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

Outsourcing IT innovation Business automation

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 Oct 11, 2018 9:30:00 AM

Software Development cloud computing innovation

Here's why you should be thinking about a business app

Looking for that X factor which sets your company apart from the competition? Chances are, it can be found in software and that’s why you should be thinking about your company’s next application.

Think of the by-now usual suspects: Uber, Airbnb, Facebook, Amazon. These companies have revolutionised industries which were once unassailable fortresses, protected by regulation or high cost of entry.

How did they do it?

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Written By Priscila Bernardes Jul 27, 2018 12:15:01 PM

Business Partnerships innovation efficiency

Our philosophy: Leverage through technology for SMC's

On this platform, we speak a lot about facilitating your business growth. From technology to strategies, to productivity hacks to culture – we cover a lot! Today's article is a little different, we want to open the doors to the "backend", and expose our processes, our people, and what we are doing to ensure those who partner with us are getting the best from us.

Being in the business of providing technology solutions to other businesses, we recognise that our clients success is ultimately ours. Our best stories are those told by our customers, not by us. Because of this, we believe that if we double down our focus on helping our clients business’ grow, ultimately, we will grow too.

Curious for a behind the scenes look? Let's get into it!

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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

Digital Transformation Business automation innovation

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 May 16, 2018 8:15:53 AM

Digital Transformation innovation efficiency

Key areas to focus on to help your business adapt to the digital age.

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.

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Written By Priscila Bernardes Apr 17, 2018 8:47:16 AM

Digital Transformation innovation Business intelligence

Dip a toe into a data lake: Take a step closer to data-driven business

By now, there’s no need to point out how much data is generated daily by just about every business there is. But despite this obvious reality, most businesses don’t really use that data beyond its immediate initial purpose. By that, I mean your email is only useful ‘in the instant’. Once you’ve completed the task, it’s forgotten. Today’s sales figures might be rolled into a weekly or monthly report, but after that, it’s history (except maybe again at year-end). The logs and reports generated by monitoring equipment often do nothing unless they throw up an anomaly. 

Isn’t it about time you did …something… with all that data? After all, ‘data is the new oil’, and contained in it could be the seeds of innovation or, dare I say it, revolution. 

But how? 

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

Digital Transformation Business automation innovation

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 Priscila Bernardes Mar 20, 2018 4:01:35 PM

Digital Transformation productivity innovation

Your new advantage: Technology enabling creative solutions

If you have been following us for a while (or even 5 minutes), you will know getting the upper hand with leverage is our thing. 

We have all heard the well-versed notion, “technology increasing productivity”, however, what most don’t realise is that this is only half the opportunity.

Businesses (and individuals) are increasingly realising the potential technology has to enable creativity.

When you think about it, it makes sense. The accumulation of all the technological advances over the last century has lead us to a place where we have documentation of human knowledge, creations and discoveries just a few mouse clicks away, at any time.  

Distances have been reduced (despite barriers of time and space). Sharing knowledge is easier. Making connections is at the tip of our fingers. All of these factors combined facilitate creativity. 

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Written By Priscila Bernardes Mar 6, 2018 3:43:38 PM

Digital Transformation innovation

Four pillars of focus for business success in 2018

We have officially launched into 2018! With a fresh chapter comes fresh motivation and opportunity to pursue goals. 

To start the year off, our first article unpacks key areas for focus in the next 11 months. Rather than quoting books (with the exception of one!) or big industry names, the areas we mention in this article are the ones we believe in, those that we are focusing on to be able to innovate, create new products, and stay ahead of the the competition.

For this post, I have broken the combination of tactics we are adopting into 4 key themes. 

This is by no means the end of the list. Growing in 2018 will demand a combination of strengths. It is never going to be one thing, it has to be the integration of many things that, together will make you stand against the crowd. At Lancom, we summarise these key themes to: the talent you hire, the investment you make to manage the business behind your business, how well you are servicing your customers, and the attention you are paying to your brand.

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