Controlling business costs using BYOD

Bring your own device (BYOD) remains a hot topic for debate, as businesses weigh up the pros and cons of allowing employees to use their own tech solutions on corporate networks. Critics continue to air concerns over data security and segmentation, but on the other hand, much has been said about the potential productivity gains….

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Firms set to virtualise in 2013 and 2014

There are huge opportunities for virtualisation in the next two years, it has been suggested. According to virtualisation management vendor Veeam, adoption of the technology is set to further accelerate in the next 12 to 24 months. Don Williams, regional sales director at the firm, told ARN that virtualisation and cloud computing are increasingly being…

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Reasons to be cheerful in 2013 for SMBs

Small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) are cautiously optimistic heading into 2013 as they look to invest in their operations. A new study from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) shows conditions are gradually improving for many SMBs in the UK. The Small Business Index – the measure of confidence in the sector – fell by…

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User convenience vs. Security

Who knew? Following our Hot Topics debate about security in midsize businesses, such IT vs. employee tension would break out. Last week we look at how most data breaches come from within and how employees are constantly at fault for malware issues and general data loss. However, there has been more discussion regarding the topic…

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Be Careful! Most data breaches come from within

As a business owner, who actually like employees? They turn up late, they’re sick and they are so counter-productive with everything you do. And now, according to new research from Forrester, they are 63% of the reason why data breaches happen within your organisation. This research indicates that only 25% of data breach cases are the…

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How might the rise of mobile malware impact modern businesses?

Following Monday’s increasingly popular Hot Topics debates, we decided to take a real in-depth look into the scary rise of mobile malware and its impact on modern business. Not only should phones be loved as an essential tool in communication, but they should be also taken with a pinch of salt. Knowing about privacy issues…

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Downloads and Free Trials area is proving to be a big hit on our new site

Since the recent launch of our new site for medium sized businesses we’ve  been checking to see which areas are most used. And early indications suggest that the Downloads and Free Trails area is proving to be a big hit! If you haven’t been there yet, here’s a taster of the stuff that has been…

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Software Asset Management : Stay legal and save money

More than four in 10 programs installed on PCs around the world were counterfeit, according to a 2010 study by analysts IDC and industry lobby group Business Software Alliance (BSA). That’s software with a commercial value of over £32 billion! Since software typically represents 25% of an organisation’s total IT budget, it makes good sense…

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Mid / medium / Growing / MSB - What’s in a medium-size business name?

Genuine question! Here at Microsoft we categorise a medium-sized (or in US terms, mid-size) business as having around 50-250 PCs, regardless of revenue, profit margin, employees etc. We describe a small business as one with 1-50 (approx) PCs. The Department for Business Innovation & Skills (BIS), however, doesn’t categorise by size, but by revenue –…

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A Look at Microsoft SharePoint

Guest post from Trevor Eddolls, CEO iTech-Ed Ltd (www.itech-ed.com), specialists for IT consultancy, analysis, technical education and training, web design, writing, and editing solutions. Read more from Trevor on his mainframe blog and follow him on Twitter. Let me start with an apology for talking about a non-mainframe technology. I suppose my justification is that this a…

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