What will schools be investing in for the next academic year?
Posted by Khaled El-Din on 05/07 at 10:00 AM Data networks, Education, Internet connectivity, Telephone systems, Web filtering, Wi-Fi,
School IT spend terms 201920

With the 2018/19 academic year coming to a close, I thought I would take a look at the education market, what the IT and communications trends are and what schools are buying despite their financial challenges. Even though budgets are tight, the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS)...

Enjoy automatic security patches with an up-to-date Wi-Fi infrastructure
Posted by Richard Wareham on 17/05 at 10:00 AM Security, Wi-Fi,
Enjoy automatic security patches with an up-to-date Wi-Fi infrastructure

Businesses use wireless local area networks (WLANs) or Wi-Fi to enable the efficient use of wireless devices in the workplace as well as offering internet access to visitors. They will have invested in LAN switches, routers and wireless access points to build their WLAN, but how long...

Don’t leave remote workers out in the cold
Posted by Caroline Moore on 05/03 at 10:00 AM Data networks, Cloud hosted telephone systems, Internet connectivity, Office 365, Security, Surface, Surfaas, Wi-Fi,
Don’t leave remote workers out in the cold

‘The workplace is no longer a location’ is a common phrase used in our industry to reflect the number of remote and mobile members of staff that contribute to the business landscape. The days of people working 9 to 5 in an office is still relevant for many, but technology has given...

Beware of getting hacked by the promise of free Wi-Fi in cafes
Posted by Elaine Bellamy on 30/10 at 10:00 AM Security, Wi-Fi,
Wi-fi in a cafe

While I blog about new technology and how it can help your business, I am also a parent who is wary of the security issues that technology can create. My previous blogs have been about web filtering and warnings about messaging apps used at school; this one concerns hacking. On a...

Choose complicated passwords to protect your personal details
Posted by Ash Khagram on 24/04 at 10:00 AM IT services, Security, Wi-Fi,
password images

Great Western Railway (GWR) recently urged around one million of their customers to reset their passwords in the wake of 1,000 web-based accounts being hacked by a new method called ‘credential stuffing’. GWR reported that no financial data was accessible, as this is encrypted,...

Further education colleges need to seek an internet connectivity alternative
Posted by Simon Dunstan on 06/04 at 10:00 AM Education, Internet connectivity, IT services, Security, SIP, Telephone systems, Web filtering, Wi-Fi,
Janet replacement services

Government funding cuts mean internet connectivity and IT services currently provided to English further education (FE) colleges on the Janet network will need to be paid for as of August next year. Announced last month, these cuts will cost colleges thousands of pounds every year...

Microsoft business apps - six special services to boost your business
Posted by Matt Gifford on 16/03 at 10:00 AM Office 365, Wi-Fi,
People using tablets and Office 365

It’s been more than six years now since the initial release of Office 365. When it was explained to me, the concept of a per user per month subscription for your favourite Office applications seemed like a big change. However, that change has been widely accepted and has helped...

Cyber security needed more than ever as data breaches rise
Posted by Colin Woods on 09/03 at 10:30 AM Cyber security, Disaster recovery, Data centre services, Web filtering, Wi-Fi,
cyber threats

With data breaches on the rise, cyber security has to be high on the agenda for any business that holds customer or employee data. The number of data breaches reported to the UK's Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) rose 19% in the last three months of 2017, according to the...

Schools have the choice to gain better connectivity
Posted by Joe Kavanagh on 02/03 at 10:00 AM Education, Internet connectivity, Web filtering, Wi-Fi,
primary school class

I speak to schools every day as part of my role and there is one topic of our conversation I feel needs to be addressed...internet connectivity. Understandably, many schools purchase their internet services from county council suggested services. I say “understandably” in that...

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 IT teams....

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