Regardless of how you voted in 2016 you are probably sick and tired of the ongoing Brexit saga and the ever increasing political machinations as the exit date draws closer. There are a lot of seasoned, clever and well informed pundits opining on the likely outcome and the impact on both the UK and Europe. So far be it for me to try and second guess the big picture but it is worth providing you with a view from On Line’s perspective.
We hope you all had a lovely Christmas break.
If you joined us for our Christmas Champagne tour of London, we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!
For those who couldn’t make it this time, we hope you can join us at our next event. Be the first to know about our upcoming events by joining our guestlist.
The closer we get to May 2018, the more buzz there is around GDPR. As a business owner you will be used to making decisions and it is clear that you need to make one now. Stick or twist. Ignore the pending legislation or understand the impact. At least if you understand the impact and still chose to ignore it, you’ve made an informed decision. By reading on you will be more informed than when you started.
There are arguments around the technical approach to GDPR that have ringing similarities to those presented when ‘Consumerisation of IT’ first became a thing towards the end of the last decade. I have delved into my archive and found a diagram that was used by one of the big global vendors in their slide deck to demonstrate the benefits of the transition that consumerisation heralded. Then the focus was on empowering the staff, especially as the millennials started to hit the workforce, and enabling the business in the process. The suggestion at the time was that IT teams zealously controlled all matters IT and determined how and where employees were able to interact with systems. Consumerisation was an ideal that placed the emphasis on the users making that determination.
“How did it get so late so soon?” Dr Seuss
It is now less than 1 year before the new European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect. This new legislation is the biggest change to data protection in many, many years. The current regulation was created before so much of our lives and personal information was online and used for other purposes.
As businesses become more comfortable with using Cloud services, the rate of adoption has accelerated. As well as more traditional hosted applications – like Microsoft Office 365 – organisations have the option to outsource even more of their operating environment, including the humble desktop PC.
When it comes to choosing a broadband connection for your business, you may be surprised to discover there are three main choices. So how do you decide which right for you?
There seems to be a never-ending stream of statistics about data security and ransomware these days. Everybody wants to raise your awareness of cyber security (don’t worry, we’re not going throw any more stats at you). We’re assuming that by now you’re aware that it is an issue.
It dominated the business headlines in 2016. Now, as all the Brexit talk moves closer to becoming reality, many UK businesses who have adopted cloud, are probably wondering about the effects of a pending departure from the EU. This is particularly relevant where you consume cloud services from suppliers in another country.