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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 Imran Sadiq 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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Written By Priscila Bernardes Jul 27, 2018 12:15:01 PM

Business Partnerships innovation efficiency

Our philosophy: Leverage through technology for SMC's

On this platform, we speak a lot about facilitating your business growth. From technology to strategies, to productivity hacks to culture – we cover a lot! Today's article is a little different, we want to open the doors to the "backend", and expose our processes, our people, and what we are doing to ensure those who partner with us are getting the best from us.

Being in the business of providing technology solutions to other businesses, we recognise that our clients success is ultimately ours. Our best stories are those told by our customers, not by us. Because of this, we believe that if we double down our focus on helping our clients business’ grow, ultimately, we will grow too.

Curious for a behind the scenes look? Let's get into it!

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Written By Anastasia Ramsay Jun 27, 2018 3:52:25 PM

Digital Transformation innovation Business automation

Our move from paper to dashboard reporting

Sometimes, the tried and true gets tired, outdated, and inefficient.

Recently, we have come to this conclusion with our account management monthly client reporting model, and decided to leverage the power of dashboards to shave countless hours off our reporting model, provide increased transparency, and allow us to give more value to our clients during our monthly meetings.... And least we forget, reduce our environmental footprint!

Curious to get an inside glimpse as to how we’re moving to a paperless reporting system? Here’s the inside scoop!

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Written By Priscila Bernardes Jun 22, 2018 12:59:11 PM

Digital Transformation Business automation innovation

The six ways innovative companies are growing in 2018

These days, there’s a persistent drive for organisations of every type to be innovative. It’s implied every time you hear the term ‘digital disruption’ or ‘digital transformation’. But just what does it mean to be innovative – and is it really necessary for your business?

It’s easy to answer the first part of that question.

‘Innovative’ simply means ‘something new’ and there are multiple opportunities within most businesses to do just that (new processes, experiences, features, customers, products and services, and business models.)

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In turn, most of these opportunities can be partially or fully enabled by readily available technology. More on that in a moment.

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Written By Anastasia Ramsay Jun 19, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Software Development Digital Transformation Business automation

Managing a development project (but not a software developer)? Here's how.

These days, software is everywhere and just about every business relies on software developed specifically for that organisation. You might find yourself in a position where it’s necessary to commission and control the production of some code – a task which can appear Sisyphean because you don’t know much about the process.

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Written By Priscila Bernardes Jun 5, 2018 3:39:51 PM

cloud computing Digital Transformation

Your management will change with cloud computing, here's how

Over at the Harvard Business Review, a fascinating article which points out (in an almost Nietzschean fashion with the two-way street of the abyss) that the impact of technology in the workplace doesn’t just change the way people get things done, it also influences the way in which businesses are managed and governed.

Once said, the claim makes perfect sense, in the way that pointing out the obvious makes for a ‘duh, why didn’t I think of that’. It also immediately begs the question of how the cloud is changing management in today’s businesses. And, of course the writer Quentin Hardy goes on to point out just exactly that (I’ll get to that in a minute).

What all know is that the cloud is pervasive today. Regardless of business type or size, the cloud plays anything from a small role to an all-encompassing one. For most companies, there’s also a simple rule: the more cloud, the better. After all, flexibility, capital cost reduction, the availability of ‘high technology’ at low prices are all features and benefits with universal appeal.

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Written By Priscila Bernardes May 30, 2018 8:26:28 AM

Software Development Digital Transformation cloud computing

What’s serverless technology (and why it matters to you)

Seems almost crazy, but the era of ‘serverless architecture’ is upon us. It’s a continuation of the availability of utility cloud computing and it matters to most businesses because it means you can develop and operate your services without ever worrying about operating systems or underlying hardware. All you need to do is produce the code and run it.

On what, you rightly ask? The short answer is ‘containers’.

Serverless computing is an execution model in which your cloud provider dynamically manages the allocation of machine resources (those machines would be the actual ‘servers’ – but they have nothing to do with you, certainly not in a physical sense: they are completely abstracted away from the end user). Pricing is based on the amount of resources consumed by your application, rather than on pre-purchased capacity. In other words, serverless consumption models are ‘on demand’ utility computing.

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Written By Priscila Bernardes May 22, 2018 9:00:00 AM

cloud computing Digital Transformation

Emptying out the server room's never been a better idea

Seriously, rooms full of black boxes with little blinking lights is just so nineties.

While that might sound a lot like a fashion statement, the problem isn’t with appearances. Instead, it is costs. Flexibility. Security and resilience. Management overhead. Hassle. And that’s why the time has never been better for emptying out the server room and putting all those boxes into the cloud. A bonus: how much space will this (relatively simple) action free up…and what will you do with it?

The cloud, these days, is setting the standard for the infrastructure every company needs to run its business. The old way of buying hardware, along with the attendant hassles of configuring and then managing it, belong in the past because it’s expensive. It’s also clunky and times change fast, while ‘bought’ hardware might as well have a use-by date on it (tired of constant refreshes which make three years go by in the blink of an eye?).

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