Small businesses in the UK must take greater steps to protect themselves against internet scams and viruses, according to a new report.Close to half the companies surveyed (44 per cent) said they’d suffered from some form of cyber crime; 36 per cent of these had been hit by a computer virus, while 18 per cent […]
Posted on 19th June 2007 in Tech.
The existing government scheme to offer business support to small firms is failing to offer useful, substantive IT information and advice, according to a new report.The study from Microsoft and the British Chambers of Commerce warns that many firms are not familiar with the Business Link programme or the support that is available through it, […]
Posted on 15th June 2007 in Tech.
IT system problems cause managers in British businesses to lose up to 31 working days a year trying to restore normal service, a new study has found.The Dynamic Markets study, commissioned by Partners in IT, found 80 per cent of businesses fighting with their IT systems and trying to prevent the recurrence of system downtime.Three […]
Posted on 14th June 2007 in Tech.
A collection of leading universities in the West Midlands have announced the formation of a collaborative enterprise to drive forward ICT innovation.The West Midlands ICT Cluster features three quarters of the region’s universities and is aimed at fostering links between academia and small firms.The project’s founders believe that by encouraging businesspeople and university researchers to […]
Posted on 5th June 2007 in Tech.
Small companies must take precautions when designing their IT systems because of their greater susceptibility to spam email attacks, a new study warns.Security firm MessageLabs argues that if a small- or medium-sized enterprise was targeted by a deliberate spamming attack they would suffer server loss much quicker than a larger firm.This in turn has serious […]
Posted on 5th June 2007 in Tech.
Small businesses are finding it increasingly difficult to operate successfully because of the demands of ‘want it now’ customers.Research carried out by YouGov found that 55 per cent of managers of small- to medium-sized businesses believe it is harder to run a good business now than three years ago.Some 35 per cent think that customers […]
Posted on 31st May 2007 in Tech.
The vast majority of firms have experienced at least one data security breach and a large number have not taken any extra measures to prevent more, a new report has revealed.According to a study commissioned by Scott & Scott, 85 per cent of businesses have experienced a breach in the past and of those almost […]
Posted on 29th May 2007 in Tech.
The EU parliament’s decision to slash the cost of making mobile phone calls abroad has been welcome by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).Britain’s largest business organisation said the news will not only benefit businesses that trade internationally but it will also be of great benefit to companies in the border regions of Northern Ireland. […]
Posted on 25th May 2007 in Tech.
Thousands of wireless hotspot users are throwing money away by wasting minutes unnecessarily, a leading provider has said.According to Trustive, businesses are failing to implement effective policies on hotspot access, while many users do not consider the value for money of the wireless package they purchase."The survey shows that many end users are paying excessively […]
Posted on 24th May 2007 in Tech.
IT issues and server downtime are the biggest annoyance among UK workers, a new survey has revealed.According to research by Richmond Systems, just under a third of workers are regularly infuriated by technical problems with IT at work, ranking ahead of poor restaurant service that grates on 20 per cent of Brits."IT problems still seem […]
Posted on 23rd May 2007 in Tech.
In an increasingly competitive global business environment organisations are being forced to pay close attention to innovation, a new report has revealed.According to Gartner, chief executives are now placing innovation at the top of their agenda but are faced with the problem of IT firms lacking the same visionary thinking techniques, while companies operating in […]
Posted on 22nd May 2007 in Tech.
While increasing numbers of businesses in the UK are making use of teleworking, firms need to do more to really capitalise on the benefits.Research carried out by Eclipse Internet revealed that the number of people teleworking has now reached three million from just one million ten years ago, Onrec reports.But take-up has been gradual, according […]
Posted on 18th May 2007 in Tech.