Moving your business applications to the cloud

Cloud computing is becoming increasingly popular. There are a huge number of advantages to using the cloud as part of your business IT network. Many businesses are now looking to move much or all of their software to cloud hosting. Using the cloud allows them to access data and records from anywhere that they have an internet connection. It can save money on hosting space and also offer extra security and more effective backup methods should they need to retrieve data following an incident. For many, the main concern when it comes to switching to the cloud is the time it takes to migrate everything and the issues it may cause initially.  It may also be concerning who the new systems are going to work, it may be that the new cloud software requires the content to be input in a different way, therefore, all extracted data from the old system will need to be changed around and configured to upload in to the new... Read More »

Creating a web based application for your business

Many businesses reply on web based applications for their communication and to help with other aspects of the business. Some companies use web based applications to enable them to create quotes for customers, maybe in the work place or even at the customer’s home address. When considering what you need in your web application, firstly ensure that it is going to work for you. You will need to have good web access in and away from the business that allows multiple access if you have more than one person accessing the system at one time. Web applications work great as long as the internet connection is reliable and that the staff members know how to use it properly. You may be able to have your web based application cover a number of things such as quoting, sales invoices, payments and communication. Having all the systems in one place can often save time and money but be aware that if for whatever reason the system goes... Read More »

Driver updates

If you use a PC or Laptop then the hardware inside it will often run off a driver. The drivers can often be set to automatically update or search for new driver updates and inform you but sometimes this does not always work as it should. If you find that you are having an issue with a particular component within your computer, such as your wireless network adaptor then you may wish to check the driver version. You can do this by going in to the control panel, device manager then right clicking on the device. You then select properties and drivers. This page will tell you what version of the drive is installed and from what date. There is a button to automatically search for driver updates but often this does not find them. Go online and find out what the latest compatible driver is and then download it manually. When you go back in to the properties, there is a place where you... Read More »

The Windows Software

When it comes to computers, the software you use can either help or hinder and task in which you wish to complete. All computers have an operating system such as Windows 8.1 or 10. Each operating system usually has a number of changes that you may or may not prefer. Windows 8 was totally different to the previous Windows 7 and came with mixed reviews. When Windows 10 was introduced, it seemed to have taken a step back from the Windows 8 layout, which frustrated some people as they had just started getting used to the new layout. Also the Windows 10 software requires about 2 gb of RAM to run, which for some older PC’s or cheaper laptops, puts a huge strain on them. If you have upgraded to Windows 10 but are not happy with it or are struggling with the space you have to run it then you can downgrade again easily for a limited time.

Creating an app for your business

Many companies are now expanding their online presence but not only having a website and active social media accounts, but by developing an app for the Apple and Android store that their clients / suppliers can download. There is a variety of ways to use an app for your business. Some companies allow their users to log in, view or change details and even place orders where as other apps are a simplified version of the website. Depending on what functionality you need in your app will determine the cost. Some apps only cost a few hundred pounds to develop where as others can cost high in to the hundred thousand’s. Security is of utmost importance when developing an app so often this can be a large part of the cost. Ideally get a few quotes from developers for creating an app for you, check that they all have the functionality you need prior to agreeing to any quote.