Work practices have undergone a revolution in the digital age. Networked devices and more mobility have blurred the line between work and home as vast numbers of people perform their jobs across multiple platforms, often far from the office.
Multinational corporations and large enterprises have for years been conducting business on a global scale. These operations require a broad array of devices and software to function smoothly, and significant resources are invested to support and maintain them. That’s why they employ teams of IT experts – in data centres, hardware, networking, security, software, support, training and more.
The internet of things (IoT) is being heralded as a breakthrough technology that will be instrumental in enabling other next-generation technologies, such as AI, driverless cars and robotics. So far, much of the hype has focused on consumer items like smart TVs and fridges that can order extra milk. But it’s in business where the IoT is predicted to drive massive transformation.
When it comes to laptop and notebook computers, their greatest strength can often seem to be their most profound weakness. The very portability that makes them such useful tools for the mobile professional leaves them vulnerable to a host of catastrophes that never faced the average desktop machine.
It’s easy to calculate the cost of new hardware or software. But there’s more to a business case than these hard costs. Delaying your upgrade cycle may save on these costs in the short term, but there are other costs that may start ballooning as your fleet ages beyond its end-of-life. Some of these costs – like the cost of a security breach or reduced productivity – are hard to quantify or predict, but that doesn’t make them any less real.
One of the few industries that will never see budget cuts is security – especially cyber security. As the world grows ever more complex and connected, our valuable information is increasingly exposed to malicious actors from all corners of the globe.
In the days before the internet, productivity was a slow process requiring manual input and long-form mathematics. The internet has changed all that and is getting better all the time. So what are the top 10 productivity boosters for 2018?
The annual Las Vegas-based CES show is the epicentre of the global technology industry. From the coolest new consumer gadgets to the major business trends that will change the way we work, here’s a quick summary of what you may have missed in 2018.
One of the few industries in the world that will never see budget cuts is security. As the world grows ever more complex and connected, our valuable information is increasingly exposed to malicious actors around the world.
Lead generation is a time- and resource-heavy endeavour, making automation and data-processing technologies the right tool for the job. Artificial intelligence (AI), and machine learning in particular, is an incredible resource for lead generation. AI can:
It’s said that the best defence is a good offence. This is particularly true in cybersecurity, where the average cost of a security breach in Australia is more than US$100 per compromised data item, according to a 2017 Ponemon study. Considering how many data items can be at risk in the event of a breach, this could rack up quite a hefty bill.
We live in the era of digital disruption, when always-on connectivity, a mobile workforce and globalization leave us more vulnerable than ever to cybersecurity assaults. In this brave new world, keeping customer and company data safe is a seemingly insurmountable challenge.
Productivity-boosting technologies you can use today
When it comes to technology, most of the talk is about tomorrow. But the truth is, many of the tools you need are here today. Using technology efficiently can boost business productivity in spades and most of it, surprisingly, is more convenient, collaborative and affordable than the clunky old systems of yesterday.
Let’s start with the granddaddy of all – productivity boosters.
Google first showed us offices could be fun. But between the playground slides and the ping-pong tables, the tech giant’s interior can be a little daunting for those not accustomed to a fun-filled office space.
When ideas and knowledge can easily be shared both within and outside an organisation, pooling skills can create much better outcomes. Given that contractors and teleworkers make up a big part of the SMB workforce, it's easy to see why collaboration software has become so popular for connecting people and information where they are most needed.
Competition is fierce in the small and medium business (SMB) IT solutions space today, with global giants Google and Microsoft vying with a multitude of smaller solutions providers for every dollar of IT business investment.
With storage cheap and plentiful, SMBs process more data than ever before. It also means that loss of such data can hit the business hard in the hip pocket. So it's worth devising a solid data backup strategy for your business.
Many smaller businesses skimp on their data backup, considering it too expensive or time-consuming. But with events like hardware failure, natural disasters, malicious software and ordinary human error waiting to decimate your data, it's not a matter of if it happens but when. In short, backup is your digital insurance policy. Here are some tips on how to get your data backups in order.
Cybersecurity threats are often associated with larger corporates and multinationals. But the truth is that – as with the recent WannaCry ransomware virus – businesses of any size are at risk.
Unfortunately, many small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) don't take the threat seriously, or they don't have the resources to manage them. This makes them ill-prepared to safeguard against an attack, and vulnerable to having their operations disrupted. A 2012 study in the US found that 60 per cent of SMBs go out of business within six months of a breach.