When it comes to IT, many staff members have become accustomed to statements such as “it is running slow today” or “oh, it always does that”. These statements are typically in reaction to switching their PC on in the morning, applications loading or opening large spreadsheets. To be clear, there can be many reasons for this slow down; a lack of pro-active Windows maintenance, no systems optimisation, internet bottlenecks, server issues or as we find more often than not – outdated computer systems. Read more
Many of our customers, particularly those in regulated sectors such as financial services and insurance, will often ask about the security and regulatory implications of utilising cloud services such as Office 365, Azure and AWS. As you would expect, Microsoft has a wealth of information outling their approach to compliance, trust and security. The UK FCA has also discussed the use of cloud extensively – which is also referenced in a paper by Microsoft. Read more
Technology plays a crucial role in continued innovation across all aspects of life driven by an insatiable demand from businesses and society. It’s an exciting and dynamic area to work in and as a technology company Manx Technology Group play their part in the constant cycle of innovation and consumption which has allowed the technology sector to grow at an amazing rate over recently years. Read more
A Hybrid Cloud Solution is where you IT infrastructure spans both your on-premise and cloud environments. That is, your business may have servers and productivity apps located in the office, but may leverage other apps or infrastructure components that are hosted in a cloud environment. In this post, we outline some of the drivers behind hybrid cloud adoption, discuss what it could look like and walk through the findings of the Microsoft ‘State of the Hybrid Cloud’ report. Read more
The way organisations purchase and consume IT and software services is changing. With the onset of cloud and SaaS applications, there has been a move away from traditional models of purchasing and maintenance towards subscription based delivery models. Opex is now the new norm. Enterprises are now demanding the latest technologies and features, inherent security, predictable costs and the highest levels of service – delivered under a subscription model. Read more
Each year, the Internet Trends report is published by Kleiner Perkins and Mary Meeker. In total there is a whopping 355 slides! We have highlighted 50 key takeaways that are both thought provoking and may help decision making in your business (or your life!).
What is clear, it is an exciting time to be in business – but you must stay ahead of the trends. Read more
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When you read a small business firewall data sheet or brochure, you may be confused by the terminology or lost in the wealth of performance metrics quoted. This problem is often made worse when different vendors use subtly different terms or use a different basis to assess performance!
What figures matter when selecting a firewall? Which feature sets should you be most concerned about, and those that, frankly – shouldn’t matter so much! This article will define those items, explain the significance and outline how to map this against a challenge or risk within your business.
If your business has a need to enhance its firewall or network security, or you need assistance in selecting the right firewall solution – speak to MTG and our team of firewall engineers.
Forbes recently outlined how an organisation’s IT department should work more effectively within an organisation. While the article focused on the internal IT department, it applies equally to IT support partners such as MTG. Read more
In a recent blog post Microsoft set out some of its initiatives that will accelerate an organisation’s compliance with GDPR. Julie White, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Azure & Security outlined the different solutions and she reiterated how Microsoft’s Cloud services will be fully compliant come May 2018.
This is timely, Gartner estimate less than 50% of organisations will fully comply with GDPR come May 2018. Microsoft has already set out its commitment to compliance; Azure, Office 365, Dynamics 365, Windows 10 and Enterprise Mobility will all be compliant by that date. This statement is also backed by Microsoft’s own contractual commitment to its customers.
In a previous post, we discussed some of the mechanisms an organisation can leverage to become compliant. One of the more recent announcements from Microsoft is the Risk and Compliance dashboard. The dashboard will help you identify your current level of compliance in a quantitative manner and recommend suggested actions.
Julia White of Microsoft commented:
We continue to innovate in order to make GDPR compliance easier for you to achieve. For example, later this year we plan to release a new dashboard that provides a quantitative assessment to help identify where you are in your journey to GDPR compliance. This upcoming release builds on the foundation of Office 365 Secure Score, launched earlier this year, to provide you greater clarity on your path toward GDPR compliance.
Given the growth in Office 365 for e-mail and collaboration, Azure for IaaS, and the advent of Windows 10 – the Microsoft suite of products remains an optimal solution for the enterprise. Apart from the obvious productivity, cost and a collaboration gains – the solutions will aide a company with its own compliance challenges, particularly those presented by GDPR. Manx Technology work with a number of customers transitioning to Office 365, but with a firm eye on GDPR compliance and Cybersecurity.
With GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) looming, many organisations are busy trying to assess the impact on their business, the path to compliance and in many cases, the investment required – particularly in the context of IT and data. Given the complexities of GDPR and to some extent, the uncertainties in the context of IT, many businesses are weighing up the path to compliance and the cost. Whilst many see Cloud as having a bad rep, paradoxically – the use of Cloud services can actually aide compliance and reduce the burden on your business.