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About Us

London Consulting Ltd. was conceived to answer today’s market needs. Affordable consulting is no longer the trend these days. Consulting firms are charging hefty amounts for their services. Clients are desperate for affordable solutions. Therefore the need for a new creative consulting concept.

By adopting a new consulting model, London Consulting Ltd. finds a niche market for its operation in the UK and EMEA. We are a team of consultants and associates working together with common objectives and philosophy. Because we love what we do, we produce excellent results, our clients are happy because we listen and answer their needs and requirements.

We may not be able to compete with large consulting firms in the market, but because good value hasn’t to come at a high price, our business model is sustainable and our clients are happy.

The key to our success is passion and dedication!

Our Clients

While we are building our client base, our focus is on SME’s, however we welcome clients of all dimensions. We work hard with our clients to understand their needs and requirements, in order to provide them with practical bespoke solutions that really add value to their business ROI and to other key ratios.

We endeavour to serve our clients to the best of our abilities, thus fostering a win-win relationship of mutual understanding and trust. Our clients are mainly SME’s belonging to the following sectors:

  • Banking including investment, retail and capital markets
  • Financial including insurance and brokerage
  • Educational including universities, schools, and higher learning institutions
  • Non Profit including charities and NGO’s
  • Entertainment including celebrities
  • Energy including Solar and alternative energy companies

Our People

London Consulting Ltd. is an attractive, young, and vibrant environment to work for! We believe in motivation, and ensure that everyone is happy working for us and with us!

The majority of our consultants are MBA graduates with several years of experience, with a diverse, rich, cultural, and professional background. There is however one thing in common: Passion!
Passion for achievements and passion for self actualisation, and keeping happy!

Consulting

Our Management Consultancy team helps clients to identify and shape their requirements in order to achieve their potentials.

Our services are focused in five main areas:

  • Big Data Management
  • Information Technology
  • Social and Digital Media
  • Policy Design and Consulting
  • Knowledge Management and Transfer
  • Energy and Sustainability

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Big Data Management

Before the introduction of Big Data, companies used to rely on Flat Files and/or Databases to collect, store, and organise data. However with the introduction of systems such as Hadoop and MapReduce, data management has evolved into a new dimension! Concepts that used to be a breakthrough in technology with classical database engines, now are steadily becoming obsolete.
For different reasons, we have chosen to do Hadoop, and we assist our clients to achieve their potentials by understanding their data and its impact by equipping them with the proper infrastructure and tools to derive analytical patterns that would support their decision-making.

The rhetoric question poses itself: Is Big Data for everyone?

It is not easy to answer such open ended question, however with the explosion of data in our information ecosystem, especially unstructured data, and the need for feasible solutions to manage such data in a  practical way, and the availability of different technologies, revolving around Big Data such as Hadoop, MapReduce, InMemDB and others, the short answer would be a resounding YES!

 

Expertise

Technologies We Have Expertise In

HadoopAmbariFalcon
NagiosSplunk

HiveMahoutHBaseCassandrastormSparkKafkaelasticsearchSolrCouchBDMongoDBR

Social Media

Our Social Media umbrella covers:

  1. Business Intelligence (BI)
  2. Digital and Social Media Analytics
  3. Digital and Social Media Marketing
  4. Competitive Intelligence and Analysis
  5. Strategy and Business Analytics

Our flagship Social and Digital Media platform is DuraLike.com

A full fledged Marketing Platform for SME’s as well as for large enterprises.

Knowledge Management

We assist our clients to properly and efficiently maintain, transfer, store, and create enterprise knowledge. We design, develop, and deploy bespoke BI and Data Analytics solutions to support you in your Decision-Making process.

Our team of experts would be very happy to assess your needs and advise you on how to tackle Knowledge Management requirements for your enterprise.

We are committed to empower our clients with useful Knowledge and assist them to transfer it into actions in order for them to create wealth!!

Policy Design

Policy Design is almost embedded in every business, social, or even personal activity, however companies tend to overlook this area and rely on non-documented business processes and policies.

We help companies and governmental agencies achieve their potential by designing and documenting bespoke policies based on five main areas:

  1. Needs requirements and objectives
  2. Best practices and standards
  3. Secondary data analysis
  4. Primary data research and analysis
  5. Innovation

Procedures and business process re-engineering (BPR) come under the Policy Design umbrella.

Our team will assist your business in designing policies and creating an accurate and accessible Enterprise Memory (EM)!

Energy

New concepts in designing energy efficient systems!

From understanding client consumption based on Big Data Analytics to helping companies achieve sustainability and efficiency in their day-to-day activities.
We are creating a cultural shift in how companies would operate in an efficient and optimised fashion.
We invite you to join this revolution and start making a change!

