In 2020, the challenges for effective IT governance are different than at any time in the past. The rate of change of technology, threats and the shifting world of governance can be challenges to developing and maintaining good IT culture.
You’re an IT manager. It is very likely that your awareness of the importance of IT governance is not be matched by the board and senior executives within your organisation.
As a business, you should always be looking to see how your business can become more efficient, and at the same time save on resources. Simply moving along with your business continuing to run things the way that you’ve always run them is an easy way for a competitor to step in and one up you - due to a more efficient process, product, service, or package.
Startups. They’re popping up thick and fast and they’re shaking up the way we do business. Startups are highly connected, innovative and they’re not afraid to use the latest technology to benefit their day to day business, customers and their employees. We’ve identified some of the ways startups are changing the workplaces of today. Take notes – we’ll all need to get on board to stay competitive.
Regardless of industry, to retain a competitive edge and a thriving organisational operation, keeping up with business and technology trends should be an integral part of any business’ strategy. Technology has come a long way since the desktop computer, fundamentally changing the way we operate.
Information technology systems are embedded at the core of every project and every aspect of work, from correspondence between parties, timeline constructions to even the community’s first point of access, the website. The numerous interconnected and networked features of IT systems, mean a small problem with one system may have an unforeseen complication with another, resulting in waves of disruption to future workflows.
One of the many decisions small to medium sized businesses face when implementing operating systems and processes is around email and document management – and the question usually comes down to Office 365 or Hosted Exchange. Hosted Exchange basically means renting an off-site sever in a secure location that will enable office processes to occur on-site.
Many businesses today are increasingly turning to managed service providers, with IT one of the most popular services being outsourced. And it makes sense. IT is an integral part of your business operations and it is imperative it is managed effectively, is secure, and safe from threats.
We are sure you have heard the news over the weekend, however in case you are unaware, a massive RansomWare attack (largest in history) has hit over 230,000 computers in 99 countries, demanding ransom payments in bitcoin in 28 languages. The attack has been described by Europol as "unprecedented in scale".
Changing technologies mean changes to workplaces and how we work and interact with each other. Physical workplaces are becoming virtual, with people logging in to work in different time zones and locations around the world. These changes to the traditional workplace have seen a growth in enterprise collaboration tools, with Microsoft’s Office 365 at the forefront.
Big data is abundant, and it can provide companies with enormous competitive advantage in terms of marketing and research. Yet once you’ve got that data, the challenge is to keep it secure. The increased adoption of web based, mobile and cloud based applications means data is accessible from a number of different platforms and therefore vulnerable to hacking and security breaches.
In the digital landscape of 2017, businesses that want to maintain a competitive edge are implementing new technologies as soon as they hit the market, realising it impacts every element of their day to day operations. Most businesses understand technology will the affect operating systems and processes of their organisation - clever businesses are also realising technology affects the employees they attract, recruit and retain.
Technology has changed. Instead of consumers rushing out to buy the latest must have product, technology is now adapting to our needs. We are now in the drivers seat, using technology to get more out of work and life. Every year, there are new and exciting technologies available to use.
Does your business have a disaster recovery plan? A network failure due to cyberattacks, power outage, natural disaster, or loss of key personnel can be catastrophic for your business without a managed and tested disaster recovery plan.
All your applications stored on company servers? Still struggling with a Word meeting agenda template? Pop down the hall to see if Sasha is at her desk or not? Swimming in a sea of emails and documents? If your business isn’t yet up to speed with cloud productivity suites, then, in 2017, you are lagging behind the 8 ball.
On September 22, Office 2016 will be released to the public and the anticipation is high. A preview version was released earlier in the year allowing Office enthusiasts to try it out and provide feedback – constructive or not. The pattern of the official release will differ between consumer users and businesses, as well as depend on the type of licence you have.
Many of you would’ve heard about, if not already upgraded to, Microsoft’s last full Operating System – Windows 10. New about Windows 10 is that it now works across all Windows-powered devices, from smartphones and tablets to laptops and the Xbox One console.
Based on results from its new Visual Networking Index (VNI), Cisco predicts hyperconnectivity will arrive in Australia sooner than expected. Hyperconnectivity refers to connectivity as a cultural condition, as our lives become more intertwined with technology. This is brought on by the ever-evolving internet, mobile devices, and applications that are forcing businesses to either adapt or perish!
As a society we have come to the agreement that electronic offices are far more practical than the old pen and paper offices we have left behind. This begs the question: If IT was purely a cost, why would everyone have it?
"WE EXPECT ATTACKS WILL PEAK AROUND 14 JULY WHEN SUPPORT OFFICIALLY ENDS, AS [SERVER 2003] WILL THEN BE ONE OF THE LEAST SECURE SYSTEMS IN EXISTENCE.” It’s official – on 14 July 2015, Windows Server 2003 reaches its end of life, no longer receiving support from Microsoft.
Microsoft announced that all versions of Windows Server 2003 would go out of support in July 2015. If you haven't thought about it yet, this is the moment to develop a migration plan. What does end of support mean for you
Many in-house IT teams are under-funded and understaffed, leaving the in-house team destined to become a jack of all trades, master of none. As a result, the work they do ends up being mediocre rather than adding to the efficiency of the company.
This is a great opportunity to get your hands onto the new Office 2016. Don't forget to provide feedback to Microsoft at the end of your testing. Visit the Office 2016 Preview site to learn more about the Preview program to see if it's right for you. New features in
We are excited to announce that Managed IT has been recognised as one of the world’s leading Managed Services Providers by MSPmentor. MSPmentor releases annual rankings of the world’s best Managed Services Providers in two separate categories: The MSPmentor 100 Small Business Edition and the MSPmentor 501 Global Edition, which also includes large IT organisations.
Many small businesses in Australia should be fairly familiar with OneDrive for Business as Microsoft includes it as part of their many Office 365 business plans. It offers generous amounts of online storage space at a low cost with extensive support for sharing files and folders.
At Managed IT, we constantly work hard to keep our certifications up to date. Most recently we’ve undergone a multitude of tests at the Microsoft office to renew our Silver Mid Mark Competence and Silver Hosting Competence.
The malware situation has become a source of real stress. Not just for businesses, but even for those in the antivirus industry. The rate at which new malware is discovered has increased from 300 to a staggering 350,000 a month in the last decade.
We are excited to announce Managed IT have been selected as a preferred supplier to local government through the WALGA Preferred Supplier Arrangement. WALGA’s service catalogue streamlines the procurement process for local government, making it quick and easy to procure IT services and systems, rather than a lengthy and expensive tender process for every project.