Jon Milward

As the Operations Director of Northdoor, Jon Milward is responsible for the development and delivery of IT solutions-based on Microsoft technologies. Following a PhD in Physics, he began his career with the Defence Research Agency (now Qinetic). During a nine year career with DERA he was promoted from research scientist to heading a major business group with P&L responsibility. After an Executive MBA at London Business School, Jon joined IBM reseller Platinum Blue with the objective of growing the business and developing new internet-based technologies where he became MD.

The Right IT Systems Are Essential For Business Growth

Driving profitable growth is the top priority for every business. Whether the route to growth is organic or through mergers and acquisitions, IT will play a critical role in helping small to medium enterprises (SMEs) achieve their key business objectives. IT should not just be seen as a tool that enables the day-to-day running of the business. As a matter of fact, IT can help a business grow in a ...

Top 5 Considerations To Successful Data Migration

Today’s IT environments are unbelievably complex and littered with thousands of hybrid technologies. Environments tend to evolve over the years, often through multiple acquisitions and this can lead to a patchwork effect within the IT environment. Typically an organisation will need to replace legacy applications to upgrade old systems, or as a result of an acquisition they may need to move data f...

Combating The Rise Of Cyber Security

In 2011, cybercrime caused damages of up to £3.37 million to small businesses in the UK, which on average cost small businesses £5,400 per cyber-attack. However, the UK Home Office recently reported that in 2012 companies with less than 20 employees spent £200 a year on cybersecurity prevention tools. In contrast companies with 50-100 employees spent roughly £4,000 per year on IT security and comp...

Cloud Computing Is Not A One-Size-Fits-All Solution

There is no denying the impact of cloud computing. Gartner’s recent figures show that adoption rates of cloud-based solutions are set to rise to 33% by 2017, and 60% by 2022. Similarly, IDC predicts that worldwide spending on IT cloud services will reach heights of £65 billion by 2016. There is a strong belief that you need to replicate your old IT model in the cloud. However, this isn’t the case....

IT Services Are An Essential Part Of A Successful Cloud Computing Strategy

Cloud computing offers a range of benefits to SMEs. But there are many different options with cloud, both in terms of what it can offer you and how you can access it – and this can be confusing for the business owner. IT-as-a-service now comes in so many shapes and sizes. There is Platform-as-a-Service (Paas), Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) to name but a few. I...

Adding The ‘Human Touch’ To Your Outsourcing Governance

There are a number of good reasons for choosing to work with an outsourcer when it comes to managing and delivering your IT. For a start, outsourcing gives you the cost saving and access to expertise that is not always attainable in house. Nonetheless, the outsourcing process is a two-way street. You may be able to outsource the work required, but not the responsibility. Essentially, you are respo...

The Importance Of Managing Legacy Systems Effectively

When it comes to managing your company’s IT systems, it’s vital to consider the legacy technologies you have in house as part of the IT strategy and management plan. ‘Legacy technologies’ can refer to any systems or applications that have been in existence for some time, and are either becoming hard to support due to dwindling skills or discontinued support from the vendor, or are no longer core t...

Uncovering The Hidden Cost Of Cloud Computing

Without a doubt, there are a number of compelling benefits associated with cloud computing, especially in terms of the agility and scalability that cloud can provide. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean that cloud computing is the cheapest, fastest or simplest option for your IT delivery, regardless of what some vendors may have told you. Any decisions in this area must be driven first and fore...

Outsourcing Your IT Infrastructure: Top 3 Myths Debunked

Many companies still believe that they are ‘too small’ to consider outsourcing their IT infrastructure – so let’s get that myth out of the way first of all. Infrastructure outsourcing is not just for large companies. In fact, the provision and management of IT infrastructure can help small-to-medium sized enterprises (SMEs) reduce costs, gain greater control and increase the flexibility of their I...

Top 10 Considerations To Successful Data Migration

Today’s IT environments are unbelievably complex and littered with thousands of hybrid technologies. Environments tend to evolve over the years, often through multiple acquisitions and this can lead to a patchwork effect within the IT environment. Typically an organisation will need to replace legacy applications to upgrade old systems, or as a result of an acquisition they may need to move data f...

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