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.
Businesses already know the value of IT for saving time, automating certain tasks, and for simplifying communications. They are also aware that new technologies present opportunities to magnify these improvements. But there are two major problems.
Whether businesses are willing to admit it or not, the use of personal devices on the company network is increasing. Some organisations continue to push back against bring your own device (BYOD), while others have embraced the inevitable – nearly 60% now permit employees to connect their own smartphones and tablets to company systems.
Thanks to the digital revolution of the business world, the evolution of technology, and the relentless need for online support and engagement, the modern office place is no longer confined to a single physical location.
The Virtual Office is a very real thing these days.
Add in the soaring costs of renting real estate, and you can see the benefits mount up for restructuring collaborative processes across many connected satellite workstations, rather than drag everyone across town every day in rush hour traffic in the rain, sleet or snow.
With Desktop as a Service (DaaS) your virtual office can be virtually anywhere, the coffee shop, the local park, your back garden, anywhere with an internet connection and a laptop. Whether you’re a progressive, forward thinking business owner looking to offer your employees the opportunities to work remotely from home or a freelance start up, the same tips and advice below applies…
Let's cut straight to the chase, and start off with the positives…