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Mixing it up: 5 ways to prepare for a hybrid working future

Last week, Nationwide Building Society announced that it will be giving 13,000 of 18,000 employees – a whopping 72% of its workforce – the choice about where they work after stay-at-home restrictions are lifted. This is in response to a staff survey, in which 57% of their employees said they would prefer to work from home full time and 36% said they’d like a mix of home-based and office work*. And they’re not the only ones. This is the latest big name to get on board with hybrid working, following other commercial giants including British Airways, BP, HSBC and Lloyds.

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How to modernise legacy tech without blowing your budget (or your mind)

Like parting ways with an old friend, it can be difficult to say goodbye to your legacy technology. Familiarity and the belief that you can (or must) continue to sweat technology assets can cause you to lose sight of whether it’s actually doing what you need it to, as well as objectivity about the economics of what you’re operating.

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Why 2021 will be the year of Microsoft Teams

2020 was the year video conferencing platforms truly came into their own. By no means a new concept prior to the pandemic, their popularity was certainly fast-tracked due to nothing more than necessity. Ever since Lockdown 1.0, new solutions and old have gone head-to-head in the bid to become the preferred virtual meeting platform, with Zoom and Microsoft Teams at the forefront.

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6 tech trends to look out for in 2021

It goes without saying that the events of 2020 have irrevocably changed the face of the digital landscape forever. The unexpected arrival of COVID-19 has challenged businesses to think differently, not only about their IT, but how they fundamentally operate and communicate on a day-to-day basis.

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5 reasons Identity Access Management is critical to your remote working strategy

There’s no doubt about it – the COVID-19 pandemic and its resulting lockdown restrictions has had a fundamental and potentially long-lasting impact on businesses all over the globe. While the shift to remote working was already seeing considerable uptake prior to the arrival of the virus, this trend has very suddenly and unexpectedly become a necessity.

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Why endpoint security is crucial when protecting the modern workplace

Even before the world was pushed towards remote working, the perimeter of your network was expanding. A flood of mobile devices, the accessibility of cloud applications, and burgeoning flexible working practices had seen your users begin to move outside of your traditional network.

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8 IoT technologies to aid your return to work

Although the pandemic continues to persist, the government is now strongly encouraging a cautious return to work for UK businesses. Six months have passed since lockdown was enforced, during which time many organisations have had to adapt quickly to a world of remote working and rethink their approach to business operations. Now, the move back to the office is presenting a whole new wave of different challenges. 

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Lessons from lockdown – the importance of continuity plans

In recent months, the COVID-19 pandemic has presented businesses with a number of challenges. Throughout this period, we’ve found that those who have been able to action a comprehensive and well thought out continuity plan have fared best. Having the appropriate processes and technology in place has enabled them to act decisively and preserve business performance while minimising the impact of any upheaval.

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Office 365 has transformed. Meet Microsoft 365

On April 21st of this year, Microsoft made the big decision to turn its beloved brand Office 365 into Microsoft 365. This name change accompanies a recent shift in user behaviour, which has seen Microsoft’s collaboration services grow in popularity as digital and remote working increasingly becomes the norm. Where the original Office 365 suite was loved for email and the usual productivity apps, now services like Teams and tools for mobility and security are the reason businesses are looking to Microsoft to stay productive and connected.

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4 reasons HPE GreenLake Central helps better control your cloud in a crisis

The unpredictability of the COVID-19 pandemic has caught a lot of businesses off-guard. If managing your organisation’s IT estate was difficult before the outbreak, it’s certainly become a lot more complicated since. Undoubtably, the change in circumstances has had a big impact on your critical infrastructure, especially if most of your workforce is now working from home and need remote access to the apps and data hosted in your data centre.

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