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The Conversation, on Digital Decarbonisation

The Conversation, on Digital Decarbonisation

‘Dark data’ is killing the planet – we need digital decarbonisation dotshock / shutterstock Tom Jackson, Loughborough University and Ian R. Hodgkinson, Loughborough University More than half of the digital data firms generate is collected, processed and stored for single-use purposes. Often, it is never re-used. This could be your multiple near-identical images held on Google Photos or iCloud, a business’s outdated spreadsheets that will never be used again, or data from internet of things sensors that have no purpose.

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The Conversation, on the Right to Repair

‘Liberate the tractors’: the right to repair movement that’s regaining control of our devices A software ‘jailbreak’ gave US farmers the power to repair their vehicles. Maksim Safaniuk/Shutterstock Michael Stead, Lancaster University and Paul Coulton, Lancaster University The software that runs John Deere tractors was successfully “jailbroken” at this year’s DEF CON hacker convention, enabling farmers to repair or retune their equipment without engaging with the company that sold them their vehicles. The hacker involved, who calls himself Sick Codes, was

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Automating Marketing

Automating Marketing isn’t difficult Enterprise automation platforms come in many flavours and it is important to be able to identify the particular features you require to achieve your definition of success. Automating marketing as a function is important because it means that you or your marketers can benefit from increased ‘contact time’ with existing customers and prospects. Automating the ‘boring stuff’ is a central concept for most technologies and marketing is no different. If you are curious about discussions and

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Automating Payroll

How Automating Payroll can enhance your business’ offering For many organisations staff costs and the administrative burden of managing staff can be the primary barrier to growing your business and providing for existing customers. Manual payroll practices are workable for smaller firms with negligible staff turnover, although for any organisation above a micro-business the time lost is simply an unnecessary cost. Building a smooth recruitment, retention and payroll capability early-on for your business, be you self-employed or part of a

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The Conversation, on social isolation

Socially isolated people have differently wired brains and poorer cognition – new research People who are isolated from others do worse on cognitive tests. sfam_photo/Shutterstock Barbara Jacquelyn Sahakian, University of Cambridge; Christelle Langley, University of Cambridge; Chun Shen, Fudan University, and Jianfeng Feng, Fudan University Why do we get a buzz from being in large groups at festivals, jubilees and other public events? According to the social brain hypothesis, it’s because the human brain specifically evolved to support social interactions. Studies

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Small Business Servers

Small Business Servers are flexible Small Business Servers need to be flexible in order to achieve your goals as a business, if your goal is to grow quickly then a server with the capacity to grow with you is central to avoiding unforeseen expenditure. If your goal as a business is to sustain growth organically a stable platform to run your business on is of equal importance. Small and Medium Business (SMB) servers don’t need to be expensive and often

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Monitoring Software

What is Monitoring Software? Monitoring software is designed to enable an IT Department to retain visibility of all their IT systems, from standard PCs to complex infrastructure designed for datacentres. A network management agent allows you to monitor all desktops, servers, laptops, printers, firewalls, routers and switches. This is achieved through leveraging SNMP, NetFlow, Syslog, Traps and configuration backup – in effect everything every IT system uses to report on their status. Our Security Operations Centre (SOC) As A Service solutions

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Desktop Support

What is Desktop Support? Desktop Support is sometimes referred to as Deskside Support, we prefer the latter term and so will use them both interchangeably. Deskside Support is in-person support, be it for day-to-day or project activities, and is often conducted by experienced analysts who are familiar with the daily operation of your business and IT hardware. Being on-site often gives many advantages because an analyst can build an intimate knowledge of how a business operates and what it values,

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Why is Digital Transformation more than just tech?

Is Digital Transformation more than just tech? Digital Transformation is simply more than technological advance – the right technology with the wrong process or culture will still fail. This cultural oversight is why more than 70% of all digital transformation programmes fail. Failure is defined as providing no business value, i.e. the project was simply an expense with no material return on investment. This is a shockingly high number and an unaffordable cost for SMEs who often work in very

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Making IT Equipment Last Longer

Making IT Equipment Last Longer It is the case that if the world will truly succeed in navigating its journey to a circular economy – kit needs to last longer. In fact, everything needs to be built to last longer and be re-usable (to multiple degrees). The first step to ensuring that IT Equipment lasts longer is to build a CMDB – a Config Management Data-Base. This is in order to record every IT asset your business has bought, still

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