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Andrew Allen

As a Professional Member of The Chartered Institute for IT and his nearly 20 years in business, Andrew is able to connect with and help executives and owners leverage the power of technology to deliver lasting results.

Recent Posts

Develop Leadership with a Technology Focused Business Plan

on 10-Aug-2018 12:24:33 By | Andrew Allen | 0 Comments | Management Strategy Productivity
Dependable outcomes prove a productive business. Whether productivity derives from acquiring new customers, streamlining business processes or maintaining an organisational workflow, a proper business plan provides a welcomed resource for progress in all areas concerned. Designing and adhering to a plan however can unearth difficulties that must be addressed. Optimising a business plan through a focus on technology will not only discover problems, but it will also allow management to comb finely through each business process and sort out incongruities that cause delay, waste and frustration. It will further provide support to expose any unsuspected or unknown risks that might deter future growth. By committing to act through a technological objective, businesses can expect to see real, tangible returns.
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Align Your IT and Business Strategies

on 15-May-2018 10:16:30 By | Andrew Allen | 0 Comments | Strategy Technology
The Successful Business "If you want to climb a mountain, start at the top of the mountain." Implicit within this analogy is an underlying need. That need is for C-Suite executives to know how each department, function, team and individual will be performing when the business is successful.
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Importance of having a technology strategy

on 03-May-2018 16:03:15 By | Andrew Allen | 0 Comments | Management Strategy Productivity
If vested interests try to sabotage the IT strategy – it’s working   An IT strategy is probably the most important document that a Chief Information Officer (CIO) produces – and the most difficult to get right. Done well, by someone who has a broad overview of both business goals and the emerging IT landscape, it provides the IT roadmap for the business to forge ahead in the next five to ten years. Done poorly, done too late, or not done at all – a commoner state of affairs than one might think – it dooms the organisation to underperformance and poor productivity.  
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Four IT challenges facing small and medium businesses

on 10-Oct-2017 11:57:18 By | Andrew Allen | 0 Comments | Managed Service Security Productivity
Here are the four key IT challenges that businesses need to meet in terms of their IT provision, if they are going to increase productivity and decrease costs.
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Why the CIO role is vital for successful digital transformation

on 25-Sep-2017 11:15:55 By | Andrew Allen | 0 Comments | Management Security Productivity
  A recent report by Dell Technologies surveyed 4,600 business leaders from around the globe to analyse their organisation's transformation efforts. The report found that 1 in 3 fear they’ll be left behind by digital transformation. To remedy this 91% plan to invest in powerful technologies within the next three years. Unfortunately, the same number of business leaders say they are facing major hurdles to transformation. It’s little surprise then that many business leaders intend to work closely with their Chief Information Officer (CIOs) to stay in control of the digital transformation agenda. Let’s look at why this is?  
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How can a CIO benefit your business' productivity?

on 24-May-2017 13:41:57 By | Andrew Allen | 0 Comments | Managed Service Security Productivity
Everyone knows what role in a company CEO stands for - but what about the CIO?
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Office 365 benefits for small businesses

on 11-Apr-2017 12:57:11 By | Andrew Allen | 0 Comments | Cloud IT News Productivity
Ask any Chief Technology Officer these days about their company’s current IT strategies and the answer will almost certainly include the word “cloud”. We’ve certainly come a long way since the late 90s when Larry Ellison, head of Oracle Corporation, tried to persuade the market to buy into thin computing. The idea was to have a diskless computer (known as a network computer) that connected to a server or to the cloud.
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Microsoft Word tips to increase productivity

on 03-Apr-2017 10:39:19 By | Andrew Allen | 0 Comments | Productivity Tips & Tricks
Time saving tricks in Microsoft Word can increase your productivity by reducing the time you spend editing documents. You may have seen these kinds of shortcuts and suggestions before, but we’re sure you’ll find something new in the list below.
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Microsoft training helps form UK’s digital future

on 29-Mar-2017 12:11:05 By | Andrew Allen | 0 Comments | Cloud IT News Productivity
Now that at least 92% of jobs in the UK require some form of digital skill, candidates need to be comfortable and confident with the latest technology.
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Office 365 is a secure option.

on 16-Jan-2017 15:45:59 By | Andrew Allen | 0 Comments | Cloud IT News Security Productivity
In January 2017, UK businesses saw a price increase on Office 365, with Microsoft citing Brexit and the fall in the value of sterling as the major contributory factors. However, this cloud-based solution remains the obvious choice for SMEs.
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