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16/02
2018
General practice telephony to survive tough times
Posted by James Hooker on 16/02 at 10:00 AM Cloud-hosted telephone systems, Healthcare, SIP,
Busy GP Surgery

With the NHS reporting January 2018 was one of the toughest months on record despite the cancellation of thousands of non-urgent operations, the pressure on the health service is clear. The Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt recognised the stresses and strains of this winter...

13/02
2018
Top 3 challenges for IT in education
Posted by Joe Kavanagh on 13/02 at 10:00 AM Education, Internet connectivity, Wi-Fi,
Wi-Fi in a classroom

The classroom is becoming an amazing blend of interaction, digital information and other modern learning models to engage with students and help educators be more effective. Digital transformation in schools creates new challenges for the infrastructure and overworked...

09/02
2018
5G connectivity is coming sooner than you think.
Posted by Elaine Bellamy on 09/02 at 10:00 AM Mobiles,
5g mobile phone

The year 2000 saw the release of the Nokia 3310 with a WAP browser and 3G so you could surf the web on your mobile device. It was 11 years later that 4G was launched across the UK with a promise of faster connectivity speeds for users on smartphones and...

06/02
2018
Why all the fuss about end of life IT and communications systems?
Posted by Caroline Moore on 06/02 at 10:00 AM Cloud services, Data networks, IT services, Security,
software update

A recent report in CRN magazine has revealed the majority of local councils are running their computers and laptops on Windows 7 – an operating system that is due to go end of life in less than two years’ time. The report made me draw a sharp intake of breath as...

02/02
2018
Will rural areas get the broadband speeds promised?
Posted by Colin Woods on 02/02 at 10:00 AM Internet connectivity,
Business people in a field talking

The internet has become one of the essential utilities for homes and businesses and is a critical force in the digital transformation trend. The Government recently announced it had achieved a target of delivering 24Mbps to 95% of the country, but the last 5% equates to...

30/01
2018
Use web filtering in schools to help tackle cyber bullying and trolling
Posted by Elaine Bellamy on 30/01 at 10:00 AM Education, Security, Web filtering,
school boy upset with cyber bullying

In 2017, ChildLine counselled 4,541 children about online bullying compared to 2,410 in 2011/12. This significant increase can be attributed to the number of internet-enabled devices available to children and teenagers offering them quick access to social media.  A...

26/01
2018
How could Spectre and Meltdown affect your business?
Posted by Colin Woods on 26/01 at 10:00 AM IT services, Security,
processor

The recent announcements regarding a design flaw in central processing units (CPU) within computers has sent businesses, PC manufactures and software publishers into a security spin. The two major vulnerabilities aren’t your normal software bugs which steal memory or data,...

23/01
2018
Adding up the cost of an aging telephone system
Posted by Rudi Weiss on 23/01 at 10:00 AM Telephone systems,
Cost of an ageing telephone system image

If you’re like many businesses, the only time you think about your telephone system is when it’s not working. But the ‘set it and forget it’ mindset can cost you in more ways than one. The way we work and how a business interacts with its customers has changed. This...

19/01
2018
Primary schools: Pay attention to your aging telephone system
Posted by Andrew Beswick on 19/01 at 10:00 AM Education, Telephone systems,
Primary schools pay attention to aging phone system image

Like many primary schools, the only time you might think about your telephone system is when it’s not working. The ‘if it ain’t broke why fix it’ mindset can cost you in more ways than one. This blog helps you evaluate the merits of your current telephone system versus...

16/01
2018
Supporting secondary schools and colleges to help balance the books
Posted by Joe Kavanagh on 16/01 at 10:00 AM Education, Internet connectivity, Telephone systems, Web filtering, Wi-Fi,
Education cost savings image

We have worked with secondary schools, colleges and their business and IT managers for 35 years. I understand just how much the education landscape has changed and the financial challenges you face. Secondary schools and colleges are keen on the idea of digital...

12/01
2018
Keeping sensitive information secure using Office 365
Posted by Chris Wheeler on 12/01 at 10:00 AM Office 365, Security,
Office 365 security image

With new guidelines and rules being introduced to protect sensitive information when used for business purposes, many are wondering how much time and cost needs to be invested to achieve the most secure, robust and fine-free approach possible. Most security-driven...

09/01
2018
Planning your migration to a cloud-hosted telephone system
Posted by James Hooker on 09/01 at 10:00 AM Cloud-hosted telephone systems, Telephone systems, Unified communications,
Migrate to the cloud image

There’s a lot to think about with any operational change, especially one that involves core business systems. But migrating your communications to the cloud is not as risky or complicated as it may seem. With a bit of planning, making the switch can be relatively...

05/01
2018
Communications technology for independent schools – why their needs differ
Posted by Simon Dunstan on 05/01 at 10:00 AM Education, Data networks, Internet connectivity, IT services, Telephone systems, Wi-Fi,
Communications solutions for independent schools image

We design and deploy plenty of communications solutions for schools but we find independent schools more challenging as their needs are more complicated. Like all educational establishments, independent schools are looking to digital transformation to try to find cost...

02/01
2018
Beat the rising commuter fares with efficient remote working
Posted by Ash Khagram on 02/01 at 10:00 AM Cloud-hosted telephone systems, IT services, Unified communications,
Commuters image

With protests seen at 40 stations today, the dissatisfaction with rising rail fares is clear. On one side, commuters are angry that the price of tickets have risen by 3.4% with some season tickets now costing £100 more. On the other, the Department of Transport...

29/12
2017
Recruitment agencies win the talent race with cloud-hosted telephone systems
Posted by Caroline Moore on 29/12 at 10:00 AM Cloud-hosted telephone systems, Recruitment agencies,
Recruitment agency phones image

The telephone system is undoubtedly the lifeblood of any recruitment agency. Contact with candidates and clients is what drives business forward, therefore the chosen solution must be reliable and offer all the features agencies need to be as efficient and successful as...

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