Legal firms need quick, reliable access to internal records such as precedents libraries, case management systems, time records and billing reports. They also need to ensure that records are retained for the required retention period. Many use verbal dictation, and need a way to capture and collate content produced in this way.
For financial firms, client confidentiality and Data Security are key issues. They need solid plans for Disaster Recovery, and increasingly make use of remote working, for example to support advisers visiting clients. Finally, they must always make sure everything they do is in line with FCA regulations.
The Executive Search industry depends on confidentiality, and Data Protection is a key issue, so search agencies are frequently concerned that CVs, client details and specialist databases are stored securely. Many firms are expanding overseas, and their consultants are often out visiting clients or conducting interviews, so multi-site or remote working is also a priority.
Oil and gas clients often need high-performance workstations and extensive storage to handle the seismic data generated by geological and geophysical surveys. They also need reliable inter-site communications, particularly email, with solid Disaster Recovery plans in case of incidents. This is particularly important for offshore facilities or operations in emerging nations.
When it comes to precision engineering, it is task-critical for intricate components to be manufactured to very high, precise tolerances. Any variation – even a 0.001% tolerance change – can mean the difference between high-performance equipment running at optimum efficiency or noticeably underperforming.
Companies using Computer Aided Design (CAD) on a daily basis need high performance, finely tuned workstations. Architects, kitchen/bathroom designers, CAD/CAM engineers and games designers alike must have access to high-performance CAD and other capacity-hungry software.