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Fordway helps acute hospital trust consolidate data and prepare for a paperless future

IT infrastructure specialist Fordway has attended the ITDF for several years.  Fordway was founded 22 years ago on the principle of using mature, experienced staff to tackle the root cause of infrastructure problems, rather than just treat the symptoms with new hardware and software.  The company also provides a range of managed cloud services from its own equipment in two UK data centres.

What did Fordway do for University Hospitals Coventry & Warwick NHS Trust?

The company has just designed and installed a new scalable storage solution for University Hospitals Coventry & Warwick NHS Trust to consolidate storage from across the Trust, provide a platform for a new PACS implementation and support future growth.  It delivers better availability and resilience and provides a flexible platform for future developments, including the electronic storage and retrieval of all patient notes by 2016.

The Trust’s existing EMC SAN was due to reach the end of its maintenance life in 2014. “We didn’t want to tie our new PACS solution to our current SAN, which would then have to be replaced in a year’s time, especially with the high volume of data we’d have to transfer,” explains the Trust’s Associate Director of IT Charles Yeomanson.  “We also decided to use the opportunity to consolidate storage across the Trust in a single solution.”

Charles met a number of enterprise storage vendors to assess the products available before drawing up and publishing an open tender.  He had met Fordway’s managing director Richard Blanford at the ITDF in 2012 and, knowing the company’s experience in the healthcare sector, suggested that they should respond.

The Trust’s preferred storage solution was a NetApp storage array due to the SAN’s MetroCluster solution. Fordway is an established NetApp partner and offered UHCW a scalable solution which included a long term pricing guarantee and vendor partnership.

“Fordway’s experience in the healthcare sector enabled them to understand what we wanted to achieve and to work in partnership with us and NetApp to deliver the solution within a very short timescale,” says Charles. “They delivered the project on schedule and within budget so we could immediately begin migrating systems and transferring data to our new SAN.”


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2014 Spring Delegates

With over 140 delegate places already taken, ITDF Spring is already looking to be bigger and better than ever.  Held on board MV Aurora sailing from Southampton 14-17 May, this is a perfect business networking opportunity for IT decision makers.

Why do delegates attend?

• The event is free of charge to IT decision makers who have budgetary control.
• 50% of a delegate’s time on board is spent in a CPD accredited, cutting edge conference programme.  The conference topics are based on feedback from delegates.
• A unique opportunity to network with their peers.  Delegates can discuss problems and solutions in a relaxed atmosphere, away from the day to day distractions of office life.
• To meet a range of innovative supplier companies of their choice, to benchmark and discover new technologies on offer.  
• Delegates build their own personalised itinerary by choosing the elements of the conference programme, suppliers and networking that are most relevant to them.

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Questions, questions, questions

The issues we face day to day, month to month, and project to project are changing. They always have been, but they seem to be more complicated, and evolving faster. Mobility is especially pressing as the user’s influence has reached a  high point, and we see our vulnerabilities increase exponentially.

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Exposed: Blowing the whistle on Olympus

Michael Woodford, former President and CEO of Olympus the Opening Keynote at the Spring 2014 forum.

Michael worked his way up through the ranks of Olympus to become the first non-Japanese head of the 92 year old company. After taking up his appointment as President and CEO, Michael discovered that hundreds of millions of dollars had been transferred to mysterious accounts, many in the Cayman Islands tax haven. When he brought it to the attention of his Chairman and board, and informed a contact at the Financial Times, he was instantly sacked.

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Opening Address: Ben Hammersley

We are delighted to announce that Ben Hammersley, author, futurist and technologist will open the 2014 Digital Marketing Forum.

Ben specialises in the effects of the Internet and the ubiquitous digital network on the world's political, cultural and social spheres.

See what Ben will present at The Digital Marketing Forum on Wednesday 12th March 2014, in the video below.

Firstly, Ben will look at the global economic landscape, on the basis that everything that happens globally will ultimately affect people’s lives in the UK.

He will then link this macro view back to digital marketing – what is its role and importance, where is it heading and (most importantly) is that the right direction?

No death by PowerPoint, just no holds barred insights into current digital brand activity, the ‘next big things’ to hit and actionable take-aways for everyone.

Ben Hammersley is presently the Prime Minister’s ambassador to Tech City, Europe’s centre of innovation. Additionally, Ben sits on the Tech City Advisory Board.

Ben is also a fellow at The Brookings Institute in Washington, Royal College of Defence Studies and innovator-in-residence at the Centre for Creative and Social Technologies, University of London. 

In 2012 Ben wrote the acclaimed book ’64 things you need to know now for then’, a guide to the new concepts of the modern world.

If you would like further information, please contact Rachael collyns

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