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Written By Anastasia Ramsay Mar 28, 2017 9:30:00 AM

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Why analytics is a big deal (and how you can get in on the action)

What’s the ‘power to know’ worth? (Yes, we know that’s the slogan of a business intelligence vendor…SAS, to be specific). Ask most people and they will easily agree that accurate information, as detailed as the situation demands, is invaluable.

That’s why data analytics is tipped for big things by the likes of Gartner. The growth in spend, to over US$18-billion this year, is matched by the positive attitude which business leaders have towards concepts like big data (which is a branch of analytics). 85 percent of them believe it will dramatically change the way they do business. 

There’s good reason for all that positivity. Analytic tools take raw data and turn it into valuable information to support decisions made by people. Combine gut feel with data insights and amazing things can happen: customers can be better served, problems anticipated and prevented, performance tracked and managed ‘at the minute’, products developed more effectively and at lower cost – and much, much more.

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Written By Priscila Bernardes Mar 7, 2017 9:30:00 AM

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Want to Build a Business Cloud Strategy? Follow These 4 Steps

Getting your business into the cloud can happen by stealth or it can happen through conscious direction and effort – in other words, by strategy. That’s by far the better approach, as it means you have a level of control, can understand the advantages and challenges, and manage any risks. It also means you can apply our four top tips to bear in mind when building your cloud strategy.

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Written By Priscila Bernardes Dec 13, 2016 9:30:00 AM

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Busting the 4 big myths about moving to Office 365

Considering Microsoft Office 365 as your first step in moving to the cloud? Like any other applications, there may be some inconsistencies in your research giving rise to myths which make it difficult to separate fact from fiction. Here are our top four – dispel these ones and make a more informed decision.

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Written By Priscila Bernardes Nov 1, 2016 9:30:00 AM

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6 cloud computing terms you should know

You will by now have heard the term 'Cloud Computing' a lot.  You probably have found that the term 'cloud computing' is used for completely different and apparently contradictory circumstances. Google, Uber and Amazon are all 'cloud' but very different services. Didn't Amazon once sell books?  AWS, Evernote, Uber, AirBnB, Office 365, Google - all cloud, all quite distinct.

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Written By Priscila Bernardes Oct 26, 2016 9:30:00 AM

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The 6 best practices to ensure cloud success

Moving into the cloud is going to be different for every business, but there are also some similarities. The major one is that there will be some principles which apply broadly, chief among them the fact that the journey – for it is a journey – is likely to be an iterative one. Few companies are born into the cloud, or migrate to it in a single ‘lift and shift’ moment. For most, it is a process which starts with testing the waters, then gradually examining the various services required by the organisation, then moving those into the cloud if, when and where there is advantage to be gained.

Throughout this process, your business has an opportunity to relook at IT: how does it operate, what value does it add, and how? The journey into the cloud, therefore, is probably transformative already, but it can become even more so by revisiting the way IT is delivered and consumed. It is therefore a change management process as much as a technology migration one.

Check out these best practices to get the most out of moving into the cloud.

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Written By Priscila Bernardes Oct 4, 2016 9:30:00 AM

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Four technologies every small business should consider

Do business like efficiency? (of course you do)! Keen to get things working better? Then there are four technologies which you should consider, if you haven’t already, to get your business humming – and which could even give you the competitive edge. They are:

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Written By Priscila Bernardes Sep 27, 2016 9:30:00 AM

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4 ways to get much more from Microsoft Office 365

Office 365 has probably completely changed your view of Microsoft's world-leading productivity suite. For starters, tighter integration and more tools mean using much more than Word and Excel, it is a proven solution for streamlining your business and there are pleanty of good reasons to consider moving to Office 365 if you haven't already.

But for those who are into the Office 365 experience, there's always something new to learn; one of our favourite things to do with the software is to find ways to make it work even better for us. Check out these four epic hacks which have made Office 365, easier, better and faster.

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Written By Priscila Bernardes Sep 13, 2016 9:30:00 AM

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Amazon or Azure: Does it matter?

In a pretty short space of time, businesses have become spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing cloud infrastructure and platform providers – but the two undoubted leaders and most commonly-encountered options are Amazon’s AWS and Microsoft’s Azure. Which one is right for you, and does the choice really matter?

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Written By Priscila Bernardes Sep 6, 2016 9:30:00 AM

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Office 365: It's a whole lot more than Outlook, Word and Excel

Have you ever bought a new television only to find out months later that it has a feature that you didn’t even know about?

The TV turned on and you were able to binge watch your favourite show, so what does it matter? Well little did you know you can order pizza from your TV and it’s delivered fresh – wish you knew that now.

Microsoft Office 365 is very similar to this, most people only have a few uses for it; email, word and excel (we’re happy with that). As it is always the case , there’s more to it, and today we take the time to review some additional features that you probably haven’t even heard about, and explain how they can change the way you work.

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Written By Priscila Bernardes Aug 16, 2016 9:30:00 AM

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Hosted and cloud: Not the same thing

Is a hosted application or service the same thing as a cloud one? It may seem that way, but simply put, it just isn’t. However, this is a commonly-made mistake. Let’s have a look at the differences between these two methods of delivering applications or services.

Starting with cloud solutions, the general point is usually this: If it is in someone else’s data centre, then it is a cloud solution.

Except, there is more to it than that. While this is necessary, it isn’t sufficient to earn the ‘cloud’ name. Indeed, just being in someone else’s data centre is far more likely to make it a hosted service. That’s because this is precisely what is meant by ‘hosting’. Just like when you host a guest, so too an application or service in someone else’s data centre is a ‘guest’ which is just looked after by that host.

There are other qualities which make a solution ‘cloud’ rather than hosted. It starts with that service being hosted in a remote data centre, and the list keeps going. Additional factors include:

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