Cloud Computing: the Wave of the Future

We are in the full throes of the Information Age now. A company without an adequate information technology infrastructure will almost certainly be left behind, as speed, efficiency and communication are the building blocks of business success. Information technology is here defined as hardware, software, networks and connections that allow communication, financial, marketing and other such tasks to take place faster than ever before. IT is, effectively, the superconductive glue that holds modern business together. It allows for a new field of business known as knowledge management, which, like a synthetic brain ensures that the right information, or "knowledge," gets to the right people in the right places at the right times, with few delays. The advent of cloud computing is a fu... »

IT & Telecoms SMEs Live “On the Breadline”

One in five (20%) small and medium-sized enterprises in the IT and telecoms industry are living ’on the breadline,’ with only a minimum amount of cash to cover emergencies, according to a study on the UK SME landscape commissioned by GE Capital, one of Europe’s leading providers of working capital and asset based lending. Figures show that a significant number of the sector’s SMEs would struggle to survive if they faced any immediate or unforeseen situations. Meanwhile, no businesses in the industry (0%) believe that they have a significant cash buffer and lending facilities to have a healthy cash position. According to the findings, the South West and the North West are the two regions that seem to be struggling most with available cashflow, with a fifth (22% and 20% respectively) of busi... »

IT and Telecoms SMEs Miss Out on Exchange Rates

Despite expectations that the pound will remain weak against the US dollar and Euro for the foreseeable future, small and medium-sized enterprises in the IT and telecoms sector are failing to take advantage of the current favourable export environment, according to a study released today by GE Capital. No SMEs in the IT and telecoms sector put overseas expansion in their top business priorities for the year and only a minority (15%) said that they expect their growth to come from international sales over the next three years, thus making them reliant on the fortunes of the UK economy. This is even less than in 2008, when 21% said overseas expansion was a priority, and 21% were planning on growing non-domestic sales. The findings, which are based on interviews with the owners and mangers of... »

Telecoms for Competitive Advantage

Today’s telecoms technology can do more than simply save time and money. Alongside computers, telecoms form the backbone of an efficient business. The technology allows you to talk, leave messages, hold conference calls, use the internet and handle large volumes of inbound or outbound communication quickly and professionally. You can do more and sell more, yet keep your costs down. This briefing covers: Using free and low-charge calls to attract customers. Linking offices, using broadband, leased lines and conference links. Call management, including voicemail. Call centre and telemarketing solutions. Mobile phones. Distance meetings. »