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March 17, 2017

Barclays Bank develops app for NSPCC

Barclays Bank show tech skills in helping NSPCC app development.

By Tom Ball

UK children’s charity the NSPCC has received help from Barclays Bank in the launch of an app to make it easier for the important services to be accessed.

The new app will provide children with a feature enabling one-to-one counselling, as well as a mood tracker element, and problem pages for asking questions.

Not only does this initiative represent the familiarity and comfort of young people choosing technology, but it also indicates the huge presence of tech in businesses.

This support provided by Barclays is exemplary of firms becoming so integrated with tech that in this case a bank is able to contribute to a project such as this with software development capabilities.

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A comparable instance of a bank supporting a charity can be seen in the £2 million partnership between Lloyds Banking Group and Mental Health UK. In the same way as Barclays have done, it is likely that Lloyds will also be able to boost the online capabilities of the charity with its own tech capabilities.

Tech firms have also been supporting charities in tackling important world issues. Oxfam has recently looked to Rackspace and Microsoft Azure Cloud with the intention of zeroing in on global poverty.

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Oxfam’s global reach involves 90 countries with over 1.5 million supporters in the UK, but its applications and website were operated from a computer equipment room on site, and a private cloud. The plan involves Oxfam’s migration to the Azure platform.

The move will provide speed to the process of bringing tools and features to Oxfam’s customers, and management efficiency with analytics and patching reporting.

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