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In: Team Flint / By: Oliver Blake-Najid, Graduate Management trainee

Flint is always excited to welcome new members to the Flint Team. Graduate Management trainee Oli joined the company last year in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Although it was a difficult period for all of us, Flint tried their best to make Oli feel part of the family, staying in touch via video […]

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In: Flint History / By: Flint

“Where does the ‘Flint’ name come from?” is a common question from employees and customers alike. We asked one of Flint’s founding members and company director Keith Barker to share the story behind the Flint name.  The short story of how Flint got its name is simple. The name has its roots in the fact […]

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In: Global Reach / By: Flint

Listening to our clients’ needs has been the driving force behind Flint’s success story in the UK and abroad. Flint Italy Country Manager Flavio Sticozzi emphasises the importance of creating trusting business relationships with local and international customers to form lasting and strong partnerships. Flint Italy was established in 2018 to deepen the already existing […]

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In: Professional Services / By: Flint

The Cisco Developer Days are a two-day event bringing together service provider and enterprise network automation professionals from around the globe, sharing best practices, experiences and learning about new trends. This year Flint IT Architect Marko Zagožen joined in the fun and was invited to speak on how to simplify device management in an NSO […]

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In: Professional Services / By: Benjamin Gorjanc, Data Center Engineer and Tanja Debevec, Group Marketing Coordinator

Professional services and MINTs are an essential part of Flint’s service portfolio. Recently, our engineers installed two new HyperFlex clusters to support Stockport NHS Foundation Trust’s expanding network of remotely connected users. Through the Cisco Solution Partner Program, Flint offers companies Mentored Install Network Trainings (MINT). MINTs are designed to combine professional services and hands-on […]

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In: Flint News / By: Flint

Flint and Mea-Tech’s joint mission and vision is to empower Saudi nationals and support the accelerated adoption of the latest technology while embracing the initiatives laid out in the Saudi Vision 2030 and delivering high-quality services to local and global customers. Flint has been actively involved in the Middle East for many years, building strong […]

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In: Opinion / By: Ian Ashford

At the end of Summer, Ian Ashford, Sales and Marketing Director at Flint, shares his thoughts on the importance of reliability in a world that demonstrates its unpredictability daily. This year, at this time, most of our minds that have wandered off to where we would usually like to be at this time of the […]

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In: Flint News / By: Flint

Flint has built its business on listening to the customer and making strategic decisions and investments based on their input to support the growth of our key customers. A few months after opening our entity in Canada, Flint USA is joining the Flint family. Over recent years we have seen an increasing interest in taking the […]

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In: Strategic Resourcing / By: Richard Morten, Director of Special Projects

In the last few years, Flint saw an exponential growth of engagements in the Middle East. The region is known for its fast-paced economic and technological development, demanding a flexible approach from recruitment partners. With years of experience in the Middle East and an in-depth understanding of strict local policies, Flint is more than ready […]

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In: Professional Services / By: Flint

Rapid technological advancements and growing customer demands mean that frequent rollouts and upgrades of network services are inevitable. At Flint, we make sure your migration is realised smoothly and cost-efficiently with zero unplanned downtime. The introduction of a new network will typically allow service providers (SP) to offer new revenue-generating services to customers and transition […]

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In: Flint News / By: Flint

In March, Flavio Sticozzi joined the Flint family as the new country manager of Flint Italy. Italy, home to more than 60 million people and Europe’s fourth largest economy, is a strategically important market for Flint. Now, two months after taking on his new role, we asked Flavio to share his first impressions and future […]

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In: Professional Services / By: Flint

The virtualisation of applications, servers, storage and networks is one of the key tools to increase IT flexibility and scalability. Flint helps companies to transform into a modern, flexible business and offers modular service packages for vendors to support pre-sales, implementation and SLA. For more than 20 years, Flint has been working with some of […]

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In: Full-Stack Observability / By: Simon Špehar, Software Engineer

The use of digital services is becoming an unconscious extension of human behaviour, and we are increasingly dependent on our devices and apps – digital services that we use. Efficiently monitoring software running on different devices, platforms and networks is getting increasingly difficult for many organisations. However, there are comprehensive solutions to tackle this growing […]

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In: Flint News / By: Flint

Blaž Bačnik, Jaka Javornik and Marko Zagožen have been honoured with the award for their exceptional training deliveries of DevNet courses. The award recognizes certified Cisco instructors with the highest overall scores in student satisfaction. Cisco awards the Instructor Excellence Award to Certified Cisco Systems Instructors (CCSI) for their outstanding and exemplary work every year. […]

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In: Professional Services / By: Flint

