Like many small and medium businesses, you’re probably starting to explore cloud-based solutions like Office 365 (renamed Microsoft 365 earlier this year – read more here.)
As the world reopens, it is apparent that many businesses are not only reluctant to revert fully to pre-COVID operations but also staff polls have shown a preference for flexible working. It looks like working remotely is here to stay.
It will come as no surprise that global spend on cloud technology is going to be much higher this year compared to previous years. Businesses globally have had to adapt to a world where remote working is more of a necessity than a flexible alternative, and things aren’t likely to change soon.
Gone are the days of being chained to a particular desk or office space; the world has been accelerated into an era of flexible and remote working thanks to COVID-19.
The days of an intranet based on SharePoint being an unwieldy beast sitting on an on-premise server are rapidly becoming a thing of past. Gone are the days of the old admin heavy sites with a rigid, basic looking interface.
The COVID-19 lockdown has forced a shift in habit for millions of businesses, accelerating them into a flexible working era that, prior to the pandemic, seemed quite a way off. In this new era of working from home, businesses of all types have been forced to embrace remote working practices and solutions; enter online meetings.
Working from home is now the new ‘normal’. Businesses able to do so have transitioned to remote working and, with no clear indication on the expected length of the COVID-19 lockdown, are getting comfortable; establishing remote routines, revising business strategies and implementing appropriate solutions to enable their employees to work from home efficiently.
The Irish lockdown is moving swiftly towards its second month and, with no clear indication on when things might return to ‘normal’, businesses are settling into remote working for the long haul. No company was prepared for Covid-19, and many have already suffered major losses as a result of it. But it’s not too late to make sure your business, whether it’s a start up, SMB or enterprise, is protected against the repercussions of the Covid-19 crisis.
Microsoft Teams is a business collaboration platform for the 21st century. A place to meet and discuss ideas with colleagues, customers & partners using:
You might recall last month we posted 10 security tips. Hopefully these are all in hand and you have shared them with your colleagues and implemented the best practice advice. Following up; here is the next 10!
Many people ask our engineers for Information Security advice, so we decided to put together a list. Started at 5, grew to over 20 so thought we would limit to 10 to give some focus. We will share the other 10 with you next month!
We’ve been discussing with our engineering team how to ensure that you are getting the most out of your productivity suites. We decided the best place to start would be to let you in on some of our own secrets. Here are a couple of features that we use to save time which are now included in Office 365.
With much heightened activity around Brexit and the likely hood of a ‘No-Deal’ scenario on 29 March we are continuing to make best preparations for such an eventuality.
Here is a quick summary of recent Microsoft 365 updates
The European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA) is a center of expertise for cyber security in Europe. In the run up to GDPR, ENISA have published guidelines for SME’s on security of personal data processing. These guidelines are available to download here.