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Written By Priscila Bernardes Feb 5, 2018 1:36:38 PM

Digital Transformation IT Managed Services

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 2, 2018 4:40:59 PM

cloud computing Digital Transformation Business Partnerships

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 16, 2018 9:00:00 AM

innovation Digital Transformation

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 12, 2017 10:41:55 AM

IT security Digital Transformation Microsoft Office 365

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

Digital Transformation

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 17, 2017 9:00:00 AM

cloud computing Digital Transformation

It is time to quit the relationship with your server. Here’s Why.

That’s right, you need to call time on your relationship with the office server. If it helps, you can promise one another you’ll just be friends, and relegate the server to a minor role on the side. Or go hard, pull the pin completely and shut it down for good.

Admit it, you’ve probably had a few technology love affairs over the years. Was it the iPhone? That shiny new convertible laptop? We might not have been there, but did you brag about impressive specifications just after spending tens of thousands on the new server?

Maybe so, but times have changed and it just doesn’t measure up any longer.

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Written By Priscila Bernardes Oct 3, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Business automation Digital Transformation Microsoft Office 365

How you can do your job better by using Microsoft Teams

We have talked about the business benefits of Microsoft Teams in the past, and because of our interaction with the tool we are big advocates of the benefits Teams can bring to businesses (as you can probably tell!). 

There are an overwhelming number of tools on the market that all appear to be the next best thing in your team collaboration and productivity, so much so that simply choosing which tools to implement is a huge task in itself, leading to inaction... not a desirable outcome! 

So if you are still on the fence about what value Microsoft Teams can offer your business, we thought we would bring some context into how Teams can help different roles.  

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Written By Anastasia Ramsay Sep 26, 2017 9:57:12 AM

Software Development Business automation Digital Transformation

This is how you generate the data that actually helps you make business decisions

Generating reports from data that actually provide you with the information you need to make high level business decisions is not easy.

In most cases, not only is their creation process heavily manual with the sourcing, collating and calculating data from numerous outputs, but the process lends itself to being time consuming and highly prone to errors.  

It's easy to see how only 29% of the companies who strive to be data driven are able to achieve this reality.  

So, how is their data different to yours?  They are able to transform their numbers from data to insights. 

What's the difference between your data and their insights? Well, quite a lot. To break it down, there are 6 key attributes that differentiate actionable insights from data. 

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Written By Priscila Bernardes Sep 12, 2017 1:14:29 PM

innovation productivity Digital Transformation

How to leverage techs to take your business to next level

Don’t get too used to your office space, technology is turning it on its head! The evolution of new technologies that enable remote working is already here. Attitudes towards flexible working are rapidly shifting, along with the creation of new tools and techniques to boost remote team efficiency. Technology is creating a dynamic yet hyper-productive workplace. Hello future!

 

But, there are still some fundamental problems in the way businesses are leveraging technology.

 

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Written By Priscila Bernardes Aug 8, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Software Development Digital Transformation

Technical Debt: Your technology may be costing you more than you think

Imagine you have just discovered a gap in the market, and you have an exciting opportunity to release software to service this market's needs. The only catch? Time is not on your side and you need to jump at it quickly.  

Or, you've just had an amazing idea of how your business could create software that would save you 100 man hours per month, naturally you want to launch it ASAP.  

In both these situations time is not on your side, and neither is technical debt.  

Wait, technical debt? What debt!?

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