The Beginners' Guide To Kanban

How a system of cards on boards can bring greater efficiency to SMEs.


Efficiency and teamwork are everything in business, and Kanban can do a hell of a lot to improve both. But if you’ve never heard of it before, or if you’re just unsure about how it works, it can be difficult to know where to start. In this beginners’ guide, we’ll take you through the basics and show you how Kanban can benefit your business.

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Security Isn’t The Only Reason To Invest In IT

Technology can make real, positive contributions to your business.


We write a lot about cyber security at TMB. It’s one of those unavoidable subjects that needs to be addressed, because it’s so important. But let's be honest: it’s not exciting. Most of the time, when it’s working, you’ll barely know it’s there, and it’s designed to protect your business, not to improve it. As much as security matters, though, there are many other reasons to invest in IT – in ways you’ll notice every day.

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No Delays For Making Tax Digital


If this makes tax too taxing, tough.


The government’s Making Tax Digital plans are to go ahead, despite calls from opposition MPs to delay its rollout. Speaking in Parliament, Mel Stride, the Financial Secretary to the Treasury, made a clear declaration about the importance of this legislation:

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Work Smarter With MyAnalytics

Microsoft’s tool can help with efficiency.

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UK Businesses Beat European Average For Cloud Adoption


Online services now favoured by an increasing number of organisations.


Cloud computing for business is yet to go mainstream in Europe according to research from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. While cloud computing might not yet be widespread, the use of cloud services in the EU has still increased compared with statistics in 2014, and an uptake in cloud computing has been most noticeable in the UK.

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Collaborative Working With Microsoft Tools


How to promote teamwork with the right software.


There are all sorts of benefits to collaborative working. Helping those within a business to better recognise and work towards shared goals, collaborative working can bring more ideas and expertise to the table when resolving problems, as well as solving those problems quicker and more efficiently.

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Password Managers: A Beginner's Guide


Why bother remembering passswords if you don't have to.


If the many data breaches experienced by firms large and small in recent years has taught us anything, it’s that there are still people out there who think that setting their password as their birthdate - or, worse still, ‘password’ - is a good idea. Indeed, ‘password123’ was found in a security audit of West Australian government to be the security choice of over 1,400 government officials.

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Windows 7 ESU Gives Businesses A Lifeline - But At A Cost

Good news if your upgrade plans are lagging behind.


If your business is still running Windows 7, you’ll probably know that extended support for it is set to end on 14th January 2020, after which there will be no more security updates. At least, that was the case until Microsoft announced Windows 7 ESU (Extended Security Updates), which will now mean users will be covered until January 2023 – but only if they’re willing to pay and only if they meet certain criteria.

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Major Microsoft Products Are Reaching End Of Life

Why does that actually matter?


Is your business still using Windows 7 computers? If so, you should really think about upgrading, because 18 months from now, it’s going to reach end of life status – and it’s only one of a few Microsoft products that will no longer be supported.

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How Does Shadow IT Affect Small Businesses?


Is it time to bring shadow IT into the light?


Shadow IT is something all big companies will have to deal with at some point. Some see it as a boon to productivity, while others see it as a hindrance and a security risk. But what is shadow IT? And does it affect small businesses too?

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