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24 04, 2018

Blaming IT Grinds My Gears

By |2018-04-24T21:37:26+00:00April 24th, 2018|Grinds my Gears|0 Comments

It's been a while since I've made a Peter Griffin-like post in the fashion of his "You know what really grinds my gears..." gag. However today, after watching Paul Pester (great name) on ITV News today, it's highlighted an example of what I see all too often in the world of company-IT. TSB boss insists [...]

13 05, 2017

What IT Managers should be doing about the NHS Cyber Attack

By |2017-05-13T10:22:52+00:00May 13th, 2017|Security|0 Comments

NHS Cyber Attack Yesterday, the 12th of May 2017, there was what the media are calling a 'massive cyber attack' against the NHS.  I'm in agreement with a former leading figure at GCHQ, Brian Lord, who was interviewed on BBC Breakfast News this morning.  He stated that calling this a 'cyber attack' is somewhat misleading and [...]

12 05, 2017

What the heck is GDPR and why should an IT Manager care?

By |2017-05-12T15:59:08+00:00May 12th, 2017|Security|0 Comments

Here’s the scene Everyone and their dog in IT reseller land is sending you out hundreds of emails a week about GDPR. You’ve got users with problems breathing down your neck who won’t leave your desk until you’ve reset their password, which if they’d only just remember them you’d get some work done. You’ve also [...]

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 [...]

22 07, 2015

Directors, you’re crushing your IT Managers

By |2017-07-17T08:23:36+00:00July 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 [...]

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 [...]

16 06, 2015

Why Information Technology is like the Force

By |2016-10-26T08:46:01+00:00June 16th, 2015|IT Consultancy|0 Comments

“Well, the Force is what gives a Jedi his power. It’s an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us and penetrates us; it binds the galaxy together.” – Obi-Wan Kenobi It’s been bugging me this question for a number of years, and I’ve thought about the parallels between the IT department and [...]

25 03, 2015

Coalition of Good (IT) People

By |2015-03-23T20:38:27+00:00March 25th, 2015|Managed Services|0 Comments

Language is a funny thing, it’s funny how a catchphrase or label can turn words from having positive to negative connotations. Coalitions in the second world war were the norm for governments, quite positive, after all we triumphed. The current UK coalition, well the jury is out. George Bush once use the phrase “coalition of [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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… […]

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) [...]