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Why Cloud Technology Has Real Board Appeal

For the board of any medium sized business, the pursuit of rapid growth is the primary aim. However, such expansion often generates its own growing pains. One such pinch point is where organisations start to outgrow their existing IT systems, particularly on the financial side. In reviewing their back-office ERP technology, many such organisations discover that rather than delivering a set of efficient streamlined core business processes, their systems are subject to lengthy upgrades, legacy customizations, and complex integrations. All these require significant additional expenditure, management time and ultimately can thwart any growth opportunities that do present themselves. read more


Dare to Change; Innovate or Die

“If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always got.” read more


All for one, and one for all? Getting SaaS to Suit Your Business

Depending on which analyst report you read, the UK market for software as a service (SaaS) will be worth £500 million by 2015 (Pierre Audoin Consultants), or will be part of a global SaaS industry worth $22 billion (Gartner). Either way, cloud-based business apps are here to stay. The issue faced by businesses today is not so much which cloud-based apps are available, or how many apps are enough, but how efficiently they manage them. read more


Why Cloud-Based Communications is the Magic Bean for Cameron’s Growing SMEs

Napoleon Bonaparte, once famously said that "England is a nation of shopkeepers". Whilst many thought that this was a derogatory comment, Napoleon himself claimed it was in fact a compliment. He was stating that British power, which at the time was equal to that of France or Russia derived its wealth, not from the size of its lands and population, but from the collective industry and enterprise of a multitude of small commercial enterprises. The statement turned out to be incredibly prophetic ‘This land of shopkeepers’ went on to establish Great Britain as a dominant player in the world’s economy for the next 200 years. read more


Why a Paperless Office is Unrealistic

Much has been written about the paperless world; a world where all information is digital or, at the very least, securely archived and readily accessible electronically. Yet every year, at least one study discovers that organisations are creating and using more paper documents than they did the year before and in fact, the use of paper is actually increasing in a third of firms. read more


Top Tips: Migrating Your Business Communications to the Cloud

For any number of reasons; many businesses have delayed upgrading their legacy telecoms system. Consequently, you may be living with a costly, out-of-date phone system that lacks the capabilities and flexibility to support rapid growth or business agility. Or you may be dealing with the worry that you’re failing to deliver the efficient service customers expect. read more


Confusion in the Cloud

The IT industry is awash with jargon and acronyms – BYOD, CYOD, COPE, PaaS, IaaS, SaaS, … the list goes on. And now we have Fog Computing. read more


Is the Term ‘Cloud Computing’ a Turn Off for Businesses?

The origin of the expression cloud computing is unclear; however, it seems to derive from the practice of telecom companies drawing of cloud looking bubbles to denote networks in diagrams of computing and communications systems. For many businesses, the term cloud computing can be vague and confusing to the point of creating a barrier and preventing them from adopting the services. read more


Five Tips for Effective Infrastructure Monitoring

With the majority of today’s monitoring systems currently still focused on analysing on-premise deployments, most IT operations are increasingly unprepared when it comes to tracking the performance of their growing number of cloud-based systems and applications. read more


Complete Control - How Small Businesses Can Keep a Lid on Print Costs

Most small businesses whether well-established or fast-moving new start-ups are spending more than they need on printing. Sometimes they are run by busy entrepreneurs with little time to focus on this challenge, often though the issue is that the business simply does not know how to manage, control or measure their day-to-day printing overheads. read more


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