The Australian Cyber Security Centre stated recently that ‘small businesses can be big targets for cyber-criminals’, citing a study showing 62% of small businesses had been a victim of a cyber security incident. While small and medium businesses may be less obvious targets than, say, ASIO or the big four banks, they are also a softer target. After all, there is a far lower chance of getting caught if they steal a low amount from many small businesses.
In a year as challenging as 2020, it would be easy to cling to the familiar. Most of us are comfortable with using the best-known Microsoft 365 apps, such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint, and lockdowns prompted us to embrace collaboration apps like Teams. Yet new features are added frequently, and it is worth stepping out of your comfort zone to explore some of these often-overlooked additions.
It goes without saying that IT managers must be across a broad range of technology skills, able to quickly step between discussions about devices, and making decisions about cloud. The most productive IT managers, though, have other soft, or non-technical, abilities that are equally important. Here’s our top 10.
Where would we have been in 2020 without the internet? It would be hard to think of a more essential business tool. From Teams meetings to online school, not to mention the many cloud apps that make it possible to work remotely, the internet is at the centre of our 2020 survival kit. Still, it doesn’t come without risks. The more we venture out into the online world, the more we invite that world into our makeshift workplaces. Here are some of the common pitfalls to look out for – and suggestions about how to sidestep them.
In the tech industry, we like to think we cope well with change. No matter how adept we are at learning emerging technologies and embracing new concepts, though, 2020 has still presented a steep learning curve for everyone. Now, as we have more time to take stock, we’ve been visiting what we have learned about the sudden change to our working environment. I’d like to share eight strategies that have worked well for us – hopefully, it will help others through the challenging months ahead.
Leading a business isn’t for the faint hearted. Even before 2020’s unique challenges emerged, getting a business off the ground, and then keeping it there, took a combination of planning, insight, and timing, as well as the blood, sweat and tears of those taking the plunge.
Like us, your business probably already puts ongoing effort into improving efficiency. Over the last couple of years, we had already used up-and-coming technologies to shave operating costs and increase return on our efforts. In business, though, it is never wise to rest on our laurels. When we had a chance to work with Microsoft’s Power BI app, included with our Microsoft 365 licence, we were keen to see if it could help us to do better. Spoiler alert: it did.
The official rebranding of Microsoft’s productivity suite to Microsoft 365 may be a little confusing, but the actual subscription packages have remained the same. Here is what you need to know…
Have you ever had that gut-wrenching moment when you realise that a critical piece of data or vital email has been deleted? It can happen to the best of us. Typically, after perhaps muttering a few choice words, we begin retrieval efforts, hoping against hope that not only has the data in question been backed up, but also that it can be quickly found. Still, if you are using Microsoft 365, everything important is backed up safely, right?
The one constant about business technology is that it is forever changing. This state of flux is what draws the creators, the innovators and the inventors to a career path that is endlessly eventful. The emergence of cloud, though, has caused a level of acceleration akin to Usain Bolt in an Olympic final. At the centre of this new technology world is Microsoft Azure, the cloud platform of choice for businesses of all types and sizes.
So, what is Azure, what should you know about it, and how do you know if it is the right platform for you? Here’s a quick FAQ to get you started.