Creating IT Heroes

By Nathan Pearce, F5’s Senior Technical Marketing Manager

As an IT professional, technology evolution can be a blessing and a curse.

The constant conveyor belt of new products mean you have potentially a huge arsenal of tools at your disposal. But the demands of the business and the difficulties of where to place your technology bets means you’re constantly facing difficult decisions.

At the moment, we’re experiencing the most accelerated pace of IT change we’ve ever known. Cloud computing, big data / analytics, mobile and social are transforming the way we work and the way our businesses operate.

Yet, there remains a sentiment in some quarters that the IT department has lost influence in the business in recent years, is unreliable or is a barrier to progress, lacking the necessary knowledge to tackle and implement new solutions and infrastructures efficiently. Continue reading

Private vs. Public- why private offers more advantage

By Darren Briscoe, Technical Director at Comms-care

 

Not a day goes by without another story about cloud computing. With so many companies looking to outsource their IT maintenance to save money, cloud offers a flexible and cost effective way to run an organisation. But cloud computing is a business model that few organisations understand fully. For a start, the ‘cloud world’ is a divided one, in that there are two different types of cloud environments: private and public. Both offer many benefits, but there are big differences between the two – particularly when it comes to data protection. Continue reading

How Much Does Your Print Infrastructure Cost?

By John Taylor, CEO of M2

The reality is that many companies would find it difficult to accurately quantify costs on print across their entire organisation, yet much money is wasted on unnecessary printing, multiple service level agreements and calls to the IT department for printer-related issues.

Described as ‘the last bastion of uncontrolled spending’ analyst research states that an unmanaged print fleet can cost an organisation between one and three per cent of annual revenue, a cost which can be reduced by up to 40%. With print output increasing by an average of 20% a year, despite the advent of the so called ‘paperless office’, how does an organisation control and reduce its print expenditure, as well as alleviate the IT department of 10-20% of its workload? Continue reading

Don’t be complacent when it comes to document security

By Tony Burnett, group sales director at Altodigital


Document security is crucially important for organisations but unfortunately an issue that often gets forgotten amongst the day-to-day demands of running a business. However, a lax attitude towards document management can have serious consequences for any business; from compromising confidential data to falling foul of stringent data protection laws.

Here at Altodigital, managed document solutions (MDS) forms a major part of what we do, and to help us understand the issues businesses face in this area, we sought the views of more than 500 decision makers across the UK when it came to document security as well as printer, scanner and photocopier practices. Continue reading

Techbubbles’ Technology Roundup #9

By Abigail Phillips

 

Here are the latest stories to come out of the technology industry this week:

What the Chancellor’s Budget means for business & technology

On Wednesday, the Chancellor George Osborne unveiled his Budget for the year and revealed his plans for more financial relief for UK businesses to help recover the country’s economy. While this provides small businesses with the opportunity to grow their businesses and employ more people, there are some that are less optimistic about the Chancellor’s arrangements.

Click here to read the full article and comments by Sumir Karayi, CEO of IT efficiency company 1E, who claims they leave little to be desired for the majority of UK businesses and advocates that the Government should instead be focusing on specific efficiency initiatives, which he believes have a better chance of revitalising the economy. Continue reading

Government fails to see efficiency benefits in testing times

By Abigail Phillips

 

Last Wednesday saw the Chancellor George Osborne unveil his Budget for 2013 and beyond. He revealed more financial relief which aims to help businesses ride out the UK’s declining economy.

While these measures may look appealing on the surface, Sumir Karayi, CEO of IT efficiency company 1E, claims they leave little to be desired for the majority of UK businesses, advocating that the Government should instead be focusing on specific efficiency initiatives which have a better chance of revitalising the economy. Continue reading

The real benefits of controlling your own company hosting

By Abby Hardoon, Founder & CEO Daily Internet

As online business continues to expand at record levels, websites facilitating digital power players are growing ever larger, more complex and more sophisticated. These days, businesses rarely stop. Business never does. Somewhere someone is always looking for a product or service and the omnipresent nature of the online world means that there is always someone ready to supply it.

The time it takes to go back from an unresponsive link and select the next result from a search engine can be measured in nanoseconds and the truth is, the world’s most creative and intuitive website may as well be a bricked up window to a company if it is unavailable. Account advisors, sales team, dispatch and shipping are all supported by what a business has in place to keep their website up and running. Continue reading

Celebrating the best of British female IT talent

By Abigail Phillips

 

The country’s leading female IT experts were recognised today at a ceremony at The Savoy Hotel in London. The national FDM everywoman in Technology Awards awarded the women who are driving innovation, pioneering practices and fuelling the economy in today’s current climate. Continue reading

Oh, and don’t forget the marketing…

By Ryan Higginson, Vice President Digital Channels Europe at Pitney Bowes

 

It’s a tough environment for owners of small and medium sized businesses right now. They have a very personal investment in making their business a success but that passion and drive can also mean they are covering a lot of different tasks and responsibilities to keep it ticking over. If you’re doing everything from customer service to business strategy it can be very hard to prioritise.

We recently conducted some research looking at over 500 UK small and medium businesses which found that many owners are taking the brunt of the workload, juggling an average of seven roles on a daily basis. When asked about their priorities, many are focused on low-level tasks, with 35% spending their time buying stationary, one in five helping repair the office and 16% picking up the cleaning. Meanwhile, business critical tasks such as marketing (32%) and business strategy (25%) can fall by the wayside. Continue reading