It’s been more than a year since work from home became the “new normal” for millions of workers worldwide. With experts determining that work from home is here to stay, even after COVID-19 restrictions will ease or end, it’s high time to make your company’s network the safest possible. In 2019 about 5,4% of employees […]

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In: Flint News / By: Richard Carter, Chairman

The United Nation has marked April 21st as World Creativity and Innovation Day. While the concept of Creativity and Innovation is open to cultural interpretation, the United Nations has been bold in highlighting creativity and innovation as the true wealth of nations in the 21st century. “It’s the intellectual assets of our society that are […]

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In: Content Development / By: Flint

The introduction of a new technology, on-boarding new team members, broadening internal knowledge, educating your customers – training and course materials are high in demand, and Flint is ready to help your company take on the challenge. In today’s fast-changing world, acquiring new knowledge is a continuous journey. Effective and engaging training and course materials […]

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In: Flint News / By: Flint

Flint has been involved in various projects across Sub-Saharan Africa for a number of years. The continuous development of local partners has played an important role in this story of success. With the Sustainable Local Development Program, we support local partners, facilitate skills transfer and help develop reliable business processes. According to data published by […]

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In: 5G / By: Flint

The new 5G mobile network will bring many benefits to Service Providers as well as Enterprises. One of them is widescale Network Slicing – dividing a physical network infrastructure into a set of logically isolated virtual networks. This way, Network Operators will be able to meet the growing number of requirements from a broad-spectrum of […]

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In: Flint News / By: Flint

Europe, Russia, the Middle East, Africa, and now North America – Flint Canada is the company’s first entity across the pond and promises to bring our best practices and more than 20 years of experience in successful ICT projects to customers across Canada and the United States of America. The Flint family has grown continuously […]

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In: Women in ICT / By: Flint

For more than a hundred years, people worldwide have celebrated International Women’s Day on March 8th. We’ve asked three of our female leaders to share their experiences in the ICT industry and some encouraging words for girls and women trying to make it in this competitive world. The ICT sector has traditionally been male-dominated with […]

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In: Professional Services / By: Flint

Flint International is a trusted Cisco Solutions Partner, supporting Cisco Channel Partners in offering support in the presales, deployment, and day-2 operations phase. Flint provides services to Cisco Channel Partners to drive new technology adoption and product introduction. Through early adoption, our clients can optimise their market margin and are ready to move quickly when […]

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In: Strategic Resourcing / By: Richard Morten, Director of Special Projects

Frequently the recruitment of both permanent and contingent workers is full of frustrations, for both the candidates and the hirer. At Flint, we support our clients to reach their objectives faster and without the obligatory headaches. Flint has a long history of delivering specialist technical resources by being different. Our company is deeply rooted within […]

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In: Mobile / By: Flint

Flint has been part of the ICT industry for more than 20 years. From its humble beginnings, five driven engineers making it on their own, to a multinational company with offices throughout Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia—Flint’s founding member Keith Barker remembers the company’s journey. Flint’s founding members Keith Barker, Alan Bryant, and […]

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In: 5G / By: Flint

“5G isn’t just another network update, it’s a paradigm shift. The latest generation of mobile network has a cloud-native service-based architecture which is quite different from what we were accustomed in 2G/3G/4G,” highlights Mitar Maric, Senior Mobile Packet Core Engineer at Flint. With many “early adopter” engineers, Flint is ready to help customers master challenges […]

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In: Strategic Resourcing / By: Akash Maharaj, Head of Strategic Resourcing UKI

Quick! Count the number of times that the letter F appears in the following sentence: “Finished files are the result of years of scientific study combined with the experience of years.” — How many did you find? If you counted 3, look carefully, the answer is 6.1 Re-thinking Recruitment Not everything we see is as it appears. If […]

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In: Automation and Orchestration / By: Blaz Bacnik, Senior Technical Expert

Network programmability is an enabler for automation, allowing you to operate your networks more efficiently. Done right, it can lower a task’s time-to-completion to a fraction of what it was and greatly reduce the chance for human error at the same time. Flint offers consultancy on and supports customers’ automation implementation journey. Network automation has […]

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In: Flint News / By: Flint

The ICT industry is constantly changing, making it crucial for professionals to update and expand their knowledge continually. Flint offers a comprehensive portfolio of training solutions developed by and for engineers to accelerate the introduction of new technologies. Jaka Javornik, Senior Technical Expert at Flint specialises in course delivery, instructional design, content development as well […]

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In: Flint News / By: Flint

On January 1st, after a long and tortuous negotiation, the United Kingdom has left the European Union having completed the transition period. To understand the implications of Brexit on Flint and the wider UK ICT industry we spoke to Flint Group CEO Neil Burbidge. “Firstly, Flint has proven itself very capable of adapting to the […]

