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Written By Priscila Bernardes Mar 1, 2016 9:30:00 AM

productivity Software Development

Automate recruitment! (We can do that for you)

Even as automation continues to change the nature of work today, it is human talent which makes the difference and drives high-growth organisations to reach the next milestone. However, attracting and retaining the right people is costly and time consuming.

How about automating this process?

That’s exactly what we asked ourselves at Lancom, years ago. Realising that the process from advertising a vacancy to starting the successful candidate just took too much time (and effort), we went about creating a better way. The result is HireRoom and it makes finding, interviewing and employing the best person far easier, much faster for all concerned, and considerably reduces the cost.
Best of all, HireRoom doesn’t remove the human out of the human resources.
It’s a recruitment tool that lets you test the skills of your next hire early on in the recruitment process, cutting down on time and quickly narrowing the candidate field down to those capable of doing the job. 

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Written By Priscila Bernardes Feb 23, 2016 9:30:00 AM

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5 Webtools to take marketing to the next level

Noticed the pace and efficiency of the digital economy? Impossible not to – but are your marketing efforts keeping up? For most companies, the answer is as simple as it is short. No.

That’s because for many organisations, marketing continues to function as it always has, despite the obvious impact of digital business taking place all around. That necessitates doing things a little differently. If you’re wondering where to start, check out these five web tools which will help catapult your marketing into the digital era. Here’s more good news – they don’t need investments in time or money.

  1. Fiverr – The online market places for services starting at $5

This is so good it should come with a warning sticker: You will get addicted. However, used right, you will get amazing results from Fiverr. It’s an online site where you can get people to do tasks and services of all kinds for, well, a fiver (and upwards).
At Lancom, we use Fiverr for video work, logo animation and many more things. It has become our go-to-tool if we need something creative done, but don’t have the time to handle it ourselves. Check it out by visiting the site – and there’s a Fiverr app for your phone, too, so you can get stuff done while on the move.

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Written By Priscila Bernardes Feb 16, 2016 9:30:00 AM

productivity cloud computing

Downtime: How much does it cost you?

Despite advances in the resilience of IT systems, there remains a grim reality of failures which have the rather unpleasant habit of striking at the least convenient of times. Even short periods of outages can wreak havoc; after all, our dependence on IT has never been higher. But outside of annoyance, what does downtime actually cost?

Factors to consider are:

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Written By Priscila Bernardes Feb 3, 2016 9:30:00 AM

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Why your business should consider moving to Office 365

Ever lost your emails or experienced a corrupted .pst file? For most long-term users of on-premise emails, this is a reality which occasionally bites – and it always leaves nasty scars. With a move to Office 365, you’re likely to never face the problem again. But let’s start at the start.

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Written By Priscila Bernardes Jan 26, 2016 9:30:00 AM

IT security Digital Transformation

Malware: Don't become a victim

As useful as the internet is, it is also the means by which criminals can attack your business, either to disrupt operations, or for their financial gain. Information security is everyone’s business: employees, managers and business owners. It is necessary to take reasonable precautions to secure individual devices, the network and all other IT infrastructure against threats which continually evolve and which, if they take hold, can have nasty effects on productivity, reputation and the bottom line.

But just what is malware? 

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Written By Priscila Bernardes Jan 19, 2016 9:30:00 AM

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3 useful (and FREE) mobile apps to take your business on the go

The world is changing as technology grows ever more mobile. Cellphones have gone from bulky, large pieces of hardware to smaller, more compact specimens; always useful, they’ve also evolved from ‘just’ making calls, to revolutionary tools for doing business over the internet. For owners of any business, the opportunity presented by these connected devices cannot be ignored, as they deliver efficiencies, convenience and productivity benefits which can substantially boost personal and company performance .

Doing that depends on more than the smartphone, though – it comes down to the apps you’re using. Here’s our pick of three particularly useful apps which can give your company that little bit of extra oomph:

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Written By Priscila Bernardes Jan 14, 2016 9:30:00 AM

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Cloud computing and you


So do you use the cloud? Most people’s first reaction is no.

But let's ask you another question... Do you make use of Internet Banking or do you Dropbox? Yes? Then you are in the cloud!

Owing to its widespread use, online banking serves as a great example to explain the evolution of cloud computing and the progression most of us make towards using the cloud as a de facto standard for service consumption. Let’s take a closer look.

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Written By Priscila Bernardes Dec 22, 2015 9:30:00 AM

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Can your business survive a disaster?

While humans love predictability, the world we live in is decidedly erratic. The unexpected can always happen – and when it does, can your business resume operations rapidly?

The reality is that most small to medium businesses have rudimentary disaster recovery (DR) plans in place, if any at all. More than that, those plans are probably never tested. Admit it – the reality is that despite living in the Shaky Isles, where a flood or a slip is known to happen regularly, you probably haven’t given DR any thought at all.

Now is a good time to change that.

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Written By Imran Sadiq Dec 1, 2015 9:30:00 AM

Office 365 cloud computing

Why you shouldn't bother archiving emails


Archiving company emails is one of those ‘bugbear’ tasks which can seem like a lot more hassle than it’s worth. After all, emails gather pretty quickly and can rapidly accumulate, requiring significant amounts of storage capacity.

But failing to archive email can have some consequences - and those drawbacks go beyond the risks associated with regulatory compliance (although that is in its own right a very good reason to look after old email!).

Oh well… forget all of this! This week we thought we should twist things and instead focus on why you SHOULDN’T need to archive your emails.

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Written By Priscila Bernardes Nov 24, 2015 9:30:00 AM

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Five Points to Ponder Before Shifting To Cloud

A lot has been said about the cloud and there is still a lot more to come. That’s because cloud computing really does deliver the advantages that it promises: reduced cost, more accurate provisioning, easier management and access to better services (and a wider range, too). But for many, moving to the cloud remains a worrying proposition. Is it secure, will it work for MY business, what are the catches?

There is a growing body of evidence (including case studies and reference clients) which are helping to dispel the concerns – but for those thinking about cloud, here are our top five things to consider.

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