With the whole world apparently going cloud crazy, you might get the idea that you’re missing out (and the chances are, if your technology systems are long in the tooth, you are). Check out these five signs which show your business is ready to take the leap…and reap the rewards.Read More
Digital adoption for business is often talked about as though it is a simple choice of picking a technology, and implementing it within your business. However, for established organisations, it’s not as easy as a flip of a switch, it requires a deeper business change.
Embarking on a business wide change is not a project most people jump into when everything is running smoothly, but it is required if businesses want to stay ahead. To help you get going, we’ve identified the top three areas you should focus on that have the greatest impact in your business’ ability to adopt technology.
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.)
In turn, most of these opportunities can be partially or fully enabled by readily available technology. More on that in a moment.
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.Read More
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.Read More
Unless you have been living under a rock, or you have more important things to do like run your business, you may have heard that Windows 7 comes out of support from Microsoft in January 14, 2020. Fundamentally, this means it will no longer receive updates from Microsoft, particularly security patches to any vulnerabilities discovered after that support expires next year.
Some of you will be familiar with a similar thing happening with Windows XP a few years ago, and now it is time for Windows 7 to follow suit. Windows 7 came out in 2009 and since then we’ve had 3 major Operating System releases with Windows 8, 8.1 and Windows 10, and the end-of-support deadline for Windows 7 presents a few opportunities for your business which will be detailed below.
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).
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.
Tide of cranky old applications to which the business seems beholden? You know what I mean – everyone hates the application because it’s slow but without it, things just don’t work. If this sounds familiar, the time has come for application modernisation. It couldn’t come at a better time because Microsoft’s Azure cloud provides multiple advantages including low cost, enterprise security, endless scalability and anywhere, any device access.
Which is all well and good, but how, exactly, do you get the basement-dwelling application out from under the stairs and into the cloud?Read More
It is surely one of the enduring surprises of the information and communications technology industry that, despite the never-ending hype which comes from the ‘latest greatest’, an enormous number of companies are still running applications and hardware which could quite easily form part of a Te Papa exhibition.Read More