The skills you need to succeed

We’re all keen to know the secret of others’ success and what skills are likely to be most highly-valued. Last week, Bill Gates (Chairman, Microsoft) spoke about how just about everyone has become an Information Worker – from retail staff who use scanners to track stock to CEOs who track and analyse critical market trends…


UK Desktop Deployment Centre goes live!

When you’re investing, or thinking about investing in new solutions to help you improve productivity you want to be sure you’re maximising your assets to the full, and deploying them successfully. This is where the new Desktop Deployment Centre can help. If you’re thinking about buying the 2007 Office system or Windows Vista or perhaps…


Not very festive cheer

Without wishing to put a downer on your Christmas celebrations, a new report from the Bank of Scotland suggests that the outlook for small UK firms has worsened in recent months. Growth forecasts are being lowered as small business are taking a more cautious approach and 60% think economic conditions are going to get worse…


Just 17 days left to get an upgrade discount

You’ve got just 17 days left to take advantage of the 50% discount offer on upgrading to the 2007 Microsoft Office system. If you’re looking to upgrade your desktop now is the time to do it. Purchase 2007 Microsoft Office through the Open Value subscription programme and you not only get a serious discount, you’ll…


Don’t let your business go down the plughole

A PriceWaterhouseCoopers and DTI report on information security breaches states that recovery from a serious security incident costs an average of £12,000. And that many small businesses never manage to recover because the damage – in terms of lost revenue – is just too great. So what can you do to ensure your business is…


The customer is king

It may be trite, but it’s true. If you don’t get new customers and hang on to your existing ones you’re not going to be around for long. Back in the old days, when sales and marketing used to view each other as a necessary evil, the term ‘Customer Relationship Management’ (CRM) was often a…


It’ll never happen to me….

Except of course, one day it might. Small Business Blog has had a first-hand account this week of how quickly and easily it can be to find your company struggling. A local spate of lead-roof thefts left one building exposed to the elements. Heavy rain flooded the building – not once but twice because the…


Check out our new ‘How to Buy’ section

Preinstalled? Hosted services? Volume Licensing? Or boxed from a retailer? Trying to figure out the best way to buy Microsoft products is not always easy but our new ‘How to Buy‘ section is designed to make whole decision-making process a lot simpler.  Depending on the number of PCs you’re looking to buy, various buying options…


Need some help with Office Live?

To help you access Office Live information and resources more easily we’ve just set up a site where webcasts on Office Live will be stored, take a look here. There are three webcasts up already: Create a professional website for free Getting started with Office Live email Building an Office Live website These brief webcasts…


The SideWinder returns

With Christmas in mind, you might want to add the SideWinder mouse to your list for Santa, or buy one for those awkward-to-buy-for relatives.  Back with – as the blurb says – “a revolutionary new mouse system designed to power-up your game. The SideWinder Mouse is fully customisable, responding accurately to every twitch of your…