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 …

CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS 2013

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All of us at First Line would like to wish you and your colleagues a very happy Christmas and a successful New Year. Our offices will be closed from 1pm on Tuesday 24th December until 8am on Thursday 2nd January. This means …

Eight things you can do to help your employees work from home

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From April 2014, any employee who has more than 26 weeks of continuous service with you will have the right to request flexible working, and you will be required to give the request serious consideration. The good news is that …

10 magic tips to keep your computer running smoothly

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We’re running a piece in this month’s In Business magazine from the Oxford Times. Called ’10 magic tips to keep your computer running smoothly’ it offers five things to do regularly to keep your computer happy, and five things to …

Finnish pitchside migration

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Pitch-side technicians at Finnish sports-advertising company Supponor are communicating better and more easily thanks to a new cloud-based server that they’ve migrated to with the help of First Line. Supponor specialises in running digital billboard replacement technology at live sporting …