The benefits of outsourcing your IT needs to a managed services provider are considerable, but how do you decide who to work with? It is, of course, vital that your IT service provider is robust, experienced and knowledgeable, but what are the factors that make them right for your individual business?Read More »
With rapid advances in technology, businesses of all sizes face a challenge keeping up with the pace of change. Maintaining an in-house IT department is expensive and relies on continual investment in equipment and training. Also, technicians often spend many hours carrying out routine tasks that amount to little more than 'IT window dressing,' when their expertise could be better used in other ways. Outsourcing some or all of your IT support functions to an outside service provider is a beneficial strategy that can free up your team and add real value to your business.Read More »
Can IT Managed Services Help Businesses Move To The Cloud?
Since the early 2000s, the cloud has moved from being a networking concept to one of the central infrastructural domains of modern technology. With cloud computing, your data and processing are hosted remotely. Standalone software products are typically being replaced by service models (SaaS, or Software as a Service), whereby access and support is secured for a monthly subscription. Platforms like Microsoft Azure and Office 365, Google Drive and Apple iCloud are now more common than older desktop models of the same software.Read More »
Though information technology is prevalent in all businesses these days, there is no single universal approach to technology provision. Each business has a different domain of operation, different needs and a different customer base. This means that IT requirements must be tailored to the business in question.Read More »
Everything has its time and place - your business software is no exception to the rule. While there's still a place in business for legacy software and classic programs, there inevitably comes a time when you'll need to upgrade or switch the apps your employees use daily.Read More »
Managed IT support moves your IT support to a third-party, specialised company in exchange for a set or flexible monthly fee. Trained IT technicians can provide support to your employees via phone, email, or through special desktop remote control software (such as TeamViewer).Read More »
Launched in October 2009, Windows 7 is now a decade old. In human terms, not that long, but the life expectancy for an operating system is a much shorter one. Windows 7 reached its official end of life on January 14th 2020. What that means is that Microsoft will end all support for Windows 7.
Surveys conducted in recent years have found that at least a third or more businesses are still using Windows 7. Many users are SMEs, but the NHS also reported in July 2019 that they still had one million users using the operating system. Although current users can choose to continue with Windows 7, there are significant risks that should be considered.
Telephony in the UK is changing, and businesses need to keep up.
Since the telephone was invented by Alexander Graham Bell (or Elisha Gray or Antonio Meucci – take your pick) in the 19th century, the technology behind it and the phone network have gone through countless transformations and improvements. Here, in the UK, the phone network has moved from private hands into state ownership, before being privatised again in the 1980s. There have been many advances over the last 140-odd years, but for many decades, the public switched telephone network (PSTN), which accounts for the vast majority of phone lines in Britain, has been based largely on a network of copper wires. That is set to change, however, with a major push towards internet protocol (IP) networks.Read More »
The market for managed IT service providers is very competitive, and you'll obviously want to get the best deal for your business. But that doesn't mean you should pick a provider simply because it's the cheapest. A key thing to keep in mind is that best value isn't the same as lowest price. Let's take a more in-depth look at why.Read More »
When you’ve finally earned your escape to the beach, the last thing that should be on your mind is the threat that everything will fall apart in your absence. Taking a few simple precautions can make the difference between an uninterrupted break and an urgent flight home. Here’s a quick guide to keeping your business secure during the summer shutdownRead More »