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Is your business sociable

February 22nd, 2015

Social Networking for Business

Marketing your business nowadays is no longer just about the printed word.

 

If your business is still not using Social Media you may well have an untapped digital market of prospects which are probably looking for a business or services like yours.

 

If you are looking to integrate Social Media sites like Linkedin, Facebook or Twitter into your I.T Systems, why not give us a call for advice

 

There are numerous social networking sites and depending upon your particular business, you find some social networking sites more effective for your business. For example, if you sell a consumer product or service you may find Facebook the best site to target consumers directly, although if you have a business to business product or service you may find something like LinkedIn more effective.iStock_000018851091Small

 

Social Networking for Business

 

 

 

If you have queries or questions on how to integrate social networking into your business, we not give us a call for a free informal, confidential chat.

 

If you have concerns with your I.T Security or have any questions about your network give us a call. We are experts in just about anything I.T

 

Century IT Services are based in Totton, Southampton. Hampshire and can help you with the installation or on going I.T support of your computer, server and network. We offer a broad range of I.T services covering, internet, email, anti-Social Networking for Businessspam, anti-virus solutions, we are experts in virtually anything Microsoft Server based and have extensive troubleshooting skills.

 

If you have an ever growing list of I.T niggles or need a server, or network installed, you have come to the right place. You can contact us on Tel. 023 80 070101 or email us at sales@century-it.co.uk for a confidential, no obligation discussion of your requirements

What Makes Business More Pofitable

January 5th, 2015

iStock_000025972037SmallIf you are hoping for you business to be more profitable then I.T plays a big role in this.

 

You don’t need the largest or most expensive I.T systems to run your business, but you will need it to run reliably and efficiently.

 

Our expert advice service will ensure that any I.T investment will be properly matched and suited to your business.

 

Profitable Businesses are ones whose I.T run like clockwork

 

With years of technical know how working with businesses like yours, we know what types of solutions and technologies suit certain types of businesses.

Technology in the hands

 

Carefully planned I.T budgets ensure that any I.T investment makes the biggest improvements in productivity, efficiency and help reduce business running costs.

 

Why not have a confidential, no obligation discussion about your I.T wants and needs?

 

 

Century IT Services are based in Totton, Southampton. Hampshire and can help you with the installation or on going I.T support of your computer, server and network. We offer a broad range of I.T services covering, internet, email, anti-spam, anti-virus solutions, we are experts in virtually anything Microsoft Server based and have extensive troubleshooting skills.

 

If you have an ever growing list of I.T niggles or need a server, or network installed, you have come to the right place. You can contact us on Tel. 023 80 070101 or email us at sales@century-it.co.uk for a confidential, no obligation discussion of your requirements

Microsoft Small Business Server 2011

September 24th, 2014

Microsoft Small Business Server 2011

 

 

Microsoft Small Business Server 2011 End of Life

 

As you may be aware that Microsoft Small Business Server 2011 is being phased out by Microsoft and the dealer channel supplies of this product are drying up.

 

According to Microsoft the Official Statement for Microsoft Small Business Server 2011 is:-
“The support date for this product package is determined by its individual component product’s respective support lifecycles. Please review the individual component product’s support lifecycle to determine its length of support.”

 

Looking at the major components of Microsoft Small Business Server 2011 we could draw some conclusions that this Network Operating System Main Stream Support will end in January 2015 and the extended support will cease in January 2020.

 

Microsoft End of Life Table

 

 

 

 

 

Our Informed Opinion

So why are supplies of Microsoft Small Business Server 2011 drying up?

 

There doesn’t seem to be a published official line to this at present

 

Well in our opinion Microsoft has made major investments in its Office 365 technology and in our opinion they would much prefer you move onto a pricing model where they can charge you monthly, month after month and year after year. And also let’s not forget they have this Office 365 system which needs to pay for itself.

 

 

 

So is Office 365 Better

Well this is not straight forward to answer as you are comparing Microsoft Small Business Server 2011 to Office 365 which are not the same nor can you draw direct comparisons.

