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Steve Cassidy
One-day IT projects to improve your business network
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Network & Internet

One-day IT projects to improve your business network

Not all IT tasks take years to complete. We outline nine short, smart networking projects that can bring immediate benefits
27 Jun 2022
Don’t buy anything! Why you should lease your IT
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Business strategy

Don’t buy anything! Why you should lease your IT

The advantages of leasing versus owning are clear — here's how to get the best from your lease and avoid the potential pitfalls
24 Jun 2022
Live streaming is pushing IT infrastructure to its absolute limits
A crowd of people at a gig all filming
streaming

Live streaming is pushing IT infrastructure to its absolute limits

Live streaming is the most profligate bandwidth consumer and puts untold strain on our creaking infrastructure, which means Steve now has no idea when…
28 May 2022
Why don’t we ever hear about ransomware demands in the tens of millions of dollars?
Stacks and rows of gold bars
ransomware

Why don’t we ever hear about ransomware demands in the tens of millions of dollars?

At a certain level, the alleged perfect security of the dark web becomes amenable to enquiry
21 May 2022
How to implement passwordless authentication
Digital fingerprint
Security

How to implement passwordless authentication

Worried about leaked credentials? We explain how to shut down the risk by ditching passwords entirely
30 Mar 2022
How to reduce printing costs and paper waste
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Hardware

How to reduce printing costs and paper waste

Tips on how to improve the efficiency of office printing when you're not quite ready to go paperless
9 Mar 2022
Superspeed your network for free... or nearly
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Network & Internet

Superspeed your network for free... or nearly

Don’t wait around for slow transfers and sluggish services – you can get a network boost with little or no investment
17 Feb 2022
When should you upgrade your hardware?
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Hardware

When should you upgrade your hardware?

Tempted by new technology? We explore the tricky question of when it makes sense to invest – and when it’s wiser not to
29 Mar 2021
Getting to grips with licence management
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software license

Getting to grips with licence management

Can you be certain that everything on your network is properly licensed and paid for?
11 Jan 2021
What should your internet presence look like in 2021?
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Business strategy

What should your internet presence look like in 2021?

As the world adapts to new ways of working, this is what your business should be doing online
10 Jan 2021
What is enterprise content management?
management
content management system (CMS)

What is enterprise content management?

Drowning in digital assets? The right software can help you stay on top of your data
23 Jun 2020
Managing cloud lifecycles
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cloud computing

Managing cloud lifecycles

There’s no shortage of cloud providers vying for your business – here are some of the signs that it’s time to switch
3 Mar 2020
Network Monitoring: What you should be looking out for
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Network & Internet

Network Monitoring: What you should be looking out for

We discuss the importance of knowing what's happening on your network and gives some tips on how to do it effectively
9 Nov 2019
How to boost your business Wi-Fi
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wifi & hotspots

How to boost your business Wi-Fi

Eight steps to a trouble-free Wi-Fi upgrade
22 Oct 2019
Can you trust AI?
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Technology

Can you trust AI?

Could biased artificial intelligence systems harm your business – and society itself?
24 Aug 2019
The API economy: What your business needs to know
API
application programming interface (API)

The API economy: What your business needs to know

The world of APIs can be tricky to navigate. Here's how to get started
6 May 2019
Five things to get off your IT network
Network & Internet

Five things to get off your IT network

From binning old cables to managing visitor access, we reveal five ways you can take back control of your network
5 Apr 2019
The secrets of VPNs for business
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Security

The secrets of VPNs for business

Secure access to your network isn’t something to be taken lightly
15 Feb 2019
The secrets of VPNs for business
VPN virtual private network icon with glowing connected symbols
Security

The secrets of VPNs for business

Secure access to your network isn’t something to be taken lightly
15 Feb 2019
Five signs that it might be time to outsource
outsourcing

Five signs that it might be time to outsource

Outsourcing isn't the right solution to every problem, but it can be an easy route to success
16 Nov 2018
Seven IT upgrades that pay for themselves
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Investment Management

Seven IT upgrades that pay for themselves

Is your IT department a financial black hole? Here are seven projects that can boost your revenue
8 Oct 2018
What is cloud bursting?
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cloud management

What is cloud bursting?

The latest hybrid model could be a cost-effective way to take advantage of the cloud
4 Oct 2018
The dreaded audit: How to get through it and what to avoid
Business operations

The dreaded audit: How to get through it and what to avoid

An IT audit can be a daunting prospect for businesses – but it doesn’t need to be that way
6 Aug 2018
Software suppliers: The 800lb gorilla problem
Software

Software suppliers: The 800lb gorilla problem

Your business relies on certain software to function - so what happens when the publisher's interests don't align with yours?
25 Jul 2018
How to get the most out of document management
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document management systems (DMS)

How to get the most out of document management

Document management may sound dull, but Steve Cassidy finds out how it can save you valuable time - and money
3 Jul 2018
Five reasons your business data isn't secure
General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

Five reasons your business data isn't secure

Exploring the loopholes, gotchas and misconceptions that can put you at risk
18 Apr 2018
The identity crisis: Password managers and your business
Password label
cloud security

The identity crisis: Password managers and your business

Authenticating users used to be easy – now cross-platform cloud services make life a lot more complicated
3 Apr 2018
Your guide to Facebook Workplace
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collaboration

Your guide to Facebook Workplace

Steve Cassidy finds out why shifting company communications onto Facebook could be a smart move
1 Mar 2018
Why UC could be the answer to your telephony needs
Unified Communications
Cloud

Why UC could be the answer to your telephony needs

An integrated approach can bring multiple benefits to your business
22 Feb 2018
New classes of information measured by intricacy, not size
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Server & storage

New classes of information measured by intricacy, not size

How do you keep steel factories running smoothly? Steve finds 150 is the magic number and reveals some home email truths about hybrid IT
8 Sep 2017
Get rid of your old hardware
legacy IT
Hardware

Get rid of your old hardware

Time for an office clear-out? Make sure your old PCs are disposed of properly
23 Nov 2016
LoopUp raises £8.5m in ‘first’ post-Brexit tech IPO
collaboration

LoopUp raises £8.5m in ‘first’ post-Brexit tech IPO

Conference call start-up floats shares on AIM for 100p
24 Aug 2016
CeBIT: Home of the undercover CIO
Server & storage

CeBIT: Home of the undercover CIO

IBM's new Linux cloud servers demonstrate the changing demographic at CeBIT
22 Mar 2016
Cray shows the value of Secret Sauce
Cray XC30
Server & storage

Cray shows the value of Secret Sauce

The supercomputing firm's recent growth is no mystery
29 Feb 2016
Making technical sense of the TalkTalk story
In-depth

Making technical sense of the TalkTalk story

Does TalkTalk deserve to be pilloried for this latest data breach?
28 Oct 2015
Jimmy Wales breaks into the mobile business
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Security

Jimmy Wales breaks into the mobile business

Wikipedia founder's foray into the mobile business mixes phones with social netwokring and charity
7 Oct 2015