To say these are uncertain times would be a colossal understatement. With nations in lockdown and ten percent wiped off the ASX in a day, now is the time for steady, experienced leadership. Unsurprisingly, organisations are seeking savings and efficiencies, and those unhappy with IT investment must urgently rectify the situation. At times like this, businesses are more dependent than ever on technology to allow them to navigate through volatile waters. But what if technology isn’t well aligned with the organisation’s strategic goals?
With recent health concerns around the world, enquiries about remote working arrangements have increased dramatically. Many businesses have already begun assessing business continuity and workplace policies to ensure they are prepared should they be affected by COVID-19..
It is one of the biggest annual industry events, and last month the International Convention Centre in Sydney hosted the Australian arm of the 2020 Microsoft conference ‘Microsoft Ignite The Tour’. The event explored the very latest in cloud technologies and developer tools, with an array of guest speakers and industry experts.
In its early days, cloud was oversold in some quarters as the solution to all business IT problems, so it is little wonder the more experienced IT professionals were sceptical. Now the initial burst of hype over cloud has abated, and better-designed service offerings are available, cloud offers many advantages – and an equal number of pitfalls. So, how does your business get better results from cloud technologies?
When you start any journey, you need a plan of how you will reach your destination, and navigating to business growth is no different. From sales to production, from reception to senior management, morale and productivity are raised when everyone knows what they are doing, and how they play a part in overall business achievement. So, how do you make a great business plan?
January 14 2020 marked the end of support for Windows 7. This means Microsoft will no longer provides security updates, fixes, or technical assistance, leaving your PC at greater risk from viruses and ransomware. If you haven’t already started moving your business systems to Windows 10, you need to make the move – sooner rather than later.
A glance at recruitment headlines could give the impression that IT is just about knowing your way around DevOps, AWS or Java, a purely technical role in the organisation. Sometimes, it is important to remind ourselves that IT isn’t just about technology. The skills and characteristics of today’s IT professional must extend far beyond the latest certifications.
We talk often about the importance of backing up data, and it is gratifying to see that the message is getting through. More often than not, organisations we encounter have a growing awareness of the value of data. Business leaders are more aware of the risk involved in losing access to data, even for a short while. With seemingly perfect timing, a wealth of cloud services emerged to make life easier. After all, when you’re using an app and click save, someone, somewhere, is protecting that data, right?
We can all be at risk from our own hectic agendas. In spite of all the devices and apps at our disposal, we strain to fit everything in – and in the midst of it all, sometimes important actions are missed. Sometimes, we take a calculated risk, where we weigh the importance of seeing a child’s football game against a ‘soft’ work deadline. Other times, when we are pulled into the vortex of overload, the process is less managed, and risk increases without us noticing. That is where some simple efficiency measures can make your business safer.
No matter what type of business you are in, the right internet connection is one of the most important decisions you will make. With the rollout of the NBN due for completion by 2020, businesses will soon need to decide whether they will make the switch or consider other alternatives.