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You’d be surprised how many business owners contact the Q2Q team on a regular basis, asking how to get the most out of their Microsoft Office 365 accounts. And, what we’ve come to realise is that many organisations have invested in it, but only a limited number use to it to its full potential – with many not even knowing about some of the key features it offers.

So, that’s the inspiration behind our latest blog. We’ve put our tech-minded heads together to come up with five easy ways you can maximise the ROI on your Office 365 software – improving staff productivity, time efficiencies and letting the creative juices flow.

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The cloud has been a rather popular topic of conversation in the corporate world recently – with 88% of UK businesses reported to have adopted a cloud-based approach to their systems. Therefore, it’s no wonder the industry is continuing to see a spike in the amount of organisations weighing up the pros and cons of this virtual technology – but do the benefits really outnumber the drawbacks?

For SME’s looking for an answer to this burning question, you might like to read on…

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With one of the UK’s peak sales periods on the horizon – Cyber Monday – SMEs in the retail and e-commerce sectors are gearing up for an influx of website traffic and elevated sales, but what about an increased threat of cyber-crime?

It’s important to be aware that with the bottom line boost also comes an increased risk of cyber-attacks and data interception attempts. So with this in mind, it’s more important than ever that your business is well prepared to defend against – and deal with – any pesky online criminals.

But, how can your firm help reduce the impact of any ‘cyber-shoplifting’ attempts on your in-house operations? We explore some key areas below…

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Wednesday, 24 October 2018 08:00

Reach your IT peak: Essentials for scale-ups

Making the leap from start-up to scale-up can be demanding, but ensuring your IT support grows with you needn’t be a tough mountain to climb.

While the coffee machine probably isn’t the only thing starting to feel over-worked, all being well you’re really seeing the benefits of the hours of hard graft you put in during your business’s early stages.

Now the solid foundations are in place, it’s time for a little bit more structure to help you to reach your IT peak.

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Monday, 09 July 2018 08:00

Is VoIP really important for SMEs?

To VoIP or not to VoIP, that is the question… assuming that you know what VoIP is and why your SME might want to make use of it, of course!

The chances are, you will be at least vaguely familiar with this concept even if you don’t instantly recognise the acronym. VoIP stands for Voiceover Internet Protocol, which in basic terms is just a phone service over the internet. So, as long as you have a good connection, anyone can get a phone service online.

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Have you heard of the 3-2-1 rule when it comes to safeguarding your business data? It’s a good, industry-standard principle that applies to most situations in the field of IT back-up – an area where typically, one size almost never fits all.

A 3-2-1 methodology ensures no single point of failure – there are three copies of the data, on two separate media types with one stored off-site.

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If you run a SME, you will no doubt store data in more than one place. (If you don’t then we advise you start right now – but that’s another conversation!)

People often talk about the secondary place for this data as a ‘back-up’ or ‘archive’ as if the two words are interchangeable, but they actually mean very different things. Yes, both support your primary storage, but they are there for different reasons.

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It’s no secret that having an effective back-up and recovery scheme in place is critical for all businesses – accidental data loss can be devastating financially, reputationally and operationally. But with so many different measures out there designed to protect your SME’s most vital files, the choice can be overwhelming.

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Monday, 25 September 2017 13:31

What is data recovery and back-up?

Data back-up is one of the most important areas in IT, and is an essential measure to take so that you can recover any information that has been lost or compromised. In an era of rising cyber-crime, it is a necessary process for the smooth running of any business.

By duplicating your most important data, you are safeguarding it in the event that it’s lost, corrupted or infected by malware – meaning that even if the original is compromised, you can still access a copy of the file. 

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There’s so much in the news about what can go wrong when cyber-security isn’t made a priority, so it’s never been more important for SMEs to choose a safe computing system for processing and storing their data.

Whilst complex hardware with endless security add-ons may have been the only option for keeping sensitive information secure at one time, there are so many more options on the market these days – and cloud computing is one of the best.

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