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Published 8 February 2023

Safeguard Your Associates-model Organization from Cyber Threats with Cyber Essentials and Mini Certification

Small organizations that rely on an "associates" model, are ncreasingly. However, with this model, these organizations usually into problems with IT governance
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Appreciating The Hidden Value in Amateur IT Systems

Let's take a look at the unique and often overlooked phenomenon of home-grown IT systems within businesses

Quantum Computing: The (Eventual) End of Online Privacy

Quantum computing means that any secret you're keeping is at risk of being made public in the future

What You, The Customer, Needs to Know About IT Project Pricing

Customers only get to see the end result of IT project pricing -- i.e. the quote and proposal. But if you know how the supplier comes up their pricing, perhaps you can get a) a better deal, and b) control project risk

Is Cyber Essentials Essential For Your Business?

Is it worth implementing Cyber Essentials in your business? We think so — and here's why

Ransomware As A Service: The Latest, Biggest Risk To Your Business

Ransomware is the one thing that keeps us awake at night — it’s getting easier every day for criminals to launch an attack on your business
Published 16 June 2021

A Quick Tour of Our Employment Contract

What happens if you use your employment contract to give more freedom to employees and bind the company into greater levels of commitment?
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A Tale of Two Kitchen Drawers

Two kitchen drawers -- one usually tidy, another usually untidy -- can tell us a lot about how IT systems work in our businesses

Software as Machinery

The way that we think about software can unlock how we think about it's application within our businesses

The Challenge of Antivirus for SMEs

SMEs should avoid retail antivirus products, but should make sure that they have "enterprise" solution in place

Filing Cabinets and Project Spaces (and Microsoft Teams)

It's a good idea to set-up you approach to collaborative working around project spaces

Everyone is 'going digital’, but just what does that mean? (2020 Edition)

"Digital transformation" can mean something very specific, and helpful, to the smaller business
Published 9 August 2020

The Difference Between IT at a FTSE 100 Business and at Your SME? Strategy.

Implementing an IT strategy is, at some level, just an issue of mindset
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Why Everyone Has an Issue with Huawei and TikTok (An Information Security Primer)

The issues around Huawei and TikTok covered in the press provides an opportunity for us to think about our own information security

The Myth of the Paperless Office

We'll always have a need to manage paper in our offices

Coca-Cola and Pepsi: Microsoft 365 and G Suite

Microsoft 365 is the Coca-Cola of the "groupware" world. Is there space for the Pepsi that is Google G Suite?

Keeping Your Business Safe With Disaster Recovery

Backing up is just part of the challenge of keeping your business IT running

Telephony and the Art of Talking

Telephone systems have always been an odd fit within the IT market. Might we prefer just to use Zoom instead?
Published 16 June 2020

Thinking Big With SharePoint

SharePoint is a weird product that nearly everyone uses, but no one really uses properly
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How Your Computer Set-up Affects Flow

Don't lean in to the compromises inherent in laptop design

Remote Working and Black Swans

The way that we work and our relationships with employees, suppliers, and customers has changed forever

Your “Data-Driven” SME

Every action within our business results in some data that can help us make better decisions

Optimise Your Growth By Transforming Your CRM

CRM is the one area that SMEs can invest in that really sets them apart

NAS Devices Are The "Kiss of Death" For Small Business IT

They were useful for a time, but now their time is passed
Published 8 April 2020

Email Hygiene is The Most Important Skill to Teach Your Employees

Secure your business more effectively with this one weird trick
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Preparing To Survive a Ransomware Attack

