COMPAREX UK Blog

The COMPAREX UK blog features authors from within the UK subsidiary of the COMPAREX Group. They give insight into the latest licensing changes, product releases, industry trends and more. Follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter to stay up-to-date.

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  03/21/2019 |   UK Blog Editor
Boost productivity with a modern desktop

The way people work is changing. To be productive, your employees need the right tools to work from wherever they are. We look at how Microsoft 365 delivers a modern desktop to help your team achieve more. Read the full article ...

 

  03/18/2019 |   UK Blog Editor
What you need to know about Windows 7

Windows 7 is a beloved operating system. Many organisations think, 'If it ain't broke, why fix it?' But here's what you need to know about moving to Windows 10. Plus we address some of the misconceptions around Windows 10 that may be holding you back. Read the full article ...

 

  03/15/2019 |   UK blog editor
Microsoft: Powering digital transformation from 1980 to today

Technology moves so fast. It's incredible to see how far things have come since 1980. In this blog post we explore the changes over the last 40 years and why the latest Microsoft version of Windows is the last upgrade you'll ever need. Read the full article ...

 

  03/12/2019 |   Alex Dalglish
Declutter before you move to the cloud

If you're thinking about moving to Azure, it's important to declutter first. We suggest taking a leaf out of decluttering expert Marie Kondo's book and ensure you only move the essentials. Read the full article ...

 

  03/11/2019 |   UK Blog Editor
Microsoft Customer Agreement

What you need to know about changes to Microsoft licensing of Azure Read the full article ...

 

  02/13/2019 |   Alex Dalglish, UK Services Director
How to save 30 percent on your Microsoft Azure investment

Moving the cloud is just the first step. Making it work for you is where the real value pays off. Find out how you could be saving 30% on your Azure investment Read the full article ...

 

  02/01/2019 |   Chris Bartlett, Business Unit Director, Public Services Sector
How could AI could make the lives of public sector employees easier?

AI is likely to be one of the big trends of 2019. Some in the public sector are already embracing it. We look at what's being done and how cloud computing is enabling this. Read the full article ...

 

  01/31/2019 |   Alex Dalglish, UK Services Director
Four things utility companies need to consider when plugging into the cloud

Utilities companies have been undergoing a digital transformation, turning to technologies such as smart meters and network sensors, in large numbers. But how should they manage all the data this generates? Read the full article ...

 

  01/25/2019 |   Tony Spruyt, GMS Sales Manager
Don’t let SaaS tie you in knots – take control with SAM2GO

With benefits including cost efficiencies, scalability, ease of adoption, and a greater choice of solutions, SaaS clearly has appeal to organisations of all sizes. However, that doesn’t mean it comes without challenges. We look at what those are and how to solve them. Read the full article ...

 

  01/18/2018 |   Barry Hayeem, COMPAREX Security Specialist
Trend Micro research highlights security challenges in the age of hybrid cloud

The hybrid cloud market is growing exponentially. But with this growth comes greater management and security challenges. COMPAREX partner Trend Micro highlights the risks. Read the full article ...

 

  12/01/2018 |   COMPAREX UK Blog Editor
Three tech trends for the private sector to be aware of in 2019

Having looked at the key developments in the public sector that we expect to see in the forthcoming year, we now turn our attention to the private sector. Read the full article ...

 

  12/01/2018 |   COMPAREX UK Blog Editor
How to avoid being the ‘one in four’ that has experienced a cloud security breach

Security research of 1,400 IT professionals from cybersecurity firm, McAfee, has revealed some interesting findings. Read the full article ...

 

  12/01/2018 |   COMPAREX UK Blog Editor
Three tech trends for the public sector to be aware of in 2019

We recently cast our gaze over the trends in public sector technology for 2018, and now we look forward with excitement to what the new year will bring. Read the full article ...

 

  11/01/2018 |   COMPAREX UK Blog Editor
Helping councils overcome challenges to adopting the public cloud

The financial pressures councils are under are no secret, and the likelihood is these pressures will continue to grow. IT is a key business unit within any council that can help tackle this issue. Read the full article ...

 

  11/01/2018 |   COMPAREX UK Blog Editor
Getting on board with Office 365 – what do organisations need to know?

Office 365 is undoubtedly one of the world’s most popular cloud products with both personal and business users. Microsoft’s most recent figures show that adoption is on the rise – with 120 million active commercial users. Read the full article ...

 

  11/01/2018 |   COMPAREX UK Blog Editor
From IoT to DevOps – creating 'intelligent' clouds for a more connected world

The Internet of Things has come a long way in a few years, Gartner predicts that by 2020, more than half of new business processes and systems will incorporate some element of the IoT. Read the full article ...

