Microsoft’s Landscape and Attitudes study — a collaboration with Analysys Mason — released at their annual Inspire conference last week was based on an in-depth look at 3,000 small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) in ten countries around the world. This blog article discusses the key findings and how Microsoft can help SMBs thrive in the new digital economy.
In many small businesses, IT Support is a tricky area. It’s complex, costly, and impossible to ignore. It needs continual vigilance and good oversight to make sure it functions well. It's challenging for an IT consultant (one man band) to look after a growing small business. It's an unrealistic proposition to expect them to successfully stay on top of all aspects of technology. Here are five tell-tale signs it’s time to change tack.
Changing IT service providers used to be a nightmare, and best avoided. Erosion of time, unforeseen costs, and the potential for business disruption were all major concerns. But not so anymore. With advances in technology, the entire move can be done seamlessly and hassle-free. All you need is a little planning, and your switch can be painless.
Have you got a stockpile of old equipment that’s collecting dust and occupying valuable office space? FOS.net’s strategic partnership with N2S offers a specialist IT recovery, reuse, or recycling service which includes a secure collection of your technology assets and certified data wiping and recycling.
Ransomware is continuously evolving. Unfortunately, it is impossible to predict exactly when a cyber-attack might occur, but it is vital you remain prepared. What many small businesses do not realise is that there are some simple steps that can be taken to reduce their attack landscape.
In recent times cloud-based VoIP phones have proved themselves to be an invaluable tool, allowing businesses to use full-featured phone systems from anywhere. However, many VoIP phone systems are not integrated with cloud platforms such as 365 as well as other applications commonly used for professional workflows.
What many small businesses do not realise is that there are plenty of free 365 training courses available online or via YouTube. In the following article, I have put together a list of my favourite resources.
Most SMBs never configure a retention policy, or indeed, they are not even aware of the retention capabilities in Microsoft 365. In general, Information Governance is one of those areas that simply does not get the attention that it deserves, especially in the small business market.
Whether they’re in-house or hired on a consultancy basis, a one-man band is an appealing idea at an initial glance. One person means simplicity and cheaper running costs, right? Not quite. There are some significant shortcomings when it comes to relying on a single person for such an essential business function. It increases risk and leaves you increasingly reliant on that person.
Microsoft Defender for Business (MDB) is a new endpoint security solution that is designed specifically for small businesses (up to 300 employees). With this endpoint security solution, your company's devices are better protected from ransomware, malware, phishing, and other threats. It's been available since early March, and it's included within Microsoft's 365 Business Premium Plan.
Social media is a fantastic way to stay in touch and keep up to date on the latest news. However, it’s important to know how to manage the security and privacy settings on your accounts, so that your information remains inaccessible to anyone but you. Revealing too much information online leaves the door open to fraudulent activities. Thanks to stronger security enforcement, you can decide what goes public and what stays private. With in-depth probing of the privacy settings of your social media accounts, you can enjoy a safe online experience.