New reports by Symantec remind UK businesses that we mustn’t stop talking about security, by David Bennie

A new report released by Symantec this week has suggested that hi-tech criminals are racking up more than 100 attacks a second on the world’s computers, and in the BBC news this week it was reported that while most of these attacks cause no trouble, the Symantec report does suggest that one attack every 4.5 seconds does…


More Microsoft virtualisation case studies from the UK, by Matt McSpirit

Energy Company Speeds Provisioning, Easily Scales Environment with Virtualization Endeavour International Corporation is an oil and gas company with operations in the United Kingdom and the United States. When the company’s Aberdeen, Scotland, office tripled its employee base in 2009, Endeavour needed to scale its IT infrastructure to accommodate the growth. However, it was challenged…


New IPD Guide (Beta) – The Dynamic Data Centre, by Matt McSpirit

For those of you not familiar with the IPD Guides, they aim to provide a couple of key benefits: Help to define the technical decision flow through the planning process. List the decisions to be made and the commonly available options to be considered. Relate the decisions and options to the business in terms of…


FREE Business Value seminar for Business Leaders, by David Bennie

Last week, I posted the news that we are running a half day business value seminar in conjunction with leading training company QA. Well, even better news this week is that we are now offering the event free to Microsoft customers! The seminar is normally worth £195 RRP and will be packed full of useful information to help you understand the full business…


Support is ending for some versions of Windows, by David Bennie

Some service packs are coming to an end for Windows:  Support for Windows Vista without any service packs will end on April 13, 2010. Support for Windows XP with Service Pack 2 (SP2) will end on July 13, 2010.* If you’re running one of these versions after support ends, you won’t get security updates for Windows. To…


Microsoft Pivot, Navigating the web, as a web, by Steve Clayton

I saw Gary Flake give the first public demo of Pivot back at the PDC in November 2009 and I was wowed. This is his latest demo at TED where he really brings it to life and shows how Pivot is a new navigation metaphor for data and for the web. His first demo of…


How will we make decisions in the future? Guest blog by Bruno Aziza

How will we make decisions in the future? Bruno Aziza, Worldwide Lead Strategist for Microsoft’s Business Intelligence group culled the wisdom of the crowd to help him peer into the future. A little less than a month ago, I asked people via multiple networks and forums what they thought business intelligence would look like in…

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Make a difference – tell us how you feel, by David Bennie

I know you may already receive many requests to complete surveys, and I cannot hide or glam up the fact that I am asking you to do the same thing, but I can say that you may well make a difference if you do partake. Firstly, because for each participation, a donation of £10 will…


Desktop Optimisation – Which technologies for which users? by Matt McSpirit

I mentioned in my previous post, there are a number of choices available to customers around their desktop strategy going forward, but where do you start?  Well, here’s a few resources to get you going on the journey.  Now, admittedly, these are cut and pasted from various Microsoft websites, yet I always adhere to the…