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About Chris Rogan

Chris is our lead Consultant in all things Cyber Security, Digital Transformation and Systems Architecture. He is a trusted advisor to many high growth businesses. Chris holds the CISSP certification in cyber/information security, an Executive MBA from Manchester Business School, MSc in Technology and Innovation Policy and a BSc in Computer Science. He produced some of the UK’s first research into Shared Services of large business and has an keen interest in bringing big business technology into the reach of mid-market companies. He has worked in various technical and business management roles, as a company director and non-executive director. He has a dislike for bureaucracy and inefficient processes (and people!). Much of the technology he implements is designed to improve processes, responsiveness to customers and management information. The views and comments in this blog however are his own and do not necessarily reflect those of Unleashed IT, its suppliers, customers or affiliates. He wishes to remind people he's from Cumbria and has the sense of humour to go with it. Sorry.
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1 12, 2014

Ten Reasons Why You Need a Remote Working Strategy

By |2016-10-26T08:46:12+00:00December 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 [...]

19 11, 2014

A Gateway to Smarter Working – The New Cisco BE6000S

By |2016-10-26T08:46:12+00:00November 19th, 2014|Smarter Working, Unified Communications|0 Comments

As an avid Cisco follower and yet another company I have a love-hate relationship with, I am rather excited about their latest SMB product.  In Cisco terms this would be called a ‘mid-market’ product. Finally after the mass cull of SMB products they’ve had – most of which were getting to a good level of [...]

3 11, 2014

Unleashed IT is now known as Unleashed

By |2016-10-26T08:46:13+00:00November 3rd, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

You may think that it is only two letters, but changing from being Unleashed IT to Unleashed has been a big move for us. I used to think having the description of what your company does in its name is great – Joe Blogs Plumbing or A.N.Other Construction – you’ll never question what they do. [...]

26 10, 2014

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

By |2016-10-26T08:46:14+00:00October 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+00:00October 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 [...]

21 05, 2014

Swimming in the Channel: Customers Matter

By |2017-04-07T10:27:12+00:00May 21st, 2014|Channel, Grinds my Gears, Unleashed|Comments Off on Swimming in the Channel: Customers Matter

I’ve had a few struggles with Dell lately, they’ve shifted my account to the same call centre that calls me up at night asking if I want insurance (okay, not quite, but nearly!). I closed my account and then received a phone call from our former account manager attempting to get me to talk to [...]

15 05, 2014

Swimming in the Channel: The Disconnected world of IT

By |2016-10-26T08:46:14+00:00May 15th, 2014|Channel, Grinds my Gears, Solutions|Comments Off on Swimming in the Channel: The Disconnected world of IT

Technology can be (on some days) be the greatest profession to be in, the thrill of solving problems, making processes more efficient, speeding things up and generally making the world an easier and better place is what gives most us (decent) IT people a buzz… […]

12 05, 2014

Swimming the Technology Channel Continued: Integrity

By |2016-10-26T08:46:15+00:00May 12th, 2014|Channel, Grinds my Gears|Comments Off on Swimming the Technology Channel Continued: Integrity

It’s funny, on many occasions I struggle to come up with blog topics then a series of events – or a debacle, usually (in my case) with a large company will lead to the inspiration. My saga with Dell continues – and unfortunately it doesn’t get any better for them either… […]

11 05, 2014

IT’s sink or swim when you’re in the Technology Channel

By |2016-10-26T08:46:16+00:00May 11th, 2014|Channel, Grinds my Gears|Comments Off on IT’s sink or swim when you’re in the Technology Channel

IT Managers must think life in the “channel” is easy, we rock up, shout a vendors name over-and-over again and get our deal registration to block out our competitors and bobs you’re uncle, you’ve got an order based on the fact you were first past the post and all you did was repeat a manufacturers [...]

2 05, 2014

To hell with Dell?

By |2016-10-26T08:46:16+00:00May 2nd, 2014|Channel, Grinds my Gears|Comments Off on To hell with Dell?

Okay, there will be NO blog this week. I’m far too angry. I’m far too angry to tell you that on the back of an excellent result in our last financial year, phenomenal growth and a general good vibe returning to the economy and even though we’ve grown our business with Dell, we’re being sent [...]

19 04, 2014

Exchange 2003: The zombie mail server in waiting!

By |2016-10-26T08:46:16+00:00April 19th, 2014|Business Continuity, Infrastructure, Unleashed|Comments Off on Exchange 2003: The zombie mail server in waiting!

In my last blog I discussed the information security concerns about Microsoft’s end-of-life notice for Windows XP. Let’s not forget however, a key part of many people’s infrastructure is the Exchange 2003 mail server. Unleashed have been working on a number of upgrades for many companies that has really brought this to the top of [...]

25 03, 2014

If you value your information security, then it’s time to buy new PC’s

By |2016-10-26T08:46:16+00:00March 25th, 2014|Business Continuity, Infrastructure, Security, Unleashed|Comments Off on If you value your information security, then it’s time to buy new PC’s

At As I sit in the bar on a fine evening après-ski writing this article, I’m pretty much trying to convey the same attitude to a little unknown problem outside the world of IT as other business owners and managers are. I mean, I can literally close my eyes and absolutely not care what Microsoft’s [...]

24 03, 2014

What Makes an IT Manager?

By |2016-10-26T08:46:16+00:00March 24th, 2014|Solutions, Unleashed|Comments Off on What Makes an IT Manager?

I frequently tell people the answer to this question is a little bit geek, a little bit facilities manager, a little bit office manager, a little bit quality manager, a fair bit project manager and a lot perfectionist (when budgets permit). The best IT Managers are also highly adept business consultants, who know more about [...]

10 03, 2014

An IT Manager’s Guide to BT Bashing

By |2016-10-26T08:46:18+00:00March 10th, 2014|Grinds my Gears, Infrastructure, Unified Communications, Unleashed|Comments Off on An IT Manager’s Guide to BT Bashing

This week I finally did it. After years of looking at the green cabinet outside my home, I finally got Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC) installed. I also finally, have gone with Zen Internet, after many years of recommending them to just about everybody – I finally switched from Eclipse who in my humble opinion [...]

1 03, 2014

Even IT’s smartest people can feel a little stupid

By |2016-10-26T08:46:18+00:00March 1st, 2014|Civil Infrastructure, Infrastructure, Unleashed|Comments Off on Even IT’s smartest people can feel a little stupid

It’s funny, no matter how educated you are, you can sometimes stumble onto something that you think was glaringly obvious and ask yourself some searching questions why you haven’t done it sooner. Over the past twelve months that’s happened to me… […]

26 02, 2014

Business Process Reengineering (BPR) – When CYA is the most important TLA

By |2016-10-26T08:46:18+00:00February 26th, 2014|Unleashed|Comments Off on Business Process Reengineering (BPR) – When CYA is the most important TLA

Some of you may or may not know that business process is probably one of my pet topics, despite my leanings to IT Infrastructure I've always seen IT as an enabler to effectively manage a business and allow managers a better view of what's going on around the company. If IT can't accomplish these goals [...]