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Thinking of shifting to cloud telephony. The benefits are clear – goodbye legacy systems and hello to simpler automated management, deployment and provisioning. But when to start?

Consider cloud storage for the safest and most economical solution to back up your business data.

Find out your 90’s Technology Persona in this quick simple quiz.

Modernise your data estate and get benefits including enhanced security and compliance, significant cost savings, and the ability to empower employees with business insights and advanced analytics capabilities.

Get to know more about one of our Senior Operations Consultants, Callum Russell based in Bracknell in our Meet the Team feature.

Don’t let you business miss out on the benefits of Video Calling with slow internet speeds.  See how we can supercharge your connectivity.

Make sure you keep up to date with the latest news on Office 365, just watch the short YouTube clip.

 

You’d be hard-pressed to find a company in the UK that isn’t starting or a long way through it’s journey to digitisation. We all know that technology has the scope to make a company more profitable and help employees work more flexibly. However, sometimes, when we are completely engulfed with the business of ‘doing business’ it can be hard to find the time to start a new programme.

This can be the case with shifting to cloud telephony. The benefits are clear – goodbye legacy systems and hello to simpler automated management, deployment and provisioning. But when to start?

Well time is of the essence. In 2015 BT announced its intention to switch off its PSTN and ISDN networks by 2025. As the clocks strike down we are already seeing industry abandonment of legacy technology, such as large PBX vendors withdrawing support for on-premise hardware product lines, and bigger organisations are already reaping the benefits of commencing their ISDN to IP conversion strategies.

With the impending ISDN switch-off, the adoption of cloud telephony becomes very much of a case of “when not if” – which is why we are pleased to be offering a revolutionary product from one of our key technology partners, NFON. After ten years of development, followed by a year of fine-tuning by a team of 40-plus product managers, developers, programmers and experts, it has launched  Cloudya – a completely newly developed telephony solution, which provides an integrated user interface via one single login.

Cloudya is based on the latest web technologies, including WebRTC, which means updates to the entire Cloudya suite can be made available with minimal effort – regardless of the browser, app on the operating system or mobile app. It lays the foundation for dynamic and constant development to comprehensive UCaaS offerings. Contact our sales team 0800 011 4088 to find out more!

Backups

The information held on your computer systems and devices is probably irreplaceable. If it is lost or corrupted as a result of theft, being criminally compromised, physical damage or technical failure, your organisation faces potential multiple risks.

These include business interruption (in the case of customer and supplier records, accounts files, emails and software programs), loss of revenue, loss of reputation, non-compliance with data regulations and negligence litigation. You and/or other people in the organisation could also be held individually responsible.

For further information, contact our sales team to discuss cyber security in your business 0800 011 4088

 

Find your 90’s technology persona

A lot has changed over the past 20 years, making it hard to keep up with all the ways advances in cloud technology impact small businesses like yours. Ready to see where you stand?

The following statistics describe how SMBs experience the cloud today. Read each statement and select the answer most similar to your response to determine which 90s TV character best represents your technology persona (and learn why so many companies your size are embracing the cloud)

By 2020, 78% of small businesses will have fully adopted cloud computing.1
  1. Code red; the cloud’s perfect for small business, why isn’t it 100% adoption?
  2. Cloud solutions never work right for SMBs. They need custom-built solutions.
  3. I’ve started a movement to bring back the abacus
As a result of moving to the cloud, 94% of small businesses report security benefits .2
  1. Not surprising. Cloud security is becoming the gold standard.
  2. I bet the security enhancements were added in addition to the cloud.
  3. They only THINK they’re safe because they can’t see all the way up to the cloud.
Over 80% of companies reduced costs as a result of utilizing cloud technology.3
  1. Makes sense, the cloud helps stop the hemorrhaging caused by outdated equipment.
  2. If they really wanted to maximize their ROI, they would have built it themselves.
  3. There are cloud giants that eat data, and you don’t have to pay for what they eat.

If you answered mostly ……

1’s You’re like Dr. Greene from ER.:- You boldly, rationally, calmly embrace technology.
2’s You’re like Tim “The Toolman” Taylor from Home Improvement.:- You think you can still do it all yourself.
3’s You’re like Phoebe from Friends.:- You have entertaining theories people love to hear.

However you view the role of cloud technology in your business today, we can help you get what you need out of it.

WE WOULD LOVE TO SCHEDULE 15-20 MINUTES to discuss how your business runs and what you’d like to be able to do differently.

Based on our conversation, we’ll share ideas about  how we might help you save time and money and you can let us know if you want to keeping talking. Either way, I promise no data-eating giants.  Please call us on 0800 011 4088 to schedule our conversation.

Still using an out-of-date data platform? 

There are major benefits awaiting organizations that modernize their data estate, including enhanced security and compliance, significant cost savings, and the ability to empower employees with business insights and advanced analytics capabilities.

With the tech available to every business, modernization is now the norm. With a solution like SQL Server, you can reduce costs and maximize your investment, gain state-of-the-art, award-winning security, and solve bigger problems with advanced business insights.

If that sounds great but you’re unsure of how to proceed, it’s time to call 0800 011 4088. We’re industry professionals who have in-depth experience with helping businesses just like yours to plan, integrate, and execute with new technological solutions like SQL Server. Contact us today to find out more on how we can help your business and read our new blog post for further information.

 

Get to know Callum Russell, Senior Operations Consultant.

What gets you out of bed in the morning?

A minimum of 6 alarms, 6 of which are swiftly turned off.

What is your biggest achievement to date – personal or professional?

I was Captain of the most successful Calcot junior golf team.

What three words would you use to describe your role

Results, Escalation, technical.

What are your biggest professional challenges?

Learning a new product / process that no one has done before and completing a project relating to it.

If you could choose anyone, who would you pick as your mentor?

My Dad

What do you like most about your job?

Networking and exposure to different areas of IT.

What is your motto or personal mantra?

 Everything’s fine.

Given a chance, who would you like to be for a day?

Anyone but me.

What’s your favourite line from a film?

I see this as an absolute win

What is your guilty pleasure?

Setting smart home appliances.

 

Is your business missing out on the benefits of video calling?

Video conferencing has a huge number of benefits for businesses. You can cut travel costs by holding meetings via video-link, or build more effective working relationships with clients all over the world without having to leave your desk.

But why have so many companies yet to take the plunge and make video calling a core part of their day-to-day business? 

Stay up to date with the latest Microsoft Office 365 updates released for July  2019.
This month, Microsoft are announcing updates to Azure Active Directory and Microsoft Advanced Threat Defender to improve your security posture, updates to Outlook and Yammer to help you be more productive, and updates to System Center Configuration Manager and Office 365 ProPlus to streamline IT management and improve efficiency.
Interested in making the switch to office 365?
Here’s just three simple reasons you should make the switch:
  • It’s always up to date
  • It’s on all of your devices
  • Collaboration simplified

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