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Why our personal data isn't any more secure under GDPR

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 5, 2018 3:06:32 PM / by Richard Blanford

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Tips for Cloud Migration

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 16, 2018 5:26:23 PM / by Richard Blanford posted in Cloud migration

Moving to cloud is not a shortcut. Effective use of any type of cloud requires that all the ‘traditional’ IT disciplines as defined by ITIL  and other best practice frameworks are in place and ideally automated. The good news is that most organisations will already have most of the required elements, which may just need to be re-architected or enhanced for cloud.

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Why a patch in time could save your reputation – or even your business

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 6, 2018 11:41:12 AM / by Richard Blanford

We all know patching is a vital part of IT security, but how often do you review your patching regime? And is it part of your organisation’s overall risk strategy? It should be!

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Evaluating new tech: the case for challenger brands

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 20, 2018 2:17:39 PM / by Richard Blanford posted in New Technology


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One question I’m often asked is what new technologies organisations should be considering. This is an important part of my job and one that I really enjoy, as I’m a techie at heart! We’re always looking for innovative technology and considering how it might meet the changing needs of our customers.

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Making sure cloud doesn’t become the new outsourcing

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 19, 2018 5:04:12 PM / by Richard Blanford posted in managed cloud, cloud, cloud intermediation, tactical

Remember the rush into outsourcing – rather cynically (but often justifiably) referred to as ‘your mess for less'?

One of the key reasons outsourcing failed to deliver what it promised was that, in most cases, the outsourcing company simply took on an organisation’s existing infrastructure, without first making sure that it was fit for purpose.
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What technology will be hot in 2018?

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 24, 2018 10:37:35 AM / by Richard Blanford posted in technology, trends

As usually happens at this time of year, my team persuaded me to look into my crystal ball and predict the technology trends I think will make the most impact in IT this year. Here are my top six tips.

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Tips on GDPR compliance for mobile data

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 27, 2017 10:44:32 AM / by Richard Blanford posted in GDPR, Cloud Security, Data Protection


With GDPR only seven months away now, one aspect of compliance we all need to consider is how to secure personally identifiable information (PII) on laptops and other mobile devices. This data is harder to control and at a greater risk of being compromised because it’s not behind the company firewall.

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Technology Services 2 will save the public sector money

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 4, 2017 9:57:24 AM / by Richard Blanford posted in IT Strategy, IT Transformation, Technology Services 2

As you may have seen from our news page, last month we became one of more than 100 SMEs included on the Crown Commercial Service’s new Technology Services 2 (TS2) framework. This makes it easier for all public sector organisations – government departments, local authorities, NHS, ‘blue light’ etc. – to buy specialist IT services, from desktop solutions to replacing entire systems.

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How to move your legacy applications to the cloud

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 4, 2017 3:13:56 PM / by Richard Blanford posted in legacy, cloud intermediation, Cloud migration

How much of your business is in the cloud? Many organisations are now using it for email, document sharing, even CRM – but how about your legacy applications?

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A cloud first strategy for disaster recovery

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 27, 2017 10:15:21 AM / by Richard Blanford posted in cloud, cloud intermediation, Disaster Recovery, DraaS, cloud first, tactical

Any organisation considering moving applications to the cloud will begin with the questions: when is the right time and what services should we move? If you can extend the life of your existing infrastructure while reviewing your options in the medium term, a useful first step is to move your Disaster Recovery (DR) to the cloud.

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