The one cybersecurity issue that can keep our engineers awake at night

Content from Elsewhere

  1. Challenged Backgrounds: Tech’s Diversity Problem No One Talks About
  2. Choose The Right Tools For Your Software Project Every Time, Guaranteed
  3. Writing a Sales Proposal that Always Wins
  4. Boost Your Leadership Skills With These 5 Top Sales Tips
  5. The Business of “Internet Business” Scams
  6. .NET — Is It Really What’s Next?
  7. Oh $h1t — There’s an Awful Lot of Swearing on YouTube
  8. Geeks of a Certain Age Will Dig These YouTubers Bringing 1990s Computing Back to Life
  9. Getting a Productivity Boost with Repeating Text-to-Speech Reminders
  10. Journaling in Software Engineering — Part 1: Personal Journaling
  11. Will we ever see anything like .NET again?
  12. Software engineers, or software developers?
  13. Microsoft and the consumer space
  14. What went wrong with Twitter?
  15. Autoupdate hell
  16. Run in the cloud? You should develop there too
  17. Data protection/GDPR and blockchain — on a collision course
  18. Why should I use a publishing calendar for content marketing?
  19. The pros and cons of syndicating your content on Medium and LinkedIn
  20. Should my cloud business avoid Microsoft development tools?
  21. LG G Watch vs Pebble: The simple genius of a not-so-smartwatch
  22. How IT professionals can get the most out of Twitter
  23. Apple's new Swift development language highlights the company's worst side
  24. Surface Pro 3: Microsoft's grand tablet vision lies in tatters
  25. Everyone is 'going digital,' but just what does that mean?
  26. Windows XP: The terrifying anarchy of technology 'have-nots'
  27. There is no 'mobile' anymore
  28. Android Wear -- wearable devices built around relevance
  29. Apple's 'goto fail' tells us nothing good about Cupertino's software delivery process
  30. Is Office 365 worth spending 3x more than on Google Apps?
  31. Lifelogging cameras may be a technology that we need to ban
  32. The "app gap" isn't what you think it is
  33. Office is the only thing that can kill a Chromebook
  34. Android apps on Windows Phone sounds like a great idea
  35. You won't believe what happened when Microsoft made Bill Gates its "Technology Advisor"
  36. The emerging trend of "Bring Your Own Services"
  37. The Internet of Things might not be what you're hoping for
  38. Windows 8 developers are shunning WinJS
  39. Just how much innovating do you want Apple to do?
  40. It's time to get rid of cash register receipts
  41. Microsoft's developer problem isn't about trust, it's about relevance
  42. Microsoft has a killer advantage against Android on the desktop
  43. The mobile web is dead, long live the app
  44. Is this the era of free operating systems?
  45. 2014: The year we start developing for mobile first
  46. What does Microsoft's "devices and services" mantra actually mean?
  47. Here's the one problem with wearables that we all need to fix
  48. When Office dies, what will Microsoft replace it with?
  49. Does sentiment analysis tell us whether Chromebooks are a good idea?
  50. Native Windows 8 apps remain unpopular with developers
  51. Here's how your tablet might finally "get" you
  52. Project Ara and Phonebloks are destined for the modular trashcan
  53. The so-called 'death of the PC'
  54. Post-PC means it's time for enterprise IT to change
  55. Is productivity in the workplace possible with Surface 2 or iPad?
  56. Email is the most broken technology that you use everyday
  57. I bought an iPhone 5s, but I returned it the next day
  58. Here's why we all need to be technology sociologists
  59. Will Windows Phone ever get any love from developers?
  60. The myth of the mobile PC
  61. Surface 2 -- why didn't Microsoft change anything?
  62. We need to stop masking passwords
  63. Office is coming under pressure from post-PC upstarts
  64. Microsoft+Nokia -- Everyone wins in the user experience stakes
  65. So you've lost your locked smartphone or tablet? Here's how to get it back...
  66. Smartwatches do make sense -- if you take the right approach
