Outgrown

6 Signs Your Business Has Outgrown its Current IT Provider

We’ve seen all too often growing businesses are held back by their IT provider. At the time they may have been the perfect fit, dealing with your issues as they arise and providing you with the services you required relative to the size and goals of your company. Nevertheless, as your business grows, and for many that can happen a lot quicker than they might think, simply reacting to issues as they come up paired with no long-term planning just isn’t enough. These successful businesses may find that their IT provider can’t keep up with their needs and as a result negative effects, both financial and operational, start to become all too common.

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How to Start an IT project

8 Steps to Starting an IT Project

Technology continues to ingrain itself as an essential part of how businesses efficiently run their operations, and therefore the need to plan and execute IT projects is inevitable. Unfortunately throughout our 15 years of experience working with a variety of businesses, we’ve noticed that many have trouble knowing where to start; or, how to effectively plan for the expansion of their IT infrastructre in corralation to the growth, and success of their business long term. This is understandable, technology is so expansive and knowing where/how to start can be a daunting task; and with a study by BCG finding that 70% of all IT projects fail, it seems without the right project plan in place things can quickly fall apart.

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5 Challenges Independent Schools Have Told us They're Facing

Many Independent schools started the new year with a spirit of optimism. It seems the pandemics' constantly changing economic effects are drawing to an end and some schools have found they are seeing higher demand than ever, with a lot of new interest from affluent “first-time buyers”. With this said, it’s too early to say that independent schools are ‘in the clear'. As one of our primary sectors, we’ve had the chance to partner with multiple independent schools, working with them to, consult, plan, and execute overhauls to their IT infrastructure. Doing so has given us the opportunity to learn first-hand what challenges independent schools are facing.

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Windows Virtual Desktop

Windows Virtual Desktop... Why it's Time to Upgrade

Despite support for windows 7 ending in January 2020, over 100 million computers still run this increasingly outdated operating system. In addition to not having access to the full Microsoft Office roster, those that still use outdated versions of Windows are currently at risk of bugs, faults, and cyber-attacks! Fortunately, Microsoft now offer Windows Virtual Desktop, an exciting IT environment designed to solve common business problems, especially useful for businesses reliant on legacy apps.

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Worst Passwords 2021

The Worst Passwords of 2021... How Can You Stay Secure?

Another year, another annual password review. Those that follow our blog know, this is something we enjoy (and cringe) at doing each year. Every year we speak in detail about how unreliable passwords truly are, throughout we highlight the worst passwords, whilst reinforcing the fact that passwords remain an increasingly significant point of weakness for personal and business security. With a significant increase in remote workers and the topic of cyber security becoming more prevalent, has 2021 been the year everyone turned their poor password habit’s around? Unfortunately not, Nord VPN has put together the 200 most used passwords and it seems password hygiene is only getting worse.

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Stressed Woman

The Microsoft 365 Secret Catching People Out

Since its creation in 2011, Microsoft 365 has become the go-to productivity suite amassing over 250 million average monthly users in 2021. Microsoft 365 became critical for many companies as they navigated through the pandemic. During a time when people have never felt more separated, Microsoft 365 brought them together and gave people the tools to collaborate, communicate and feel connected once again, even when miles apart. Post pandemic, more businesses than ever are looking to join the millions by also adopting Microsoft 365, and for good reason.

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6 Ways to Avoid Getting Caught Out by Phishing

Cyber-criminals use email and text messages to trick you into giving them your personal information. These cyber-criminals are looking to steal your passwords, account numbers and other important data. Obtaining this information means criminals could gain access to banks, emails, or other accounts in turn causing a data breach, and with a study by IBM finding the average recovery cost of a data breach to be approximately £3.1 million, allowing this to happen would be catastrophic.

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Eight steps to a successful BYOD strategy

BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) can mean lower costs and increases in employee productivity; or it can cost you your business.

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