 

With any traditional Microsoft Server you generally have a server of some description within your building and all of your company data is stored on this server or servers. Thus the security and maintenance of this server/s is pretty much straightforward.

 

With Office 365 you in effect move all your data which you would have otherwise stored on your server, in your building into ‘Microsoft’s Cloud’ and trust the electronic and physical security to Microsoft and its Suppliers and Sub Contractors.

 

 

Should I be Worried about Storing our Data in the Cloud

There are a wide range of risks in storing any data in the ‘Cloud’ for any company and you should give careful consideration before doing this.

 

 

If you have a traditional type of Microsoft Server in the very least for most businesses, your employees can only access the company’s I.T systems and data when they are at work and in the building.

 

 

For most business we look after there would be grave concerns by Business Owners, Managing Directors etc if all of their employees had access to private company data whilst they were not at work, at home or in a foreign country.

 

Let’s now consider a scenario where all your company data is in the ‘Cloud’ and can be accessed by all employees, at anytime from anywhere. Would your business have any concerns?

 

It is true that this type of ‘Cloud’ I.T system may suit certain types of businesses but there are still the risks and more importantly the unknowns involved in using this type of system.

 

Square Peg in a Round Hole

  • How is my Data Stored?
  • Where is my Data Stored?
  • Is my Data Stored within the U.K?
  • Are there copies of my data in foreign countries or data centres?
  • Is my Data secured properly and encrypted?
  • Who has the decryption keys? Specifically
  • Is my Data available to employees of the Cloud Service Provider?
  • Is my Data available to subcontractors or suppliers of the Cloud Service Provider?
  • Will my software work in the Cloud?
  • How can I restore data from backup? Is there a backup?
  • Can my broadband connection take the extra load and extra internet traffic?
  • Does my broadband have a usage allowance?
  • What about if my Data is commercially sensitive?

 

I think we all know that in the I.T Industry there is no such thing as 100% secure, there are always new technologies and methods and hackers trying to exploit or extort money.

 

I think if you have a have a salesman that is insistent that his Cloud Service is 100% secure, the litmus test is to ask him to save all of his Online Banking usernames and passwords on his Cloud System and then wait to see what happens!!

 

Are you an Accountant, Solicitor or Financial Advisor?

If you are an Accountant, Solicitor or Financial Advisor and /or governed by the Financial Conduct Authority the rules state that you must observe and comply with Strict Data Collection, Data Protection, Data Storage and Data Retention Policies.

 

“Personal data shall not be transferred to a country or territory outside the European Economic Area unless that country or territory ensures an adequate level of protection for the rights and freedoms of data subjects in relation to the processing of personal data”

 

“Personal data processed for any purpose or purposes shall not be kept for longer than is necessary for that purpose or those purposes”

 

These statements mean that you are responsible for the storage of data and must ensure that data is held securely and use that data in a proper manner that complies with English Law.

 

I doubt very much with any Cloud service you could specifically guarantee where you data is being held at all times an also guarantee that copies of data a 100% definitely stored within the U.K

 

 

So is Office 365 Cheaper

There is a general misconception that Cloud Services are free or low cost.

 

People seem to be attracted by the pricing model of 1 User per Month Cost.

 

Let’s look at the Office 365 pricing:-

 

15 Users

For this example let’s assume you are a small business of 15 users

Microsoft Office 365 Small Business Premium is £9.70 per user per month

15 Users @ £9.70 per Month = £145.50 per month

£145.50 per month x 12 Months = £1,746 per year

 

Let’s assume you plan to keep you I.T investment for 5 years and the number of users doesn’t increase.

£1,746 x 5 Years = £8,730

 

25 Users

For this example let’s assume you are a small business of 25 users

Microsoft Office 365 Small Business Premium is £9.70 per user per month

25 Users @ £9.70 per Month = £242.50 per month

£242.50 per month x 12 Months = £2,910 per year

 

Let’s assume you plan to keep you I.T investment for 5 years and the number of users doesn’t increase.

