After years of debate and numerous predictions as to when cloud computing would reach widespread adoption, it seems that 2014 was the year where it finally came of age. With 78% of UK organisations claiming to have formally deployed at least one cloud-based service, and with saturation levels having increased by 61.5% since 2010, it is difficult to dispute claims that the ‘fluffy stuff’ has hit the mainstream.
Posted on 29th December 2014 in Cloud Computing.
Choosing an accountant is like choosing a new business partner. The right accountant will become a trusted colleague that you can depend on, who offers advice and guidance as your business grows.
So what are the top things you need to look out for?
Owning a small business is exciting. You get to do what you love, day in, day out. Most entrepreneurs start their own company so they can do something they’re passionate about, have control of their future, or be their own boss.
A smooth running payroll system is vital to the success of any small business. Staff payment problems can lead to low morale, poor productivity and perhaps even a government audit.
With so much choice in the storage industry, it’s easy to be confused by the pros and cons of various implementations. Whether that be the choice between physical or virtual infrastructures, hybrid cloud or fully remote, or even hard disks versus solid state. What is key is that any storage solution implementation carries an appropriate balance of cost, growth and risk.
Posted on 10th December 2014 in Cloud Computing.
Service level agreements (SLAs) are meant to ensure transparency and set standards between a customer and its service provider. Too often though, contracts are full of legal statements that have little, if anything, to do with the actual service a customer receives.
Posted on 2nd December 2014 in Cloud Computing.
Gartner predicts that CMOs will spend more on IT than CIOs in just over three years from now. It’s clear that now more than ever before, marketers must get data savvy and increase their understanding and use of technology.
Posted on 1st December 2014 in Cloud Computing.
Looking back at economic revolutions to-date, what they have all had in common is that technological advances have driven major shifts in how businesses operate and how people live and work.
The only thing that you can be certain of in life is, that nothing is certain. For thousands of years the human race has tried to prove otherwise. People have attempted to predict the future with tarot cards, tealeaves and by staring into crystal balls. It’s highly unlikely that we’ll ever be able to see exactly what lies ahead, but thanks to significant technological advances, what we can do is use knowledge of the past and the present to drive a desired future outcome. In the field of IT security, today’s threat landscape is not the same one that we faced when the first PCs were introduced, but new technology creates an exciting opportunity for the security world to strengthen defences. And this is vital in a world where cyber-attacks are becoming increasingly sophisticated and targeted.
O2 aren’t just there to help you stay in touch with those around you with the latest handsets. We also want to be there to help your business.
There was a time when growth in a digital world meant having access to the most expensive equipment and technology, or at least required expertise in a variety of specialist fields. Today local businesses run by small teams can compete with larger corporations because technology is more readily available, easier to use and cheaper to run.
One of the reasons organisations frequently cite for not using cloud computing is security. They’re worried that they don’t know where their data will be held, or that it will be accessed by third parties.
Posted on 17th November 2014 in Cloud Computing.