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.
Home Working - Can You Collaborate?
#3 Connectivity and Support at Home
Working from home is now an everyday reality for many of our customers and network issues can be a challenge
As schools have now closed and other businesses have also sent people home, many home workers are struggling with ensuring they can run their real-time work apps such as Voice and Video conferencing without interference from other people, who are also working from home or using other online content
A Hackers Guide to Remote Working
Remote working for a hacker is brilliant, and not in the sense that they can work from home in a dark room wearing a hoodie. But because remote working means that a business is intentionally giving a path into the internal network that could potentially be accessed by anyone on the internet. This blog post covers some of the things that we have encountered across the team over the years.
#2 Your Cyber Security
If you are allowing devices to connect from people’s houses – it's possible that these networks have already been compromised by hackers or will be in the future. Implementing two-factor authentication, where another device like a mobile phone is used for extra security is the most important security measure that can be applied to systems.
#1 Your Telephony
As the Covid-19 situation looks set to escalate, there's a lot to think about to keep your business running. Last week we shared the Top 10 areas we've focused on to ensure our own business continuity.
From today, we'll be going into these in more detail, setting out what we've learnt and offering specific guidance and support. Let's start with telephony.
About six months ago, with the slow death rattles of the exquisite Empire C2 drawing near, not going to lie I'm still in mourning – that and python2, I was on the hunt for a new platform to sink my teeth into. While playing around with various frameworks on offer such as SilentTrinity, Faction, Merlin (all of which have their positives), I started looking at Cobbr's Covenant framework....