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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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Microsoft adds integrated chat app to Office 365

on 30-Nov-2016 11:48:40 By | Andrew Allen | 0 Comments | IT News Productivity
Microsoft has announced that a new chat application, called Teams, has been created for Office 365.
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Competitive edge with a virtual CIO?

on 15-Jun-2016 10:30:17 By | Andrew Allen | 0 Comments | Managed Service Security Productivity
In the past IT service was a matter of infrastructure: networks, devices, servers and so on. The internet was slow, the applications were often clumsy and sometimes unusable, and these systems were not interconnected. That was the first wave of IT. The good news is the free market has driven solutions to those challenges - and we’re all glad it did.
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Three Steps To Fix IT Management for SMBs

on 02-Apr-2015 19:10:43 By | Andrew Allen | 0 Comments | Managed Service Productivity
Three Steps To Fix IT Management for SMBs Small-to-medium-sized businesses (SMBs) tend to have a more difficult time managing IT than larger enterprises. Despite being as technology dependent as larger enterprises, SMBs have tighter budgets and fewer resources to devote to IT management. This leads to a more reactive "break-fix" approach to their technology that never does any smaller company or organization any good.
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Understanding Managed Services and How They Benefit SMBs

on 19-Mar-2015 17:53:51 By | Andrew Allen | 0 Comments | Managed Service Productivity
Understanding Managed Services and How They Benefit SMBs Small to medium sized businesses (SMBs) receive a lot of calls each day from slick sales people peddling the next technology trend that's going to save them money and revolutionize how they do business. They're all too quick to caution that if you don't listen to them, you'll fall behind the times, and eventually be swimming in a sea of debt and out of business.
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Are Managed IT Services Right For You? A Few Things to Consider

on 12-Mar-2015 17:51:48 By | Andrew Allen | 0 Comments | Managed Service Productivity
Are Managed IT Services Right For You? A Few Things to Consider How do you get a small business to recognize the value of manages IT services? In the start-up environment, we encounter an eclectic bunch of personality types. There is a reason people become entrepreneurs or C-level execs. When we meet the owners or decision makers at smaller companies and organizations, we can tell right away why they're where they are. They're visionaries. They're risk takers. They're competitive. They want to be in charge. Therefore, they aren't always quick to place the fate of their business technology in the hands of a third party. They've come as far as they have by being in control and they're hesitant to give up that control. But we've learned a few things along the way. For example, the Type A personality is highly independent but also very competitive. So we tap into the competitive advantage that managed IT services gives them.  The Type B personality is creative and doesn't like static routines. But their ears perk up when they hear terminology like "cutting-edge" and we can then paint the big picture for them once their listening.  But anyone we do business with has to be committed to the efficiency, security, and stability of their business technology to see our value proposition. And they have to recognize that managing their IT infrastructure is an investment they cannot take lightly. So here are a few things we commonly have to address before any deal for managed IT services is signed. Is my business large enough to even consider managed services? There is an old adage that size doesn't matter (ahem... we're talking about in a fight) but SMBs must always think big to get big. The truth is, any company, regardless of its size or the number of people they employ, will run more efficiently if its technology is monitored, maintained, and managed properly. These are facets of your operations that drive profitability and give our Type A personalities that competitive edge they crave. And they can rest easy whenever business is booming because their technology is built to sustain their growth. That's the big picture that our Type B personality can appreciate. How is making another IT investment a cost-savings move for my business? There are still many SMBs who feel a greater focus and investment should go towards their core operations or marketing and sales. They only worry about technology when it breaks, figuring they'll just call a service technician to come to the office and fix whatever the problem is. Or buy some new hardware at Office Depot. There are some very obvious flaws to this strategy.
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The Benefits of a Managed Service Provider

on 01-Jan-2015 16:40:37 By | Andrew Allen | 0 Comments | Managed Service Productivity
Managed Service Providers - or MSPs - are often recommended as a cost effective IT solution for small businesses. For a minimal monthly fee, MSPs provide a reasonably priced solution to the complex technology pains of small businesses. Here’s a look at the various benefits an MSP can offer your business…
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Six Steps to Better Data Backup and Quicker Recovery

on 25-Dec-2014 16:35:46 By | Andrew Allen | 0 Comments | Productivity Tips & Tricks
Think Quicker Recovery Time, Not Quicker Backup - While incremental backups are much faster than executing a full-backup, they also prolong recovery time. In the event of data loss, a full restore will require loading the most recent full backup and then each incremental backup tape. Having too many incremental backup tapes not only adds time to this restoration process, but it also increases the probability of not recovering all of your data. A tape could be lost, unintentionally skipped over, or contain corrupted data. Be sure to focus on optimizing the restore time to ensure faster data recovery. A quicker recovery time should be the main objective, not the need for a quicker backup process.
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