Information Technology

Our team of Information Technology Consultants are anxious to assist you in all aspects of IT in general.
Particularly We have trained consultants with many years of experience in the following areas:

  1. Customer Relationship Management
  2. Enterprise Resource Planning
  3. Cybersecurity and Information Security
  4. Web Concepts and Designs
  5. Database Management and Development
  6. Policy Enterprise Resource Planning

Benchmarking

Our tests and benchmarking team conducts several tests on different software/hardware configurations in order to provide help and support to our clients, here you can find the latest Benchmarks and or tests results.

Linux Performance

London, 17-09-2014

 

The latest tests revealed that Oracle Linux 7 is the fastest Linux Distro in the market, and here is why:

Our tests and benchmarking team conducted a series of tests to find out which Linux Distro is the fastest, and whether there are certain Distros that are already orientated towards specific applications without any optimisation or intervention.

Setting up the test environment:

Hardware

Our team used affordable HP Proliant Rack servers to conduct the tests with the following configuration:
2 x XEON X5472 3.0 GHz CPU
32 GB Fully buffered ECC RAM
4 x 160GB 7200RPM WD SATA Drives configured as RAID 0 volume
Matrox built in video controller
LSI RAID controller

Operating Systems

Installed the latest releases of the following Distros:

  1. Fedora 20, Kernel 3.15
  2. Oracle Linux 7, Kernel Unbreakable 3.08
  3. CENTOS 7, Kernel 3.10
  4. UBUNTU 14 LTS, Kernel 3.13
  5. SUSE 11 SP3, Kernel 3.01
  6. RHEL 7, Kernel 3.10

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Software

  1. The systems were updated to the latest OS releases and kernel patches, without any fine tuning or optimisations, however the server Governor was set to “Performance” in all tests.
  2. GCC 4.8
  3. Java 1.8.
  4. The composed test used the following subset of Phoronix Test Suite (Open Source Test Suite) on every machine/OS:
    1. PostMark
    2. Parboil
    3. C-Ray
    4. Apache Bench
    5. John the Ripper
    6. Timed Apache Compilation
    7. Timed Kernel Compilation
    8. Open SSL
    9. Rodinia
    10. SciMark
    11. STREAM
    12. Java SciMark

 

Formulating an Index:

In order to be able to compare the results, we used Fedora 20 to be the baseline, therefore every result produced under Fedora 20, would end up having an index value of 1.0, then we added these results and multiplied by 1000. Hence the index for 12 tests under Fedora 20 would be 12 x 1000 = 12,000.

For the other Distros’ results we divided the values by the corresponding Fedora 20 result, summed up the entries and multiplied by 1,000 in order to produce test scores.

The Test Scores:
LinuxPerfDist

 

According to the above results, Oracle Linux 7 and CENTOS 7 are the fastest Distros, they had almost equal overall test scores, however OL7 performed better in SciMark and PostMark thus scoring a bit better than CENTOS 7.

The detailed test results could be downloaded by clicking this link, they are also published on http://openbenchmarking.org

 

Conclusion:

Not all Linux Distros are created equal!

From the above benchmark few conclusions could be made, well it is true that Oracle Linux 7 proved to be scalable and the fastest, but also CENTOS has produced comparable results, especially for Memory intensive tasks and Java computations, therefore for mission critical computing these 2 Distros probably are the best options, especially when you want to support huge database transactions.

SUSE 11 SP3 and UBUNTU 14 LTS outperformed all the other Distros in Apache benchmark, therefore if you wish to run a webserver SUSE 11 SP3 is the best Distro to be used, however we wouldn’t recommend SUSE for transactional environments, that leaves you with  UBUNTU if you want a mix of transactional and webserving performance.

Red Hat 7 showed comparable performance to Oracle Linux and CENTOS, knowing that these Distros are Forks from RHEL, however it seems that certain optimisations Oracle has implemented at the Kernel level which renders OL7 the fastest Distro.

Fedora 20 is really a very versatile Distro, we use it on our Laptops, because of its huge support for a variety of hardware, and its repository  compilations. But of course for a production business environment Fedora 20 cannot really compete.

Now you have an idea about how the latest releases of Linux Distros are comparing. Hope the above would help you to make an informed decision.

Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask.

Best wishes,

Benchmarks and Tests Team, London Consulting Ltd.

News

Here you find the latest news about different industries including our news!

Not all Linux Distros are created equal!

