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Pre-cloud Legacies are Still Causing Business Headaches – Here’s Why

24 February, 2021 / by Ashminder Ubhi

Being an IT manager was a very different career before the advent of cloud-based services. When it came to adding or replacing infrastructure, you had only one option: buy the latest hardware or software.

So, IT would receive its budget and go off and buy the biggest and best kit it could.

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Supporting Your Network’s Edge Environment

16 February, 2021 / by Brandon Zimmerman posted in Data Centre, Data Centre Modernisation, APC

As edge environments become more critical to business success, maintaining the power, cooling and management needs should be top of mind. 

With more people working remotely, end users must have faster access to critical information. Edge environments move that critical information closer to the end user, thus making them more efficient. This is the same concept streaming services use to distribute content to their users.

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IT Automation is Here - Reap the Full Benefits

15 February, 2021 / by Pete Hulme posted in Data Centre Modernisation

Automation is one of the hottest trends in IT right now, for good reason. We all know that it can cut out some of the more tedious work involved in data centre management – but far more exciting is the way it can enable software development to proceed at a pace that would have been unthinkable a few years ago.

In this blog post, I explore what’s driving automation and how organisations can reap the most benefit.  

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On the floor sales staff - the remote frontline you've always had

8 February, 2021 / by Jane Liston posted in Retail

The frontline of retail -  your shop-floor staff - have had to step up in 2020 like never before. Which means they've needed seamless, reliable digital workspace solutions more than ever.

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Boring Enables Amazing: In Praise of the Invisible Data Centre

27 January, 2021 / by Pete Hulme posted in Data Centre Modernisation

One of the great paradoxes of technology is that the more successful it is, the more invisible it becomes.  

Car technology is a case in point. Let me tell you a story to back up my thinking.  

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Overcoming Trust Issues: How the Application of Software-Defined Perimeters Can Provide First-Class Cyber Security

8 December, 2020 / by Ross Hammond posted in cyber security

Don’t trust anyone - that’s the basic premise for an advanced approach to cyber security that is being increasingly deployed across forward-thinking organisations.

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Subscription Models in Retail

4 December, 2020 / by Jane Liston posted in Retail

 

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Why Good IT Strategy Requires Outcome-First Thinking

25 November, 2020 / by Ashminder Ubhi & Ross Pedder posted in Cloud Services

Cloud technology is nothing new. In fact, today’s largest cloud platform provider, Amazon Web Services, was founded way back in 2006 – just a year after YouTube.

Since those early days, cloud has made businesses’ IT infrastructure more flexible, powered remote working, and helped many organisations adapt to change – especially this year. These benefits have, however, created significant hype and cloud now dominates the IT conversation like nothing else.

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Anytime, Anywhere: How to Empower Connected Workers by Providing Them with the Right Tools to Get the Job Done

23 November, 2020 / by Kyle Davies and Matt Roberts posted in Digital Workspace

More people than ever are enjoying the benefits of connected working – where the latest technology tools are used to allow employees to do their jobs smoothly and productively, no matter where they are located.

But as individuals, connected working means different things to different people, depending on the specifics of the task at hand. For employees performing creative or admin roles based primarily at home, it might mean flexible access to office systems, using multiple devices, wherever they are in their house. For a field engineer, meanwhile, it might be more about having a single point of contact to log their completed jobs while out on the road. The common thread, whatever the circumstances, is giving people the right tools to do their job - anytime, anywhere.

For organisations looking to empower connected working, it is important to remember that there is no standardised approach to deployment. IT departments can be guilty of attempting to impose blanket technology solutions on workers, even if they are not suited to the needs of the end-user. It is far better to take a more dynamic approach to connected working, supported by flexible device ownership and evergreen management techniques, to ensure that employees are fully equipped for the task at hand with intrinsic intuitive security embedded.

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Cutting through the Complexity: Four Common Misconceptions about Cyber Security

12 November, 2020 / by Bruno Aguiar – Security Solutions Architect, CDW UK posted in cyber security

 

A lax approach to cyber security can result in enormous disruption to your enterprise. Get it wrong, and damage to finances, operations and reputation can occur in an instant.

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