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25 11, 2015

How to Plan Your IT Budget in 4 Steps

By |2017-04-07T09:16:57+00:00November 25th, 2015|Smarter Working, Solutions, Technology|0 Comments

In the world of business, money makes the world go round. I shouldn't have to tell you that, but it's important to note regardless as tech companies - when starting out - have been known to bite off more than they can chew. It's fairly easy to do, and unfortunately contributes to that grim statistic [...]

10 11, 2015

5 Simple Steps to Forming Your IT Strategy

By |2017-04-07T12:29:54+00:00November 10th, 2015|Design, Infrastructure, IT Consultancy, Smarter Working, Solutions|0 Comments

Lock your doors, draw the curtains and hunker down, soldier; it's time to define your IT strategy! Wait, what do you mean you haven't got one yet? Are you aware that an IT strategy is one of the cornerstones of a successful business? Regardless whether you answered yes or no to that question, you've found [...]

9 11, 2015

5 Factors that Could Affect Your IT Strategy

By |2017-04-07T09:52:03+00:00November 9th, 2015|IT Consultancy, Security, Smarter Working, Solutions, Technology|0 Comments

You've got the best IT strategy in the world, and that's a fact. It's genius, foolproof and will take my business into the 22nd century... At least, that's would you'd like to tell yourself. Maybe you already do, and that's wonderful. But let's dial it back a bit; no IT strategy is foolproof. There's always [...]

10 09, 2015

Is Hiring an IT Consultancy the Right Move for Your IT Division?

By |2017-04-07T09:28:10+00:00September 10th, 2015|IT Consultancy, IT Support, Managed Services, Solutions|0 Comments

An IT consultancy can be more helpful than you think. Are you a tech-savvy company whom requires all their staff to show some level of adeptness when it comes to IT? No? Perhaps you're a non-profit group who's more concerned with saving the lives of baby turtles than learning the ins and outs of a [...]

1 05, 2015

Using IT to Beat the Big Guys

By |2016-10-26T08:46:05+00:00May 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 [...]

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. [...]

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… […]

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 [...]

8 01, 2014

Designing and implementing IT solutions without a reseller

By |2016-10-26T08:46:19+00:00January 8th, 2014|Infrastructure, Solutions, Unleashed|Comments Off on Designing and implementing IT solutions without a reseller

Our Brains This IT malarkey is always a bit strange to me, I spent years resisting value added resellers attempting to what I thought was rip me off and sell me days of services, that a) I didn’t think I had any hope of getting financial approval for and b) [...]

31 12, 2013

Free WiFi on the Beach, Why Not Everywhere Else?

By |2016-10-26T08:46:19+00:00December 31st, 2013|Infrastructure, Solutions, Technology|Comments Off on Free WiFi on the Beach, Why Not Everywhere Else?

As sad as I am I was using free WiFi on a beach when on holiday recently. What makes things worse I decided to check who made the access points to add them to our portfolio of solutions. I am already a big fan of Meraki but it looks as if Ruckus will be joining our [...]

3 05, 2013

Top Ten Considerations when Moving to the Cloud

By |2016-10-26T08:46:23+00:00May 3rd, 2013|Infrastructure, Solutions|Comments Off on Top Ten Considerations when Moving to the Cloud

Over the last few weeks I’ve been on a rather grand tour of the UK, perhaps not that grand if you’d seen the hotels … there is a recession on you know. However, I’ve been out with a lot of IT managers, talking about their problems and helping them develop solutions to various issues and [...]

25 01, 2013

What a director should ask of their IT manager

By |2016-10-26T08:46:31+00:00January 25th, 2013|Solutions|Comments Off on What a director should ask of their IT manager

Today I wore a suit. That is probably a strange start to a blog, but as part of my Directorial duties it occasionally happens – I much prefer being at the coal face of a business, being more hands-on and practical but as I do have to order extra-long business cards for my qualifications and [...]

3 01, 2013

Still taking two boxes to the server room? You could virtualise and go!

By |2016-10-26T08:46:33+00:00January 3rd, 2013|Hyperconvergence, Infrastructure, Solutions, Technology, Virtualisation|Comments Off on Still taking two boxes to the server room? You could virtualise and go!

One of the problems that a lot of customers and talk to us about is that they know they need to virtualise, they have a load of old servers on their last legs but have put budgets forward for a server refresh going from physical servers with direct attached storage to virtual ones with a [...]