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Can your data be ethical?

As more and more products are evolving from how we manage information and data – there has been growth in products in the ethical market and with more positive economic outlook and an improvement in household finances. It has served to drive sales of ethical goods and services, which are often more expensive than non-ethically produced products. According to preliminary economic estimates published by National Statistics, gross domestic product (GDP) was 3% higher in Q3 2014 compared with a year ago, while wage growth outstripped inflation for the first time in 5 years during November 2014, after rising by 1.3% in the third quarter of the year — 0.1 percent points higher than consumer price inflation during the same quarter.

  • Rainforest Alliance products have also continued to increase as a result of a growing availability within the UK, with sales of Rainforest Alliance-certified food products estimated to have risen by 47% during 2013.
  • Public scandals, such as the horsemeat debacle, as well as a growing mistrust of core bank brands following the LIBOR (London InterBank Offered Rate) scandal, the payment protection insurance (PPI) miss-selling calumny and growing outrage regarding banker bonuses following the recession, along with increased demand for transparency among big businesses, have resulted in the emergence of a much more ethically and environmentally informed consumer.
  • Sales of organic products have observed resurgence in recent years, following growing consumer demand for transparent product provenance in the light of the horsemeat scandal, as well as more flexible household budgets in line with the economic recovery.
  • Spending on micro-generation (i.e. household renewable energy systems) has increased by 50%, following the introduction of generous Government incentives, such as the Green Deal home improvement scheme and a sharp increase in solar power home installations during 2014.
  • Demand for green cars, which offer low-carbon emissions, has increased in recent years, driven by a revival in the new car market, as well as significant new product development (NPD) by several well-known car brands, such as Nissan, Toyota, Vauxhall and Renault, with the electric car market showing record growth of 143.9% up to the end of June 2014, according to figures compiled by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).
  • The diversification and expansion of Fairtrade schemes to new product sectors, such as jewellery (in particular gold) has also helped to drive sales of ethical products in recent years, while other market sectors, such as eggs, coffee and bananas are increasingly dominated by ethical products.
  • In recent years, micro-generation (i.e. the generation of electricity or heat of a small-scale, typically for domestic or household use by methods that do not contribute to the depletion of national resources) has continued to increase, with National Grid Energy estimating micro-generation to have risen by 0.5 gigawatts (GW) during the past 3 years. Spending on micro-generation has also increased significantly across UK households, with Ethical Consumer magazine estimating expenditure on domestic renewable energy platforms to have risen by 50% during 2013 alone.
  • One of the most significant driving factors behind the trend towards more energy-efficient homes has been the UK Government’s Green Deal, which was first launched in January 2013, and offers long-term loans to homeowners to help them make energy-saving improvements to their home, such as the installation of insulation, draught-proofing and double glazing, or renewable energy systems, such as solar panels or heat pumps.
  • Other Government initiatives introduced with the aim of reducing domestic energy use in the UK include the roll out of smart meters, which allow users to more accurately monitor their energy usage and expenditure; and the Electricity and Gas (Energy Companies Obligation) Order 2012, which was introduced in 2012 and provides funding of around £1.3bn each year to support the installation of energy efficiency measures in low-income households and areas.
  • Industry analysts believe solar electricity could be cost competitive with gas by 2020, and estimate that around 10 million homes in the UK will need to install panels on their roofs over the next 6 years, if the country is to fulfil its renewable energy potential. If this aim was achieved, it would mean that a third of households in the UK would be generating energy from the sun, allowing the UK to produce around 6% of its annual electricity needs from solar power, with as much as 40% of energy being generated by such panels on sunny days during the summer, by the year 2020.
  • The drive towards energy-efficient homes is also thought to be having a knock-on effect within the property market, with research undertaken by Knight Frank, in 2014, revealing that houses which have a high Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating are now selling more quickly than they did in 2010.

Electric and low-emission vehicles have continued to gain popularity in recent years, following ongoing Government investment into charge points, as well as NPD from leading car brands. The latest statistics published by the SMMT show that 9,955 alternatively fuelled vehicles (AFVs) were registered in September 2014, representing a 56% rise on the number registered for the same time last year.

Solar Energy – a disruptive energy technology

The overriding problem with relying on solar PV energy is that “PV does not contribute to the reduction of the evening peak that occurs in almost all countries around Europe”. Distributed Energy Resources (DER) – such as energy storage facilities – could substantially lower demand during the evening peak by allowing PV energy to be produced and stored throughout the day and consumed during evening hours.

