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How To Drive Enterprise Video Engagement And Adoption

Introducing the widespread use of video to an organisation causes a paradigm shift that can be daunting for both employees and executive leadership to accept. But the good news is, hundreds of companies have successfully travelled this path by following some key rules. It is essential that, prior to launching any sort of widespread enterprise video initiative within an organisation, all possible barriers to adoption must be identified. For example, one of the most common barriers when it comes to the adoption of enterprise video is the mindset that video is both expensive and time consuming. Obviously with the proliferation of personal apps like SnapChat, Skype and Facetime, these misconceptions were overcome outside of the office long ago. But inside many organisations these beliefs still......

How Managed Lync Can Improve Your Business Communication

Microsoft Lync is a unified communications solution that helps many businesses to improve their efficiencies and productivity levels. It combines instant messaging, video conferencing and desktop sharing across one server platform and comes bundled with Office 365 business subscriptions. Using Lync in your business is therefore a great way to improve the efficiency of communication across the company, but these can be further improved with managed Lync services from the likes of Redcentric and more. It can be worth considering managed Lync services for a variety of reasons. Improved Account Management Lync is an all-encompassing tool for communication, projects, contacts and so much more, that can greatly improve management and productivity. Rather than having many different technology and......

What Can The Enterprise Learn From The Connected Home?

From refrigerators and lamps to door locks and heating, the Internet of Things (IoT) has revolutionised the way we live and work, making a truly robust ecosystem of smart devices a reality. Indeed, IoT has quickly become one of the hottest technology topics around, expanding into all manner of industries as the rate of innovation shows no signs of slowing down. Within the home, IoT has turned everyday objects into connected products designed to make our lives easier, more convenient, and more comfortable. The likes of connected electricity meters and doorbells have already been around for some time, giving consumers a taste of the possibilities on offer. And momentum in the industry is continuing to intensify, with the worldwide connected home market predicted to grow from its $24 billion ......

What To Consider When Buying Refurbished Laptops

New laptops are cheaper than they ever were so it should be no surprise to notice that refurbished laptops followed the exact same trend. You can so easily find wonderful bargains but you have to be aware of how to actually look for them. Below we help you to make great choices by mentioning things you should consider as you look for refurbished laptops, with the goal of helping you find something of very high-quality, like the nSpire laptop MACs. Decide If You Actually Want To Buy A Laptop That Was Refurbished Most people do not actually know what refurbished laptops mean. The term is used to describe almost anything from brand new gadgets that were returned to devices that have been used for a long time before a professional refurbished them. Generally, most refurbished laptops sold incl......

Mexico And Liverpool Show The Way For Enterprise Network Upset

Much like SD-WAN, disruptive football teams are shaking up the old world order. Watching this year’s World Cup, I can’t help but feel it has thrown up some surprising parallels with the enterprise network market, currently locked into a classic Klopp vs. Mourinho battle between the old guard and the new. A emerging generation of SD-WAN providers are driving a broader transformation, which could ultimately revolutionise the game. A little like Mexico, who burst out of the gates to a stunning 1-0 win against Germany. Germany seemed entirely unprepared for a hungry Mexican team, with self-belief and a very clear tactical vision – the football equivalent of a creaking incumbent pitted against an agile tech start-up. As networks evolve, there will always be companies too slow or set in th......

When Value Meets Vision

The Chief Financial Officer is often and mistakenly stereotyped as a frugal bean counter, protecting the company’s wallet with an unwavering vow to be prepared for the proverbial rainy day. At least, that is the old-school notion. The evolving role However, the manufacturing industry is changing at an unprecedented rate, and in tandem, this stereotype is diminishing rapidly. The role of the CFO has evolved to become one which is focused on strategy, casting a protective eye over security, regulations, and compliance, all critical issues with high stakes attached. Now, as the digital evolution sweeps through manufacturing, the role of the CFO must evolve again. It is new hat to wear for some CFOs, but one that is a good fit for individuals who understand the value of investing capital back ......

4 Reasons Why It’s Important For Businesses To Adopt CMMS

The term CMMS (Computerised Maintenance Management System) can be described as a software implemented into a business’ operations which normally automates the different processes within the business. Ideally, it is the modern way of streamlining your business operations. The beauty of it is that with the evolution of technology, CMMS software has become affordable to all businesses willing to take that path. In addition to that, you cannot really compare the software maintenance costs and the costs incurred due to periodic downtime. CMMS cannot promise to completely eradicate downtime, however, what the system guarantees is that it will ensure efficiency in your production processes, limit downtime and allow for the smooth running of all your production equipment. By doing so, your o......

5 Free Open Source Testing Tools You Can Trust

Free open source testing tools have never been more popular, necessary or front of mind. Recent news coverage of the open source Kayenta suite of canary testing tools launched by Google and Netflix not only demonstrates that industry has an increasing appetite for automated testing, but also that the need for such tools is far more widely accepted. There are a few major pitfalls for the unwary when choosing open source testing tools, perhaps the most important being to be clear about is the difference between ‘free’ tools and open source tools, a distinction that often gets muddied. Indeed, there are legions of ‘free’ tools that are not truly open source, which can be an unwelcome discovery – too late – if not checked carefully first. Open source tools should have been peer rev......

5 Reasons Why Your CRM And ERP Systems Should Talk

Every company wants to improve their customer relationships and operational efficiency. But in most cases there are two different solutions used for each purpose, CRM and ERP and they don’t speak to each other. This is a pity because combining and aggregating their data can only improve customer service and efficiency. CRM and ERP systems naturally complement each other. CRM deals with front-end information, such as recording customer interactions, sales tracking, pipeline management, prospecting, and managing marketing campaigns. ERP software handles critical backend processes, including purchase history, billing and shipping details, accounting information, financial data, and supply chain management details. Then these systems are fully integrated employee productivity and job satisfact......

Legacy ADC Solutions: The Elephant In The Digital Transformation Room

Look back at the history of IT and you’ll find it littered with hardware – the mainframe, personal computers, servers, network switches, routers – the list goes on, but not for much longer. Complex, fixed and inflexible hardware devices are being replaced with general purpose commodity platforms which, with the right software, can be made to handle just about any task required. Plus you don’t even have to buy the hardware itself any more, just rent it in the Cloud to build the kind of agile software-defined datacentre needed to support the modern digital business. At least that’s the theory and there are, of course, exceptions to this move away from hardware to more flexible software-defined IT. Not least when it comes to the all important task of managing application workloads......

VIDEO: The Criticality Of Communications To Businesses

Communications is central to how businesses tick but it is fair to say that it’s often overlooked, probably because it’s been so reliable over the years. But by neglecting that communications core organisations could miss out on a great opportunity to boost their business by interacting in a smoother, reliable and more effective way with key customers. In this video, Gregg Widdowson, Customer Engagement Sales Lead, and Natalie Keightley, Solutions Marketing Director at Avaya, discuss what can be achieved through investment in a communications core and how it can help organisations in their digital transformation efforts....

How To Reduce The Number Of IT Issues In Your Business

In today’s business world, it really doesn’t matter how large or small your company is, or what industry it is in; the company has some sort of IT being used. Whether your company has a dedicated IT department or not makes no difference as IT tools are being used in all kinds of different ways and stages of production. Many companies actually rely on strong IT in order to conduct their everyday business. So, what happens if it seems like your business is suffering from a high number of IT issues? If it seems as though they are constant and there is one thing after another, there’s a good chance your IT needs some attention. IT that has constant issues interrupts workflow and production and can end up costing the business money due to downtime and mistakes. Here are some ways that you can t......