The Sequel: Your Business Continuity Planning

December 23rd, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has taught businesses of all shapes and sizes numerous lessons in 2020. Small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in particular have felt the impact of this “new normal” in unexpected ways and, if nothing else, it has highlighted the need for a Business Continuity Plan (BCP).

Planning Your IT Budget For 2021

December 11th, 2020

The Outlook For 2021

2020 has been an enormously challenging year for SMEs, with the ongoing and long-term effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Unfortunately, these ongoing ripples promise to continue making running a business challenging in 2021.

Per the 2021 State of IT report by SWZD, based on a survey taken of 1 073 IT buyers in North America and Europe, 17% of businesses expect IT budget declines for 2021. This figure has more than doubled from the 8% of businesses that had expected their IT budgets to decline before the COVID-19 pandemic hit.

2020: That’s a Wrap!

December 1st, 2020

I think we can all agree that 2020 was a year of surprises, forcing us to realign our expectations and shift our plans. While we are still going to be dealing with the fallout in 2021, I think it’s wise to pause and reflect on what we’ve learnt and how we can apply those lessons in the year that lies ahead.

Microsoft Azure – is it the right cloud platform for your business?

November 23rd, 2020

If you’ve been following our blog series on cloud services, you’ll know that the cloud can offer several benefits to small- and medium-sized businesses, including flexibility and cost-effectiveness. In our opinion, one of the best platforms available for cloud services is Microsoft Azure.

Facing the Five Top Cloud Computing Fears

November 13th, 2020

The public cloud service market is growing. Software, infrastructure, desktop, and other service numbers are all on the rise. Yet some businesses are still holding back from migrating to the cloud. This article addresses common resistance to this highly scalable and cost-effective solution.

What you need for good cloud security

November 11th, 2020

If your organisation has opted into the many benefits of cloud migration for your storage or hosting needs, it’s essential to implement effective cloud security to support your system.

So what is cloud security? It’s the tools, strategies and practices that are used to keep information hosted in a cloud safe.

As with any IT security system, cloud security won’t ever be entirely impenetrable, but there are some best practices that will go a long way towards making your system more secure.

What is Cloud Migration?

November 5th, 2020

Cloud migration simply means moving to the cloud. But what does that mean? Well, it’s like moving your business to new premises, except, instead of physically moving your data, software and IT from one site to another, you’re moving things to internet-hosted data centres. Some or all of your applications, software, IT processes and workloads move into the cloud, which means they will be hosted remotely, and accessible to you via the internet (whether through a public cloud, private cloud or hybrid cloud model).

Cloud Computing – What You Need to Know About it

October 30th, 2020

While having your head in the clouds could be a bad thing, having your computing power in the cloud is a great one!

Cloud computing simply means that computing resources are available via the internet through hosting at a remote data centre managed by a cloud service provider (CSP). You can access these resources as and when you need them (yay for on-demand!), normally through paying a subscription or usage fee. These resources could be anything from software to data storage or development tools. Cloud computing also refers to the components that make the cloud work – the virtual IT infrastructure that may include servers, operating systems, networks and so on.

Phishing Scams: A Growing Threat for Small Businesses

October 13th, 2020

In a recent warning, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has cautioned consumers and small businesses about the continuing and growing threat of phishing scams. In the statement, the FTC has expressed that while cybercriminals continue to send out mass emails asking bluntly for personal information, they have become more sophisticated in their attempts. Small businesses are now being targeted by emails that their employees could expect to routinely find in their inbox.

51% of SMB leaders think their business isn’t a target for cybercriminals

October 13th, 2020

Small businesses are often thought to be a forgotten entity when it comes to cybercrime. On the surface, it seems like a fair assumption that hackers wouldn’t target small businesses when there are large enterprises with much greater assets. Unfortunately, many small business leaders fall for this “I’m not a target” mentality, when in fact, they are just as attractive of a target as large corporations.