In the digital age there are few things more important than the ICT infrastructure on which your business is built. From data storage to communication and uninterruptible power supply, you need systems and hardware that are up to the task of growing and changing as your business does, and which enable mobile working. Flexibility is every bit as important as stability and security.
No system can be better than the devices it depends on. Your workforce needs the best tools for the job, whether they are working at their desk or out on the road.
Given the huge range of options on offer, making those choices can be complex and time consuming. An analysis of your current and future needs will clearly show the devices your organisation needs to make your infrastructure effective, drive efficiency and maximise productivity.
A key aspect of business efficiency is ensuring that your teams have the right devices and tools to do their jobs to their maximum potential, whether that’s desktop computers, laptops, tablets or smartphones.
With a bewildering range of devices on offer, many organisations can benefit from guidance in selecting the right products with the right features and spec, to do the jobs required.The Right Devices at the Right Cost
You need to be able to rely on the fact that the devices your employees use at their desktops and carry in their pockets are reliable, secure, up to date and fully proven. The best way is to source good solid hardware from reliable vendors through an ICT partner that is capable of providing a comprehensive service and meeting all your needs now and into the future.A Full Range of Service Options
“Comprehensive service” means everything from selecting the right products to delivering and installing them, removing and recycling old equipment and setting up comprehensive support and maintenance programmes. The result is not just an effective working environment but economic pricing and the ability to stretch your IT budget further.
Working on the go shouldn’t involve risking the integrity of your business data. The security provision for mobile devices needs to be as robust as it is on your business premises and on your employee’s desktops. Customers, employees and business partners need to know they can rely on the devices they are using, so they can operate in the full knowledge that the data is safe and secure.Boosting Employee Productivity on the Move
Today’s mobile solutions enable your employees to be fully productive on the move. Mobility isn’t just about picking up emails. It’s about full flexibility, which ensures that employees are empowered, and businesses can respond quickly to evolving needs and changing events. Mobile technology underpins the efficiency of your workforce, leaving employees free to concentrate on doing their jobs, have conversations at the right time and have access to the information they need.
Choosing the Right Peripherals and Consumables
Every business needs peripheral items like printers, projectors, mice and monitors. Making the right choices isn’t always easy, and can be very confusing, because of the overwhelming numbers of items available. Using your ICT partner to make the best peripherals selections means systems will save you time and result in a more efficient overall solution that makes the most of your budget and ensures the effectiveness of your people.Video Conferencing: Revolutionising Communication
Video conferencing has vastly improved the way we communicate and do business, saving money by cutting travel. When employees, customers and business partners can run business meetings and conferences across time zones, communicating naturally with colleagues in any part of the world at any time, the geographical barriers to operational efficiency and business success start to disappear.
The servers you choose for deployment in the cloud or on premise need to be reliable, secure and stable enough to house and deliver your critical data around the organisation. The best solutions are those that can easily scale to grow and evolve as your business expands.
World Class Suppliers for Peace of Mind
You can’t afford to wait for servers to fail. Keeping them current and updated will future-proof them so they’re ready to serve you when you need them. Your ICT partner should work with solid, reliable and established server infrastructure manufacturers who can deliver reliability and dependability when your organisation needs it, day in and day out.
Your business data is the life blood of your business, so safeguarding it must be among your highest priorities. Being able to recover data quickly and efficiently will be vitally important when the unexpected happens, so you need immediate access to completely secure storage to get your employees operational as early as possible in the event of a disaster.
Make Downtime a Thing of the Past
Storage backup is an ideal solution to prevent a disaster or catastrophic event from taking down your business operations, communications and data capabilities. As an extra layer of certainty and assurance, a storage replication solution is a super-robust solution to keep your business running in the most challenging of disaster scenarios.
10 Tips to Successfully Manage Your Remote Team
As the reality dawns that we are all going to be working from home a lot more in the future, how do we make sure we make the most of it? There are plenty of benefits, but possibly a few challenges too, especially if you are a manager. There will be difficulties that you may not have dealt with before – especially if you’ve been used to sitting in an office with your team.
Here are a few tips to help get the most out of your team and your day
Changes to Chess ICT Ltd Terms and Conditions
Changes to Chess ICT Limited’s Terms and Conditions from 1 June 2020
Changes have been made to the General Conditions which apply to all our products and services as well as to some Schedules which are terms and conditions specific to our products and services. The Schedules which have been changed are Schedule 3.1 Voice Services, Schedule 3.2 Internet Services, Schedule 3.4 Cloud Voice Services, Schedule 4.1 Fault Management for Connectivity and Schedule 3.2 Maintenance Support Services.
The latest cyber crime report is never far from the headlines, whether it's a data breach, phishing attempt, or an email extortion campaign. However, one area that is often overlooked is phone fraud, where a hacker uses your phone system to either provide free calls to expensive foreign destinations or to gain some form of value from calling premium-rate numbers. If this happens you may be left with a significant bill.
At Chess, we offer a fraud monitor service where we check customer call profiles and lock them down if we notice unusual activity and I've noticed a definite uptick in fraud since the COVID-19 lockdown began. Here are a few security points that may be worth thinking about
BackUps and Recovery
Most people will by now have navigated the first month of lockdown and be working successfully from home. Your business may have moved to the cloud before COVID-19, or moved more recently. Many will still be working remotely on servers and devices with the data stored locally.
Wherever you are working and however you store your data, here are 5 key reasons to be taking BackUps and Recovery seriously.