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Posted on29 January 2017 11:59 PM GMT

Ramp up your Innovation in 2017 with The Affino Unified Digital Business Platform

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Ramp up your Innovation in 2017 with The Affino Unified Digital Business Platform

Uncertain times lie ahead as the whole global marketplace enters into a period of significant change. We have no way of knowing what will happen longer term, but in the short run - supply prices will rise and inflation will creep up - as is already happening. The £ exchange rate is still down significantly, and we’ve seen several of our supply bills increase - like the Amazon hosting, as many of these technical services and components are priced and traded in dollars. We’ve so

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Posted on28 October 2016 4:04 PM GMT

Affino Client TTG Wins Travel Media Awards Online Travel Publication of the Year

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Affino Client TTG Wins Travel Media Awards Online Travel Publication of the Year

We are delighted for our good friends over at TTG for securing such a prestigious honour. We know just how hard they work year in, year out, and this is the least they deserve by way of recognition.

 

TTG has been running on Affino for about a year now, and the online / digital experience is getting slicker and slicker. A hearty congratulations to Daniel Pearce and the TTG Team. May this be the first of many new accolades to come.

 

TTG received no less than 11 nominations, and

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Posted on07 October 2016 1:06 PM GMT

Core vs Enhancement vs Custom vs Integration

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Core vs Enhancement vs Custom vs Integration

This is the essential 4-part nature of how sites are developed and delivered in Affino. As with all projects, these are governed by the laws of the PQT triangle, with Cost and Time being the two most significant variables. I hereby lay down the why’s and wherefore’s of how the different distinctions are applied, and why we work in the way we do.

 


1: Core

 

This essentially means Core Control Centre Affino - i.e. functionality is fully baked into the entire system and

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Posted on20 September 2016 4:53 PM GMT

Affino CEO Markus receives Viking Clap at 2016 TTG Travel Awards

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Affino CEO Markus receives Viking Clap at 2016 TTG Travel Awards

Last night’s annual TTG Travel Awards were attended by our CEO Markus Karlsson and CCO Jonathan Collins. Affino was there to hand out the award for Luxury Hotel & Resort Operator of the Year - which went to LUX* Resorts & Hotels. In the picture above are superb host for the proceedings John Bishop, TTG Editor Pippa Jacks, LUX* Account Manager Sarah McGlynn, and of course our illustrious leader Markus.

 

Through some happy serendipity the recipient was taking the air when

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Posted on31 July 2016 12:31 AM GMT

Affino Midyear Report

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Affino Midyear Report

It’s been a heavy duty year on the development front, particularly as regards the CRM component of the platform. When the CRM was first introduced several years ago, it was mostly used as an adjunct to existing CRMs and ERPs, but as many Clients have moved away from systems like Salesforce, Affino’s CRM has had to take on an ever greater central role. To a point where it will very soon offer the complete Media Company CRM Solution - including print planning and management, order

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Posted on06 July 2016 8:05 PM GMT

Access All Areas Software

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Access All Areas Software

The most productive tools are the ones that everyone can make use of and work on together. Yet so much software is stifled and limited by who and how many can use it. It used to be a big thing 20 years ago that most software was sold on a per-user or per-seat licence. It’s a surprise really that so many vendors are still persisting with this old-fashioned limitation for company-wide systems.

 

For modern digital business and website software you would really want all your staff to

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Posted on27 June 2016 6:31 PM GMT

Affino Appoints Quang Luong as Product Director

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Affino Appoints Quang Luong as Product Director

We’re pleased to announce the recent appointment of Quang Luong to the position of Product Director. We’ve had a successful working relationship with Quang for the best part of 6 years - since his days at Sigaria, where he occupied the role of Web Manager. Quang was instrumental in garnering a series of notable award wins for the Procurement Leaders site, including PPA Digital Brand of the Year twice in a row (2013 and 2014) and AOP B2B Website of the Year in 2014.

 

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Posted on23 June 2016 8:48 PM GMT

Float like a Butterfly, Sting like a Hornet

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Float like a Butterfly, Sting like a Hornet

A slight switch-up on the Ali riff - who’d want to sting like a Bee anyway, a once only sting which leads to a ruptured abdomen and instant death for the protagonist. Far better to sting with the power of an Asian Hornet - the most formidable and lethal of flying stingers, with unparalleled stamina in the action department. Yet as we all know, power means nothing without control. You can have the most powerful engine in the world, but without sufficient vehicle downforce and traction, all

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Posted on20 June 2016 9:44 AM GMT

Soar While Your Competitors Flap

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Soar While Your Competitors Flap

Running a multidisciplinary digital business is usually hard work, and can be considerably complex for anyone trying to maintain a dynamic digital presence. In fact most companies do themselves few favours either by having an overly convoluted solutions and systems setups - often utilising 20 or more disparate technologies to provide the full-service solution stack. Not only is this approach more vulnerable to security issues, as most data is hacked in transition, but several such solutions

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Posted on03 June 2016 2:06 PM GMT

We Build and Innovate Businesses

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We Build and Innovate Businesses

When considering the deployment of a new digital business, most companies are aware of the standard approaches to implementing a solution. Going wholly bespoke, utilising an enterprise stack, or going mid-range pick-and-mix are the main ones that come to mind. All those 3 approaches have significant downsides- going bespoke is incredibly expensive and time-consuming, it relies entirely on input from just a single perspective and does not benefit from innovations and synergies that evolve out of

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