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The European Union is looking to impose new quota on services like Netflix, iTunes and Amazon, forcing them to dedicate at least 20% of their catalogs to European content. [...]
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Shell will cut another 2,200 jobs as it tries to cope with "lower for longer oil." [...]
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A federal sting caught a Romanian man trying to sell weapons to cocaine-smuggling FARC terrorists in Colombia. But during his New York trial he claimed he was actually trying to help the CIA expose an international arms deal. [...]
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate voted along party lines on Tuesday to repeal a new Labor Department rule on retirement advice after a debate that stretched over the course of the day. [...]
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Jeffrey Gundlach, the chief executive officer of DoubleLine Capital, said on Tuesday that the rally in U.S. stocks, which began on Monday, feels like a short squeeze. [...]
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Main Indices

DOW 17,868.83 + 162.78 +0.92%
S&P 500 2,092.81 + 16.75 +0.81%
NASDAQ 4,894.97 + 33.91 +0.70%
TR US Index 185.07 + 1.21 +0.66%
EUR/USD 1.1145 +0.05%
GBP/USD 1.4715 +0.55%
USD/JPY 110.31 +0.30%
Gold 1,218.70 -10.20 -0.83%
Oil 49.36 +0.74 +1.52%
Corn 401.25 +3.75 +0.94%

FTSE 100 6,265.43 + 46.17 +0.74%
DAX 10,221.05 + 163.74 +1.63%
CAC 40 4,487.11 + 55.59 +1.25%
TR Europe 148.25 + 1.65 +1.13%
EUR/USD 1.1145 +0.05%
GBP/USD 1.4715 +0.55%
USD/JPY 110.31 +0.30%
Gold 1,218.70 -10.20 -0.83%
Oil 49.36 +0.74 +1.52%
Corn 401.25 +3.75 +0.94%

Nikkei 16,757.35 + 258.59 +1.57%
Hang Seng 20,368.05 + 537.62 +2.71%
Sensex 25,881.17 + 575.70 +2.28%
EUR/USD 1.1145 +0.05%
GBP/USD 1.4715 +0.55%
USD/JPY 110.31 +0.30%
Gold 1,218.70 -10.20 -0.83%
Oil 49.36 +0.74 +1.52%
Corn 401.25 +3.75 +0.94%

Energy +1.85%
Basic Materials +1.11%
Industrials +0.68%
Cyclical Goods & Services +0.66%
Non-Cyclical Goods & Services +0.46%
Financials +1.26%
Healthcare +0.45%
Technology +0.84%
Telecoms +0.97%
Utilities +0.06%

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Events

Strata+Hadoop World London

Wednesday, June 1, 2016
ExCeL London, One Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London, E16 1XL, UK
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Strata+Hadoop World

Wednesday, June 1, 2016
London, UK
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Spark Summit WEST 2016

  DATA SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING AT SCALE June 6-8, 2016 San Francisco, CA

Monday, June 6, 2016
Hilton San Francisco Union Square, 333 O’Farrell Street, San Francisco, CA
More info

Insurance IoT Europe Summit

Tuesday, June 7, 2016
London, UK
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Zurich Community Trust Race Across Europe

Saturday, June 11, 2016
Calais, France
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BDA London

Thursday, June 23, 2016
London, UK
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Hadoop Summit - San Jose

Hadoop Summit 28 – 30 June 2016 San Jose Convention Center

Tuesday, June 28, 2016
San Jose Convention Center
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CDAO Forum Asia

Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Singapore
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Gartner Catalyst Conference

August 15-18, 2016 San Diego, CA

Monday, August 15, 2016
Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego, One Market Place, San Diego, CA
More info

CDAO Forum

Tuesday, September 6, 2016
Melbourne, Australia
Register Here

Strata+Hadoop World 2016

MAKE DATA WORK September 26 – September 29, 2016 New York City, NY

Monday, September 26, 2016
Javits Convention Center, New York City, NY
More info

Alerts

While we actively and restlessly work with our partners to help our clients avoid any security threats, by keeping them informed and keep their systems up-to-date.

We do alert our dear Clients about the following threats:

>>>>>>>>>>>IMPORTANT<<<<<<URGENT>>>>>>>>>

A critical vulnerability (CVE-2015-7645) has been identified in Adobe Flash Player 19.0.0.207 and earlier versions for Windows, Macintosh and Linux. Successful exploitation could cause a crash and potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system.

Adobe is aware of a report that an exploit for this vulnerability is being used in limited, targeted attacks.

UPDATE: Adobe expects updates to be available as early as October 16-17.

Source TrendMicro.

