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24 02, 2019

Digital Transformation – to ditch pagers in healthcare, what about nuclear?

By |2019-02-24T11:02:45+00:00February 24th, 2019|Digital Transformation|0 Comments

When you work in technology, you can often get frustrated about the slow adoption of new digital tools to do things in a better, more efficient way.  Certainly, having worked in and around the nuclear and construction industries for 20 years – sometimes I feel that the adoption of new technology can be at glacial [...]

7 09, 2018

Why did the British Airways Data Theft Happen?

By |2019-03-02T17:58:51+00:00September 7th, 2018|Cyber Security|0 Comments

British Airways, or as us self-respecting Northerners call it - "Heathrow Airways" has suffered a large data theft.  This has come in a string of IT Debacles that have occurred over the last 18 months. In July, there were IT issues causing some flights in and out of Heathrow to be cancelled.   The month before, [...]

10 04, 2017

Examples of Cyber Attacks

By |2017-04-18T15:07:55+00:00April 10th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

We all know that cyber attacks are on the increase, but not many of us actually know what it is, or how it effects us. So, I would like to share two examples with you. Cyber Attacks Example  1 - Know who you are dealing with. A large UK multinational centralised their finance function. As part [...]

15 03, 2016

IT for Joint Ventures

By |2016-10-26T08:45:40+00:00March 15th, 2016|Managed Services, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The construction industry isn't exactly well-known for innovation and technology, certainly the formative years of my career were spent fighting getting technology into my employers. These days' things have changed and even the most modest of site cabins have server rooms, IP telephony and fully-fledged networks which has been fuelled in part by the rise [...]

27 10, 2015

Good business technology is always reassuringly expensive

By |2016-10-26T08:45:49+00:00October 27th, 2015|Infrastructure, IT Consultancy, Technology|0 Comments

There's a reason we love certain technology products, the sleek designs of Apple; the latest Microsoft in-house products such as the Surface Pro 4 and the Surface Book. The consumerisation of IT Well-thought-out design can command a premium and drive people to stand in queues overnight at Apple's flagship stores. In the IT world we [...]

11 08, 2015

What does Cisco Meraki not have in common with a M&S Self-Checkout

By |2017-07-17T08:23:40+00:00August 11th, 2015|Infrastructure|0 Comments

A Non-Apology Dear Marks and Spencer Manchester. It was me, and I'm far from sorry. I took my basket of Dine in for 10 goodies, selected from your specific chilled shelves to your self-check-out. Your staff manning the area ignored me, watched me struggle with my laptop bag, basket and shopping bags and drop my [...]

16 07, 2015

Do you feel like a headless chicken?

By |2015-11-18T16:05:17+00:00July 16th, 2015|IT Consultancy|0 Comments

I have had a few discussions with IT Managers lately and one thing is coming across loud and clear, they are all very busy. Who would want to be an IT Manager in the current climate, they are under resourced, over worked and have to work miracles with little or no budget. Eventually something will [...]

22 06, 2015

The Northern Outhouse Powerhouse

By |2016-10-26T08:46:01+00:00June 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 but are sadly lacking in anything with substance. Currently, the Northern [...]

23 03, 2015

Exchange and .local and internal SSL Certificates

By |2016-10-26T08:46:10+00:00March 23rd, 2015|Exchange|0 Comments

Recently I’ve been doing a lot of work for clients moving them from older version of Microsoft Exchange – even as far back as Exchange 2003 to Exchange 2013 or to Microsoft Office 365. I frequently recount to my customers that when I started doing IT work, I used to put Exchange email systems in [...]

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 [...]

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… […]

18 10, 2013

The ‘dark internet’ and why MPs are n00bs

By |2016-10-26T08:46:20+00:00October 18th, 2013|Technology|Comments Off on The ‘dark internet’ and why MPs are n00bs

I’m finding it increasingly more painful to watch politicians talking about areas of technology that they are poorly advised upon and have absolutely no clue. The dark internet has been one that’s popped up in recent weeks with regards to child abuse and pornography and as a justification of David Cameron placing more pressure on [...]

15 10, 2013

The wrong type of cloud

By |2016-10-26T08:46:20+00:00October 15th, 2013|Infrastructure|Comments Off on The wrong type of cloud

Despite the government’s attempts to enthuse the economy by selling off the Royal Mail and even the Blood Plasma Service and transplanting some B+ everywhere, B- still seems to be the case with capital purchases for many well established companies. Well, I suppose if B cautious was a blood type then that would be more [...]

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 [...]

16 04, 2013

Candour in business, rather than purple monkey dishwashers

By |2016-10-26T08:46:24+00:00April 16th, 2013|Unleashed|Comments Off on Candour in business, rather than purple monkey dishwashers

It’s been a strange few weeks, I don’t think I’d ever have thought people would have actually thrown parties for Margret Thatcher’s passing (I know plenty who threatened), nor would she have a funeral as expensive and as grandiose as Churchill’s. As an icon of the 80’s and according to [...]