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Six things you should know before you roll out Office 365

Let’s discuss some of the reasons for embarking on an Office 365 project. You might have found yourself at that particular point in your Microsoft upgrade cycle. Or maybe you want to allow staff to work just as efficiently away from the office as at their desks and like the collaboration tools offered by SharePoint. Regardless …
Lucy Sherriff, 21 May 2013

Windows Server 2012 kicks ass: discuss

A little experiment from us: we are rounding up comments on a couple of articles - and turning them into articles. Some might call this stretching the material - social media types might call it amplification. But we think that not all of our commentards are mad - and many have very interesting insights to share. Yesterday we …
Lucy Sherriff, 01 Feb 2013
DVD-Ram disc

Commentards Ahoy! How about a Petabyte of storage?

A little experiment from us: we are rounding up comments on a couple of articles - and turning them into articles. Some might call this stretching the material - social media types might call it amplification. But we think that not all of our commentards are mad - and many have very interesting insights to share. Today, we mine …
Lucy Sherriff, 31 Jan 2013
Rihanna in Battleship

Want your social media to swing? First, get the staff onboard

Social networking clearly has the potential to totally change the way we work, especially in large or widely dispersed organisations. It might actually allow companies to see our natural inclination to share information (the technical term is “gossip”) as a business tool, rather than a drain on company time. However, more so …
Lucy Sherriff, 19 Dec 2012
Fujitsu's social robot teddy bears

So, you want to get closer to the workers with social media?

We often hear how social networking has the potential to revolutionise the way we communicate and collaborate in business. People like to gossip, to share information, to argue and to chat, and will use whichever media are available to do so. For proof, we need only consider the inexorable rise of services such as Facebook and …
Lucy Sherriff, 18 Dec 2012
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How do you measure up at the Olympics?

In Rome in 1960, a very strange thing happened in the men’s 100m freestyle Olympic swimming final: the man who recorded the fastest time was given the silver medal. In the absence of touch pads to record a swimmer’s finishing time, the method of determining the winner was complex in the extreme. Firstly, there were finishing …
Lucy Sherriff, 27 Jul 2012
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Oiling the big wheels that keep the Paralympics moving

The Olympic Games: just saying it conjures up images of top athletes straining for the finishing line, the crowd roaring during the 100 metres final, the heartbreak of a relay team dropping their baton, the sudden spurt in public expertise on sports such as shooting or three-day eventing as the medal tally highlights their …
Lucy Sherriff, 13 Jul 2012
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Just how do you build the perfect Olympic stadium?

London Olympics On 27 July, London will be transformed as the biggest celebration of sports in the world kicks off in the newly built Olympic Stadium in Stratford. The stadium has been designed to hold 80,000 people, and the Olympic Village will certainly hold many more. On a normal day, Stratford tube station handles somewhere between 220, …
Lucy Sherriff, 29 Jun 2012
Mark's Millinut payload, snapped just after launch from Dave's Cloud 7

What you should know about migrating to the cloud

Small businesses account for roughly half the UK economy. The technology requirements for a one-man band are wildly different from those of a 250-seat tech support service company, yet both fall under the SME banner. So what is the general advice that will work for everyone and anyone who is considering moving some IT into the …
Lucy Sherriff, 14 May 2012
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Clouds of Sushi?

When the on-site tin comes creaking and wheezing to the end of its life, overburdened by inboxes that were never supposed to get that big, its the IT department that has to decide what to do next. Upgrade? Outsource? Go into the cloud? Billy Waters, who is the whole of the IT function at the YoSushi restaurant chain, had to make …
Lucy Sherriff, 04 May 2012
Rui in the pit, levelling the first tube

What smaller businesses should look for in cloud software

Cloud services – particularly software as a service, or SaaS – ought to be an obvious option for a smaller business. Who wouldn’t want to cut their hardware costs? Isn’t it a good idea to gain instant access to a range of otherwise unaffordable enterprise grade software, get better security systems and shift the IT budget from …
Lucy Sherriff, 30 Apr 2012
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SaaS brings software to the masses

Unless you’ve been living in a cave even less well equipped for the modern age than Fred Flintstone’s, you will have noticed the buzz about something called cloud computing. It comes with a menagerie of buzzwords: software as a service (SaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), infrastructure on demand, hosted apps … We could go on …
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Glad to be hybrid: Office 365 flits from cloud to cloud