£2,910 x 5 Years = £14,550

 

Ok see we can see that Office 365 is not a ‘cheap’ solution. So who benefits from an Office 365 Solution?

Well as we have said, a hosted or Cloud based I.T System may suit certain types of businesses but in our opinion it’s not a solution that suits all businesses. Its main attractions seems to be the low monthly per user cost but as we can see in our costings that will soon mount up could easily turn into an expensive solution.

 

So What About the Future

As with most things, especially technology, things tend to move in cycles for example in the early days of computing there was the Centralised Computing Model and then the move to the Distributed Computing Model that we know today, and now what seems the cusp of a move back to the Centralised Computing Model.

 

The hard facts are there are many small and medium sized businesses in the U.K and the majority need some sort of business server or storage and probably won’t be, be able to, store or run their businesses completely from the ‘Cloud’

 

The reality is that broadband speed and capacity in the U.K are not the same speed, capacity or specifications of a Local Area Network and until this milestone is passed in broadband technology then Cloud Storage will always be in our opinion not as good or reliable as more traditional types of file server technology.

 

Cloud Storage and Services is still in its infancy in technological terms and so is the levels and layers of security needed to properly secure a Cloud Based I.T System or business.

 

At this present time, Microsoft still offers a wide variety of server products but as with any market place there seems to have made a ‘gap in the market’ to replace the Microsoft Small Business Server product. We suspect that if Microsoft doesn’t ‘plug’ this gap then we could see a new emerging product from another existing company or start-up.

 

What Alternatives are there to Small Business Server 2011 or Office 365

For many businesses that don’t want to be pushed into the Office 365 Cloud there is a wide range of solutions that will meet their business needs.

 

The main attraction for Microsoft Small Business Server was its competitive cost and ‘everything you need bundle’ for small businesses or I.T Networks on one DVD.

 

The Microsoft Servers, Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft SharePoint and Microsoft SQL Server Products are still being marketed, developed and sold by Microsoft although not as a bundled Small Business Server DVD Product, therefore not necessarily as competitive on price as the SBS product.

 

If you are looking to replace or upgrade your I.T Systems for your business and want an informed and experienced I.T company that specialises in the requirements of small and medium sized business give us a call.

 

We can offer you a confidential, no obligation discussion on your I.T requirements.

We are an I.T Specialist and cover business in Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire and Sussex. Specifically in Southampton, Winchester, Salisbury, Portsmouth, Bournemouth, Poole, Blandford, Basingstoke

 

Resources:-

http://support.microsoft.com/lifecycle/search/?alpha=Windows

http://support.microsoft.com/lifecycle/search/?alpha=Exchange+Server

http://office.microsoft.com/en-gb/compare-office-365-for-business-plans-FX102918419.aspx

http://www.microsoft.com/OEM/en-gb/products/servers/Pages/sbs_overview.aspx#fbid=QUjK4-U9rjY

http://ico.org.uk/for_organisations/data_protection/the_guide/the_principles

 

 

Social Networking for Business Guide

November 23rd, 2012

 

Since about mid-2007 social networking has seen a massive boom in popularity, leading us to a point now where if you were to approach anyone around you and ask if they have LinkedIn, Facebook or Twitter account, you’ll most likely get resounding “Yes!”

Social Networking for Business

Sites like LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter have an ever accelerating membership rate and have proved to be both useful and troublesome websites. But what benefit if any can these social networking sites do for business?

 

What benefit if any can social networking sites do for business?

 

For some businesses social networking can provide a enormous advertising mechanism, many posters and billboards and even television adverts are making a point to mention their Facebook page. These types of businesses tend to be ‘business to consumer’ and you generally see targeted adverts for a wide range of goods and services from opticians, loans, mobile phones, home insulation etc.

 

What seems to be apparent is a lack of ‘business to business’ types of companies which don’t appear to be utilising these types of social networking? Why ?