  67. Here's why Xbox's success in the consumer market doesn't matter
  68. Sonos, a great example of a post-PC device (that's not a tablet)
  69. The cards you've been dealt -- being a productive developer without Windows 8.1 RTM
  70. Now all Windows developers have been thrown under the bus
  71. Is Ballmer right? Is consumer and enterprise one industry, indivisible?
  72. Modern mobile man -- giving up a fat wallet for a slim wallet
  73. Ubuntu Edge -- failure was inevitable
  74. Bring on the gold iPhone!
  75. There's nothing wrong with Google blocking Microsoft's YouTube app
  76. The "Rule of Three" explains the smartphone market perfectly
  77. Developing for niche platforms is illogical (and dangerous)
  78. Microsoft, it's time to start talking about "Surface v2"
  79. Moto X's customizations are pure marketing genius
  80. Positioning Surface as "the productivity tablet" won't help
  81. Here's why PCs and post-PC devices are different things (and why they need to stay that way)
  82. Google Chromecast follows Apple TV in doing the living room right
  83. Did we all just witness Windows start to die?
  84. Surface RT sets the new gold standard in hubris
  85. Is the Surface RT cheap, or is the iPad mini expensive?
  86. Will removing the organizational silos fix Microsoft?
  87. What are app stores and content ecosystems actually for?
  88. Personal digital archiving -- we need to fix the scale problem
  89. Digital healthcare: The comfort factor of a paper trail
  90. Where are all the Android laptops?
  91. Apple does not care about your living room
  92. Microsoft -- damned if they do, damned if they don't...
  93. Microsoft's Twitter-based tech support puts Apple in the shade
  94. Does the NSA make the case for a "Beneficent Archivist"?
  95. Why is Microsoft obsessed with live tiles, and why doesn't Apple care?
  96. Backing up your Google cloud with Backupify
  97. Dare Apple move the cheese with iOS 7?
  98. Xbox One: Do we have a moral right to sell used games?
  99. Kids without their smartphones are zombies. And that's a good thing!
  100. Is Microsoft's post-PC story starting to look any better?
  101. The Quantified Self: Exploring your genome with 23andMe
  102. Thorsten Heins: the only exec in the mobile biz that gets post-PC
  103. Will enterprises buy into the new Windows vision?
  104. Firefox OS puts a good $50 smartphone within reach
  105. Why is Microsoft obsessed with putting Office on tablets?
  106. The Android HP Slate 7 might signal good news for Microsoft
  107. Just how do you write apps for Google Glass?
  108. What do people mean when they say 'the PC is dying'?
  109. OEMs have the power to make or break smaller Windows tablets
  110. The Chromebook isn't selling, so what?
  111. Tell me again why we need Office on the iPad?
  112. Is innovation possible if you can't move the cheese?
  113. How to buy and sell Bitcoins -- Part 2: Practical
  114. How to buy and sell Bitcoins -- Part 1: Theory
  115. Post-PC success comes from embracing humanity's darker side
  116. Windows 8 moved the cheese, Windows Blue doesn't put it back
  117. Microsoft needs a hundred "$1,000,000" apps, not a million "$100" apps
  118. Here's why HTML-based apps don't work
  119. Building tablet and smartphone apps for the enterprise
  120. One password cracked and your business is history
  121. Memes can explain why Instagram is worth a billion dollars
  122. The Mailbag: What you said about '90 percent of users hating Windows 8'
  123. Start8 and ModernMix -- Windows 8's last, best hope for normality on the desktop
  124. Will 90 percent of users always hate Windows 8?
  125. Google Glass is "Lifelogging v1"
  126. Death of a fanboi salesman
  127. Why can't I learn to love Windows Phone?
  128. Giving up the file system with Google Docs (or Office Web Apps)
  129. In defense of the Chromebook Pixel
  130. Find the McDonald's/Burger King hack funny? Just imagine full-blown corporate cyberwar
  131. If Apple made an iWatch, I'd buy one, you'd buy one... We'd all buy one...
  132. A cheap Android phone is now a good phone. Your move, Apple...
