Netko IT today announced it has achieved another Microsoft competency, the Microsoft Silver Small and Midmarket Cloud Solutions competency. We have gained this by demonstrating our ability to meet Microsoft customers’ evolving needs in today’s dynamic business environment.
Well it’s that exciting time of year, when we get to think about fresh starts and the changes that we might like to implement. Personally, you might take the opportunity to make your New Year’s resolution, possibly the usual ones apply; to improve your fitness or to spend more time with the family.
For businesses this is the same opportunity, now is the time to make plans for goals that you might like to achieve in the coming year. What is it that you would like to make different for your business?
Software as a Service (SaaS) is the name given to a method of software delivery, and is sometimes referred to as ‘on demand software’. It is centrally hosted and accessed by users using an Internet connection.
As SaaS is web based, companies have the advantage of reducing traditional IT costs as they do not have to pay large upfront costs for hardware infrastructure (such as servers), nor the installation and subsequent management and support of these. Users rent the required online software which are hosted by the service provider instead of purchasing and installing this on their own on-premises computers.
For many businesses this method is favourable as companies are only paying for what the business requires. In addition to this, costs can be spread, paying either a monthly or annual subscription fee. This fee usually includes the software licences, maintenance and support fees.
SaaS is frequently used to deliver many business applications, including office and messaging software such as email, CAD software, accounting, customer relationship management (CRM) and human resource management (HRM) to name just a few.
Charitable organisations, just like any other rely heavily on having reliable, efficient and above all cost effective IT systems. All charities need to keep operating costs to a minimum and whilst special pricing often exists for hardware and software, it is not always the case when it comes to services. Netko IT provide fully managed IT support solutions to Charities, working together to ensure you are getting the best systems possible whilst keeping costs down. Our Managed IT Support solution for Charities includes the following:
For more information and to discuss your requirements, contact Netko IT on 01403 597272 or firstname.lastname@example.org
It is probably quite well known that Word 2013 has the capability to create and edit PDF documents which is a really useful feature. However, what is less well known is that it also has a feature that enables you to password protect those PDF files. This is great news for those that only need to create and modify PDF documents occasionally or only require the basic functionality of a premium product such as Adobe Acrobat.
As most of you will be aware, it is now less than 2 weeks before Microsoft ends support for Windows XP and Office 2003. Many enterprises have been planning the transition for months and have either completed or are in the process of migrating all XP desktops to either Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. However, some small to medium sized businesses are still using Windows XP and have no immediate plans to replace the operating system with a more modern system.
For those in that situation, this blog post published recently by Tim Rains of Microsoft might provide some valuable information. It outlines some of the common risks that Windows XP systems might encounter, and also provides guidance on how to temporarily protect the system whilst planning a migration to a more modern operating system. If you are running Windows XP today, I strongly urge you to check out the blog here:
Netko IT Solutions Limited, today announced it has achieved a Silver Small Business competency, demonstrating its ability to meet Microsoft Corp. customers’ evolving needs in today’s dynamic business environment. To earn a Microsoft silver competency, partners must successfully demonstrate expertise through rigorous exams, culminating in Microsoft certifications. And to ensure the highest quality of services, Microsoft requires customer references for successful implementation and customer satisfaction.
Microsoft have today announced the worldwide availability of Skype for Outlook.com. A preview version was released last year and this release also includes some improvements to improve the user experience.
Microsoft offer a completely free web-based version of their Office suite, similar to Google Docs, called Office Online. Until recently they were known as Office Web Apps but due to some confusion over what that meant (e.g. did they need to be installed?) Microsoft opted to change the name to Office Online. The obvious advantage to Office Online is that it is completely free, but is it worth using?
There are legal requirements set out in respect of business stationery, which if not adhered to could lead to a fine of £1000. Most people think that stationery only applies to their company letterhead, but it also applies to email.
There are four items required by law and these are as follows:-