 

In our opinion, as far as business advertising is concerned on social networks,  Facebook is probably more orientated towards a ‘business to consumer’ market whilst LinkedIn is probably more orietntated towards a ‘business to business’ market place.

 

 

How Big is the Social Networking Marketplace?

 

Social networking can provide a huge amount of advertisement opportunity for a company and with over 1 billion users on Facebook, as well as over 500 million users on Twitter followed by a further 400+ million users on the recently started Google+, the chance of a huge worldwide audience can be guaranteed.

 

A purely business based social network, LinkedIn also boasts a further 200 million users and for a company could prove a valuable tool to help build connections.

 

Social Networking for Business

 

 

  • Facebook   –   1 billion users
  • Twitter      –   500 million users
  • Google +   –   400 millions users
  • LinkedIn    –   200 million users

 

 

 

Should Employees have access to social network sites whilst at work?

 

In our opinion, access to social networking sites, particularly for promoting your business should be a business decision made be the management or marketing team rather than on an individual basis.

 

The biggest flaw in Social networking is human error or rather poor judgement, comments can be made without thinking of how the message will be interpreted or messages are posted as response, an expresion or emotive response . These are generally the ones which reach the press.

 

Social networking for business should be done in a more planned and controlled manner and in a timely fashion. This means that ultimately, everyone within a company may not need to directly use social networking, but everyone within the business might be able to contribute to the business’ social networking efforts.

 

 

Business Tools

 

Managing a wide range of social networks can be very time consuming and costly in time, although there are a number of tools which can reduce the amount of hours you would normally spend managing your posts and reading responses.

 

Tweet Deck        –       www.tweetdeck.comSocial Networking for Business

Hoot Suite          –      www.hootsuite.com

 

 

 

Century IT Services are based in Totton, Southampton. Hampshire and can help you with the installation or on going I.T support of your computer, server and network. We offer a broad range of I.T services covering, internet, email, anti-spam, anti-virus solutions, we are experts in virtually anything Microsoft Server based and have extensive troubleshooting skills.

 

 

If you have an ever growing list of I.T niggles or need a server, or network installed, you have come to the right place. You can contact us on Tel. 023 80 070101 or email us at sales@century-it.co.uk for a confidential, no obligation discussion of your requirements.

 

Remote & Home Working During the Olympics

August 3rd, 2012

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This discussion article about Remote & Home Working has been written by Declan McWilliams of Century IT Services. Declan is an Apprentice IT Support Technician at Century IT Services who also is studying with Southampton City College in order to gain his BTEC qualification in I.T

 

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Should people work from home during the Olympics?

 

With The 2012 Olympics upon us, things are set to look busy. Very busy.

 

Many are looking forward to seeing the games and all the buzz and excitement it has brought and the Olympic torch running through many different towns has sparked businesses in those areas to take advantage of the huge influx of people. Shops stayed open longer, boasting huge sales and using the Olympics as advertising just to gain those extra few customers.

 

The Olympics however is no doubt an enormous event. Crowds of people are to be expected everywhere you turn near the games, public transport may become almost unbearable and if you have ever travelled to or visited London before, you may know that the city is busy no matter what hour of the day, even without the presence of an event as big as this.

 

The Olympic Stadium is designed to seat around 80,000 people however there are 928,000 tickets printed for the Olympic Games, putting into perspective just quite how busy The Games is going to make London during this time. This has however brought concern to not only to workers, but also to employers and business owners, in particular those that commute to London and those that run businesses in London. How are workers to travel in and out of London during this extremely busy event? As already mentioned, public transport methods are going to be crammed full of people even more so than usual and the roads to London will no doubt work better as a car park than a functioning road!

 

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So the question at hand here is, should workers be allowed to work from home over the Olympic Games if it is at all possible for them to?

 

There are of course many ways of looking at this and some will be in favour of the idea, but many may also be against it. Some employees may take advantage of the situation and use the excuse of working from home as an opportunity to slack off, and in turn, not get anywhere near as much work done. However others may realise that travel will be hard and many will most likely be late starting because of this, this of course meaning that work could end up behind schedule.

