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True Costs and Efficiency Gains of the Cloud

True Costs and Efficiency Gains of the Cloud

Every experienced business owner knows that one of the hardest things to predict is sales. Inevitably turnover forecasts made in rookie business plans turn out to be wildly over-optimistic triggered by a need to attract backers and by a natural sense of optimism for the new venture. Costs, however, are a lot more predictable. At least in theory. Admittedly, certain costs can be volatile (think of fuel, raw materials, certain labour expenses etc), but surely one of the most straightforward to predict is what the business needs to spend on its IT? The answer, I’m afraid, is more complicated. Any new venture just starting out will no doubt have budgeted for the obvious IT costs, such as PCs, laptops, servers, tablets, printers connectivity etc. But on top of equipment bills, you must also add... »

When is it Best to Change IT Systems?

When is it Best to Change IT Systems?

If your firm’s more than a few years old, there’s a good chance you’re already using a mixture of old and new PCs, laptops and even tablets. You’ll also most likely have some older and newer versions of Windows, running various different versions of common Microsoft Office programmes. In short, your IT is a bit of a hotchpotch. After a while, an IT hotchpotch turns into a bit of a mess, and is unstable, inefficient and regularly a frustration to you and your employees. Even so, it won’t be an easy decision to ditch it all and start from fresh. A big deterrent of a major IT refresh is the cost of replacing it and starting again. An even bigger one is the thought of the major disruption to your business. Potentially you could be looking at lost production and perhaps even the interruption of... »