Interview “The hybrid cloud environment is a great place for Office 365,” evangelises Simon May, appropriately enough a tech evangelist at Microsoft UK. May began his professional life with an eight-year stint at a global financial institution where he covered plenty of tech ground, from desktop and server support through to IT project …
Lucy Sherriff, 08 Feb 2012

Forecasting logon storms with desktop virtualisation

You the Expert For an IT manager, desktop virtualization is no bad thing, if only because it limits how badly a user can mess up his or her own settings. So if you are thinking that you could slim down your desktop hardware requirements and maybe keep track of everyone’s software upgrades more simply are there any downsides consequences it …
Lucy Sherriff, 14 Dec 2011

National Air Traffic Services lands desktop virtualisation

Interview You think you have a stressful job? Try Gavin Walker. He’s the man in charge of the tech and comms infrastructure (Head of Information Solutions) at NATS, the artist formerly know as National Air Traffic Service Control Services. Yes, the people who know where all the planes are over the Atlantic and the UK. We went to the NATS …
Lucy Sherriff, 01 Dec 2011

We need to talk about desktop virt

Sometimes we are forced to acknowledge that there is a group of people even more knowledgeable and informed than even Register journalists: you, our beloved readers. So we turn to you for help with a question that bears proper scrutiny. All this talk of cloud (and let’s face it, there has been a fair bit) has prompted some more …
Lucy Sherriff, 09 Nov 2011
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Data retention, FOI and the storage budget

You the Expert We set you a challenge. How do you resolve the conflicting requirements of data retention rules, the Freedom of Information Act and managing a storage budget? Email, as you know, clogs up your storage boxes like nothing else. And if your policy is “hang on to it, you never know when you might need it” you could find yourself …
Lucy Sherriff, 09 Nov 2011
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Data retention, compliance and the storage budget

Experts Compliance. Was there ever a word to strike such terror into the heart of the average techie? (OK, “Audit”. But don’t blame us, we didn’t want to say it…) Juggling the often conflicting requirements of your budget and compliance is enough to give anyone a headache. So help us out with a question, if you would be so good. Email …
Lucy Sherriff, 24 Oct 2011
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The road to Office 2010

Office 2010 is something of a conundrum. First the good news: it is the fastest selling version of Office in history, according to US analyst Forrester. Half of the businesses the firm surveyed in March had started the migration process, and the “vast majority” of the rest planned to upgrade in the future. According to Gartner, …
Lucy Sherriff, 20 Oct 2011
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Self Service BI: Would you, should you?

Expert Clinic We asked last week for your expert views on the state of self-service business intelligence. Let us set the scene: Analysts at Gartner (and Forrester, and elsewhere) have predicted that 2011 will be the year of self service business intelligence, as users demand tools to help them access and understand company data. The users’ …
Lucy Sherriff, 17 Oct 2011
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Pick the right tools for your Office 2010 migration

Microsoft reports the take-up of Office 2010 is the fastest for a software product in the company’s history. All well and good, but some doubters remain. Microsoft is keen to mop up migration and has assembled a bag of tools to smooth the process. The company’s in-house tech evangelist, Simon May, refers to Office 2010 …
Lucy Sherriff, 12 Oct 2011
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Email and compliance: How not to blow the storage budget?

Compliance. Was there ever a word to strike such terror into the heart of the average techie? (OK, “Audit”. But don’t blame us, we didn’t want to say it…) Juggling the often conflicting requirements of your budget and compliance is enough to give anyone a headache. So help us out with a question, if you would be so good. Email …
Lucy Sherriff, 10 Oct 2011
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Can a user really do BI from the desktop?

Analysts at Gartner (and Forrester, and elsewhere) have predicted that 2011 will be the year of self service business intelligence, as users demand tools to help them access and understand company data. The users’ motives are easy to understand: identifying and responding quickly to trends and patterns in business data is vital …
Lucy Sherriff, 05 Oct 2011

Cloud Security Alliance crosses the Pond

“The cloud agenda has to move beyond the security field and into business,” says Jacqui Taylor, freshly minted director of communications for the UK and Ireland wing of the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA). “There is an education process that has to be done, and it needs an independent voice. That is where we come in.” A not-for- …
Lucy Sherriff, 04 Sep 2011
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SaaS for speedy relief of licence headaches

Managing software licensing has to be one of the least fun aspects of an IT professional’s life. For one thing, it is medically proven* that there is no better means of inducing a headache than trying to read the whole of a software licence. And that is before you get to the logistics of managing the things: making sure they are …
Lucy Sherriff, 21 Jul 2011