The software you choose is like the oil that keeps your business engine running. Get it right and your business turns over smoothly, each part interlocking perfectly with every other part. Get it wrong and you spend needlessly on a system that slows your employees down.Software Subscriptions for the Connected World
If you house them yourself, the hardware elements of your network can both eat up capital budget and take up valuable commercial space. Virtual and Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions shrink this demand while still delivering operational software effectively.Set Up and Forget
With a business to run you don’t want to spend valuable time worrying about your IT infrastructure. By sourcing your required software via subscription, you’ll both empower your employees and benefit from an always-up-to-date solution — meaning that your software supports your business, not the other way around.
The software you choose must integrate seamlessly with your wider business in order to enable and empower your employees. And it needs to be affordable. By sourcing software via subscription using Software as a Service (SaaS), you get the best of all worlds; industry leading products like Office 365 and Microsoft Dynamics, plus software systems that can be deployed and operational fast, and which are updated regularly and automatically.Staying Ahead of the Curve
Business software is always changing and updating. New features, security patches, functionality enhancements and other releases all mean it’s imperative to have access to the latest versions of the software when it is available. SaaS provides updates and upgrades automatically with no extra expense, painlessly and efficiently to every subscribed device and employee account in the business.
Server virtualisation consolidates multiple, under-used physical servers onto a physical host server running virtualisation software. The money usually spent on hardware is reduced massively, while server provision is maintained. It’s a solution which increases productivity by taking the necessity of servers and using virtualisation to shrink it.A Desktop That Follows Your Employees
The modern workforce needs to be mobile, agile and accessible. Employees can be called on to work anywhere in the world at any time. Desktop virtualisation means they can take their office environment wherever they need to go, and still rely on security and compliance.Immediate Cost Savings with Application Virtualisation
Your employees must have instant access to the applications they need to do their jobs. Yet making every application available to every employee at all times can be expensive and time-consuming. As an alternative to installing every application on every device, application virtualisation only supplies the app when it’s actually needed, including to mobile devices if required. It’s an efficient, cost-effective way to make applications available which allows for greater security and monitoring of usage.
By understanding your business today and predicting how it will change and grow in the future, you can create the perfect combination of virtual and physical solutions. Choose software which complements your hardware and allows your employees to work how they want to work, whether that’s behind a desk or on the road. Careful analysis will reduce waste on software that’s surplus to requirements.Ready When You Are
By using a Managed Services team, you’ll have access to an experienced team of consultants. They’ll be at your disposal and constantly looking for ways to save time and money on your server choices. You’ll benefit from a consultancy approach that provides much-needed advice, delivers seamless implementation with the minimum of disruption and which saves you money.
Staying Secure Online
Our Information Security Officer, Joseph Ball regularly writes articles on different aspects of security. Joe's articles have proven to be really popular with our own people and he's often asked if they can be shared with colleagues outside of Chess. With this in mind, I thought it may be something you are interested in.
Capturing Requirements in a Virtual Workshop
Until March this year, the assumption was that we could meet in person with a client or project partner several times to move through the requirements definition process. As it turns out, the process of developing a new digital approach which utilises a combination of existing and emerging tools has evolved like a project in itself. These are our tips.
Critical Thinking and Confirmation Bias
I'm not a supporter of #DeleteFacebook because it's like saying if you don't want to get electrocuted, get rid of electricity. It's stupid. No, demand better standards for your electricity, so you don't get electrocuted…" – Christopher Wylie, Cambridge Analytica whistle-blower
Chess Wins Two Cybersecurity Awards
The Chess team have proven the invaluable work they do and have been recognised for their outstanding performance and commitment to securing organisations, by picking up two awards in the Sophos Partner Awards 2020 - Public Sector Partner of the year and Education Partner of the year.