 

Is Remote or Home Working A Skiver’s Paradise?

 

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An article from the Daily Mail Website stated Boris Johnson’s view on the matter (found here: Daily Mail Article). He has said that it will be a “skiver’s paradise” and has shown a general dislike for the plans that the government had originally had with regards to home working.

On the flip side of this however, should people have to endure the gridlocked journey to get into work, then many may try to stream the Olympic games over the internet onto their work computer, using up a lot of the companies bandwidth and in turn, slowing down other employees work progress.

 

 

Something else that will need to be taken into account if an employee is to work from home is whether said employee’s home environment is suitable for use as a workplace. The working area in the home needs to be free from distracting or unprofessional noise (such as a loud television, screaming child or similar noises) as well as the employee having all of the resources and access to things they would normally have access to in the workplace. This could include a linked in phone system, computers or laptops that connect to the company network or an email system that integrates seamlessly.

 

Before remote working even becomes a possibility, you need to consider policies concerning working from home and what is expected of the employee, as well as rules as to what they should not be doing. This could involve the data protection act and the consequences of breaching it.

 

 

 

Summary

At the end of the day, it is down to a decision of the company whether to allow its employees to work from home or to have them come into work like any other normal day. Taking into account the possible delays employees may face getting to work, the possible slowdown of the network should employees stream the Games live, whether employees homes are equipped with the right computer resources for home working and a number of other factors which could contribute to productivity loss and as a result, lack of profit.

 

 

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Century IT Services are based in Totton, Southampton. Hampshire and can help you with the installation or on going I.T support of your computer, server and network. We offer a broad range of I.T services covering, internet, email, anti-spam, anti-virus solutions, we are experts in virtually anything Microsoft Server based and have extensive troubleshooting skills.

 

If you have an ever growing list of I.T niggles or need a server, or network installed, you have come to the right place. You can contact us on Tel. 023 80 070101 or email us at sales@century-it.co.uk for a confidential, no obligation discussion of your requirements.

Is your password strong and secure?

February 8th, 2012

In today’s day and age, we have to use passwords for almost everything online where we need an account. Be it when we sign up to an internet forum, when we login to an instant messenger client or when we do online banking, we always come across that page which will ask for a password.

 

It’s often tempting for many just to think up a very short password that you can remember easily, perhaps a password that you will use across many different accounts on the internet. But in doing this, you are greatly putting your account’s safety and even your personal details in danger.

There are a few steps to having the most secure and safest password, and all of them will help improve your accounts security just a bit more.

 

  • Try to make your password more than 8 characters long, longer than 12 ideally.
  • Use upper case and lower case letters as well as including numbers
  • Adding symbols in, like exclamation marks, question marks, full  stop and slashes
  • Don’t stick to any words that would be found in a dictionary, if you do so, you instantly put your account more in the path of harm’s way.

If you combine a little bit of each and every one of these things you’ll have a much more secure password for your account in no time!

Don’t just leave it at that though! Always avoid using the same password for different websites or accounts, because if a hacker manages to figure out one of your passwords, they will have access to a lot of other accounts too. This could even involve your bank account and details!

A few simple tactics you could use to come up with new secure and safe passwords could include:

Think of a small phrase that could relate to the account you want to make a secure password for. A small phrase for my computer logins screen could be, “I hope nobody hacks my computer!” Once you’ve got this, take the first letter of each word so that in this case you end up with something like, “Ihnhmc!” Ideally, a longer one would be better, but this is a good basis to start with, if you can add in more symbols or some numbers into this or even just capitalise every other letter you are well on your way to a very secure password that might look something like, “!hN#mC!”.

Letters like “I” can be substituted with the exclamation point “!” as can “E” with “3”. Many other letters can also be replaced with similar looking numbers or symbols. An alternate way to lengthen and further secure your password, is to insert the website name or account halfway through it. For example, if you were creating a password for your Windows Live Messenger account, you could write “!hNwindows_live_messenger#mC!” This of course is a much longer password and will be near on impossible to be cracked with brute-force methods.

