customisation, data conversion, training and of course support.

Social networking provides great opportunities, and threats to recruitment agencies, and TriSys has built software connectors to integrate with all of the major players in this space.

We are thus in future, going to focus on what a modern day recruitment agency requires from a technology supplier. This is simply much more than CRM. We are now offering a comprehensive suite of complementary technology services which will help recruitment agencies tackle the more complex issues of the current and future world of recruitment.

By taking this approach, we hope to really help our existing and prospective customers to succeed in this changing climate, and to greatly improve the efficiency of your organisation by thinking outside and beyond your perceived current constraints.

We look forward to engaging with you in fulfilling our objectives for your benefit in the coming months.

Please visit our new web site at www.trisys.co.uk

TriSys ASP is now TriSys Remote Desktop

The new web site is now live.

We are dropping the ASP (application service provider) name and replacing it with Remote Desktop in line with changes of nomenclature within the cloud computing industry.

There will be no change to functionality, or price, only the branding of the web access portal.

Here is how it now looks:

 

and here is the post-authentication connection process: 

 

There is a lot of other goodies to show, so stay tuned to other posts by TriSys staff.

 

TriSys at Amazon's 'Introduction to AWS' Event

TriSys Presenting at Amazon Web Services Event in Cambridge on 30th May 2012


Cambridge, UK – 17 May 2011: TriSys Business Software, an independent software vendor and one of the UK's earliest cloud computing adopters, will be presenting at the Introduction to Amazon Web Services event in Cambridge on Wednesday 30th May 2012.

TriSys will be showcasing its recruitment industry cloud products and services at the AWS event at The Hauser Forum, 3 Charles Babbage Road, Cambridge and you are invited to register for this event at http://aws.amazon.com/campaigns/intro-to-aws-cambridge

The event is targeted at Technology and business leaders, Developers, engineers, system administrators, and solution architects.

“We are delighted that Amazon has invited us to present our innovative technology at their event in Cambridge, and are excited to show the world outside the recruitment industry what we can do with business software in the cloud.” commented Garry Lowther, Chief Executive Officer, TriSys Business Software.


About TriSys Business Software

TriSys, an independent software vendor, and one of the UK’s earliest cloud computing adopters delivers a range of recruitment solutions including: front, mid and back office recruitment software for agencies, CRM and applicant tracking for any type of organisation, web jobs portals, on-premise and on-demand delivery, technical support, training, business analysis and software development. TriSys is a Microsoft Certified partner, Google partner and Amazon Web Services partner and provides and supports a range of software covering security, database, web, desktop applications. Established in 1994 and self funded, TriSys has over 600 customers worldwide and is headquartered in Cambridge, UK.

For more information call 01223 393 519, email sales@trisys.co.uk or visit our website – www.trisys.co.uk.

Moving To The Cloud Is Rewarding But Is Harder Than What You Think

With the Amazon conference coming to Cambridge :- 

 

                                    http://aws.amazon.com/campaigns/intro-to-aws-cambridge/

 

where our very own CEO Garry Lowther with be presenting, we were reminiscing in support as to how things used to be and how things have changed and how far we have come over the past 3+ years since deciding to investigate and move to a cloud based environment.
 
To be honest it was not as easy as we first thought and we have had to change the way we think about cloud computing and find that in reality it is quite different and harder to implement as to what you generally read on the web.
 
We remember the days of terminal and email servers being down sometimes for hours on end and having to rely on remote hands whom we had no control over. Increasing costs was on the cards also, so to keep the costs down, and provide a better service we had to find an alternative solution where it put us back in the driving seat, and the Amazon Cloud was the provider of choice.
 
It has proved that moving our terminal servers and added services to the Cloud was the right decision and that we were the early adopters of Cloud based computing within the recruitment industry.

Although we are still reliant on a remote datacenter, Amazon have vast resources to ensure that their uptime is certainly the leader compared to other providers.

There have been outages though, (1) and we have had to reassess our failover strategy, but on the whole, we receive a better and more reliable service from Amazon, and we are more in control when things do go wrong.
 
We have also been investigating  and testing many other offerings that we can provide through the Amazon infrastructure, (Virtual Private Clouds, Virtual Private Networks, secure access to resources, multiple network deployment, automatic capacity planning, load balancing, scaling and monitoring. website traffic data, storage, databases) and much much more
 
Currently we are revamping our existing web site which will be designed to enable us to provide services via a Single Sign On Interface (SSO), means that we are well into the next phase of where we want to take our Cloud base infrastructure.

This is good news for our customers, as we will be able to provide more diverse offerings which may not be Recruitment focused, but will be beneficial to our existing customers as additions to existing services.

Combine this with our infrastructure, and the learning curve that we have had, we are well placed to advise companies on how to move to the Cloud, and how to avoid the many pitfalls, time constraints and costs involved in learning the best way to deploy in a Cloud based environment.