 

  11/01/2018 |   COMPAREX UK Blog Editor
A review of the public sector’s year in tech

With the year coming to an end and the long nights closing in, we’re looking back at some of the key developments in tech during 2018 in the public sector. Read the full article ...

 

  10/01/2018 |   COMPAREX UK Blog Editor
Cloud – it isn’t how big it is, it’s what you do with it that counts

Our lives today are dominated by technology – from smartphones, to social networks, to the IoT – all of which we are now using daily in our places of work. Read the full article ...

 

  09/06/2018 |   COMPAREX UK Blog Editor
Utilities companies seek the cloud for a sustainable future

Over the last twenty years, sustainable energy and conservation have continued growing in importance, so utilities companies are looking to technology to improve productivity and efficiency in a notoriously inefficient sector… Read the full article ...

 

  09/01/2018 |   COMPAREX UK Blog Editor
Building modern workplaces for modern workers

The way we work has changed drastically in recent years. All organisations are now dependent on technology to some degree, which is unsurprising, given how much digital technologies have impacted our lives both in and out of work. Read the full article ...

 

  08/29/2018 |   COMPAREX UK Blog Editor
Simplifying security in a multi-cloud enterprise

While multi-cloud is undeniably useful for a business, managing this ecosystem can be a challenging task for CIOs... Read the full article ...

 

  08/24/2018 |   COMPAREX UK Blog Editor
How can local government stay safe and up-to-date in the digital world?

Adopting new technologies and managing increasingly complex IT systems is a challenge. Particularly so, against today’s backdrop of austerity and reduced budgets... Read the full article ...

 

  07/27/2018 |   COMPAREX UK Blog Editor
Optimising cloud: accelerating after Azure adoption

By now, modern businesses are familiar with the advantages of the cloud – but it can be a little overwhelming kicking off a platform like Azure and getting it just right... Read the full article ...

 

  07/10/2018 |   COMPAREX UK Blog Editor
Travel companies must keep an eye on all kinds of cloud

With glorious sunshine in the UK, it’s hard to not wonder where all the clouds have gone. But cloud environments should be always on the mind of those taking charge in travel... Read the full article ...

 

  07/03/2018 |   COMPAREX UK Blog Editor
Solving the skills shortage with the Modern Workplace

The technological revolution of our modern age is progressing at an ever-increasing rate...but how is this relevant to our workplaces? Read the full article ...

 

  06/20/2018 |   COMPAREX UK Blog Editor
Controlling chaos: why you can't just bank on IT efficiency

Traditional banks are facing competition from innovative challenger financial institutions. But they are in for a surprise if they believe there is a quick fix to help keep up... Read the full article ...

 

  06/13/2018 |   COMPAREX UK Blog Editor
Are you optimising your Office 365 deployment?

67% of users are expecting to increase their adoption of cloud services over the coming year. But how do you know if you're even using them effectively? Read the full article ...

 

  04/03/2018 |   COMPAREX UK Blog Editor
The rise of DevOps: keeping an eye on consumption

With cloud computing allowing developers more control over components, it's easy to see cloud's attraction. But the rate of your consumption can run away with you if you don't keep an eye out... Read the full article ...

 

  03/27/2018 |   COMPAREX UK Blog Editor
Enabling employee engagement: driving business with video

From letting us connect instantly with loved ones around the world, to watching global events via livestream –we expect to be able to use video whenever and wherever we like. And, it might be good for business too... Read the full article ...

 

  03/20/2018 |   COMPAREX UK Blog Editor
Four ways housing providers can manage IT costs

Housing providers’ budgets are facing increasing pressure due to growing demand and shrinking supply, so they must find ways to make savings where they can... Read the full article ...

 

  03/13/2018 |   COMPAREX UK Blog Editor
Conquering cloud: how SMEs can curb costs

Small-to-medium enterprises now have equal access to the services used by business heavyweights, but cloud adoption can be far from simple... Read the full article ...

 

  03/06/2018 |   Richard Best
Three ways to optimise cloud usage

Fuelled by mass cloud adoption, the cloud environment – though it offers flexibility and scalability to many – is growing harder to manage... Read the full article ...

 

  02/26/2018 |   COMPAREX UK Blog Editor
Five licensing blindspots for CIOs to be aware of

Organisations in breach of their licensing agreements will find themselves on the receiving end of potentially very large fines. Here are five of the biggest blind spots to look out for... Read the full article ...

 

  01/25/2018 |   COMPAREX UK Blog Editor
The key to collaboration: mastering the modern workplace

To take advantage of changing market conditions, businesses must strive to be as agile as possible. This means taking advantage of flexible and remote working, enabling employees to remain productive from wherever they are... Read the full article ...

