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The Universal Business Challenge Over the last few years we have seen the device landscape of the modern office transform, and businesses have been quick to embrace the accompanying changes in work culture, such as bring your own device (BYOD) policies and work from home flexibility. As organisations enjoy the benefits of these developments, it…

The end is near!

The end is nigh! (For Windows XP SP3 and Office 2003) As you’re probably aware, Microsoft’s ten year support period is coming to an end for Windows XP SP3 and Office 2003, with the 8th of April marking the official conclusion of this service. Although this date may seem comfortably distant, take note: Microsoft recommends…

Microsoft’s Wave 15

For many years now, businesses have been accustomed to Microsoft’s seemingly arbitrary release cycle for its core applications. We’ve seen a steady release of Windows products (XP, Vista, 7), Windows Server (2000, 2003, 2008 and various Small Business Server offerings) as well as their productivity suite, Microsoft Office. At times, it’s seemed that there may…

Is your hotel PCI compliant?

It seems that Australian hotels are lagging behind their European and U.S. counterparts when it comes Payment Card Industry–Data Security Standards (PCI-DSS). This may be due to the fact that reporting a breach of cardholder data is currently not a legal requirement in Australia. This is about to change with proposed laws due to be…

Hosting – all a bit cloudy?

Hosting has been around in various forms for a long time, but the concept has more recently been thrust into public consciousness after some clever marketing executives came up with the catchy term “the cloud”. (Read more on the cloud: cloud computing advantages and disadvantages.) The previous not-quite-as-catchy term for hosting, which was bandied around quite…

Replace or enhancing accounting software?

The point when you feel you’ve outgrown your accounting software… we get it! As your business grows, you may start to consider replacing your Out-Of-The-Box Accounting software. This happens for many reasons: your accounting needs may have changed; the volume of information you are working with would appear to have increased (and that must mean growth?); or your current…

The future is virtual. No, really. This isn’t sci-fi.

Modern computers and servers– yes, the things you can touch and see – are designed to run just one operating system (OS). That’s not very impressive, if you aren’t already shaking your head. What does this mean, and what’s the result? Organisations, even small ones, are forced to deploy many servers, with each server operating at just 5%…