Choosing a Cloud Computing Provider

Many businesses are now looking towards “cloud computing” to provide them with the IT systems and services that they would have previously had in their office.   Cloud computing encompasses many different technologies and services with a huge variety of “as a service” providers.  This presents a considerable number of challenges for businesses over security, reliability, […]

10 Tips For Disaster Recovery Planning

I’ve put together some key tips around what businesses should be doing in planning for a disaster to help protect themselves and if the worst was to happen how the business could get their IT systems up and running again. 1                     Put together an IT disaster recovery plan An IT disaster recovery plan should be […]

What You Need To Know About Creating an IT Budget

After a long period of recession, spending on business technology is now on the rise. Signs of economic recovery and a more stable operating climate have caused companies to shed their cautious approaches and spend more on IT in 2014. The Gartner research firm expects worldwide IT spending to reach $3.7 trillion in 2014, up […]

Windows 10

Windows 10

Microsoft have recently announced that the latest version of Windows, Windows 10 was released on the 29th of July 2015. If you have a licensed installation of Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1 Home or Professional editions on your computer then you are eligible to upgrade to Windows 10 for free.  You may have noticed your […]

Outsourcing is a great way to expand your business

Outsourcing is a great way to expand your business while freeing up your own time and saving money too.  Whether you need occasional or ongoing assistance, professionals like graphic designers, copywriters, bookkeepers, website programmers, and office assistants, are all readily available. Are you a plumber who needs book keeping?  Or a professional speaker who needs […]

Motivation – what does it mean to you?

For most, “motivation” reflects the drive to achieve. What most people are not aware of, however, is that motivation can be positive or negative. Positive motivation comes from within – the desire to achieve. Negative motivation comes from outside the person – the threat of the negative consequences of potentially not achieving something. Positive emotion […]

Will e-coupons make or break your small business?

‘E-coupons’ – online coupons offering generous discounts (50% and more!) off  local goods and services, promoted by online coupon sites such as LivingSocial, WhyPay Full Price, Jump On It, Cudo, Spreets and I Love Coupons, and delivered to consumers’ inboxes via email and social media – are taking the world of retail by storm. Savvy […]

Business Stress

Some months ago I spoke about business conditions being Recessionary. Data released this week confirmed this predicament .  Average business growth  for  the year has come in at 1% with inflation ranging 2.75-3.0%. Small business face an ongoing struggle. The stress began with the 2008 GFC . Business conditions failed to magically correct and inspire […]

Keeping your Money in the Clouds

Cloud computing is a phrase bandied about at the moment. It is technology that uses the internet and central remote servers to maintain data and applications rather than being installed and maintained on your laptop or PC. This means that businesses don’t have to install and maintain applications on individual computers and can access their […]

Top 5 Reasons Why Rising Energy Costs are a Burning Issue for SMEs

  1) There’s no way to avoid rising energy costs Electricity bills are going to increase 10% – 15% year-over-year for the next few years.   With Australia’s perpetual increase in energy usage, fossil fuels becoming more limited, the need to reduce greenhouse gases and the requirement for new power stations to meet peak demand, there’s […]