Small businesses use many digital applications on a daily or weekly basis. Each of these apps requires a password, and asking employees to maintain all their own passwords to these applications is not only inefficient; it also presents inherent security risks. For example, it can introduce IT risks when employees fail to change their credentials or they use the same credentials for every application. Single-sign-on (SSO) solutions can solve that problem.
Most small businesses are led by people who either do not have experience in IT governance and as a result, it is overlooked. IT governance should not be underestimated and it plays a key role in the sustainability and growth of an organisation. It provides the structure and processes to ensure that IT and business goals are aligned, IT risks are mitigated, and IT delivers the promised value.
Microsoft 365 Copilot is an exciting new AI solution that can help small businesses to manage and maintain their Microsoft 365 environment more effectively. Copilot uses AI to automate routine tasks, provide personalised recommendations, and help small businesses to stay up to date with the latest 365 features. It will be included with Premium subscriptions.
The use of software to track user productivity is becoming more popular, but it also has negative impacts, especially when it comes to how employees feel. Before deciding whether to use this type of solution, it is best to understand the pros and cons of monitoring your employees.
Cyber Essentials is the UK government-backed cyber security certification scheme that helps organisations protect themselves against common cyber threats. The certification has been widely adopted by small businesses as a benchmark security standard. Over the years systematic Cyber Essentials changes have enabled the accreditation to evolve in line with new risks and stay relevant to the current security climate. On 23rd January this year, the NCSC published an updated set of requirements, version 3.1 for the Cyber Essentials scheme which will come into force on the 24th of April 2023.
Microsoft Teams has become an invaluable tool for small businesses, delivering collaboration and communication among team members. However, meetings can onerous, with tasks like taking notes and assigning follow-up tasks taking up valuable time and resources. This is where ChatGPT comes in.
The owner of your average small business is often spread too thin. When a business starts to scale, without an effective strategy the day-to-day running of IT operations will become onerous and problematic. If there is not enough work for a full-timer, then you cannot justify paying full price. But there is a creative solution that could potentially bridge that gap.
Asking the right questions can make selecting the right service provider for your business a much easier process. So, what are the important questions you should ask potential providers ahead of signing up? Don't worry, we've done all of the heavy lifting for you. See our Small Business checklist.
There are lots of measures that small businesses can undertake take to improve their cyber security. One of the major certification frameworks is the government-backed Cyber Essentials Scheme. Becoming certified demonstrates to your clients and suppliers that your business is taking cybersecurity seriously. But is it worth the effort and expense?
With the current economic climate looking particularly unstable, small businesses are looking to cut costs to protect themselves from the uncertainty ahead. What many small business owners do not realise is that there are a few simple actions that can be undertaken to identify monthly savings.
When deploying Microsoft 365 there are many costs that stack up beyond the initial licensing fees. Many of these are hidden or go unnoticed as your organisation grows. The result is the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) far exceeds the original forecast. However, there are some simple measures that can be taken to identify your hidden Microsoft 365 costs.
In today's modern working environment Small Businesses are cosying up to the idea of employees conducting company business on their personal computers. It sounds straightforward, but this is a technological can of worms with risks and policy issues to consider.