 

  01/18/2018 |   Sophie Learman
Year in Review: Microsoft in 2017

Another year gone by, and the monolith that is Microsoft keeps developing and growing stronger. Let’s take a look at its innovations in 2017... Read the full article ...

 

  01/04/2018 |   COMPAREX UK Blog Editor
IoT and software licensing: watch this space

As the months and years go on, we are becoming increasingly connected to each other, our appliances, and the world around us... Read the full article ...

 

  12/20/2017 |   COMPAREX UK Blog Editor
Why cloud optimisation will be one of the biggest trends of 2018

As we approach the end of 2017, it’s only natural to start to think about the trends for the year-to-come. At COMPAREX, we believe that cloud optimisation is going to be one of the biggest trends of 2018... Read the full article ...

 

  10/10/2017 |   COMPAREX UK Blog Editor
Business as usual: the importance of backing up your cloud email

Migration to cloud is becoming increasingly attractive to businesses, particularly as it allows for employees to work with increasing flexibility at any time, in any place. However, sometimes even The Mighty Cloud can fail us... Read the full article ...

 

  10/05/2017 |   COMPAREX UK Blog Editor
Software Asset Management: the marriage of reduced costs and increased security

Having a well-managed software portfolio can offer you business a wide range of benefits, particularly in way of protecting you from overspending and auditing fines... Read the full article ...

 

  09/13/2017 |   COMPAREX UK Blog Editor
Update your software today to avoid a rough patch

Despite significant investment in tools and solutions, companies often fail to do the basics when it comes to protecting their IT estate... Read the full article ...

 

  09/06/2017 |   COMPAREX UK Blog Editor
Support, manage and optimise your software portfolio: managed services by COMPAREX

With so much software deployed – both in the cloud and on-premise – it is increasingly difficult for organisations to keep tabs on the applications installed... Read the full article ...

 

  08/11/2017 |   COMPAREX UK Blog Editor
CLOUDSEC 2017: Talking data protection in the cloud

Next month, COMPAREX will be at CLOUDSEC, one of the world’s largest internet security conferences... Read the full article ...

 

  07/28/2017 |   COMPAREX UK Blog Editor
Unified communications: revolutionising productivity with Skype for Business

Being able to communicate across multiple channels offers your organisation more benefits than mere conversation... Read the full article ...

 

  07/14/2017 |   COMPAREX UK Blog Editor
Is your business one of the 50% unprepared for GDPR?

You better prepare, or it'll cost you... GDPR will be enforceable before you know it... Read the full article ...

 

  06/16/2017 |   COMPAREX UK Blog Editor
Long-term strategy is key to digital transformation in retail

City centre high-streets are grasping for tenants to fill empty space. High-profile casualties continue to fall victim to the rise of online shopping giants, leading many retailers to an uncomfortable truth… Read the full article ...

 

  06/13/2017 |   COMPAREX UK Blog Editor
Safety first: meeting the challenges of remote working

For businesses to achieve the ultimate benefits remote and mobile working can deliver, they must provide technologies that enable employees to collaborate effectively and securely… Read the full article ...

 

  06/08/2017 |   COMPAREX UK Blog Editor
When digital transformation meets manufacturing...

Traditionally, manufacturers have been preoccupied by a focus on reliability, incremental improvements, and close relationships with customers. However, the next era of competition for manufacturers will be framed digitally; entailing the evolution every link in the manufacturing value chain... Read the full article ...

 

  06/02/2017 |   COMPAREX UK Blog Editor
What is driving digital transformation in the banking sector?

Financial institutions have traditionally been reluctant to adopt new approaches. However, over the last five years, banks have become frantically engaged in digital transformation initiatives to meet the latest customer demands... Read the full article ...

 

  03/31/2017 |   COMPAREX UK Blog Editor
Transforming local government through digitalisation

To reduce the government’s budget deficit of £63.8bn, local councils are being asked to reduce costs and improve productivity through digitising the delivery of public services... Read the full article ...

 

  03/24/2017 |   COMPAREX UK Blog Editor
Safeguarding the NHS through digital transformation

As budgets shrink across the public sector, the NHS has been tasked to do much more with far less. However, this is no mean feat... Read the full article ...

 

  03/20/2017 |   Sophie Learman
You have reached your destination: three top tips for licensing SQL Server 2016

With SQL Server 2016 built for hybrid cloud, it reflects investment into technology…whilst showing that Microsoft still appreciates the reluctance of some who enjoy the best of both worlds... Read the full article ...

 

  03/15/2017 |   COMPAREX UK Blog Editor
What does digital transformation mean for education CIOs?

