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Written By Jono Green Apr 5, 2019 12:49:54 PM

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Understanding Windows 7 End-of-Support: What is the impact for your business?

Unless you have been living under a rock, or you have more important things to do like run your business, you may have heard that Windows 7 comes out of support from Microsoft in January 14, 2020. Fundamentally, this means it will no longer receive updates from Microsoft, particularly security patches to any vulnerabilities discovered after that support expires next year.

Some of you will be familiar with a similar thing happening with Windows XP a few years ago, and now it is time for Windows 7 to follow suit. Windows 7 came out in 2009 and since then we’ve had 3 major Operating System releases with Windows 8, 8.1 and Windows 10, and the end-of-support deadline for Windows 7 presents a few opportunities for your business which will be detailed below.

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Written By Priscila Bernardes Apr 5, 2019 9:25:37 AM

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Getting to know: Andre Morrison

In his six months with Lancom Andre has shown passion for technology, problem solving and continuous learning.  Andre's biggest highlight at Lancom was passing his AWS Developer Associate exam recently. We chatted to him about his journey to date, his personal passions and recommendations for others looking to build a career in software development. 

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Written By Priscila Bernardes Apr 3, 2019 8:35:00 PM

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Digital transformation: five essential truths

Think digital transformation, the go-to phrase in recent years, is a new development? Think again. Properly speaking, digitisation began when the first computers were switched on in businesses; machines like UNIVAC 1, Leo and perhaps even Colossus (they really gave those early room-sized devices cool names).

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Written By Priscila Bernardes Apr 3, 2019 5:48:19 PM

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Lancom is ‘Cosell-ready’ for App Modernisation with Microsoft

In the past few months, we’ve have addressed application modernisation as a topic repetitively. That’s because old applications are, in many instances, holding Kiwi businesses back. Modernisation means unleashing the applications, their infrastructure and data, bringing new ways of working (mobile, ultra-scale, anywhere access, improved security) to the fore. Today, we are pleased to announce that Lancom is certified ‘Co-sell ready’ for App Modernisation with Microsoft.

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Written By Priscila Bernardes Mar 31, 2019 9:00:00 AM

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To automate or not automate? Recognising it's time to let go

There’s a lot of concern around the automation of work and the implication this process might have on employment… your employment, specifically. While the natural response might be to try and stop automation to save your job, we all know what happened with the Luddites. Sure, they may have won one or two battles (in unpleasant fashion – smashing ‘the machines’) but they most certainly did not win the war. That’s why we have mechanisation on a massive scale today – mechanisation which, truth be told, makes our lives enormously more convenient.

Instead of attempting the impossible and holding back the new tsunami of automation, a better way is to look at how automation can work for you, rather than against you.

In other words, it’s time to automate everything that can be automated; whatever remains is where you actually create value. It may be a generalisation, but those aspects of your work which are not easily done by a machine is probably where your competitive advantage lies.

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Written By Priscila Bernardes Mar 27, 2019 8:39:54 AM

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What is the best application modernisation approach for your organisation?

Application modernisation is increasingly on the radar of a lot of our clients who are recognising that legacy, on-premise software can (and often does) put a spanner in the works of smooth operations. If you’re one of those looking to ‘get with the times’, a common question we encounter is this:

Just how do you go about it?

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Written By Priscila Bernardes Mar 25, 2019 7:51:00 AM

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To outsource or not to outsource IT: When it's time to change

Running a small to medium-sized business is a constant juggle between getting the work in, getting it done and getting paid. Even for SMEs in the thick of the digital economy, the focus is (understandably) about doing core business, not on IT.

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Written By Priscila Bernardes Mar 18, 2019 2:56:52 PM

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Why SQL Server EOS is a good moment to consider application modernisation

It may seem like it was just yesterday, but 2008 was over a decade ago. With Microsoft turning off extended support for SQL Server 2008 this July, now is a good time to reflect on the fact that technology moves fast, a lot has happened in the past decade, and any applications you may have which rest on the outgoing database platform are likely to be as ‘legacy’ as SQL Server 2008 is. It is, in other words, a perfect time to reflect on the potential necessity for modernising old applications which themselves may rest on SQL Server 2008 – in bringing your database up to date, it make sense to do the same with your applications.

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Written By Priscila Bernardes Mar 12, 2019 5:58:02 PM

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Taking the application modernisation journey: here’s how we do it

Tide of cranky old applications to which the business seems beholden? You know what I mean – everyone hates the application because it’s slow but without it, things just don’t work. If this sounds familiar, the time has come for application modernisation. It couldn’t come at a better time because Microsoft’s Azure cloud provides multiple advantages including low cost, enterprise security, endless scalability and anywhere, any device access.

Which is all well and good, but how, exactly, do you get the basement-dwelling application out from under the stairs and into the cloud?

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Written By Priscila Bernardes Mar 12, 2019 5:30:40 PM

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Why it’s time to shift legacy applications to the cloud

 

It is surely one of the enduring surprises of the information and communications technology industry that, despite the never-ending hype which comes from the ‘latest greatest’, an enormous number of companies are still running applications and hardware which could quite easily form part of a Te Papa exhibition.

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