I read a very interesting article on the Cloud:-  Cloud computing is hard and takes a long time 

And we can relate to the article having come through this ourselves.

To keep up to date on what we are doing watch our tweets :-

                          http://twitter.com/#!/trisys

and blogs

                          http://www.trisys.co.uk/blogs/

 

to find out what the future holds for TriSys and what we have to offer to provide a even better service to our current and future customers.

If you’re a company that is considering moving to the cloud, why not give us a call to see how we can help make things easier for you to move. 


Call: 01223 393519 or e-mail support@trisys.co.uk

The Cloud This Week

Another interesting week in the cloud computing industry. Here are some key points:

  • Amazon are hosting an event in Cambridge where TriSys is presenting. Please click here to sign up.
  • Microsoft dropped the Azure name for its platform as a service (PaaS) cloud system.
  • Amazon and Microsoft both now support SQL Server in the cloud: Called RDS and SQL Database respectively.
  • Amazon are now supporting .Net via their Elastic Beanstalk. These last two announcements show that Amazon and Microsoft are collaborating on all things cloud, and this is very good news for TriSys customers.
  • Last week, the Google Drive and Microsoft Sky Drive joined Dropbox and Amazon S3 and others in the 'cloud data storage synched to pc' market. Another great move for consumers and business which will help drive down costs even further.
  • Google announced App Sync for Outlook 3.1 to help Microsoft Office customers, including TriSys ASP customers make better use of G-Mail.
  • TriSys are full steam ahead on a web site rebrand which highlights the breadth of our cloud credentials. We expect this to be live within the next 10 days.

The cloud is currently the most exciting and innovative technological space at present, and it sure is a fast and ever changing ride ;-)

AWR Contradicting Opinions

The North East and West Midlands lead the reduction in temporary labour usage in the past year.

The latest Comensura Government Index today shows there was a 15.2% decrease in the use of temporary labour across the public sector in the first quarter of 2012, when compared to the same time in 2011.

The North East saw the biggest drop in temporary recruitment at -127.3% with the West Midlands following close behind (-115.9%). London saw a drop of -25.5% in the use of temporary labour among Local Authorities.

Comensura Government Index shows Local Authorities cut temporary labour usage by 15% as AWR costs rise.

The North East and West Midlands lead the reduction in temporary labour usage in the past year

The latest Comensura Government Index today shows there was a 15.2% decrease in the use of temporary labour across the public sector in the first quarter of 2012, when compared to the same time in 2011.

The North East saw the biggest drop in temporary recruitment at -127.3% with the West Midlands following close behind (-115.9%). London saw a drop of -25.5% in the use of temporary labour among Local Authorities.

Conversely, the same period also saw an increase in pay rates as a result, in part, to the implementation of the Agency Worker Regulations (AWR). Across the board there was an average 8.9% increase in hourly pay rates.

The Comensura Government Index reflects temporary labour usage across 79 Local Authorities and other public bodies. The Index is compiled by Comensura, specialists in organisational efficiency through the managed supply of people in large organisations across the public, private and not for profit sectors.

The number of temporary workers in driving and transportation roles saw a reduction of -39% along with IT roles (-29.2%) and engineering and technical roles (-26.9). A positive was a 20.5% increase in the number of temporary workers placed in construction roles, which could show some green shoots of recovery for the economy.

Young people suffered the greatest effects of reduced spending by Local Authorities. In the first quarter of 2012 compared to the same period in 2011, the number of 25-34 year-olds employed on a temporary basis decreased by a significant -35.4%.

Whilst both men and women were affected by the reduction in temporary labour, women faired slightly better and now account for 45.3% of all temporary labour, up from 44.9% in the same period in 2011. This was in part due to a lower than expected reduction in the number of office/admin workers, a job category that accounts for almost 20% of all temporary workers and where women represent 70% of all temporary labour.

Jamie Horton, Managing Director, Comensura said today, “The decrease in temporary employment in the North East and West Midlands is reflected within the wider UK employment figures. Local Authorities have made a real and concerted effort to reduce the amount spent on temporary labour.”

He continued: “Looking forward, the decrease in usage of temporary labour is expected to continue. Local Authorities and other public bodies are increasingly gaining greater control of expenditure on temporary labour by implementing control methods to manage their expenditure in this area. Whilst there is better planning of workforce needs to ensure resources are spent in the right areas, the numbers of young people joining the workforce should be a concern for local authorities as they plan for the future.”

The Comensura Government Index shows the usage of temporary labour across 79 of Comensura’s clients in England and Wales during 2011 and 2012. The Comensura Government Index is distributed on a quarterly basis and uses a variety of metrics to measure the usage of temporary labour including Full Time Equivalent (FTE), the reasons for hire, job class, age and gender.

The question we have to ask is are these decreases a direct result of AWR?  Contradicting surveys show differently, to see my previous blog on the effects of AWR click here


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