Guest Blog: The Future of IT for SMBs

[View:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H7kRL3JCsIk&feature=youtu.be]   SMBs need to look beyond the classic deliverables of Cloud Computing: they need to see that it also gives them a golden opportunity to explore new ways of working, embracing collaborative applications such as IP telephony, video conferencing and presence-based Unified Communications as well as enabling greater mobility and flexibility. These are transformational…

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Blog: Can upgrading to Windows 8 boost productivity?

Upgrading to Windows 8 can help businesses boost productivity and increase output, it has been suggested. Here’s the scenario – your business has long been a Microsoft customer, using the firm’s software solutions and operating systems on all its PCs. Windows 8 has arrived, you’ve heard good things about it, and you’re keen to equip…

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Guest Blog: Making Businesses work as Brands

Guest post by Martin Zine There are a variety of hurdles for business owners who intend to develop a company with brand in mind. Of course all small business owners understand the value of brand, of how associations of being established lead to revenue growth. Yet, there are a handful of mistakes business owners continually make…

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Experiencing Business Intelligence First Hand

Business Intelligence (BI) and its sibling Big Data are top IT industry buzzwords. But what do they mean in practice? How do business people actually benefit from them? In an attempt to bridge the gap between the hype and the reality, I spent a morning with Umair Waheed, a BI wizard at Microsoft, and a…

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A SQL Server DBA walks into a Parallel Universe

  We all know some pretty bad SQL jokes (the language that is). Well I do anyway. Like, a DBA walks up to two tables in a bar and says ‘may I join you’? Enough. But imagine that same DBA walking into a restaurant and finding no tables or chairs! Only cloud tags, long arrays of…

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Blog: Familiarity with software can boost productivity

  Choosing familiar solutions when moving to the cloud should make the transition period as seamless as possible. Moving to the cloud can be a big decision for small businesses to take, particularly if they are working in a non-technical area. Employees may have only limited IT knowledge and skills, making it difficult for them…

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Blog: SMBs can upgrade their IT without breaking the bank

Cloud services such as Office 365 give SMBs the opportunity to access advanced IT solutions on a budget. Small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) are increasingly aware of the need to equip employees with the latest IT solutions, tools and applications. In an increasingly digital world, they can either embrace technology or continue to fall further…

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Are You Paying for Unproductive Employees?

Unproductive employees are a drain on your company morale as well as your bottom line. Nearly 29% of company time is unproductive – the equivalent of 33.5 days per worker per year. The estimated cost of this lack of productivity tops out at nearly $600 billion per year in the US (Proudfood Consulting). While investing…

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Blog: IT security the biggest challenge for 7 in 10 firms

Some 71 per cent of companies rank IT security as their biggest business concern for the months ahead. IT security remains the biggest challenge for more than seven in ten firms, according to a new survey conducted by the global industry analyst IDC. The research, which was commissioned by Vodafone, questioned company bosses and CTOs…

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Guest Post: Great Communication through State Control

If you are frustrated with yourself or the person you are communicating with, just notice the effects that being in that state has on your ability to listen effectively; to analyse critically what is being said and to think clearly about the most impactful way you could respond. Your emotions – positive or negative –…

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