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Business Energy Consumption: Cut Costs And Improve Efficiency

According to the Carbon Trust large businesses in the UK are expending more than £1.6bn too much on their energy bills every year. Yet implementing simple energy efficiency measures can cut a business’ bill by around 15 per cent. Many companies are still wary of making changes and that is understandable – but the benefits of making what are usually simple changes can make good business sense in the long run. Start Simple Analyse: Take the time to walk round your business premises in order to find where energy is wasted and how this can be changed. Are the lights turned on a lot because there is a lack of light? Is the heating turned on too much because there is a draught? Finding problems can result in actionable steps. Competitors: Just like you would analyse the activities of other busin...

Top 10 Benefits Of Tablet PCs

As technology evolves, more and more gadgets and gizmos are introduced to the marketplace, which makes it difficult to decide which ones are worth acquiring, and which ones are better left on retailers’ shelves. When the tablet PC was first introduced, the longevity of it was questioned, since it’s a cross between a notebook and the traditional desktop PC, it thought by some to be a frivolous purchase. But over the years, it’s proved that it’s a useful tool for anyone who uses either a desktop or notebook, or both. Here’s a look at the top ten benefits of a tablet PC: 1. It’s Portable No matter where business or pleasure takes you, they can take a tablet PC along with you. Sure, notebooks are also portable, but they are heavier and can’t easily be ...

Public Speaking: 5 Presentation Myths Debunked

We all feel pressured at times to perform at work – whether it’s to influence our company to move to a new IT system, or pitch to a potential client and win their business. When it comes to presenting, there are pressures we don’t need. Here are five public speaking myths to debunk now. 1. We need to be an extrovert to be a great presenter Clint Eastwood, Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks. All are famous introverts, but how is this possible? It is a myth that only extroverts make great presenters. The issue in being a great presenter is not whether you are an extrovert or introvert, but on how willing you are to stand up and share your story with others. Often, those of us who are more introverted have deeper imaginations, ponder more, and think deeply. So, when we do express ourselves, the content ...

7 Steps To Cloud Heaven

There are many reasons for moving IT services to the cloud – predictability of service, optimisation of IT resource and so on (I won’t list them all here). But on top of the usual arguments for cloud services, there are a number of compelling arguments why B2B integration is particularly well suited to cloud delivery. Here, in no particular order, are seven of the best: 1. Modernisation of the IT estate In B2B services, smaller suppliers are often mandated to integrate to a particular exchange or network, and they set up a PC in the corner of the office to manage the order flow, then just leave it churning through orders. As time goes by, the original IT resources who set up this system move on, and the continuing function of the “black box” is a huge risk to the business – if it does fail...

What Does “Workplace Culture” Really Mean?

Productive organisations are those with a healthy workplace culture. But what does that phrase, “workplace culture” really mean? How can a company improve its culture? The word “culture” is kind of a funny term. It’s a word that describes the behavior of a whole community of people. Sometimes we use “culture” to indicate sophistication (“only cultured people go to the symphony”). Other times, the term “culture” is derogatory. (You can’t blame him, that’s just part of his culture). So what do we mean when we are talking about workplace culture? Is this something real or just marketing speak used by HR departments? Here’s my personal definition of workplace culture: “The culture of a working organisation is both the common and collective viewpoint on both the meaning and the value of w...

10 Tips To Write A Great Case Study

Case studies can help companies win business. We’re in a demand-generation, deal-closing economy and good customer evidence is the laser-guided bomb of marketing. Here are 10 tips that will help you write and use great case studies. 1. Go for the story, not the name Most marketing people lust after the hero case study with big brand recognition. The reality is that these guys rarely want to give case studies and, if they do, they rewrite everything and take a long time to approve it. Better to find the willing customer with a good story. When it comes to PR, the most successful case studies I’ve written have been about unknown, niche companies with a great spokesperson and a neat angle. 2. Find a champion and build rapport Case studies can’t be written by committee. You need to find a cham...

Top 5 Tips For Improving Accounts Payable Efficiency

Organisations remain under significant pressure to reign-in their spending while maximising efficiencies. It’s a challenge many are facing – how to improve operational efficiency without having to incur huge additional costs? Accounts payable (AP) teams are no different as they look to improve AP efficiency without having to invest in expensive and complex new IT systems. Here I’d like to provide the following top tips to finance and AP managers who are trying to ‘do more with less’. 1. Electronically image all supplier invoices Invest in a document imaging solution that integrates into your accounting/ERP system. For a nominal outlay, this enables you to image all incoming supplier invoices. These imaged invoices can then be automatically linked to the appropriate transaction record...

How To Identify Your Company Culture And Cultivate It

If you were asked to summarise your company’s culture, how would you define it? Are you aware of your company ‘culture’? Whether you know it or not, your organisation’s culture plays a key part in all aspects of your business, from recruitment right through to sales. So how do you identify what your business culture is? And how do you determine whether someone ‘fits’ into it? Once you can answer these questions, you can start to refine your culture and apply it across your business, working towards strengthening your team, increasing your chances of achieving greater success. This article shows you why corporate culture is so important, and how you can use it to your business advantage, especially when recruiting new team members. What Is Culture? Corporate culture is best described as a c...

Forced Team Building Sucks!

We may be a nation of good sports, but most British workers think that doing more company team-building events would not help improve how they work with colleagues. A survey by YouGov suggests employees feel that some organised team-building activities can be a waste of time, and at worst, are toe-curlingly awkward. British workers would much prefer being able to communicate with each other better at work rather than being forced to build rapport with their co-workers by sharing adrenaline experiences or performing ‘trust’ exercises. The research among more than 1,000 British employees with colleagues uncovered some eye-popping examples of awkward and silly team-building activities, including enduring bikini-clad ‘bed baths’ and massages from colleagues, holding lingerie partie...

Top 10 Software Failures Of 2011

This top ten list of 2011 shows that software failures are costing companies and consumers large amounts of money. What is worse is that people are losing jobs and in some cases their liberty because of avoidable software failures. The worst software failures have damaged reputations, impacted negatively on financials ($) and caused stress to users. The top ten list of 2011 shows that software failures are costing companies and consumers large amounts of money. What is worse is that people are losing jobs and in some cases their liberty because of avoidable software failures. Voted on by consultants, this year’s annual software bugs survey is based on major software failures of the past twelve months, from glitches that generated massive fines in the banking and finance sector to mass reca...

2012 Cyber Security Predictions

With all of the crazy 2011 security breaches, exploits and notorious hacks, what can we expect for 2012? I asked the top researchers at my company’s research labs to take a few minutes and provide their top predictions for the coming year. Last year our predictions were very accurate, so these predictions should provide very useful guidance for security professionals. 1. Your social media identity may prove more valuable to cybercriminals than your credit cards Bad guys will actively buy and sell social media credentials in online forums. Trust is the basis of social networking, so if a bad guy compromises your social media log-ins, there is a good chance they can manipulate your friends. Which leads us to prediction #2. 2. The primary blended attack method used in the most advanced ...

Sex Sells: The .XXX Effect

Will the release of .XXX domains mean a fundamental change in the landscape of the Internet or is it all nothing more than a titillating headline? Let’s face it sex sells. It sells in vast quantities and generates immense revenue across the globe so it’s no surprise that, for technologies destined for public consumption, the adult entertainment industry is one of the first to put their money on the table and test it out. Much like the early fervent adoption of the now out-dated VHS video format, the Internet was seen as a new, gold-laden, frontier for the adult entertainment industry and therefore they were, and continue to be, large investors and therefore drivers of technology. While there will always be debates held on the overall virtues of adult content and the distribution of such co...

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