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Still using Exchange 2010? It's time for action

Two out of our top 10 customers are currently using on premise Exchange server 2010 for their email. One has about 50 employees whilst the other 100. Exchange 2010 is hitting end of life in January 2020. Microsoft will stop supporting it making it unsafe to use after that date.

There are two realistic migration options for Exchange server 2010: either replace the server or move your email to the cloud. For businesses of this size, it doesn’t make sense to have an on-premise email server. Working with our customer we devised a plan and have started a migration to Office 365.

Office 365 isn’t just cloud email it can also help make a business's entire IT better. It allows your employees to work anywhere and collaborate easily whilst providing you with the latest software and security. The subscription based model means it can easily scale with your business.

If you would like to talk about how we can help your business migrate from Exchange server 2010 - please get in touch.

How do you demonstrate to your clients you have adequate cyber protection?

Most people understand how to physically secure their organisation, locks on the doors and windows, burglar alarm, security camera's etc. But most people don't understand cyber security, how do you make sure the protections you have in place are sufficient? How do you demonstrate that to your clients?

Cyber Essentials is a simple but effective, government-backed certification scheme that will reassure you and your customers that you are following best practices and have adequate protections in place. It only costs £300 and also includes cyber insurance.

We’ve done it ourselves, click here for proof. We've also helped several of our customers get up to standard and pass the certification.

if you would like to talk about how we can help your business pass the Cyber Essentials certification please get in touch.

Are you upgrading from Windows 7 to 10?

As I’ve mentioned in a previous blog, Windows 7 will stop being supported in January 2020.

We have already helped many businesses upgrade from Windows 7. We help guide them to the best solution for their budget, replace outright, upgrade or a mixture. We then plan and handle all the headaches.

We normally create a custom Windows 10 image, with all their LOB (line of business) applications pre-installed which is then very quick to deploy to multiple PCs at once. We can even empower them to deploy it themselves in the future.

If you would like to talk about how we can help your business upgrade to window 10 please get in touch.

 

Business rename IT challenges

When a business is planning on changing name or re-branding they often underestimate the number of changes IT needs to make.

Of course, the website will need updating, possibly a new domain name needed too. But then the email system will need re-configuring... What about the email signatures? Does the WiFi need to be re-named? PC logins? Does anything automatically generate documents with the business name? Such as word templates, or invoicing software? With a larger business, this can be just the tip of the iceberg.

We have helped numerous businesses through the IT challenges of a rename.

if you would like to talk about how we can help your business face the IT challenges of a business rename please get in touch.

 
 

Hosted vs traditional

Here is a brief overview of when hosted desktops or a traditional IT setup of a server + PCs is the best solution

Hosted is good for businesses that have a distributed workforce, that need to scale up or down and need to access their data and programs from anywhere. 
But it can also be expensive over a 5 year period and reliant on your internet speed

However, a tradition set up is good when a business has everyone in a central location or they need control over their data. But it can be very expensive initially and not very flexible

For some businesses, one or the other is a no brainer, but for most, there are conflicting factors.

If you would like to talk to us about what would be best for your business please get in touch.

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