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5 Things SMEs Need to Know About Cloud Computing

Cloud computing has the potential to help SMEs address significant technology challenges. Implementation of cloud services helps SMEs procure the latest technology without massive capital investment, enabling IT infrastructure to progress with market changes. Implementing cloud computing either in a public, private or hybrid cloud scenario will help SMEs save time and money, positively impact operational efficiency, productivity and security. Below are five positive things SMEs should know about cloud computing:

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Why it is Important to Fix Your IT Costs

Organisations across the world are undergoing an extraordinary transformation. A new generation of technology is changing the way businesses maintain security, customises a product, enhances the customer experience, markets their products and more. In time, and possibly in a short period, the entire way UK companies engage with their customers will be different, or rather will be very customised. Driving this change is the rise of new technologies. UK companies which combine this with the right IT costs (which can be tricky at times) can seize this opportunity.

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5 Benefits of a Managed Service Provider (MSP)

Businesses have aggressively followed technology to stay competitive. In the process, they have invested significant resources in building IT infrastructure and services. Managing these IT services is costly and has become a burden for many businesses, draining essential resources from strategic planning and delivery. According to  a report by Gartner, 70% of IT support services for infrastructure services can be managed from a remote location which can reduce labour costs from 10% to 50%, depending on the delivery location resulting in 5% to 30% overall net savings.

In a rapidly changing technology landscape, a managed service can help businesses remain agile, control costs, quickly respond to competitive opportunities and align IT with evolving business objectives. Here are the top five benefits of how outsourcing managed IT services can impact a company’s business goals and the bottom line.

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5 ways Cyber Essentials can Improve your Business

 

The Cyber Essentials scheme is backed by the government to help companies protect themselves against cyber threats. Cyber Essentials (CE) helps organisations guard against the most common cyber threats by implementing cyber security best practices.

“1 in 6 UK small and mid-sized enterprises fell victim to a cyber attack in the last 12-month duration. Of the enterprises affected, more than one-fifth stated that it cost the company more than £10,000, and 1 in 10 mentioned that it cost more than £50,000.” – Zurich SME Risk Index

Here are five clear benefits of Cyber Essentials:

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Tech Myths Busted: no. 4 – More storage is always better

Truth: Depends what you mean by better!

We’re always being sold more. We are conditioned to believe that more of something is always better, and that we are getting more for our money.

However, this is not strictly true when it come to hard drive storage capacity. You may well need to have 1TB of storage, because you’re a photographer that takes hundreds of photos a day.  But  for the average computer user, what we really want is performance.

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World Backup Day 2018

World Backup Day is an event on the technology calendar setup to raise awareness and to remind us all about the importance of backing up our data. Everyone of us knows why we need to backup. The reality is that many businesses do not have a reliable backup system in place that is sufficient to be able to recover their data in a disaster.

What would you do if you lost everything?

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5 Benefits of Fixed IT Costs

When you are looking for business IT support, you can find various types of contracts and agreements. You could just decide to Pay As You Go (break/fix) basis, pay in advance for blocks of hours, or choose a fixed price IT support contract which includes the majority, if not all, the things your business will need on a monthly basis.

The biggest benefit of a fixed price model, is that you know exactly how much your IT support costs will be each month. This is great for cash flow and essentially your IT costs just become another commodity – just like paying your rent, electricity and insurance. But there are some other major benefits that you may not have realised.

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Tech Myths Busted: no. 3 – You should shutdown your computer every night

Truth: You really should.

You will save power if you shutdown your computer at the end of the working day. It’ll also stop the fans from sucking in dust during the night.

Another advantage is that a regular reboot can resolve many computer niggles (it’s a cliche, but “have you tried turning it off and on again” – really does help).

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5 Steps to Email Compliance

Your email is NOT secure.

For most businesses, email is a vital method of communication. Many organisations rely on email to send confidential information within and outside the business. The widespread use of email for confidential information makes it highly vulnerable to exploitation. In fact, email accounts for 35% of all data loss incidents, a recent study found. So with huge potential to cause harm to your business, there is a need to secure, control and track email messages and attachments wherever you send them.

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