Another method of creating a more secure password, would be to come up with one that, when typed, makes your hands move from the left side to the right side of the keyboard very often. If you make one with this technique, you’ll significantly reduce the chance of someone looking over your shoulder seeing exactly what you typed.

The most simple way of instantly boosting the security of a new password

Think of a word or short phrase that you want to use, but instead of typing it as you normally would, move up the keyboard one row for each letter, so “Q” would become “!” and “F” would become “R”. This means that you could turn an insecure password such as “CenturyIT” into a much more complex, “D3h574685” Not only is this considerably more secure, but also very easy to remember.

As a last resort, there are numerous websites which offer secure random password generation. These websites will create a code at random for you to use as a secure and safe password. The downside to using a site like this is that it is more than likely you will have to write it down to remember it, creating the possibility of the password then being insecure as if it is written simply on a bit of paper left by the computer, anyone who sees it can use it.

Finally, if you use public computers such as the ones found in libraries, then it is essential that you change your password often! If the computer remembers your password, then the next person to use that computer could instantly have access to your account! Changing your password regularly is essential in this case. If you primarily use your own computer on your own network, then it is not essential to change all of your passwords so often.  Especially for websites such as forums where very little important information is held.

If you want to see how secure the passwords that you are using are, http://www.passwordmeter.com/ is a very quick and easy site to use.

 

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Effects of Internet Issues On Small Businesses

June 6th, 2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Online Data Backup

October 15th, 2009

90% of businesses that found themselves without data for 10 days or more filed for bankruptcy inside 2 years*

 

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Many businesses know that without the ‘Company Data’ there is no business, but many still take the risk and don’t check their backups daily or perform any test data restores.

Businesses that experience data loss soon find themselves with an interruption to their business whilst data recovery methods are explored. The risk is never worth the cost, lost ‘company data’ simply can’t be replaced

 

What can be done?

 
  • Ensure your computer network is Proactively Monitored
  • Get your I.T Support Company to test your backups regulary
  • Take a secondary backup using an Online Data Vault

 

 

 

Proactive monitoring can help prevent interruption to business by identifying problems before they affect your business, for example flagging alerts for failed backups.

Testing backups on a regular basis can help ensure that data can indeed by restored from supposedly good backups.

Taking secondary backups helps reduce the risk of data loss should a failure occur, there is an old adage that you can’t have too many backups!

 

 

Making backups to an Online Data Vault using a fully encrypted Internet connection to a secure location has many advantages :-

 

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  • Your data is guaranteed safe and secure

 

  • It’s quick and easy to set up
  • It’s affordable and reduces costs
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  • Being fully automated it eliminates human error
     
  • Restoring data is quick and easy
  • Scalable solutions for all sizes of business

 

 

 

Having a secondary system of backups to restore from in the event of a disaster situation gives business owners peace of mind that their business critical data is always safe and available.

 

How Does Online Data Backup Work?

1) Any online data backup solution assumes you have an internet connection and that you have at least ADSL, DSL or Cable.

2) You normally install some specialist backup software on the machine that hold the data you want to backup

3) You choose what types of data you can backup

4) You schedule the Online Data Backup software to backup at a time which is convienient to you

5) A backup of your selected data is made to the Online Data Backup Provider

 

 

What Should I Look for When Choosing an Online Backup Solution?

 1) Transferring your data across the Internet is normally not secure, you need to make sure that the Online Data Backup Provider uses secure encryption technologies to secure you data as it travels over the internet to stop unauthorised interception.

2) An important consideration is also where will your data be stored, Online Data Backup providers would normally hold your data in a data centre, it would be in your best interest to find out if your data is being held within a U.K data centre or one in another country.

3) Find out if your data is stored at the data centre in an encrypted format and who else has access to your data.

