Go Carbon Neutral With The Cloud

Pay less, get more 

Most business owners will already have weighed out many of the financial benefits of migrating their IT infrastructure to a Cloud based server. The key benefits to Cloud computing is the increased efficiency and reduced costs. It gives you and your employees/ students or colleagues an easy-to-use platform to share workloads and projects, whilst freeing up vital hard drive space and saving energy.


Swap your In-House data system to something a little more economical

Cloud computing is suited to almost every business type, and the benefits of exchanging your traditional in-house network are ongoing. Rather than maintaining a large, expensive on-site solution, businesses who use the Cloud are able to make use of it's infrastructure services and adapt to changing demand with more ease.


Most corporations will only use 5-10% of their server capacity according to a recent study, and of course these have to be switched on around the clock. Because of this, the energy consumption is the same regardless of how much you use, whereas using the Cloud stops that waste. You only pay for what you use and Cloud data centre services utilize up to 70% of their capacity. Alongside this, servers need to be continuously upgraded to stay energy efficient; Don't leave yourself open to malware and other software problems by not staying up-to-date,leave the upgrades down to the Cloud provider instead.


Cloud Computing helps Create Carbon Neutral businesses

If you endeavor to become an entirely carbon neutral business, or even just to reduce the size your carbon footprint, then Cloud migration is a good route to go down. It frees up space, saves energy and updates your software and infrastructure.


Benefits of carbon neutrality in business

Ethics play a huge part in any business and those who are not fulfilling the green expectations of many of today's consumers are becoming more and more penalized. Being a carbon neutral business shows responsibility, awareness and a sense morality through your brand; something all good consumers want to see and all business owners should strive for. This increased demand from consumers has also helped pave the way towards the UK Government's 20:20 scheme. Get a step ahead of any potential changes and legislations that might occur and make sure you're not one of the businesses who've chosen to ignore environmental issues. Doing so could end up causing more problems than it is worth in the long run, for both you and the environment!

Once you are established as a carbon neutral business, you will be able to reap many further benefits such as positively differentiating from competitors and identifying with the top brands. By having an accredited sustainability platform you could appeal to and win new green contracts, helping to expand your reach as a whole.


The future is Cloud 

Switching from your old in-house system to one that is designed to suit the needs of today's contemporary businesses and organizations can prove to instigate a more productive pivotal change in how you manage your business and employees, and even the Earth.

Matilda Hattersmyth writes on behalf of leading UK Microsoft champions, Penman IT. Penman provide professional IT infrastructure services and solutions and are based in London, England.


Advantages of Information Technology

There are so many benefits to having information technology services in your business. It allows for better communication, privacy and automated processes. It will also allow everyone to work more efficiently and productively.            

Communication is essential to anyone in any type of company. IT services allow your company to communicate with better resources. Some of these resources include email, video conferencing, chat rooms and more. When a company has bad communication skills it affects the work being done, therefore, IT services are critical to enhance work performance. 

Privacy is important to anyone whether they are in the business world or not. Information technology ensures safety in the workplace.  "According to the Graziadio Business Report, published by Pepperdine University, secure maintenance of customer and patient files is vital to business integrity. Storage systems, such as virtual vaults, keep information safe by only allowing certain users within your company to access, withdraw, add or change the documents." Furthermore, electronic storage systems will keep everything in place even in a technological disaster.

Most of the time people want to get as much work done in the shortest amount of time possible. Information technology developed automated processes which enable just that. It will take the burden off your employees because they will be free to work on other tasks while the computer takes care of busy work such as : reports, monitoring financials and creating queries.

Overall having an IT system will only increase productivity at work and make your employees happy. If you're still not sure you're ready to jump into the IT world contact an IT consultant to have them change your mind! Read the rest of the article online to see what else is beneficial from information technology. 




Tieto Has Cut Employees

Tieto, a Finnish IT Services provider, plans to reduce their amount of workers. They plan to cut up to 770 jobs, about 5% of their workforce this year. Overall this would save $50 million a year for Tieto. In March of 2012 they cut 1,600 jobs and the latest cuts would be done by the end of next year. By the end of 2012 Tieto had 15,447 employees working for them. Read the article online to learn more about the Tieto cuts.


Healthcare IT is Getting Hotter

Information Technology Services have been in the health field for some time now, but they are only getting more and more involved. It started off as just electronic records for doctors but is now in all areas of healthcare. Having IT services lets professionals do their job more efficiently and controls costs as well. The federal government is committing over $30 billion to hospitals and physicians, according to this online article. Some other IT services besides electronic records are data analytics, therapy software, patient interaction phone apps and more. Other technologies will allow pharmacists to more accurately track and dispense prescriptions or customize drugs for specific needs, while providing privacy at all times. Finish reading the article online to see what other details are involved in in Healthcare IT.



