As you would no doubt of read over the past few days, a newly discovered form of security threat that involves attackers exploiting common features of modern microprocessors (aka chips) that power our computers, tablets, smartphones, and other gadgets. These attacks, known as “Meltdown” and “Spectre”, are getting a lot of attention. People are (rightly) concerned, and it’s of course very important to apply all of the necessary software updates that have been carefully produced and made available. Technology leaders, including Microsoft and Apple, are working together to address these exploits and minimize the risk of potential attacks.
Dropbox is used by an estimated 70% of businesses, according to Osterman Research. These companies presumably access, sychronise, and share information stored on the Dropbox cloud servers. And thanks to the rise of mobile communication such as smartphones, this information can now be accessed anytime and anywhere.However, industry experts have pointed out that Dropbox has security limitations and risk factors that make it an unsuitable application, especially for enterprise organisations.
2014 was a big year for enterprise technology and 2015 is shaping up to be even bigger. From the cloud computing revolution to the open source movement, here are our tech trends to watch over the coming year.
The BYOD movement has been picking up pace on the enterprise scene. Many businesses have already implemented it as standard fare, and attention this year will no doubt turn to managing all of these devices. The hard thing about allowing users to use their own devices of preference is that controlling data and protecting it can be more complicated. Enterprise tech will now look to solve this and focus on enterprise mobility management.
Space is becoming scarce, whether it be empty land for buildings or empty buildings for office spaces. As a result of this growing scarcity, rent is rising and more businesses are moving towards downsizing to a smaller office space. However, saving space doesn’t necessarily demand a move into a smaller physical space.
Technological developments are actually leading to a phenomenon that’s seeing small businesses all over the globe save space. Technology is evolving in such a way that it is demanding less physical space while simultaneously offering more in its functionality. Businesses are therefore being able to free up existing space within their own offices simply by upgrading to newer technology.
Blogging has become so accessible and easy that there are millions of blogs available on the Internet today. Within the fast moving world of technology, there’s always something to be blogging about, which means that many of these blogs are perfect for keeping up to date with the technological sphere. To help you separate the best from the rest, here’s a list of our top 15 IT bloggers you should be following this year.
The Internet was initially conceived as a way to transfer information from person to person via computers. However, in recent times, there has been an emergence of a sector known as the Internet of Things, or IoT. This refers to the process whereby information is transferred from appliance to appliance. The practical implications for this are vast as more and more physical objects become connected to our digital world. It means that we will have an unprecedented connection with our appliances and they will have an unprecedented connection with other appliances, which will ultimately make our lives easier.
Cloud-based computing is one of the hottest areas in personal and enterprise technology at the moment. With the exponential growth of this sector, there have been a multitude of tools developed to help enterprises ‘manage the cloud’, and 2015 is likely to see many more of these tools pop up. These tools do anything from monitoring to provisioning and it can be hard to decipher the best from the rest. The fundamentals behind cloud management require the ability to provide information about the system, monitor performance and provide the necessary alerts so that action can be taken if necessary. Here are some applications that can effectively help you to manage your cloud software, through monitoring, analysis, troubleshooting, and security tools.
Email is such a prominent form of communication nowadays and it’s even fair to say that it has become a key component of our online identities. We manage much of our personal and business communications through our email and we also use our email addresses to sign up for the many online services available to us, from banking to memberships. It’s therefore safe to say that email is a big deal. If your email account gets hacked, you could potentially lose money (through your online banking) and even ruin your personal and professional reputations (through excessive spam of the untoward variety and even unauthorised posts on your social media accounts).
Google’s Chief Information Officer (CIO), Ben Fried, is surely one of the most important IT Managers in the world. As CIO of one of the biggest technology companies, he and his team have a lot of technology to manage and a lot of very busy people to enable through that technology. Google works so well because of the service that Fried and his team provide to the company, and yet as a manager, Fried has a very simple philosophy to his management style.
We’re constantly told about how powerful the Cloud is, and how businesses both large and small should be ‘on it.’ And this much is true – leveraged properly, the Cloud is an immensely powerful tool that creates greater efficiencies within any organisation, and therefore saves the business money while also heightening productivity. But there’s a lot of confusion about the Cloud, and how to select the right Cloud model to suit the business’s needs. With this in mind, here’s a breakdown on the various kinds of Cloud models out there and reasons why you might want to consider using them.
The public Cloud
The best way to think about the public Cloud is: ‘it’s like Gmail.’ Using an Internet connection, a public Cloud user signs into a third party provider’s service in order to access its servers, hardware, datacentres and operating systems. It’s a space available to anyone in the world with a login, and the data that you create while on the service is stored in the same place as everyone else’s.
The Cloud has proven to have revolutionised the way we work. Even the smallest of businesses now have access to enterprise-grade technologies and applications, while larger enterprises have an even greater scale of technology to work with.
Because the Cloud market has become so saturated, it can be difficult to determine what is worth the investment. It is especially important for small businesses with limited resources to consider what investments are made into the Cloud, as it’s easy to get carried away and invest too much with little return to the business. With that in mind, below are a few of the most useful – and therefore essential – Cloud-based tools and applications.
At one point in time, wearable technology seemed like a passing fad. However, with the increase in processing power and resultant innovation, wearable technology is here to stay. There are some products that are really pushing the boundaries and many of the latest wearable technology products are legitimately useful. Here are a few of the coolest wearable tech innovations around.
Pebble and Samsung have popularised the fashionable and functional smartwatch, but other players such as Sony and Motorola have also come to the party. In more recent news, Apple has announced the Apple Watch and this has created an unprecedented buzz due to its sheer amount of options for apps via the AppStore. This watch should tie in nicely with the Apple ecosystem and is sure to bring the smartwatch from the early adopter technology enthusiast market into the mainstream consumer market. In fact, commentators suggest that traditional watchmakers should be worried too.
11 Nov 2014
In the age of the internet, more and more businesses are allowing their staff to work remotely. This may be for telecommuting purposes (so staff don’t need to commute as much), flexibility (for example, for new mothers) or even productivity (as the office can be distracting for some employees or certain tasks). Some company workforces are expanding outside their traditional walls to secure greater customer reach and better talent that may be located internationally. Whatever the reason, remote work arrangements are becoming increasingly popular.
With the rising popularity of remote collaboration, companies are looking at ways to improve their efficiencies and many are turning to cloud-based solutions. There are great benefits to be had when implementing a cloud-based collaboration platform for your company.
30 Oct 2014
Security is usually one of the highest priorities for any member of a technology team. An organisation’s IT department is usually tasked with maintaining security and protecting a business from technology related security risks.
However, as technology becomes more integrated into our professional and personal lives, all employees in an organisation are in a position to inadvertently put the online security and reputation of an organisation at risk. Conversely, they are also in a position to do their part to maintain security. The best way to get employees to start thinking about online security and practice good online habits is to develop a set of guidelines and provide training to raise awareness.
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