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In: Automation and Orchestration / By: Jure Šumak, Software Engineer

By the end of 2020, it was estimated, that there were around 21 billion active connected devices worldwide1. To put this into perspective: the world population right now is around 7.8 billion people. That is around 2.6 devices per person that need an internet connection. We know that not everyone on this planet owns a […]

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In: 5G / By: Flint

Since its beginnings in 1999 Flint has been at the forefront of implementing new mobile technology solutions. The company has supported its clients by providing technical staff and professional services from assisting the implementation of early days mobile packet cores to laying the groundwork for a 5G ready network. Once again Flint will be the […]

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In: Opinion / By: Richard Carter, Chairman

2020 has posed a lot of challenges to all of us. It has “reconfigured” our notion of almost every aspect of our lives. Richard Carter, Chairman of Flint, looks back on a “crazy” year full of obstacles and opportunities.  With 2020 nearing conclusion we are coming naturally to a period of reflection over the year […]

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In: Opinion / By: Richard Carter, Chairman

There are just three more days until Christmas. Richard Carter, Chairman of Flint, shares his wish list for the European ICT industry after a year that emphasised its importance and power. In the turbulent days of 2020, the ICT industry brought people together, kept them working and provided critical infrastructure for the health care sector. […]

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In: Professional Services / By: Flint

In the fast-paced world of information technology, new systems, tools, and services emerge frequently. They usually promise to work better, faster, and outdo old “conventional” technology. It is up to you to decide if following a new direction or sticking with what you know is the right decision for your company. Will you choose to […]

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In: Flint News / By: Tanja Debevec

International certifications set companies on the path of constant improvement and assure customers, that their (prospective) business partner pledges itself to the highest international standards. Like many companies, Flint Consulting Ltd. or Flint UKI, proudly holds ISO (International Organization for Standardization) certifications to ensure and show its devotion to best practices. At a time where […]

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In: Mobile / By: Flint

Technology is always evolving, faster than any of us are expecting, always presenting us with new challenges. 5G is ready to be implemented by both MNO and Enterprises, but are they ready to adopt it? “Sometimes it can be hard to stop the talking and start the action,” Ian Ashford, sales director at Flint International, […]

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In: Strategic Resourcing / By: Akash Maharaj, Head of Strategic Resourcing

2020 was and still is full of challenges and transitions. Akash Maharaj, Head of Strategic Resourcing at Flint, gives an insight into a challenging time for recruitment and retainment of talent. The writer John A. Simone, Sr said, “If you’re in a bad situation, don’t worry it’ll change. If you’re in a good situation, don’t […]

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In: Case Studies / By: Flint

Secure internet access is an important and crucial requirement for any business. With the changing environment and more data than ever being transmitted digitally, many companies are looking to improve their security measures by implementing new policies, software solutions, and hardware appliances. Starting points Orange Business Services (OBS) were looking for a partner in Russia […]

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In: Flint News / By: Tanja Debevec

Since 2000 The Sunday Times annually recognises Britain’s fastest growing private technology companies with it’s The Sunday Times Tech Track 100 league table. This year Flint International was shortlisted for their 10 Tech Track Ones to Watch feature, a selection of companies ready to make the main league table anytime. The Sunday Times Tech Track […]

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In: Charity Work / By: Ian Ashford

Thanks to sponsorship from consulting and telecoms firm, Flint, the museum is offering free remote learning packages to underprivileged students from across the UK The National Museum of Computing, Bletchley Park, Monday 12th October – The National Museum of Computing (TNMOC), an independent charity, announced its new online remote learning packages which go live on […]

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In: Flint News / By: Ian Ashford

To mitigate the risk and impact to our customers, Flint provides a number of IR35 Compliant service options. These are designed to maintain service continuity and protect the talent pool available to our customers in the UK. Please follow the link below to read more: Creating an IR35 Compliant Workforce If you have any questions […]

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In: Flint News / By: Ian Ashford

Taking the time to reflect on the last few months, the Flint team would like to say a big word of thanks for the support shown by our customers during the lockdown. You have kept our team of technical experts fully engaged on business-critical projects throughout these challenging times. You have found creative ways of […]

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In: Training and Enablement / By: Ian Ashford

Spring 2020 saw a large increase in the global workforce working from home. During these difficult times, employers (and employees) have made this time as productive as possible and a 130% increase in learning has been experienced1. Technical experts have, notably, been developing their skills in the increasingly important area of Dev Net during the […]

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In: Flint News / By: Ian Ashford