This would also mean that prosumers are able to self-consume during the evening, as opposed to paying for energy from the grid – which may provide a financial benefit if the cost of the storage system can be squared off against the demand for energy from the grid.

In turn, increasing self-consumption during the evening places less strain on the grid during this peak, while storing some energy during the day – as opposed to feeding it all into the grid – can reduce grid bottlenecks. Ultimately, this can lead to smoother peaks, displace excess production, and uncouple the relationship between the generation and consumption of solar power.

In the case of residential installations, using storage for short-term supply side management – shifting a part of the PV production to the evening peak or the night – could increase the percentage of self-consumed electricity from maximum 30% without storage to around 70%.”

‘Daily storage – i.e. sBOI_Plaque_v2_R2_AStorage methods that can maintain stored energy’s maximum power for periods of between 8 and 12 hours – is “well-suited” for PV, since peak generation time occurs predictably every day, and peak evening energy demand occurs less than 8 hours after.

The key message here is that daily storage complements PV, especially in summer, significantly flattening the residual load (after storage). The same effect can also be seen on a winter day. However, the flattening of the load curve is less, due to larger variations of the load and less PV production.”

Energy storage solutions are commercially available, but in most countries are yet to achieve cost-efficiency – where the price of a storage system is cheaper than simply purchasing energy from the grid during non-daylight hours – and so deployment has been minimal so far.

It is not yet clear how DSM will be successfully implemented on a large scale, from a commercial and regulatory standpoint, however, “As costs decrease, storage will become more and more a valuable alternative to grid reinforcement.”

In the way that the solar module industry has relied on government subsidies to gain market penetration, the German government has incentivised energy storage by subsidising high-quality battery costs by up to 30%[7].

Without government subsidies, however, “assuming a storage cost of 0.10 €/kWh, the combination of PV and storage could be competitive before the end of the decade in Italy, Germany and Spain. Storage costs below 0.10 €/kWh will be needed to achieve competitiveness before 2020 in France and the UK.”

The Need for a Chief Digital Officer

White-Version (2)The need for companies to consider their information in a way that assist in the creation of new business models that manifest themselves on how organisations can create services and products from how they manage information and data is becoming more apparent.

Most companies have understood the need to hire digital experts — such as Chief Digital Officer, whose job is to spot potential challenges and create revenue opportunities from the information and data of the organisation as well as protect the company from new emerging models that can ultimately disrupt traditional business models.

For when disruption occurs — the CDO can give some degree of insulation from mainstream operations to save newcomers from being swamped by short-term imperatives.

The obsession with digital disruption has reached a flashpoint with the arrival of the smartphone, which is the platform for an invasion of older companies’ hallowed grounds. The success of online lift-sharing company Uber has become an example for entrepreneurs out to attack industries once thought immune to digital upheaval.

From taxi drivers to television networks, from filmmakers to restaurants and banks, the ways in which individuals and companies do business is metamorphosing so quickly that many companies find it hard to keep pace.

For all that, the need to overhaul business processes, forge digital links with customers and, in some cases, recast entire revenue models can still be pressing. A common error is failing to pay attention to the bigger picture, says Surajit Kar, a principal at management consultancy PwC. Distracted by day-to-day events, or by minor adaptations to existing businesses, companies become stuck on the incremental instead of looking at the real game-changing forces in their markets, he says.

The ways in which digital markets tend to evolve can catch out the unwary and opportunities are often to be found between existing markets, says Mr Kar. In industries such as healthcare and financial service, for instance, digital competitors often use technology to insert
Banner1themselves as intermediaries in different ways. Start-ups such as US based Practice Fusion, for instance, have used the spread of electronic medical records and other clinical data to create markets in the healthcare field, such as selling data to insurance and pharmaceutical companies.

 

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These innovation centers offer fully supported services across the UK, delivering e-Commerce success to our customers. With competent and reliable experience in effective supply chain management systems, platforms and server setup, customer service, outsourcing, or even your day-to-day operations management.

