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Written By Priscila Bernardes Feb 5, 2018 9:57:09 AM

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The productivity tool your team NEEDS to have in 2018

The modern workplace now revolves around collaboration. Our roles are now intertwined with others, so our optimum output requires the inputs and expertise of a team.

Diverse teams spanning different departments, locations and hierarchical positions are now central to a high performing business, pinning collaboration tools as must-haves. We fall back on technology and collaborative platforms to bring our diverse teams together. Facilitating teamwork, whether it be in person on virtually, is now essential. 

However, most teams require multiple platforms to be able to collaborate, which becomes highly annoying... and stressful. And here we introduce the latest productivity tool, made for teams! Think of it as a 'one stop shop' type of platform for all your collaboration needs, for all the teams you are a part of. Exciting right?

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Written By Anastasia Ramsay Feb 5, 2018 9:53:29 AM

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How to come up with awesome business app ideas

You would be right if you thought investing in an app would be a wise decision this year. You can probably name half a dozen apps off the top of your head that have helped to simplify your life, yet you probably have a few tasks in mind of what you wish you had an app for!

The rise of digital transformation has meant that, apps are now a “thing” for businesses too. Companies who realise this opportunity are able to come up with app ideas that help keep them in their consumers’ pockets, streamline business processes, or automate routine processes to save time (and money).

However, coming up with winning business app ideas can be tricky! So, we have compiled a list of six things you should consider before hitting the go button on a new business app:

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Written By Priscila Bernardes Feb 2, 2018 4:40:59 PM

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Lancom achieves AWS Advanced Consulting Partner Status

This year marks 30 years of Lancom Technology. We've come a long way from one employee to what we are today: a strong team, focused on creating business leverage through technology and software.

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Written By Priscila Bernardes Jan 23, 2018 9:00:00 AM

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 The cloud computing trends every business leader needs to know

As technology and business become increasingly intertwined, it becomes of greater importance for business leaders to keep their eyes on the future of technology, in order to make smarter decisions. 

One hot topic (amongst many) is the future of cloud computing. Specifically, what cloud computing is doing in 2018. 

To help you make better decisions with your business goals/plans this year, we thought we'd explore three trends we see occurring in this space over the course of the next 11 months.  

The list of trends can some times become too technical. So, we were sure to pick things that are relevant to us, the business community.

We see these as being three: 

The commoditisation of cloud;
The importance of finding the right cloud talent;
The issue of security and what that means for those considering or already using cloud computing.

None of these trends are new. You probably heard about them already.  But what do they mean for you, for your work life, and for your business? 

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Written By Priscila Bernardes Jan 16, 2018 9:00:00 AM

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How to adjust your business model for digital transformation

You have heard about it, read articles about it, or are potentially even practicing it today. A relatively new, often misunderstood term, Digital Transformation has become increasingly popular in the business scene.

And it is not going away.

In less than 2 decades, we have seen more than halfof the Fortune 500 companies disappear, whether it be through mergers, acquisitions or bankruptcy. Guess who has replaced them? The businesses that are paving the way in a new digital world - The Facebooks, Amazons, Ubers and Zappos of the world.

Technology has not only happened to us, it has caused a paradigm shift within us (society), and the way we live our lives. Inevitably, it has reached businesses who now struggle to meet the challenges of an aggressive pace of digital disruption, often left at a loss as to where to begin changing. 

As surprising as it may seem, digital transformation starts with people. The biggest change is not about the shifting technology, focusing on customer experiences, or finding the right product set to run a business. Although not easy, these shifts are all doable!

The magic happens when people are able to break through legacy business culture.

As straight forward as this may sound, our leaders are struggling with taking on, supporting, and encouraging digital transformation.

A testimony to this challenge is the way most leadership teams run.

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Written By Priscila Bernardes Dec 14, 2017 10:35:17 AM

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5 reasons to consider an IT management change

Insanity is defined as doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. This is never truer than when dealing with IT processes that just aren’t working; insanity is never closer than at times when your company’s standard operating procedures for IT isn’t having the desired effect. But when you’ve tried everything twice (and double checked it’s not a PEBCAK issue), it may be time you changed your IT management processes. To guide you through this, we have highlighted the 5 indicators that an IT performance review is needed and a change should be implemented – for the better.

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Written By Priscila Bernardes Dec 14, 2017 10:33:52 AM

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5 Ways Office 365 boosts your accounting business

Switching to Microsoft Office 365 is one of the fastest, easiest and most beneficial ways you can take your accounting firm into the cloud. With all the familiarity of Microsoft Office, ‘going 365’ takes staff into a new way of working with minimal disruption. What’s more, it rapidly demonstrates the many benefits which can be expected from cloud services: flexibility, mobile working, ease of access to information, improved collaboration and communication capabilities.

Check out these 5 ways Office 365 can help your accounting firm streamline operations and improve performance.

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Written By Priscila Bernardes Dec 12, 2017 10:41:55 AM

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Running your accounting practice in the cloud: What you should know

The profitability and sustainability of every accounting firm today is directly linked to the cloud. That’s because moving to the cloud means a new way of working which is more efficient, more accessible, more mobile and more in tune with how people like to access and use their information. It’s a digital transformation and if you’re not already on the path to a cloud business, the time is now.

While ‘everyone else is doing it, so should we’ isn’t logically a good reason for going cloud, what is are the simple facts of how much better it is than having on-premise systems. Those reasons range from the financial (it is cheaper up front) to the technical (you get the latest version always, with zero upgrade impact). And they extend to the fact that your clients today are increasingly expecting cloud-delivered services from their accountant.

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Written By Priscila Bernardes Dec 8, 2017 10:31:00 AM

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How to prepare your Accounting Practice for 2018

With accelerating technological development in the tools available to accountants, it is an exciting time where the practice of ‘doing the books’ is giving way to ‘providing consulting and advisory’ service. Automation, integration of banking, accounting and other systems, and the introduction of techniques like artificial intelligence mean accountants no longer have to waste time on rote tasks – leaving them free to better understand the businesses of their clients and provide professional advice.

As a result, there are 5 trends to watch out for in the year ahead. They include:

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Written By Priscila Bernardes Oct 31, 2017 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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