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Written By Priscila Bernardes Sep 10, 2018 9:03:19 AM

Business Growth Business Culture Lancom Life

Getting to know: Jacques Jamieson

Joining Lancom as a Graduate Systems Engineer, Jacques quickly realised he was made for Software Development. When we had an opening for a Full Stack Junior Developer, Jacques was quick to apply. Showing an outstanding result, he moved to become one of Lancom's Software Developers.

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Written By Priscila Bernardes Sep 6, 2018 5:08:08 PM

Business intelligence Business automation Keep up with Technology

Why these successful companies are loving using Power BI

It’s probably one of the most exiting additions to Microsoft’s stable of offerings since Office 365 came out, but what can Power BI do for your business? Before getting to that pressing question, let’s have a quick look at what it has done for some other companies.

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Written By Priscila Bernardes Aug 30, 2018 9:54:19 AM

Business Growth Business Culture Lancom Life

Getting to know: Nikita Bhimjiani

Nikita is Lancom's first female engineer! We discussed what a career in tech looks like for her, why she chose Lancom, and the highlights of working in the Technology industry.

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Written By Priscila Bernardes Aug 28, 2018 4:03:30 PM

Business intelligence Business automation Keep up with Technology

10 reasons why your SME should be using Power BI

If you’ve heard of Power BI, there are probably two pressing questions you have: One: what exactly is it? and two: Is it suitable for my business?

To the first question. Power BI is a cloud-based business analytics service from Microsoft. It enables anyone to visualise and analyse data with greater speed, efficiency and understanding. It connects users to a broad range of data through easy-to-use dashboards, interactive reports, and visualisations that bring data to life. This is Microsoft’s official definition, by the way.

Let’s move on then, to the reasons why this powerful tool set could be ideal in your business.

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Written By Priscila Bernardes Aug 21, 2018 4:20:23 PM

Business Growth Business Culture Business Partnerships

Growing a business based on values: The lessons we learnt

It doesn't matter if your business is the smallest of the SME's or the largest of the Enterprises; defining what is core to you is the first step in understanding what should be important to your team, your customers, and your overall business personality.

You probably understand the importance of having something on paper that proves your business identity, and what your team stands for. But, are you living by this?

Let's be honest: with busy days come pressure to focus on operational related matters, and things like "culture" and "values" become second priority.

This is where we were at the beginning of 2018, when we decided that, in order to move ahead, we needed to stop and re-evaluate our vision. 

This article attempts to lay out some of the learnings we acquired during this process.

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Written By Priscila Bernardes Aug 21, 2018 8:17:09 AM

Business Growth Business Culture Lancom Life

Getting to know: Kevin Williamson

Kevin first joined Lancom in 2005 as a Systems engineer, but we knew he was made for relationship management! In his first 7 years at Lancom he helped us solidify our Managed Services practice, and grow our customer base through building solid solutions for New Zealand SMEs.

Seven years later, Kevin re-joined Lancom as a Sales Director, after working for organisations such as Spark & Dimension Data. We chatted to Kevin about his career aspirations, and the motivation to return to Lancom.

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Written By Priscila Bernardes Aug 13, 2018 5:40:31 PM

Business intelligence Business Growth Keep up with Technology

The sudden death of business reporting as you know it

…Is greatly exaggerated. But its evolution is right here, right now.

There’s a reason business reporting as you know it is coming to something akin to a sudden death. But, attention grabbing headline aside, business reporting isn’t going anywhere. Instead, it is changing radically away from the Excel spreadsheets you know (and truth be told, probably love), to something far better. Power BI and live reporting.

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Written By Priscila Bernardes Aug 7, 2018 12:56:57 PM

IT security

Two Factor Authentication:The Email Protection Must-Do

Ah, internet scams. They’re everywhere these days and, as you can imagine, they are increasingly sophisticated in their attempts to fool you into handing over hard-earned cash. One of the most recent to emerge presents you with one of your own passwords as well as a lurid story about internet surfing habits in an effort to scare you into paying money to the scammer.

Without going into the gory details of that particular scam (because it is just one example of many), it does serve to highlight the necessity for two-factor authentication (2FA) for all your online accounts and services. With businesses relying on emails as its main communication tool, and hackers being aware of this, it’s an excellent idea to enable 2FA for your Outlook emails, too.

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Written By Priscila Bernardes Aug 7, 2018 7:56:28 AM

Business Growth Business Culture Lancom Life

Getting to know: Dmitry Orlov

Starting as a Graduate Engineer, Dmitry joined Lancom's helpdesk team 24 months ago. Since then, we have seen him achieving fantastic customer satisfaction (CSAT) scores from our customers, take part on our Lancom TV program, and overall providing excellent problem solving, while delivering a fantastic customer experience.

In an informal discussion, Dmitry has shared his highlights from the past two years.

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Written By Priscila Bernardes Aug 2, 2018 5:08:58 PM

cloud computing Digital Transformation Amazon Web Services

Why your AWS infrastructure must be Well Architected

Don’t be fooled by the deceptive ease with which you can get started on the Amazon Web Services cloud. While it is certainly true that you can get stuck in with nothing more than a credit card and a vague idea of what you’re after, it pays to start with sound foundations so that as your needs grow and evolve (as they inevitably do – just about everyone who tries AWS very quickly becomes a big fan of it’s low-cost, high-value services), you don’t end up with a horrendous tangle.

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