 

Techservicesnology Trends

In the computer services market there are various ongoing and emerging trends driving uptake of services across the corporate and public sectors. Some of the key drivers affecting the computer services sector include The use of open source solutions and the effect that virtualisation technology is having on infrastructure costs and Infrastructure management is allowing companies to better develop the technology to create competitive advantage and move away from the one size fits all technology brands Read More

 

Open Networks and data protectionservices

UK legislation for public Wi-Fi includes the Data Protection act, European Directive for Data Retention Regulations 2009, the Code of Practice (Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001), Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 and Digital Economy Act, 2010, for which the venues such as companies that want to consider offering Wi–Fi as a service have to consider Read More

 

The Futurenergye of the Energy Grid 

The present grid is designed to transmit electricity in a straight line, from producer to consumer. The implementation of renewable energy in commercial and domestic environments has, however, led to the emergence of another party who produce, consume and possibly sell their own energy – the prosumer. When the prosumer’s renewable energy is fed back into the grid – causing electricity to flow in the other direction from the one originally intended Read More…

 

Turning the world’s coffee drinkers into great coffee roasters and blenders

Every coffee we drink is created by blending different types of coffee beans and having those beans roasted in one of the commercial coffee roasters. Coffee blending and the creation of a great coffee within the coffee industry has been a skill and craft that has been passed down over the generations. These skills help coffee drinkers to drink coffee with a consistency foodproductionaccording to the blends flavour and cost Read More…

Technology Trends – Small is Beautiful and Scalable

In the computer services market, there are various ongoing and emerging trends driving uptake of services across the corporate and public sectors. Some of the key drivers affecting the computer services sector include the use of open

BOI_Header_650x150_v2source solutions and the effect that virtualisation technology is having on infrastructure costs and Infrastructure management. It is allowing companies to develop a better technology to create competitive advantage and move away from the one size fits all.

However a huge amount of companies and governments around the world go down this route with great results. It allows then to scope out what you need and slowly roll out a services – these services allow you have customisation and development as part of an ongoing programme and as Part of your Service Level agreement – they are fully backed with training and support. It’s allow you to develop unique data services that are unique to you as part of your overall company strategy and over time to customise and bring greater value. They also benefit you to make statements about how you manage your data and how it is hosted.

The Continuous growth in digital services across virtually all sectors of the UK economy has generated significant demand for computer services and IT outsourcing (ITO).

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The proliferation of mobile devices and mobile Internet access has driven demand for mobility services, which provide workers with remote access to client systems. Privacy and data protection are key concerns in the sector, with new up-and-coming regulations and directives from Europe set to impact the market over the next year or two. The new rules could help reduce administrative burdens for European operators through the introduction of a single set of rules on data protection across the EU.

There has been a significant increase in demand for cloud computing services. At present, the vast majority of demand is for software-as-a-service (SaaS); however, opportunities remain to grow other cloud computing services, such as infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) and platform-as-a-service (PaaS).

Public sector IT supply has been affected by tighter central and departmental government budgetary constraints. IT is a key area of investment in the public sector, particularly under the Government’s Digital by Default programme, but austerity has nevertheless placed pressure on contracts.

Open Access Networks – Building Value

UK legislation for public Wi-Fi includes the Data Protection act, European Directive for Data Retention Regulations

BOI_Plaque_v1_R2_AS2009, the Code of Practice (Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001), Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 and Digital Economy Act, 2010, for which the venues such as companies that want to consider offering WI – Fi as a service have to consider.

Bigonit Build Data strategy networks and services that understand of new industry standards based on open access networks and also considers the current UK regulations, although public Wi-Fi legal compliance differs slightly by country in accordance with various local laws, the main common premise is the ability to track activity on a network back to the user.

Furthermore the strategy considers the ongoing trouble free support and on-going maintenance of such systems as an added value service to patrons of the hotel and considers a capital costs over time as an on-going quality network.

The strategy also conBOI_Header_650x150_v3siders payback periods based around the lifetime guarantee of the network as well as the opportunity cost on non-compliant open WI – Fi network to the overall business and service levels.


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The Future of the energy Grid – Created by the Prosumer

The present grid is designed to transmit electricity in a straight line, from producer to consumer. The implementation Banner2of renewable energy in commercial and domestic environments has, however, led to the emergence of another party who produce, consume and possibly sell their own energy – the prosumer. When the prosumer’s renewable energy is fed back into the grid – causing electricity to flow in the other direction from the one originally intended – high voltages and transformer overloads can occur in under-reinforced parts of the grid network as a result of grid bottlenecks.

