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REVIEW: Toshiba Portégé X30

Last year Toshiba confirmed that while it’s stopping making PCs for European consumers – and indeed won’t be offering these outside of its home market of Japan – the company will continue to sell computers to businesses in Europe and the US. Its Portégé and Tecra laptop ranges fly the flag, so can the company’s latest ultraportable business workhorse compete against the likes of Dell, HP, Lenovo or even Apple? What Is It And Who Is It For? The Portégé X30 (from £1,229) is one of the latest additions to Toshiba’s premium professional notebook range. As expected it comes in a sleek and lightweight magnesium chassis (316 x 227 x 16.4mm, 1.05kg) designed for frequent business travellers, yet offers the latest 7th Generation Intel Core U processors, runs Wind...

REVIEW: Dell Latitude 13 7000 (7370)

Laptops designed for everyday computing are two-a-penny (just pop into your local electronics retailer), but secure mobile computers designed for corporate workspaces are a different breed. Dell is one of a few computer manufacturers who knows the needs of business users really well (it’s been making laptops like this for over 20 years), and its new Latitude family gives users and IT managers pretty much everything they need. 10 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE LATITUDE 7370 Taking a design cue from Dell’s attractive XPS line, the Latitude 7370 (from £1,439 ex. VAT) is one of thinnest and lightest (305 x 211 x 14.32mm, 1.12kg) business-class laptops on the market. But it’s not so dainty that you’ll worry about placing it down or scuffing its case. Its hard-wearing ...

Follow The Techies To Embrace Cultural Change

As someone running a successful business you may not think there is much a software engineer could teach you about management. But one of management’s hardest tasks, cultural change, is complex, intangible and often a moving target. These are precisely the types of problems that software engineers have been grappling with since the dawn of computing. For that reason alone, as business owners and leaders we can look to the skills they have been fine tuning for decades and apply them to other business problems. Here are five proven techniques that you can start to apply across your business, but are particularly powerful when trying to accelerate cultural change. 1. Set Up Experiments Facebook is testing a new form of Like button. They hypothesise that this will improve user experience...

6 Top Tips For Maintaining A Secure Workplace

This month marks ‘National Home Security Month’ and whilst securing your home is extremely important, how often do you think about the safety of your work place? No matter the size of your business the security of your office is paramount because not only do you need to protect any equipment or technology you have but you also need to keep important documents and any personal items safe from theft. Having a good range of security in place at your office could also bring down the premium of your insurance. So, what options do you have when it comes to securing your commercial property? Take a look. 1. Alarm System Having a monitored alarm system should be high on your list when looking at keeping your office secure. If the alarm is set off then it will send an emergency signal to the centre...

Digital Wallets: Cashless Through Digitalisation

With mobile commerce transactions increasingly becoming the norm, it is not surprising that digital and mobile wallets are finally turning from an industry buzzword into a mainstream application. Both consumers and business customers are looking for ways to wade through the digital quagmire as easily and quickly as possible. They want to make transactions wherever they are, using a range of payment methods. Whether it’s loyalty cards, digital vouchers, receipts, transaction tickets, or credit cards, they can now all be stowed away electronically in digital wallet applications. A Better Understanding Of Customers Digital wallets afford us great convenience — and, with that, may entice consumers to make more transactions, buying when they would not have been able to make a purchase pre...

Information Is At Its Most Vulnerable Just Before Employees Resign

Naivety and misplaced trust are a dangerous combination in business. Nowhere is this more clearly seen than when it comes to managing information risk. A recent study reveals that 87 per cent of companies across Europe do not believe that their employees take information with them when they leave. For 81 per cent this confidence stems from the introduction of robust measures that include asking employees to sign non-disclosure agreements, blocking access to company IT networks upon departure, ensuring data cannot be copied onto discs or USB keys, and escorting those in high risk positions from the building the moment they hand in their resignation. Well that’s all right then. Except, three quarters of those surveyed never bother to check whether these measures prevent information being rem...

Top Advantages And Disadvantages Of Shared Hosting

Shared hosting means that a single physical server and the resources hosted on it are normally shared between several users. Every user on the shared hosting platform is allocated a limited amount of services such as the disk space, traffic, FTP accounts, databases and email accounts, among numerous other services. Before you decide whether or not to use shared hosting option for your website, it is essential to understand what you stand to gain and what shortcomings to expect. This will enable you to decide if this is the correct hosting option for you to use for your website or blog. Shared hosting has a range of advantages that businesses and individuals can benefit from by embracing it. 1. Cost Effectiveness The fact that shared web hosting is usually offered at extremely an affordable...

Automate To Succeed: Step Away From The Spreadsheets

In today’s service-based economy companies are increasingly turning to service-led strategies to competitively differentiate, drive more value to the customer, and generate increased revenue. The services business component is increasingly strategic – especially in the technology industry where companies are leading with expertise and constructing whole product solution offerings. However growing a services business within your technology organisation can be a challenge. Services delivery is highly resource intensive with many moving parts. Technology companies struggle with basic things, such as managing a distributed consultant pool, accurate revenue forecasting and project profitability. To remedy these challenges, services providers are increasingly turning to software automation to st...

REVIEW: Synology DS214+

The latest member of the burgeoning Synology DiskStation family, the DS214+ doesn’t look that different from its predecessor, the DS213+. Inside, however, it’s all change with a faster processor, more memory and a pair of Gigabit network interfaces instead of just one. There’s support too for network port aggregation, enabling Synology to make impressive throughput claims for its new baby, although that’s not necessarily the best way to take advantage of the extra performance the new DiskStation has to offer. All-In-One-Box With a list price of £222.50 (ex. VAT), the DS214+ is far from the cheapest NAS appliance on the block. You do, however, get a lot for your money from this desktop device which is clearly aimed at the small business market. Like the DS213+ it’s a compact device designed...

The Business Case For All-Flash Storage In Enterprise Datacentres

IDC predicts that the world’s data will grow by 50x in the next decade. At the same time businesses require more performance, more resilience and efficiency, driven by new technologies in the shape of cloud solutions, virtualisation and Big Data. Storage, however, is the underpinning factor. What Are Your Options? Traditionally, disk has been the preferred common storage media, offering relatively good performance at a price point that is affordable for many, whilst tape has generally been used for the back-up of data, but this is changing. Today’s enterprises are looking more towards the benefits of flash for performance. Flash storage is revolutionising the enterprise data centre. The common misconception is that flash is unaffordable, however, it offers unmatched performance that is esp...

Taking Advantage Of Mobile Technology In Tandem With A Mobile Workforce

The change in the jet stream, attributed to climate change, is making it difficult to predict the weather in the future according to meteorologist Nicholas Klingaman of Reading University, so we could have more weather related disasters and unusual weather conditions such as the recent winter and spring, on the horizon. Whatever your business if you have a distributed infrastructure or customer base that is served by a team of field technicians, this will have an impact on you and your customers. Whether it is the unexpected arrival of poor conditions, the rise in incidents engineers must respond to, or the impact of travel. Customers want instant responses and to be kept informed of progress, but the truth is that the ability to communicate and coordinate external is limited by how well o...

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