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Comments and thoughts on IT and business topics for business owners of SMEs.

By Matthew Reynolds on 12 July 2021

Ransomware As A Service: The Latest, Biggest Risk To Your Business

Ransomware is the one thing that keeps us awake at night — it’s getting easier every day for criminals to launch an attack on your business
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A Quick Tour of Our Employment Contract

What happens if you use your employment contract to give more freedom to employees and bind the company into greater levels of commitment?
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A Tale of Two Kitchen Drawers

Two kitchen drawers -- one usually tidy, another usually untidy -- can tell us a lot about how IT systems work in our businesses
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Software as Machinery

The way that we think about software can unlock how we think about it's application within our businesses
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The Challenge of Antivirus for SMEs

SMEs should avoid retail antivirus products, but should make sure that they have "enterprise" solution in place
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Filing Cabinets and Project Spaces (and Microsoft Teams)

It's a good idea to set-up you approach to collaborative working around project spaces
By Matthew Reynolds on 16 August 2020

Everyone is 'going digital’, but just what does that mean? (2020 Edition)

"Digital transformation" can mean something very specific, and helpful, to the smaller business
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The Difference Between IT at a FTSE 100 Business and at Your SME? Strategy.

Implementing an IT strategy is, at some level, just an issue of mindset
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Why Everyone Has an Issue with Huawei and TikTok (An Information Security Primer)

The issues around Huawei and TikTok covered in the press provides an opportunity for us to think about our own information security
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The Myth of the Paperless Office

We'll always have a need to manage paper in our offices
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Coca-Cola and Pepsi: Microsoft 365 and G Suite

Microsoft 365 is the Coca-Cola of the "groupware" world. Is there space for the Pepsi that is Google G Suite?
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Keeping Your Business Safe With Disaster Recovery

Backing up is just part of the challenge of keeping your business IT running
By Matthew Reynolds on 21 June 2020

Telephony and the Art of Talking

Telephone systems have always been an odd fit within the IT market. Might we prefer just to use Zoom instead?
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Thinking Big With SharePoint

SharePoint is a weird product that nearly everyone uses, but no one really uses properly
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How Your Computer Set-up Affects Flow

Don't lean in to the compromises inherent in laptop design
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Remote Working and Black Swans

The way that we work and our relationships with employees, suppliers, and customers has changed forever
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Your “Data-Driven” SME

Every action within our business results in some data that can help us make better decisions
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Optimise Your Growth By Transforming Your CRM

CRM is the one area that SMEs can invest in that really sets them apart
By Matthew Reynolds on 14 April 2020

NAS Devices Are The "Kiss of Death" For Small Business IT

They were useful for a time, but now their time is passed
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Email Hygiene is The Most Important Skill to Teach Your Employees

Secure your business more effectively with this one weird trick
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Preparing To Survive a Ransomware Attack

The one cybersecurity issue that can keep our engineers awake at night