To resolve this issue, logic would dictate that the new installations should be connected to a more robust part of the grid; limitations on the amount of power being fed into the grid at certain times should be imposed (known as ‘curtailment’); or reinforcements be made to the network itself, to allow it to accommodate the added power. However, it may not be practical to connect a new generator to a stronger part of the grid, curtailing the power being fed into the grid from renewable sources wastes that ‘excess’ energy, and reinforcement (by doubling the existing circuit along the feeder; adding a new transformer to an existing line; or building a whole new line) can prove expensive.

While “distribution grids can already take up significant amounts of PV electricity with little to no grid adjustments”, energythe growth of renewable energy relies on the ability of the energy distribution network to accommodate the energy being fed in from renewable energy sources. A lack of planning, or an underestimation of the expansion of that country’s renewable energy industry, can result in “sub-optimal situations in network operation… A forward-looking policy is needed to ensure that Europe’s decarbonisation strategies will be supported by a corresponding vision of grid evolution” Similarly, in the U.S., “investments must be made in grid and transmission infrastructure to account for an increasing share (up to 30%) of variable renewable power [by 2030].”

The absence of long-term grid planning for integration of small systems leads to bottlenecks that otherwise might have been avoided if measures were taken beforehand.” As a result of this absence, management of the grid in its present state is becoming “more and more challenging for distribution system operators

The urgency of expensive grid upgrades can, however, be delayed or minimised through the implementation of alternative solutions. Four of the most viable alternatives are: energy storage products (Distributed Energy Resources); Demand-Side Management (DSM); localised energy consumption (microgrids); and mixed energy installations.

Curtailment has been a route taken in various countries across Europe, and has been identified as a “growing concern”. Moreover, “utilities that are signing long-term contracts for wind and solar may want to consider who bears the curtailment risk during the lifetime of the contract”

Finance For Your Tecnology and Support

PropertyBigOnIt has made a considerable progress of accomplishment in supporting companies with their innovation in technology. With the development and support of products that allow your information and data to be securely controlled and used to create time saving ways of doing simple tasks and operations.

This month we have an “Interest Free Data Starter Pack” that allows you to start your Data journey and includes a CRM system and Web Site package, allowing you to start your data journey with confidence.

We offer a great business package that allows you to keep track of customers, send regular campaigns and newsletters, create documents, management developed shared calendar and email managed remote working as well as develop communication with your customers 24/7.

Our BIGONIT CRM system and web site package get grips with your data requirements with a BIGONIT CRM Data .Property

  • Data center hosted- in Europe
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While you are on your day to travels, and if you happen to know any companies that are in need to tidy their data and are looking at getting better use of their information, then we’d be happy to help.

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Strategic Planning Maps

Banner1Bigonit help companies develop scenarios based on real market conditions and help companies develop their thinking in development of products , technology  , and important resources .

This process offers strategic thinkers the ability to to plan various opportunities that a company could consider as part of on gong planning

Developing these types of models using the most up to date data sources also offers the ability to identify trends that can be assessed as part of on going planning process

In this example we see the Top 10 Solar Companies and can gain insight into the companies Production , Manufacturing , Sales and marketing as well financial strategy and show a clear map of how these companies differ in terms on there out look on the future of the market

Providing these types of mind maps as part of a team building and strategic planning exercise also allows teams to create and cost potential out comes and build scenarios to develop innovation an new ideas

 

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Sian Castle becomes a Coffee Blender

Turning the world’s coffee drinkers into great coffee roasters and blenders.

Every coffee we drink is created by blending different types of coffee beans and having those beans roasted in one of the commercial coffee roasters. Coffee blending and the creation of a great coffee within the coffee industry has been a skill and craft that has been passed down over the generations. These skills help coffee drinkers to drink coffee with a consistency according to the blends flavour and cost.

Coffee Blends are produced as brands and sold throughout the world, and created for the biggest brands to the smallest café and restaurant,.

Over the years the coffee blending process has been left up to the people that have access to the green beans, the roasting equipment and the production knowledge needed to create a unique coffee blend for their customers.

These skills based around the knowledge of green beans, roasting, and production information, allowing roasting and production plants to become gatekeepers, of the both of creation and distribution of coffee blends.

BIGONIT has been working in the field of commercial coffee production allowing production plants make better use of technology to deliver their services and allowing everyone to create thier own unique coffee blend.