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The secret to hitting the Fortune 500? It's best practice throughout
The secret to hitting the Fortune 500? It's best practice throughout

What is it about ambitious midsized businesses which allows them to bubble up to top-performer status?

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Tight on resources? Tech is the tool for 2014
Tight on resources? Tech is the tool for 2014

The worst of the economic downturn may be over, but no business will claim to have bottomless pockets. Expenditure won't bounce back to the levels of the boom era - rather, 'the new austerity' means...

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If you want profitable supplier relationships... treat them like customers
If you want profitable supplier relationships... treat them like customers

Outward-looking businesses know the value of working closely with lots of external partners and suppliers. They can keep fewer names on the payroll and move nimbly with the market, choosing horses...

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Turn on the lights: refining processes for sustained growth
Turn on the lights: refining processes for sustained growth

The strategy for growing a company in its infancy is very different from that required to sustain subsequent growth once a business reaches maturity. Young businesses have great ideas and the agility...

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Change management for IT teams who know they can't do everything
Change management for IT teams who know they can't do everything

The legendary tycoon Jack Welch, CEO of General Electric for two decades, succinctly said: 'Change before you have to'. Wise words, but things have moved on since then: a better phrase today might...

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How to jump the hurdles to a responsive and agile business
How to jump the hurdles to a responsive and agile business

In today's tough economy, agility and responsiveness to changing market demands are big responsibilities for everyone entrusted with a business' strategy.

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IT support that will keep you competitive in uncertain times
IT support that will keep you competitive in uncertain times

Despite the UK finally zigzagging its way out of the deepest recession on record - with the 'restructuring economy' apparently well underway - relentless pressure on margins is forcing businesses to...

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When time is at a premium, you can still get ahead of the game...
When time is at a premium, you can still get ahead of the game...

It's a universal fact that IT teams don't have spare time on their hands - and the reasons are just as universal. In common with other business enablement functions like HR and finance, the past two...

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Best practice IT to help you keep the lights on
Best practice IT to help you keep the lights on

Very little in a modern company's operations functions without technology. It's not just the obvious communications and marketing tools: behind every production process or delivery truck is a piece...

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Give your IT department the best support network money can buy
Give your IT department the best support network money can buy

There's no such thing as a quiet day in most IT departments. The natural state of the IT team is usually 'at full stretch'. That's because technology is at the heart of almost every new process in...

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Things are about to change
Things are about to change

With more businesses valuing higher IT efficiency and a new consumer-style user experience, Microsoft Business UK are making the necessary steps and building a new website.

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Safely and Securely Dispose of Old Microsoft Windows XP PCs in Three Easy Ways
Safely and Securely Dispose of Old Microsoft Windows XP PCs in Three Easy Ways

The ways that people use technology for work and in their personal lives has changed significantly during the past decade. With the emergence of tablets and smarter mobile phones, work gets done...

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4 Ways Small Businesses Can Use Microsoft Mobile Technologies to Get Ahead
4 Ways Small Businesses Can Use Microsoft Mobile Technologies to Get Ahead

Mobile devices have changed the way we work in ways that would have been inconceivable just a few short years ago. As the world changes, these new devices and services enable businesses to compete...

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Moving from XP and Office 2003 to Windows 8.1 and Office 365: Top Tips for a Smooth Transition
Moving from XP and Office 2003 to Windows 8.1 and Office 365: Top Tips for a Smooth Transition

With Microsoft ending support for Windows XP and Office 2003 on April 8, 2014, small businesses and consumers are upgrading to newer devices with updated technology.

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How to Upgrade Your Business to the Latest Microsoft Technology
How to Upgrade Your Business to the Latest Microsoft Technology

In today’s fast-paced world, efficiency is everything. Bigger, better, faster – that’s what everyone, small businesses included, seems to be chasing. Technology has, of course, allowed us to get more...

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The Windows XP Era Is Ending: What It Means For Small Businesses and Why You Shouldn’t Wait to Upgrade
The Windows XP Era Is Ending: What It Means For Small Businesses and Why You Shouldn’t Wait to Upgrade

A lot has changed in the past decade since Microsoft launched Windows XP and Office 2003. Hardware is less expensive, devices are smaller, operating systems are faster and mobile phones are smarter...

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A Week in the Life of a Hacker: Day 4
A Week in the Life of a Hacker: Day 4

It was time to up my game. I'd had fun sauntering into offices, trying to fool people into believing I was someone I wasn't (though some would say I've spent most of my career doing that). Now it was...

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A Week in the Life of a Hacker: Day 3
A Week in the Life of a Hacker: Day 3

Hackers spend their lives trying to impersonate other people; sometimes trying to make you give up information that you really shouldn't, and sometimes (like today's scenario), to try and blend in...

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A Week in the Life of a Hacker: Day 2
A Week in the Life of a Hacker: Day 2

My first day as a double agent hacker was about spotting the opportunity when carelessness becomes apparent. A lot of hackers are successful this way. However, some hacks are entirely planned

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A Week in the Life of a Hacker: Day 1
A Week in the Life of a Hacker: Day 1

A lot of our time at TSG (Technology Services Group) is spent helping customers create a secure business environment. This week however, I went over to the dark side.

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Top 9 tips to keeping SMEs afloat
Top 9 tips to keeping SMEs afloat

Keeping a small business afloat is difficult in the current economic climate. There are many strategies which you can adopt to help keep your business afloat; tactics like cutting costs are short...

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Why your company needs to be found on search engines
Why your company needs to be found on search engines

Having a website is nowadays a necessity for every business, whether you are an online e-commerce business or a brick-and-mortar business.

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A World without Windows XP?
A World without Windows XP?

For over a decade software writers and businesses have revolved around the operating system, and it has become the life-blood of many companies.

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How to access SMB productivity tools in the cloud
How to access SMB productivity tools in the cloud

It is little wonder small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) love the cloud - hosted services allow company bosses to do so much more, with fewer resources.

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Gadgets of desire: What's on your tech shopping list? - Microsoft Business
Gadgets of desire: What's on your tech shopping list? - Microsoft Business

If you're a busy professional with not enough hours in the day, the chances are you already appreciate the value of technology from a productivity standpoint. You may be rushed off your feet for most...

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