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Tailoring your IT Model to Compete in the Digital Age

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To sustain a successful business in today’s competitive and digital-savvy world, both cutting edge ideas and speed are required… Without which, customers will simply start shopping elsewhere, and businesses will find themselves falling behind their competitors. Where customers are continuing to take control with a mere swipe of a screen or click of a button, the pressure for providers to refine and develop their products and services is increasing. Should a customer not be pleased by their interaction with a brand, they can simply move onto something better. For native businesses like Amazon Web Services, or Spotify, who possess such… Read More

Start the New Year with a Software Spring Clean

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End of Support for Windows 7 and Server 2008 Microsoft have announced the end of support for Windows Server 2008 and Windows 7, with a confirmed ‘end of support’ date of 14th January 2020. So, in just over a year, security patches of these systems will no longer be released. Windows 7 has been an incredibly popular operating system, its market share still stands at 41%. This has continued to stay firm even with the launch of Windows 10. While the end of support for Windows Server 2008 also means it’s the end of the road for Microsoft Small Business… Read More

How to Establish Better Enterprise Security Across All Layers of your Network

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A Layered Approach to Defending your Network In order to remain resilient to attack in today’s increasingly high-risk cyber landscape, companies must remain focused on protecting each and every layer of their infrastructure. This requires top-to-bottom coordination across the whole network architecture and throughout on-premises (physical), data centres (hybrid), and cloud (virtual) environments. No matter how you choose to run your network security, be it independently or through the expertise of a managed services provider, an integrated and layered security strategy is essential. Here we discuss 6 ways in which to establish stronger enterprise security across each of the layers… Read More

The Whats, The Whys and The Hows of Business Data

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Business data is continuously collected, stored, and scrutinised to ensure companies are able to gain the depth of insight they require into their customers. Such data plays a pivotal role in the operation of a business and as a result, should be accessible 24/7. Gone are the days when data was stored behind-the-scenes in the likes of a store cupboard. Now its stored remotely in the form of cloud-based servers and SaaS applications. This transition means data backup no longer calls for floppy disks, spare hard drives, or duplicate servers. Despite this shift to the cloud however, backups should by… Read More

The Different Cloud Models and What to Look for When Choosing a Provider

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Making the decision to implement cloud services for your application or infrastructure deployment, makes it crucial for your business to understand the distinct differences between the core categories of cloud services available. Afterall, the cloud is a very wide-ranging concept, and it encompasses pretty much every possible variety of online service. However, when businesses speak of cloud procurement, there are usually three main cloud models that spring to mind; Software as a Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). The difference between SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS Each of the three main cloud models has… Read More

6 Key Steps for Successful Software Project Delivery

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For any software project to be a success, a plan is required. There are specific steps to follow, just as there are mistakes to steer clear of. This article is designed to give you those vital steps required when partnering with a software development provider in order to encourage successful project delivery. How your chosen provider engages with you on a software development project is a big deal. Particularly so, as the selling of software often involves ‘an act of faith’ in terms of investing a significant amount of time and money in the hope that something will be created… Read More

Mobile Data Security: How to Keep your Devices Safe On-the-Go

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The New Employee Movement… What springs to mind when you think of remote working? Are you picturing yourself sitting on a beach with a cocktail in one hand and your computer mouse in the other? Or perhaps you’re parked in your favourite armchair with a cup of tea? The latter sounds more likely but ultimately not at all unrealistic given the significant increase in remote workers over the last couple of years. Remote working is the new employee movement, a workplace revolution if you will, inspired by millennials yet suitable for all, and this movement is proving to be incredibly… Read More

Keeping GDPR In Perspective… Don’t Panic!

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With only a matter of days until GDPR is introduced, there appears to be a mass panic taking place… and to make matters worse, a lot of this panic has been unnecessarily blown out of proportion. Fear mongering has taken charge, whether it be by means of buying new technology or with the idea of non-compliant companies being penalised, when the actual focus should be on the culture of your providers (as opposed to the technology they use). Many businesses in the IT support and software development industry seem to be using GDPR as some sort of millennium bug opportunity,… Read More

Office 365; Say Goodbye to In-House Exchange

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How Do I Compare Exchange Online with In-House Exchange? As time goes on, cloud migration is becoming more urgent, particularly in companies where their business growth is suffering as a result of their in-house IT, and potentially even putting their company at risk. It’s no wonder then, that moving your in-house servers and fixed line phones to the cloud has become more of a ‘when’ than an ‘if’ in today’s IT management. And yet, still businesses question cloud migration. Why? Well, many see it as an expensive, complicated and risky process. Such pains and concerns can convince companies to settle… Read More

Can You Better Protect your Password from Hackers?

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Passwords or Passphrases? When it comes to creating a secure password, there are countless, wrongly implemented misconceptions floating around the digital ether. For instance, many of us believe the old method of “making passwords complicated to avoid them getting cracked” is still effective. Particularly, as we (people), are poor at remembering them, so we tend to either use the same complicated password for everything, or write it down, or get it wrong so many times we get fed up and just use something simple. As a result, nowadays, it’s actually better to use longer “passphrases” as opposed to shorter passwords…. Read More