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Infuse life into your old laptop

March 17th, 2016
Infuse life into your old laptop

It can be tough to see your laptop die. While you likely shared many good moments with it, undoubtedly, there will come a time when it’s ready to be retired to the back of the closet or disposed of. If you are lucky enough to still have yours hanging around the house or office, then […]

Monitoring employees online. Is it right?

March 15th, 2016
Monitoring employees online. Is it right?

Whether or not to monitor your employees’ computers can be a tricky decision. While part of you may think it’s unethical, you also may question if your staff are spending too much time on non-work related activities, and taking advantage of you in the process. So, should you monitor? Here are some pros and cons […]

Get ahead in social media with these 10 tools

March 14th, 2016
Get ahead in social media with these 10 tools

As a small business owner, you only have so many hours in the day, and managing your social media accounts is likely at the bottom of your to-do list. But while it can be easy to simply put off those social media updates, you know in the back of your mind your business can surely […]

Apple Stands Up to the FBI: Legal Battle Ensues

March 14th, 2016
Apple Stands Up to the FBI: Legal Battle Ensues

There’s no questioning Apple’s dedication to the advancement of technology, especially over the past few decades. With the iPhone being the first of many commercially available smartphones, Apple has always been at the forefront of exciting consumer technology developments.

How to switch securely to Office 365

March 11th, 2016
How to switch securely to Office 365

It’s easy to see why Office 365 is an attractive solution for small and medium-sized businesses already familiar with the Office interface. More and more companies are making the move to the cloud, but many have yet to complete their transition and still rely at least in part on on-site SharePoint systems. When you’re ready […]

66% of Businesses Wait Until the Last Minute to Upgrade Their Operating Systems

March 11th, 2016
66% of Businesses Wait Until the Last Minute to Upgrade Their Operating Systems

Upgrading to a new operating system is a challenge that many businesses face, especially in light of several prominent older systems reaching their end-of-support date in recent times. For example, Windows XP reached its end of support date just a few years ago, and this past January, Microsoft pulled the plug on Windows 8. While unsupported software is certainly a problem, why does a business ultimately choose to upgrade away from their current OS?

According to a study by Spiceworks, there are several reasons a business wants to start using a new operating system on their workstations:

Most businesses will only start to use more recent operating systems as needed (69 percent).
Others will upgrade because they want to take full advantage of new apps that are supported by the new OS (42 percent).
Some will even try to use a new OS due to their hardware coming with the software pre-installed (38 percent).

However, there are other reasons that a business might decide to adopt a new OS, and most of them are issues that are addressed by upgrading to a more recent OS. Here’s a chart from Spiceworks’ report:

It’s no surprise that the biggest culprit for convincing businesses to upgrade their systems is end-of-life events, at a solid 66 percent.

BI is for small businesses too

March 10th, 2016
BI is for small businesses too

Business Intelligence (BI) has conventionally been the preserve of big business, given the need for specialist knowledge meant hiring pricey experts was often the only way to leverage its value. But the rise of self-service BI tools has leveled the playing field, allowing small- and medium-sized businesses to get in on the game too. And […]

Cloud myths debunked

March 8th, 2016
Cloud myths debunked

From hosting websites, email, applications and online file storage, the cloud has become a popular alternative to traditional IT services among businesses. In fact, it is almost impossible to find a company’s data center that does not employ cloud-based services of some kind. However, reported incidents of cloud hacks and server failures can lead some […]