Digitalisation has changed the way in which students want to study and educators want to teach. Every area – from primary to secondary, to further and higher education – has been impacted by digital transformation... Read the full article ...

 

  03/13/2017 |   Sophie Learman
Taking your data to the next level – literally.

With SQL Server 2016 built for hybrid cloud, it reflects investment into technology…whilst showing that Microsoft still appreciates the reluctance of some who enjoy the best of both worlds... Read the full article ...

 

  03/07/2017 |   Sophie Learman
We are moving!

After twelve years up on the Hill, our London team are moving into a brand new office... Read the full article ...

 

  03/06/2017 |   Sophie Learman
Ready for the road to SQL Server 2016?

With data having become the lifeblood of business, it’s key we have latest-and-greatest technology implemented to maximise its potential usage... Read the full article ...

 

  11/24/2016 |   COMPAREX UK Blog Editor
"It's not the Cloud, it's what you do with it."

"t’s always good to start with a little bit of honesty" we’ve heard that line (or variations of it) churned out by a ridiculous number of cloud service providers more times than you can shake a memory stick at... Read the full article ...

 

  11/17/2016 |   COMPAREX UK Blog Editor
Come on through, the doors are wide open!

Ah, there’s nothing that’ll keep you on your toes quite like a good old attempted network breach; in fact, if history plays its part, it’ll take you and your company sideways before you can say ‘we’re patched, right?’... Read the full article ...

 

  11/10/2016 |   COMPAREX UK Blog Editor
Analytical myth-busting: the bigger the data...

…The harder it is to analyse? The more expensive it is? The more complicated it gets? If any of those were the one true answer, then it’d make the title of this blog a whole lot catchier... Read the full article ...

 

  11/02/2016 |   COMPAREX UK Blog Editor
Trust Issues - the coming-of-age for remote working

Unless you live under a large rock, it wouldn’t have escaped your notice that the number of high-profile cyber security compromises is on the rise. And let’s be honest...the blame lies mainly with more the behaviour-focused, increasing sophistication of the smooth cyber criminal. Read the full article ...

 

  10/20/2016 |   COMPAREX UK Blog Editor
Undress your data - in an instant!

One arbitrary scroll of LinkedIn and you’ll stumble upon more articles with ‘data’ in their title than you can shake a virtual stick at... Read the full article ...

 

  09/19/2016 |   COMPAREX UK Blog Editor
Digital Coalescence – Why Workspace ONE spells the end of 9-5

‘Workin' 9 to 5, what a way to make a livin'’ – Did you know that song was released in 1980? Ironically, it probably feels that long since you last actually worked 9 to 5... Read the full article ...

 

  09/08/2016 |   Tony Spruyt
I think you’ve missed a bit

Painting ceilings and walls and waiting for them to dry are chores we know we have to do but would really rather not. Despite losing hours (or days) of our lives doing it, we can almost guarantee that once we’ve finished someone will walk in, survey our handiwork and say those immortal words... Read the full article ...

 

  07/29/2016 |   Tony Spruyt
No surprises, please

Sometimes in life, things go wrong. The portents of doom and gloom can be so subtle you miss them and as a result, fall flat on your backside. But stuff happens right. You can’t predict everything can you? True you can’t. Read the full article ...

 

  07/05/2016 |   Tony Spruyt
There’s a storm coming

Today’s world simply cannot function without software. From TV’s through to food production, software pervades every area of our lives. 21st century commerce relies on technology and the applications and systems that make it work. CRM, ERP, websites, email, C #, Python, SQL*Server... Read the full article ...

 

  05/23/2016 |   Angela Calvert
Microsoft Windows Server 2016

Introducing Microsoft Windows Server 2016 - At the heart of the Microsoft Cloud Platform. Read the full article ...

 

  10/07/2015 |   Kathryn Baarda
Key considerations for Enterprise Mobility Management

Gartner predicts that by 2017, 50% of employees will be required to bring their own devices to work. This was further reinforced by global analyst firm Ovum, who also announced that Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) behaviour in Europe is resulting ... Read the full article ...

 

  10/02/2015 |   Natasha Bradley
The future is Cloud… Are you ready?

The concept of Cloud dates back to the 1970s when Virtual Machines (VMs) were launched. It wasn’t until the dot-com boom in the early 2000s that we saw substantial growth in generated data and the demand for bulk online data management Read the full article ...

 

  09/24/2015 |   Kathryn Baarda
CYBERcrime is one of the fastest-growing criminal activities on the planet

In this Digital Age, few can argue that the virtual world has now become an integral part of our everyday routine. From searching to socialising, from selling to shopping, the internet has not only transformed our personal lives, it has also revolutionised the way we do business. Read the full article ...

 

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