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Data Protection Fee Fines Are Now A Reality

Here's what you need to know.

When GDPR came into effect, it brought with it the Data Protection Fee, which most organisations have to pay. Failure to cough up the cash, it said, would result in a monetary penalty of several thousand pounds. This week, Data Protection Fee fines became a reality.

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Calls For Delay In Making Tax Digital

House of Lords warns against April implementation.

The Economic Affairs Committee has published a report looking at the Making Tax Digital for VAT scheme and its message is clear: delay its introduction by at least a year.

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Microsoft’s Black Friday Deals (2018)

Surface devices discounted

It’s strange to think that Black Friday wasn’t a thing in the UK until relatively recently. The day was traditionally a one-day event, originating in the States, to mark the day after Thanksgiving and to act as the first day of the Christmas shopping season.

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Productivity Apps That Can Make A Real Difference

Give your business a boost.

It’s fair to say that when it comes down to it, the main thing we really want from software is to make our business more productive. Whether it’s more efficient project scheduling, help with organising financial records, or accessible office apps, software that helps to streamline everyday administrative tasks gives business owners and workers the chance to focus on the job at hand.

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Custom Business Software: Necessity Or Overkill?

Would a fully bespoke software solution suit your organisation?

Custom business software sounds ideal for most organisations, but it’s not quite that simple. Every sector has its own unique challenges, and within those sectors, individual firms can also differ a great deal, so the idea of every business having its own bespoke software seems to make perfect sense. But business isn’t conducted in a vacuum; it’s done with other people and, crucially, other businesses. That makes a degree of standardisation necessary in many cases, so people can share files and collaborate.

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Surface Go Adds 4G

Mobile connectivity gives Microsoft tablet a fresh look.

During the summer, while we were all sweltering amid what would eventually turn out to be the joint hottest on record, Microsoft launched a tablet that could genuinely be seen as an alternative to Apple’s iPad (and Google’s Chromebooks, to boot).

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Exploring Digital Banking For SMEs

Flexible options for businesses as banking looks to future.

Earlier this month, two major UK banks launched initiatives that embrace fintech. With solutions such as Tide leading the digital charge, it stands to reason that long-established financial institutions should look to develop their own products aimed squarely at technology-savvy businesses.

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5G Mobile Broadband: What's Next?

We take a look at some of the current stories surrounding this new technology.

Are consumers willing to pay for 5G? Not according to research from PwC. A recent survey carried out in the US asked 1,000 people about their awareness of 5G, their expectations of the technology and, crucially, their willingness to pay for it. While the research showed that 5G has an opportunity to improve people’s current perceptions of the mobile web experience (only half of respondents stated that they were currently completely satisfied with their mobile internet service) and that the idea of 5G appeals to the majority of consumers, only a third stated that they were willing to pay more for 5G.

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Disaster Recovery: What Is It, And Does Your Business Need It?

Backing up is critical, but so is recovery.

If the arrival of GDPR hasn’t driven the message home already, let us remind you: data matters. All businesses rely on data in numerous ways, and it has real value, including financial value. Yet many organisations don’t have a proper backup and disaster recovery (DR) strategy in place. In fact, a lot of business owners don’t even know what the difference is between the two.

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IBM Buys Red Hat In Mega-Deal

$34bn paid for open-source business.

Recently, IBM made a pretty stunning announcement. Tech acquisitions are made all the time, so the fact that IBM was dipping into the penny jar to snap up another company isn’t in itself particularly surprising.

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