IT support company vs internal IT resource

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So your business is growing. Whatever sector you’re in, your IT is critical to your success. You need to keep your technology up-to-date and your data secure, and minimise any down-time. Have you reached the stage where you are thinking …

Small Business IT: What can go wrong

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I have talked a lot in my blog posts about needing to prepare for when things go wrong. But it’s quite difficult to do this if you don’t actually know what you’re planning for So, for the benefit of forward-thinking …

Microsoft takes away XP comfort blanket, welcome to the future for business

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At the beginning of April 2014 Microsoft will cease to provide support for its popular but ageing operating system, Microsoft XP. In our experience, if you’re an XP user, you’ve probably got one of the following reactions. 1. Indifference. You like …

Key things to think about in small business IT

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Whether you are starting up a new business from scratch or expanding operations from your spare room, IT has to be near the top of things you have to think about. The differences between domestic and business computing are vast …

IT – why you’ve gotta have a plan

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You may not find it very interesting and you probably don’t even spare it a thought much of the time – but I’m pretty sure that, if you’ve got a small business, IT is right at the heart of it. …

Microsoft Small Business Server is dead. Long live … er … what?

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They kept it very quiet (even I didn’t know until I searched for current prices) but Microsoft has confirmed that it is “killing off” its popular Small Business Server (SBS) line. This means that from now on, small businesses wishing …

Do I need an IT disaster-recovery plan?

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The recent dramatic flooding and storms, which have cut off large parts of the country and caused many people to evacuate their homes and businesses, may have prompted you to ask yourself what you would do in a similar situation. …

Should a small business move its computing to the cloud?

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But before you grab your gear and head for the nearest nimbus, I’ve afraid it’s not quite as simple as that. You need to decide if you want to be part of a public cloud or have your own, private …

Attitudes to IT among UK small business owners

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First Line IT survey finds small businesses believe IT is important ‒ but not important enough for a proper budget. From more-or-less a standing start in the 1980s, the progress of information technology in business over the past 30 years …

Helpdesk closing early on Wednesday 4th December

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Our helpdesk will be closing at 5pm on Wednesday 4th instead of the usual time of 6pm. I hope you will understand as we will be holding a short staff meeting before we go out for our Christmas dinner later. Please …