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VLOG: 5 Ways Network Performance Management Improves Your Business
29th December 2015 , comments(0)

Watch our first VLOG in which we discuss 5 Ways Network Performance Management Improves Your Business.

- How can you gain visibility into all corners of your network?

- When a performance issue occurs, how do you determine what is at fault?

- If you need to investigate an issue or justify an investment to upper management, how do you get the graphical detail that you need in order to make your case?

All of these questions and more are answered in this VLOG recorded during our recent webinar.

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Bill Gates is Returning to Microsoft
6th February 2014 , comments(0)

What influence do you think he will have in his new advisory role? 

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USB Power Delivery Due in 2014
31st October 2013 , comments(0)
Universal Serial Bus Power Delivery (USB PD) is due for release in 2014 providing 100W per port compared to the 'current' 10W per port of USB 3.0 making possible a wide range of innovative charging solutions. What will you use USB PD for? Will you install structured USB PD ports in the walls and floors throughout your workspaces? Have your say here.
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2e2 Collapses Following a Downturn in Business
6th February 2013 , comments(0)
What does the collapse of 2e2 mean for IT Systems Integrators and Value Added Resellers? Have your say here.
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Eric Schmidt on Apple Dropping Google Maps
4th October 2012 , comments(0)

Quote of the week. Google founder Eric Schmidt on Apple replacing Google Maps on the iPhone with Apple's own mapping app: “We think it would have been better if they had kept ours. But what do I know?"

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The Post-PC Era?
13th March 2012 , comments(0)

Are we really entering the "post-pc era" that Apple keep referring to?

Tablets are not replacing PCs, but they are becoming the preferred device for certain functions previously performed by a PC or laptop, such as accessing e-mail and calendars on the move. But there is not a lot of word processing or spreadsheet manipulation taking place on tablets or smartphones, nor much ERP and CRM data entry.

Gartner forecasts that PC sales will grow 4.4% this year, with 368 million units shipped, rising further to 400 million in 2013. That’s still plenty of cash for an era that is meant to be over.

What we are actually entering is the “post-PC-is-your-only-option” era.

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Intel vs ARM
16th January 2012 , comments(0)

Intel have long dominated the market for PC and server processors, while smaller British firm ARM and its large federation of manufacturing partners has held sway in the market for mobile chips. Now, with Intel using their Atom range of processors to target smart phone manufacturers and ARM making energy efficient chips for servers, each is attacking the others stronghold. Who do you think will win and what will it mean for users?

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Holding on for Windows 8?
1st November 2011 , comments(1)

Microsoft are planning to release Windows 8 by mid-2012 but software vendors will need around 18 months to test their applications with it.

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It's Time to Upgrade from Windows XP
1st November 2011 , comments(0)

Microsoft’s support for Windows XP will end in 2014 but businesses should start migrating in 2012 to allow enough time for testing of legacy applications, particularly those which are hard-coded to run in IE6.

 

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Should we still be paying for AntiVirus Software?
14th July 2011 , comments(0)

 

AntiVirus software typically costs in the region of £40 per user for the license then £20 per year thereafter for updates.

 

Microsoft Security Essentials is free, it provides adequate protection and of course it comes from the same vendor as your Windows Operating System. You can download it here:

 

http://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/security_essentials/default.aspx

 

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Time For Cloud 2.0?
17th May 2011 , comments(0)

Amazon's legendary Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) went off line following a routine upgrade on 21 April 2011. Is it time we started considering the use of multiple redundant clouds to ensure business continuity during an outage? Interoperability between different vendors cloud applications and services could also be improved.

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Does your business use Tablet PCs?
28th January 2011 , comments(0)

If so what are you using them for? Share your tablet innovations here!

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Curtains for Windows on Phones?
3rd November 2010 , comments(0)

Google's Android operating system is the most popular amongst recent buyers of smart-phones and Microsoft is unlikely to catch up. Will Microsoft now use its $37 billion cash pile to buy RIM/BlackBerry?

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Save Money on Toner & Ink
15th September 2010 , comments(0)

Switching to thinner fonts like Century Gothic can save up to £60 per printer per year. Let us know what you think here. 

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Intel buys McAfee
24th August 2010 , comments(0)

For most of us the announcement was a bolt from the blue... Obvious reasons for the move are a) clearing cash off the balance sheet and b) a desire to improve security in the growing wireless market. Can you think of any others?

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Microsoft Office 2010 - Our Favourite New Features
4th May 2010 , comments(0)

1. Co-authoring feature in Word, PowerPoint and OneNote for simultaneous editing.

2. Conversation View in Outlook combines all messages within a conversation thread, removes duplicate information and lets you delete current and future irrelevant messages.

3. Broadcast slideshow feature in PowerPoint enables you to present over the internet directly to anyone with a supported web browser.

4. When you recieve a meeting request in Outlook you get a preview of your callendar to show how the request affects other callendar items without leaving your inbox.

5. Much improved video editing tools in PowerPoint.

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Just Returned from Brussels
26th March 2010 , comments(0)

Attended the International Association of Microsoft Certified Professionals (IAMCP) forum. Also visited the European Parliament for a meeting with Kay Swinburne MEP who is currently focused on Finance.  

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Social Media in Business
8th March 2010 , comments(0)

The case for using social media as a collaboration tool in business is becoming stronger. Does your organization use it? If so we would love to hear about your experiences.

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New RIM/BlackBerry BES Express free downoad!
18th February 2010 , comments(0)

Just announced: BES Express software free download and free client access supporting up to 2,000 users! We expect this to become available on 1 March 2010.

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VMware vs Microsoft on Price
15th February 2010 , comments(0)

After much calculation and contemplation we have decided there is very little difference between VMware and Microsoft when it comes to the cost of virtualisation. Call us now to discuss the pro's and cons of both!

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IBM's New Systems Management Appliance
8th February 2010 , comments(0)

IBM have just released a new low cost appliance called "Tivoli Foundations Application Manager." Does your organisation run systems management tools? Share your experience by commenting here!

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Is your organisation ready for the 'no assets' model?
25th January 2010 , comments(0)

More and more organisations are moving to virtualisation and cloud computing. Can you see yours having no IT assets at all in the near future?

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Fiber Channel Over Ethernet Protocol
12th December 2009 , comments(0)

Products built around this technology are starting to appear in the market. In our opinion this technology is still problematic and we are unable to recommend it at present.

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Dell & Perot Systems
26th September 2009 , comments(0)

I think It's great that Dell are buying Perot Systems and diversifying their business. Might they have room for EMC too? I could draw out how the new company would look... if only I had a whiteboard ;-)

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Google's Chrome OS
31st July 2009 , comments(0)

 This is currently big news but will it take off?

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Windows 7
31st July 2009 , comments(0)

Release candidate 1 seems to be going down quite well so far. Are you using it? If so we would be interested to hear your comments.

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