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Written By Priscila Bernardes Nov 5, 2018 9:45:00 AM

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The 5 things you need to know before signing an IT contract

Outsourcing some or all of your IT service requirements is a great way to improve focus on core business operations, benefit from reduced costs and access to more powerful, more capable technology on-demand. 

But, how do your shop for an Outsourced IT provider? Do you compile a list from google, send through an email requesting the price,then choose the most economical provider? Because they are all the same, all they do is fix IT issues, right? 

WRONG. 

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

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Sometimes, the tried and true gets tired, outdated, and inefficient.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

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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

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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 Anastasia Ramsay Apr 10, 2018 2:30:00 PM

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Digital transformation: five essential truths

Think digital transformation, the go-to phrase in recent years, is a new development? Think again. Properly speaking, digitisation began when the first computers were switched on in businesses; machines like UNIVAC 1, Leo and perhaps even Colossus (they really gave those early room-sized devices cool names).

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Written By Anastasia Ramsay Mar 7, 2018 8:22:37 AM

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The ultimate guide to the fundamentals

With all the advances in technology over the last three decades, the discovery of blockchain technology has arguably been one of the greatest, and most disruptive discoveries yet. 

Blockchain is inherently difficult to comprehend, because to understand blockchain technology, we need to adopt a new understanding of certain technologies and terms... but that's where we come in! 

Due to the hype, and prevalence blockchain technology is set to play in our future, we want to demystify what it is, and how it will affect business. 

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

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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 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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