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

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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

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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

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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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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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