4) What about in the event of a complete restore being needed? Downloading everything via your Internet connection will be compartively much slower than by your local tape backup. Does your Online Data Backup provider offer a Disaster Recovery Option? Can they deliver your data to you for restore, quickly?

5) Besides being able to back your files and folders, does your Online Data Backup provider provide the software to backup your Exchange email or SQL databases?

 

Summary

In summary, additional to the local data backups you would normally make as part of your I.T maintenance procedures, having a secondary backup of business critical data using an Online Data Backup provider is a sound choice.

Using an Online Backup Data Vault will help reduce the risk of data loss, it can be especially beneficial in any business continuity plan.

 

 


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Talk to us to find out how you can ensure your business critical data is also backed up to an Online Data Vault and we will offer you a Free 30 Day Trial.  (Contact Us)

 

Remember 90% of businesses that found themselves without data for 10 days or more filed for bankruptcy inside 2 years!

 

 

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Providing Computer Support & Network Support to businesses in Hampshire, Dorset, Surrey, Wiltshire, Sussex & Berkshire

* Source – London Chamber of Trade & Commerce

 

 

 

If your computer system failed, which application could you do without for a few days?

June 1st, 2009

If your computer system failed, which application could you do without for a few days?

 

Nearly every business has a computer network of some description and I wondered what priorities people put on their computer systems. Quite a few companies leave their I.T support to chance and only respond to a computer problem once it has stopped their business.

 

You can’t run your company without computers.  Have you ever had your server go down, your email lock up or your backup fail? then you know how quickly an IT problem can impact on your overall business performance.

 

Recently I ran a poll on LinkedIn and asked the question:-

 

If your computer system failed, which application could you NOT do without for a few days?

If your computer system failed, which application could you do without for a few days?

Interestingly, nobody thought an accounting system was a business critical application and said they could probably do without an accounting system for a few days. It was very strange that no respondents seemed to think an accounting system was business critical application.

 

Email and Internet were the primary business applications for many companies, with the majority saying they simply could not do without email for a few days, closely followed by Internet.

 

I would suggest that you need IT support to keep your company running so downtime is minimised, productivty is not affected a situation where you lose revenue is averted

 

I would like to get some more respondents to this survey, so if you can spare me a minute of your time, please can you add your opinion to my results.

(http://polls.linkedin.com/p/38409/tvfdl)

 

 

Century IT Services – Getting IT Right
Providing Computer Support & Network Support to businesses in Hampshire, Dorset, Surrey, Wiltshire, Sussex & Berkshire

Computer Network Security

May 13th, 2009

Hampshire & Isle Wight Partners In Business 

 

With an economic downturn history tells us there is an increase in crime. As well as the traditional notions of crime, this year has been cited for an explosion of cyber crime and online identity fraud. Were you aware that the majority of I.T security breaches come from within? Protecting your company by ensuring your computers are secure from internal as well as external threats should be your priority.

 

“Around 830,000 businesses in the UK suffered an online/computer related security incident in 2007/08”

 

Would you know if a disgruntled employee copied confidential data to a memory stick, or uploaded it to a web site? Do you know if emails are being sent containing confidential company information?

 

When considering the subject of computer network security a holistic approach should be taken.  Properly installed and supported computer networks should have layered security; starting at the perimeter of the network, and ending with robust security policies on the user’s computers.

 

“Often reliable computer networks are not the largest, or ones that have had the most money spent on them, it’s just they were properly planned and considered”

 

Improving your computer systems can increase productivity.  These increases can be made in several ways; by making your computers more secure, by allowing remote access for workers away from the office, and also computerising manual processes to save you time. These changes will make your systems slicker, high tech and more importantly secure.

 

Century IT Services offer a range of support options to suit different types of business and budgets. We are particularly skilled in fault finding on some of the most troublesome computer networks.

 

 

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Century IT Services – Getting IT Right
Providing Computer Support & Network Support to businesses in Hampshire, Dorset, Surrey, Wiltshire, Sussex & Berkshire