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What benefits can SharePoint Online bring while working remotely?

What benefits can SharePoint Online bring while working remotely?

What benefits can SharePoint Online bring while working remotely?

So, for the whole community who have been using and leveraging Office 365 and realising its business value for many years now this may seem like a really fundamental questions – however imagine you are new to the platform – the evolution of SharePoint actually presents a kind of muddy picture now.

So, happy to oblige and call out why SharePoint is still one of the key tools for facilitating remote working. Rather than starting with SharePoint and its evolution lets dive into where and how you can use the SharePoint Online platform today for your remote teams; Read More

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Are changes in technology usage here to stay?

Are changes in technology usage here to stay?

Post-COVID Technology Shifts – What’s Here to Stay?

If I hear one more expert talking about the ‘new normal’, I’m going to blow a fuse. For starters, there was no ‘old normal’. In fact, ‘normal’ as a concept doesn’t mean much – every person, every business, every household is unique, so who’s going to decide what constitutes normal?

An acceleration of adoption

What the COVID-19 crisis has done is accelerate people’s thinking and adoption of different ways of doing things that were habitual in the world we once knew. A significant part of this acceleration involves technology; doing things on-line that weren’t done that way before, or using technology to facilitate real-world activities in a different way. Read More

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What are the benefits of hiring an IT Director?

What are the benefits of hiring an IT Director?

What are the benefits of hiring an IT Director?

How important is IT to your company?

Consider for just a few moments the importance of computer systems to your company’s success.  Here’s a few specific questions to help you weigh it up:

  • If your IT stops working, how quickly is the pain felt?
    • How quickly can you recover if things do go wrong?
  • Are you confident you are aware of relevant technological solutions which could help you be more successful?
    • Sell more?
    • Understand your customers / potential customers better?
    • Supply your goods / services more productively and cost effectively?
  • Is technology a propeller or an anchor in your business?
    • Are you investing in the right technology?
    • Are you making the most out of the technology you have already bought?
    • Are you getting value for money from your IT spend?
  • Are you confident that your company is well protected from cyber crime?

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The leaver: gone – but too often forgotten

The leaver: gone – but too often forgotten

The leaver: gone – but too often forgotten

You’ve had the farewell drinks. You’ve signed the ‘Good luck’ card and wished your soon to be former colleague well in their new role.

It’s unlikely the next thing you do is tell them to keep a spare set of keys for their company car and pop back any time they like to have a spin.

No one would dream of being this lax with their physical assets when an employee leaves their company

It is astonishing how many firms are not similarly vigilant when it comes to their digital assets. For example, do you know how many of your former employees still have login details for your main corporate Wi-Fi network? If not, it is a cyber equivalent of having a pool of unauthorised key holders for the company car fleet. There could be little to prevent those past colleagues standing outside the building and having a quick surf to see what they can find. If they feel aggrieved over the circumstances of their departure, that risk may be increased. Read More

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How do I assess how secure our IT system is?

How do I assess how secure our IT system is?

How do I assess how secure our IT system is?

Common sense isn’t difficult or expensive

There’s often a big difference between perception and reality.  Cyber security is a classic example.  The perception is that it is a form of high tech, complicated warfare.  Acronyms; impenetrable terminology; high profile media stories of boffins fighting to repel the sinister attacks from rogue foreign states.  It’s no wonder we feel this is beyond us mere mortals to understand, let alone do anything about it.

However, the reality is that a lot of cyber crime is relatively low tech and unsophisticated.  Much of it doesn’t even rely on technology; many attacks centre around social engineering.  Cyber criminals have long understood that it’s easier to trick a human being than it is to trick a computer.  Why waste time trying to hack a computer when you can hack a person and get them to click on a dodgy link? Read More

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