>>>>IMPORTANT<<<<<<URGENT>>>>>>>>>

infection chain
Much has been reported and discussed about the bank heists that affected Bangladesh, Vietnam, and Ecuador. All three cases involved the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Transfers (SWIFT), a system used by financial/banking institutions worldwide for communicating financial messages or instructions, and has more than 10,000 customers from the financial [...]
Wed, May 25, 2016
Source: Information Security Alerts
by Jaaziel Carlos, Anthony Melgarejo, Rhena Inocencio, and Joseph C. Chen The departure of TeslaCrypt from the ransomware circle has gone and made waves in the cybercriminal world. Bad guys appear to be jumping ships in hopes of getting a chunk out of the share that was previously owned by TeslaCrypt. [...]
Fri, May 20, 2016
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linkedindatabreach
Earlier this week, it was reported that the 2012 breach of LinkedIn was far worse than originally thought: instead of the 6.5 million stolen records that were reported at the time, it turned out that 167 million users were affected. 117 million of these records contained the user's email address [...]
Fri, May 20, 2016
Source: Information Security Alerts
exploitcode
Although the Hacking Team leak took place several months ago, the impact of this data breach—where exploit codes were made public and spurred a chain of attacks—can still be felt until today. We recently spotted malicious Android apps that appear to use an exploit found in the Hacking Team data [...]
Thu, May 19, 2016
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One of the ways that malware activity on a network is spotted is via the activity of their network activity. However, in many cases this can be difficult to detect: there have been incidents where command-and-control (C&C) servers were able to stay online and pose a problem for many years. [...]
Mon, Sep 14, 2015
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Source: Information Security Alerts

CyberThreat

Industries

Combining real life experience across different industries, standardised best practices, and in depth hands-on research, our team collaborates with clients of different sizes to assist them in growing their potential, achieve growth, and increase performance.

Although we love to work with all types of industries, currently our main focus covers the following sectors:

  1. Financial
  2. Entertainment
  3. Non-Profit
  4. Educational
  5. Energy

 

Concepts

Innovative concepts are created or adapted daily, in order to help our clients maximise their potentials and achieve their goals!
We rely on different sources to initiate new thinking, and create new ideas. In many occasions we modify existing concepts with an innovative twist and turn them into wealth-making principles.

Our main source of innovation is our think tank of consultants and advisors who have acquired extensive experience in the business as well as in the research arena.

Knowledge Clusters

We are striving to create the largest Knowledge Cluster in the UK, and specifically in the London area. By starting an unprecedented collaboration initiative among different industry players!!

Watch this space as this concept is evolving!

Community Consulting

We started this initiative to help communities become self sufficient with practical Knowledge to solve community related issues.
We cooperate with the Citizen’s Advice Bureau (CAB) and other NGO’s including different charities to bridge any gaps and help them solve issues arising in the community, or even many issues affecting businesses especially startups!

Membership Consulting

Affordable Consulting for the masses!

This is what we strive to provide, small to medium size businesses don’t have to invest huge amounts in consulting fees just to solve their business related issues.
They are given the option to register online, and get feasible consulting advice by just paying an affordable monthly fee!

Partners

Our Featured Partners:




Hortonworks

Hortonworks is the only 100-percent open source software provider to develop, distribute and support an Apache Hadoop platform explicitly architected, built and tested for enterprise-grade deployments. Developed by the original architects, builders and operators of Hadoop, Hortonworks stewards the core and delivers the critical services required by the enterprise to reliably and effectively run Hadoop at scale. Our distribution, Hortonworks Data Platform, provides an open and stable foundation for enterprises and a growing ecosystem to build and deploy big data solutions. Hortonworks also provides unmatched technical support, training and certification programs. For more information and to try it out at no cost, download the Hortonworks Sandbox at www.hortonworks.com/sandbox.

Hortonworks




AMD

Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD) is an American multinational semiconductor company based in Sunnyvale, California, United States, that develops computer processors and related technologies for business and consumer markets. AMD’s main products include microprocessors, motherboard chipsets, embedded processors and graphics processors for servers, workstations and personal computers, and embedded systems applications.

AMD is the second-largest global supplier of microprocessors based on the x86 architecture and also one of the largest suppliers of graphics processing units.

AMD is the only significant rival to Intel in the central processor (CPU) market for (x86 based) personal computers. Since acquiring ATI in 2006, AMD and its competitor Nvidia have dominated the discrete graphics processor unit (GPU) market.

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Trend Micro

With approximately 5,000 employees in over 60 countries, Trend Micro is a global leader in network antivirus and internet content security software and services. Trend Micro offers a wide portfolio of award winning security solutions for consumers, SMBs, large enterprises and service providers, all available on a variety of platforms including boxed, licensed, hosted and fully managed.

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