  133. Surface Pro and Surface RT should have been different colors
  134. Android developers are going to love BlackBerry 10
  135. Nokia's best bet for a tablet? It's Android
  136. BlackBerry's bloody nose
  137. Don't be confused by the 128GB iPad. It's not for you.
  138. Is Windows 8 a bad OS for tablets? It's time to decide...
  139. Has Apple redefined the tablet as an 8-inch device?
  140. The Chromebook -- it's like an iPad, but with a keyboard
  141. Here's why Surface Pro is less portable than an Ultrabook
  142. The CES cesspool is all our own fault
  143. Why are we so obsessed with driving up the cost of computing?
  144. Lenovo's IdeaPad Yoga 11 continues to prove that Windows RT is pointless
  145. What ubiquitous computing tells us about PCs, smartphones, and tablets
  146. Google Maps on iPhone shows iOS 6 Maps where to go
  147. Microsoft does little to protect revenues for Windows Store devs
  148. Like the Tin Man in the Wizard of Oz, Surface is lacking heart
  149. If BB10 upgrades are a nightmare, why not jump to iPhone now?
  150. Do hobbyists any longer have an effect on Windows Phone adoption?
  151. Fantasy CTO - how would you duplicate Barclays iPad platform?
  152. Here's how Jakob Nielsen's Windows 8 findings should inform developers
  153. Twitter's changing mindset -- we've only got ourselves to blame
  154. For Windows developers, Sinofsky's legacy is fragmentation and frustration
  155. Are the Windows 8 Mail and Calendar apps good enough for Windows RT
  156. Surface: Is it 'Microsoft's iPad', or something else?
  157. The enterprise sideloading story on Windows 8? It's complicated
  158. Surface preorder debacle: Sinofsky steps up
  159. Surface pre-order failures: Too many cooks
  160. In the UK? You're not getting your Surface tablet on the 26th
  161. Don't hate Windows 8!
  162. Buying tablets for business? The iPad or Windows RT dilemma
  163. Microsoft's challenge with its TV ads: Selling a complicated vision
  164. The Netflix app on Windows 8 is Breaking ??? and that's Bad!
  165. You'll need to deploy BES 10 for BlackBerry 10 to make any sense
  166. What exactly is a 'post-PC device' anyway?
  167. Why Microsoft developers need to unionize
  168. HP's ElitePad is missing an elite Windows 8 feature: Snapped view
  169. Microsoft TypeScript: Can the father of C# save us from the tyranny of JavaScript?
  170. Will anyone get fired for buying Surface tablets?
  171. Can't shop for Windows Store apps using Chrome... But is Google being evil?
  172. RIM asks developers to keep loving BlackBerry. Do I say 'I do'?
  173. Adobe's PhoneGap Build service: It's out of beta, but does it help?
  174. Giving a tablet a keyboard won't beat the iPad. Why don't OEMs see this?
  175. Dumping 'Metro' for 'just Windows' marks Microsoft's descent into Newspeak
  176. Google Nexus 7: a post-PC device for the rest of us. Well played, Google
  177. Windows 8 means the era of overlapping windows is on the way out
  178. Windows 8, Surface and the post-PC world: avoiding Cobol 2022
  179. Windows 8 needs its open source ecosystem – and fast
  180. If Microsoft's VS11 Express changes are a problem for you, you're doing it wrong
  181. Can RIM afford to make developers wait for BB10?
  182. Windows 8? Windows RT? Is this bifurcation Intel's fault?
  183. I survived a week on Windows8 on a tablet (instead of an iPad)
  184. Windows 8 for tablets: success lies in being human
  185. That Windows 8 experience? Confusing. Confusing as hell
  186. WinRT for coding for Windows 8? Is .NET really such rubbish?
  187. Windows 8 on ARM: the Schrödinger's cat of operating systems
  188. Why Microsoft needs to get Michael Bublé working on Windows 8
  189. Goodbye, Nokia Lumia 800: £400 and one month on, it didn't work out
  190. Windows Phone or Windows 8 on tablets? Only one will sell. Guess which
  191. Can an iPad, a keyboard and an RDP client work for Windows development?
  192. Why aren't smartphone app developers going where the sales are?
  193. Why the death of Flash on mobile is bad news for Windows Phone