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Written By Priscila Bernardes Feb 20, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Software Development Digital Transformation

A reality check: Why you should NOT develop that app

We see (and write!) a lot of articles about why you should create custom software applications, how to come up with app ideas, and the cost of developing software. But then when we think about how we interact with clients, the first thing we do is check if they should not be creating the app. 

Yes, we are aware of the contradiction! However, as you know we are all about creating leverage, and despite acknowledging custom software is the ultimate way to gain competitive advantage, if results are not generated as expected it can quickly turn into a pit of wasted resources

To make sure you've thought through your idea, here are instances where we suggest NOT to pursue custom software development: 

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Written By Anastasia Ramsay Feb 13, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Digital Transformation

Your buyers have changed, here's how you can attract them.

You may have noticed that the traditional methods of gaining your customers attention (and business!) are failing to pull in the results they used to. To combat this, HubSpot developed the Inbound Methodology, focused on delivering value to your customers to attract them, and pull them through the buyers journey. This pairs nicely with our own belief in providing value up-front, so naturally we have whole-heartedly adopted this ideology into our online presence!

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Written By Priscila Bernardes Feb 6, 2018 9:00:00 AM

IT security Digital Transformation

The new reality of cyber security and how to adapt to it

We started this year addressing the up and coming trends we see happening in tech and businesses. Though our content over the past 4 weeks we have addressed a few topics, which can, in a nutshell, be summarised to a trend that is here to stay: the fast approach of digital transformation in businesses.

With the world increasingly going digital, we appear to now have another issue in our hands: IT Security

Clearly, the events of 2017 have shown that the focus on cyber crime is only increasing, and becoming stronger. We have seen the smallest and the biggest businesses being impacted by this new wave.

All of the sudden, we were facing a new challenge and asking the question: What do I need to do to stay protected?

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Written By Anastasia Ramsay Feb 5, 2018 1:38:49 PM

Business automation Software Development efficiency

The 4 pillars of a successful IT project

The fear of having an IT project fail can be a strong deterrent for many, despite the expected business advantages to be gained. 

With the digital transformation well underway, IT projects are what set's many businesses apart of their competitors. Whether it be for internal efficiencies through streamlined business processes, or establishing a desirable point of difference in the customers eye.  

If it's your first time taking on an IT project, or you have been doing this for years, in this article we offer our 4 tried and tested methods for ensuring a successful outcome. 

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Written By Anastasia Ramsay Feb 5, 2018 1:38:16 PM

productivity Digital Transformation

Don't let tech hold you back: How to evolve your business processes for greater productivity

Many NZ SME's face the same growth barriers: they have reached a stage where customer demands drive are driving their growth, but don't have the right tools or processes in place to manage this growth, anticipate buying behaviors or build loyalty.

The reality is 1 in 3 New Zealand SME owners wish they knew more about technology, and how it can help drive their businesses forward.

The solution? Start understanding your options by looking at how latest technology can assist your business.

The good news? This post explores a handful of the benefits the right IT can bring to organisations (and provides a path for those wanting to take action now!).

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Written By Anastasia Ramsay Feb 5, 2018 1:37:56 PM

Digital Transformation innovation

What we are doing to create great experiences at Lancom

We live in an unprecedented age for businesses, the barriers to change have never been so low. Your customers can read reviews, compare and contrast your business with your competitors, without you ever knowing. Not only that, but your competitors can easily keep tabs on you. They work their hardest to target your customers and demonstrate how they can do the job better, as well as how changing to them is pain-free. Gaining competitive advantage is getting harder... but the battle isn't lost! There are still ways to wow your customers and ensure they stick around. 

One of the answers implies reviewing the experiences you are providing to your customers.

If you are reading this post and work for an SME (like most of us in New Zealand),  you sure would be challenging the idea at this point and probably thinking "where is the time to do all that?". So, we thought we would show you, the simple, yet effective tactics that we are applying in our IT business. 

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Written By Anastasia Ramsay Feb 5, 2018 1:37:46 PM

IT security

Cybersecurity & You Part 3: Keeping your mobile phone secure

Think back to a time where you thought you had lost your mobile phone. How it feels when your heart drops into your stomach at the thought of losing, not the phone itself, but all the information stored on it.  

With this thought primed, it would be fair to say mobile phones have become the center of our worlds. However, what if having your mobile phone hacked was a million times worse than losing your phone. How would you feel if your life was hacked?

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Written By Priscila Bernardes Feb 5, 2018 1:37:36 PM

innovation IT security efficiency

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 Feb 5, 2018 1:36:38 PM

Digital Transformation efficiency

7 Signs you need an IT Managed Service Provider

With New Zealand and Australia leading the world in technology and business integration, it would be understandable if you were starting to question your ability to keep up.  

With the increasing reliance on technology to create growth and competitive advantages for businesses, the solution is not to do it all yourself, but to partner with an IT Provider who works in partnership with your business.  

But how do you know if your business is ready to engage with a Managed Services Provider (MSP)? If you're on the fence, we've broken down the key indicators that it's time to find an IT Partner. 

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Written By Priscila Bernardes Feb 5, 2018 1:35:58 PM

Business automation innovation

What the best companies did in 2017

With a new year around the corner, it is worth considering the common strategies and tactics that the world’s best companies have adopted to maintain their positions at the top of the pile. Whether Apple, Google or Wal-Mart, or Air New Zealand, Fonterra or Trade Me, these organisations have several similarities in their approaches to success. Check them out – and ask yourself if your business is doing the same.

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