Flint launches Compute and DCN Mentored Install Services to accelerate the adoption of Hyperflex and ACI. These services enable partners to implement these new technologies with support from Flint’s software Centre of Excellence. Cisco Compute/Hyperflex Mentored Install Service Cisco DCN ACI Mentored Install Service There are now 4 SKUs that can be ordered directly from […]

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In: Flint News / By: Ian Ashford

Sandvine and Flint deliver enhanced Quality of Experience from actionable insight allowing you to make faster, better decisions around network investment and customer engagement. Find more information here: Flint Sandvine Partnership       If you have any questions about our partnership with Sandvine or are interested in working with us please contact us at […]

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In: Training and Enablement / By: Ian Ashford

Flint Learning Services portfolio includes content creation, training enablement and professional services all designed to accelerate new product adoption and awareness. Read more about how our dynamic, creative and innovative team can support you here: Learning Services Data Sheet If you have any questions about Flint’s Learning Services portfolio or are interested in working with […]

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In: Flint News / By: Ian Ashford

Flint’s new offshore software capability in India brings cost-effective, agile software development to our customers. Read about our new operation focusing on automation and orchestration here: Flint India If you have any questions about our new entity in India or are interested in working with us please contact us at contactus@flintmail.com or call us 01923 677733.

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In: Flint News / By: Ian Ashford

Accelerating new product introduction for Cisco’s channel partners through the provision of Mentored Installation Services. Read more about Flint’s new certification as a Cisco Solutions Partner: Flint Cisco Solutions Partner Announcement If you have any questions about the Cisco Solution Partner Programme or are interested in working with us please contact us at contactus@flintmail.com or call […]

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In: Flint News / By: Flint

Global Consistency & Local Intimacy At Flint we have great experience of adjusting our business based to the ever-changing requirements of our customers. Our theory has been, and continues to be, that if we support the growth of our customers then this will ultimately result in growth for Flint. As our customer base has continued […]

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In: Flint News / By: Ian Ashford

I wish I had listened… Probably one of the greatest lines from one of the greatest books. Douglas Adams’ ‘Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’ gives us the following line when Ford and Arthur are being subjected to torture by Vogon poetry, as the world is about to end: “You know,” said Arthur, “it’s at times […]

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In: Flint News / By: Flint

In some cultures, we tend to think of time as linear whilst in others, time is considered cyclic. Seasons follow one another and so it is in life, there are highs and lows, peaks and throughs. It’s the same in business. Most organisations go through cycles of restructuring their talent pool. They undergo periods of […]

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In: Flint News / By: Flint

For the second year running, Flint has been recognised for its growth and success in overseas markets, with a placing on the Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200 list. Published on 10 February, Sunday Times HSBC honours the hard work and resulting success of UK private mid-market companies that are going about their daily business, and […]

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In: Flint News / By: Flint

Flint has worked with our key global customers over the years to understand where their business challenges lay to propose solutions designed to remove these barriers and help drive growth. One of the benefits of being Flint is that our ability to move in a quick and agile fashion isn’t constrained by the process and […]

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In: Flint News / By: Flint

We recently caught up with Keith Barker, CTO at Flint, after returning from the 2019 Cisco Live event. The Cisco Live event is an annual trade show run by Cisco in Barcelona for its European partners, distributors, and customers. It allows the business community around Cisco to gain up-to-date knowledge and support, helping to disseminate a […]

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In: Flint News / By: Richard Carter, Chairman

We’re into February and here in the UK at least, the worst bit of winter. The pleasures of Christmas, friends and family are over, or worse still hanging about around our waists; while we have some of the year’s least pleasant weather and the nights still draw in early. And finally most of us have […]

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In: Flint News / By: Flint

We recently spoke to Neil Dix, Senior Manager, Mobile Network Infrastructure Transformation at EE. Neil works at the Aztec West park offices in Bristol, overlooking the busy M5. He has been heavily engaged, over the last few years, in the TED (Technical Environment Decommissioning) programme and more recently the LND (Legacy Network Decommissioning) programme. With […]

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In: Flint News / By: Richard Carter, Chairman

Forgive me if I share a prejudice. ‘Just one?’ you say, ‘But Richard, we’re under the apprehension you have so many!’ Well, yes I do. Today’s prejudice is drones. Not the buzzy bee type that zip around in the summer collecting pollen. No. I’m prejudiced against the sort with little plastic rotors that whizz around […]

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In: Flint News / By: Flint

A success that started in 2018, and will continue into 2019, is Flint’s involvement with Abbeywood School and its Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) scheme. Abbeywood Community School is a mixed secondary school in Stoke Gifford, South Gloucestershire. With some 1,200 students, it has strong and rich academic competencies, as well as a large portfolio of […]

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