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13 01, 2016

What does Brexit mean for UK Data Protection?

By | 2016-10-26T08:45:42+00:00 January 13th, 2016|Security|0 Comments

Brexit.  Leaving the EU and it’s laws.  As a long time geek I’ve had the principles of the UK Data Protection Act drummed into me since I studied GCSE IT. It is the foundation of how we lay out the responsibility and liability for the care of the personal data we share with companies and [...]

7 12, 2015

What Makes an IT Strategy Template Effective?

By | 2016-10-26T08:45:43+00:00 December 7th, 2015|Managed Services, Smarter Working|0 Comments

Whether you're a technical luddite or a computer whiz, your business needs an IT strategy. It's just common business sense to outline your plans when it comes to IT in advance, so you're not running around like a headless chicken when it eventually comes to putting elements of your strategy into action. So what can [...]

5 09, 2015

Do consultants borrow your watch to tell you the time?

By | 2016-10-26T08:45:58+00:00 September 5th, 2015|IT Consultancy|0 Comments

Age, experience, hindsight – they are all a funny thing. Back in my youth, I’d have laughed quite hard at businesses that would bring in consultants to tell them facts they already know or even facts that should be blatantly obvious. As I’ve become older, more experienced, perhaps a bit jaded to the insanity I [...]

22 07, 2015

Directors, you’re crushing your IT Managers

By | 2016-10-26T08:46:00+00:00 July 22nd, 2015|IT Consultancy|0 Comments

” I have crushing responsibility but inadequate resources and no authority to implement change.” – Trevor Pott I’ve been dwelling on quite a number of things I’ve read of late.  As many of you may have read, I’m like the Stig of the IT Management world, the tame IT Manager.  It may be that MBA [...]

7 07, 2015

When did IT become all about Technology and nothing about Information?

By | 2016-10-26T08:46:00+00:00 July 7th, 2015|IT Consultancy|0 Comments

People have probably heard this a lot from me in recent weeks. It’s a rant that’s really grinding my gears for a while and really my biggest bugbear of what IT has become. When I try and articulate what we do, my thoughts always go back to the good old days of IT.  Where the [...]

22 06, 2015

The Northern Outhouse Powerhouse

By | 2016-10-26T08:46:01+00:00 June 22nd, 2015|Civil Infrastructure|0 Comments

I’ve been blogging a bit lately on UK technology policy and strategy lately, we’ve looked at the actual technology that the Northern Powerhouse requires and skills. I’ve tried to give some examples of where we’re really struggling and need that strategic help from uk.gov but are sadly lacking in anything with substance. Currently, the Northern [...]

10 06, 2015

IT Consultant – fact or myth?

By | 2016-10-26T08:46:02+00:00 June 10th, 2015|IT Consultancy|0 Comments

IT Consultant, what a great title and vastly over used when it comes to the world of IT. Most IT Consultants are simply salesmen, here today and gone in 6 months if they haven’t hit their sales targets. The definition of an IT Consultant says – Is a person that focuses on advising businesses on [...]

1 05, 2015

Using IT to Beat the Big Guys

By | 2016-10-26T08:46:05+00:00 May 1st, 2015|Solutions, Unleashed|0 Comments

It’s a little known fact that I have bragging rights that I conducted some of the UK’s first research into Shared Services. Now if you’re a small or medium business, then that’ll mean nothing to you and also negate any bragging rights I have about it. Indeed, but what I learnt during my time on [...]

27 03, 2015

Help: is a four letter word

By | 2016-10-26T08:46:09+00:00 March 27th, 2015|Channel, Grinds my Gears|0 Comments

Those of you that follow my blog have probably realised that I have a lot of peeves, in fact I wouldn’t have a Peter Griffin like blog category called, ‘Grinds my Gears’ if I didn’t. Blogging isn’t necessarily a tool solely to name and shame those who have wronged you either (unless it’s Microsoft). I [...]

15 02, 2015

Brains! The zombie apocalypse happened, but nobody noticed.

By | 2016-10-26T08:46:10+00:00 February 15th, 2015|Business Process, Channel|0 Comments

The last number of years of recession merde have yielded us some strange phenomena… companies and their employees seem to have become stupider (maybe the ones I deal with) and the average amount of people with a “can’t do” attitude to customer service has gone through the roof. It is my sincere belief that the [...]

5 02, 2015

Smart Creatives – the death of business process but saviours of customer experience

By | 2016-10-26T08:46:11+00:00 February 5th, 2015|Grinds my Gears|0 Comments

Happy New Year, yes it is February… believe it or not I’ve written or semi-written several New Year blog articles, but here at Unleashed we’ve had a crazy beginning to 2015 and for me personally. Finding something to write about and be relatively quick and fluid, isn’t something that often comes naturally (quite usually when [...]

1 12, 2014

Ten Reasons Why You Need a Remote Working Strategy

By | 2016-10-26T08:46:12+00:00 December 1st, 2014|Collaboration, Smarter Working, Unified Communications|0 Comments

Remote workers So you’ve decided as a business that you’re going to set a policy that allows your workforce to be flexible where and when they work. The policies are written, you’ve communicated to the workforce all the different aspects of the policy. You’ve been clear that remote working is [...]

26 10, 2014

So you think your IT department is rubbish? – IT’s everyone’s responsibility

By | 2016-10-26T08:46:14+00:00 October 26th, 2014|Solutions, Unleashed|Comments Off on So you think your IT department is rubbish? – IT’s everyone’s responsibility

Last week I blogged about the relationship between IT and the rest of the company getting to the point where in many organisations the IT function refers to the rest of the company as “the business”. Whilst there are myriad reasons for this – I personally blame ‘best practice’, ITIL and outsourcing as key drivers. [...]

19 10, 2014

IT and ‘The Business’ – I thought we were on the same side

By | 2016-10-26T08:46:14+00:00 October 19th, 2014|Grinds my Gears, Technology|Comments Off on IT and ‘The Business’ – I thought we were on the same side

Do you remember the good old days of the Information Technology? Nope, me neither, what it must have been to work in an era when computers were the size of rooms and you had to have a certain type of shirt to work with them and a pocket protector for your pens. In the early [...]