IT Services Are On the Rise

Global spending on Information Technology services is going up, way up! According to an online article, it is said to reach $3.8 trillion by 2014; that is a huge increase. Computer and digital services are in every industry, even if it's just in small ways, every field uses some type of technology. These days it is weird not to use IT services. A research firm, Gartner, states that back in 2009 there were 2.5 billion connected devices to the Internet, mostly consisting of cell phones and computers. However, in 2020 it's expected that there will be 30 billion devices; mostly being products. In fact, nearly half of first computer purchases will be phones, tablets, ultra-mobile PCS and more similar items. Information Technology allows businesses to have maximum communication, efficiency and productivity all at ease which is why the increase use of it is expected to be so high next year.         




Time for a Computer Makeover

Unfortunately computers don't last forever and there will be a time when the repair costs outweigh the replacement costs. Computers generally last about five years before problems start to arise. Once you start to have problems, the productivity in your company will slow down. Here are a few important reasons why you should upgrade your computer system sooner rather than later.  

By upgrading you save on repair costs and there will be less decrease in productivity. Think about it this way: if your system takes a few minutes to load, then that person trying to work is just sitting there waiting. Now picture five people sitting there waiting. Not good for business, right? In addition, Microsoft is changing it's system as of 2014. The XP operating system will no longer exist and people who still use it will only have trouble ahead.  Learn more about Microsoft and other reasons to upgrade on geeksoncall.com.   



Let's Celebrate Health IT Week

This week marks the anniversary of Health IT Week. During this time organizations recognize how information technology has bettered our health care. There are so many advantages for using IT services in the medical field. By using electronic health records and other forms of computer systems it let's the medical professionals work more efficiently. Some other systems include clinical decision support tools and e-prescribing. IT Services has shown the following: reduce of medical errors, decrease of medical costs, longer lifespans and more. Furthermore, information technology job opportunities have grown in the past few years and Health IT Services are one of the main reasons why. To learn more about Health IT week read the rest of the article online. 





Tablets : Surface RT vs. Surface Pro


We’ll see if we can help you narrow down your choice. When shopping for  a new tablet, you must first decide if you are looking for a new “toy” or a business class device. You do not want to make the mistake of buying the wrong one.

On the Surface tablets, both user interfaces look identical.  It is very difficult to discern which device is which. However if you look closely, the Surface Pro is a tad bit heavier than the Surface RT and is physically, thicker because you can also have twice the SSD storage with the Surface Pro at 128 GB.  On the other hand, the battery life of the Surface RT is about 38% more efficient than the Surface Pro providing users with longer run time on a single charge.


In short, Surface RT is the equivalent to the iPad.  It’s fun to use and can be utilized to check email, surf the web and play games.  While it is a very fun toy, don’t expect it to handle the meat and potatoes of business processing. The Surface RT is not designed to be a full-fledged business tool and therefore, cannot be added to domain based architecture networks.


On the other hand, the Surface Pro is a true business class device that you can use everyday at work.  Docking stations and peripherals are easily added.  USB support is a snap and the tablet's user interface is exceptional for mobile users. Please note that the Desktop/Workstation/Laptop version of Win8 is a bit awkward to use as there is typically a no touch interface on these devices.

Don’t forget “tap” which is the equivalent of a mouse click.  “Pinching or stretching” allow you to enlarge or shrink your view.  “Rotate and Turn” by holding down two fingers on the screen and simply rotate them.  Your image will rotate with you.

Windows8 is a big departure from the past (“Where’s my Start Button?”), but does give us a glimpse into the future.

If you have any IT questions, please email Dave at david.thomas@iontg.com or call (856) 719-1818.

Happy Computing to all!

Technology Policies

The Importance of Encryption Policies and Conducting Policy Audits

Who doesn’t like a good technology policy?  They’re easy to read, enjoyable and exciting with a cliff hanger ending that culminates with disciplinary action possibilities.  Give me more of that.  But, for those that do follow the rules and understand that polices aren’t meant to stifle productivity acknowledge that they are a valuable tool.  If correctly developed and applied, they will bring consistency into your business environment, accountability and auditability.

Let’s examine a simple encryption policy.  Most technologists know about encryption and they know how to deploy it. Whether we are connecting two offices or more, encrypting data when the data itself requires the cover of encryption for access or when using encryption for wireless access are three examples where encryption might be used.  If left to the arbitrary technician who may or may not understand the importance of the right encryption scheme, the deployment may not be adequate or strong enough to secure and protect your business’ intellectual property. 

If you are unsure and worried about the safety of your intellectual property, we can review your Encryption Policy and determine exactly what key strength is needed for what service without guessing.

Lastly, don’t forget to perform periodic policy audits.  Your policies must be routinely validated so that when the real audit takes place, you and your technology team come out squeaky clean.