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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SQL Server 2008 Support Has Ended. Now What?

TMB looks at your options if you’re still running this software.


Today’s the day. If you’re running Microsoft SQL Server 2008 or 2008 R2, you’re now officially using an unsupported operating system. The extended support phase for these products is over, and that means no more updates or patches, even for security issues. So what should you do now, if you’re affected?

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How Microsoft Teams Can Help Your Business Succeed

Work better together with Microsoft’s collaboration tool.


Microsoft Teams, the company’s business communication and collaboration tool, has made a name for itself in the two years since its launch. While Skype for Business rightly remains a popular business chat choice, Microsoft Teams is used by hundreds of thousands of businesses around the world.

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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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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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Why You Should Install The Windows 10 Update Next Month

Security and reliability, plus new features expected


Next month will see a major update for Windows 10 users. How do we know this is coming in October? Because Microsoft has cunningly labelled it the October 2018 Update. While we don’t yet know the exact date, rumours are suggesting that it could very well be upon us at some point during the first half of the month.

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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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Teams And Slack: Who Wins The Most From Atlassian Dropping Stride?


The market for enterprise communication tools has lost one major contender, but it could provide an invaluable chance for Microsoft.


Australian software developer Atlassian is abandoning both its business chat applications, leaving many of its customers wondering where they should turn next. With both HipChat and Stride set to be discontinued, there will soon be thousands of businesses looking for alternatives, and right now, there are two obvious products to choose from: Microsoft Teams and Slack.

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Why Windows 10 Is Right For Your Business

Although more and more businesses are upgrading to Windows 10, there are still many that are running Windows 7. As great as the older operating system has been, it's very much long in the tooth these days, and support will completely end for it in 2020. Already, Microsoft has stopped engaging in the official Windows 7 forum, so it's clear that it's keen to look to the future.

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