To ensure everyone in the UK can upskill and reskill, Microsoft is committed to offering #digitalskillscourses from basic digital literacy through to advanced #cloud technology skills Within the next two decades, 90% of jobs will require some level of digital proficiency, while the shortage of technical skills continues to grow. However, while there's a growing need for digital skills, our own research and experience has highlighted an increasing cloud skills gap. To ensure everyone in the UK can upskill and reskill, Microsoft is committed to offering digital skills courses from basic digital literacy through to advanced cloud technology skills. [...]
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) from the European Union comes fully into effect on 25th May 2018. Firstly, we are not lawyers. Our business is IT and Telecoms and we cannot give any detailed guidance on GDPR in general and what it means to your business. If in doubt, consult a lawyer who understands GDPR. Secondly, don’t panic. This is good news as it is going to force all companies to take care with your data. So, what does this all mean? GDPR gives all EU citizens new rights: 1.Right of access EU Citizens have the right to know [...]
We are pleased to announce today that we have been accepted as Microsoft Surface resellers. We can now provide Surface devices pre-configured for our customer environments. The new Surface Pro The most versatile laptop For people who want to work on their own terms Better than ever, the new Surface Pro was designed to work around you. A best-in-class laptop with the versatility of a studio and the convenience of a tablet. Years of innovation come together in a beautifully crafted device with exceptional power and performance and uncompromising mobility, backed by the [...]
We are receiving reports of targeted attacks to Office 365 users. The attack starts with a phishing email to an end user saying that their account has been compromised and to click on a link to fix the issue. This is a fake link that takes you to a website that looks like an office 365 login page - it's not! If you enter your username and password into this site you are giving the hackers what they want - a way in. The next thing the hacker does is take that username and password [...]
As the company grows we are adding more and more partner certifications with major IT vendors. We are pleased to announce that we have now a Cisco Select Certified Partner Partner. Following on from our success in implementing various Cisco solutions including the Meraki wireless products we have moved up to become Certified Partners.
Microsoft made the announcement on 14th December 2016 - You can now use private connections to Microsoft's UK datacentres. There are a number of services now available including ExpressRoute and PSN/N3 connectivity. A number of UK government organisations are now taking advantage of the new UK data centres. The complete announcement is posted on Microsoft's new site here.
Microsoft has launched Teams, a chat based collaboration tool as part of the Office 365 suite. There has been a lot of chatter on the internet that this intends to take on the popular tool Slack. Whilst Teams certainly has crossover with Slack functionality this kind of misses the point. Microsoft have been driving everything they do with with their SaaS tools towards interoperability and working well in teams. A first look at Teams says they have hit the nail on the head. Combining Office 365 Groups, Skype, Word and the other products in the suite into a subject related [...]
Flow - Microsoft's automation tool is now available to end users. If you are familiar with services such as IFTTT or Zapier then flow can be seen as more of a business tool as it doesn't support IoT items such as turning lights on and off. As you would expect, there is strong support for Microsoft services such as Dynamics, OneDrive, Yammer and SharePoint and many other tools used day to day in business such as Twitter, DropBox, Facebook. MailChimp and much more. There are around 58 supported apps and trigger actions that can be chained together to perform quite [...]
Knowing your customers inside out is the key to success in any business. Building the right customer relationships is essential as it not only promotes ongoing customer loyalty, but it can also lead to advocacy, and we all know how important word of mouth is. Winning the loyalty of customers today means knowing what they need and staying connected, so research everything you possibly can about them – and record it; what makes them tick, how do they measure success, what are their pain points, and how does your solution make their lives easier? To do this, you need to [...]
Businesses today face a constantly evolving set of potential threats, from data security breaches to downtime from unexpected events. In a world where information travels beyond the boundary of the corporate network and potentially across many devices outside of company control, it is more critical than ever to have solutions in place to protect your data at the source. 1. Data protection that’s truly mobile. With the increase of employee-owned devices within organisations, there is also an increasing risk of accidental data disclosure through apps and services that are outside of the organisation’s control, such as, email, social media, and [...]