Though we have seen great technological advances in recent years, the office printer remains as valuable as ever. Improved technology has also helped to make it easier for businesses to produce printed material in-house, from leaflets to brochures. Why An Office Needs A Printer Whether it’s for printing business cards, or printing out documents and letters, an office continues to need a printer. Printers also help to give a business a certain amount of gravitas. Though businesses can use emails to communicate with customers and clients, a letter printed on a company letterhead still looks more official and impressive. Related Posts:UK businesses urged to support Climate Week this March

Barbara Kroll, UK Managing Director of Twinfield questions, how is the steady migration from on-premise accounting software to online accounting affecting the relationship between businesses and their accountants? There’s no doubt that online accounting is quickly becoming prevalent in the UK, not least because it allows easier any-time access, a reduction in admin processes and lower start-up costs. So, how should accounting practices respond to this new business landscape?  What impact will it have on the way they run their own practices and the way they interact with their customers? The advantages of online accounting are clear.  Firstly, for the end user it offers simplicity and ease of use, combined with 24/7 access, reduced IT and admin, genuine scalability and[…]

This guest post was contributed by Steve Schmidt, VP of Corporate Development, Flexera Software Analyst house Gartner’s recent prediction that 25 per cent of organisations will have their own ‘app store’ by 2017 has caught the attention of many, but IT professionals and executives have a lot to prepare before they can successfully roll out their enterprise app stores. This perhaps hasn’t been highlighted enough. Related Posts:No Related Posts

As technology advances, SMEs are gaining capabilities previously only available to larger enterprises. Cloud computing has proven to be an effective method of levelling the playing field: allowing SMEs to access a wide range of software, platforms and infrastructure as a service Put simply, by offering IT as a utility rather than a product, the cloud can offer cost effectiveness, operational efficiencies and scalability that is very desirable to most businesses. Cloud has become viable for SMEs as a means of supplying services both externally and in-house. They now need to know what they should be expecting from cloud providers and what they should be implementing in their own private cloud environments. Related Posts:Cloud based invoice processing system reduces costs,[…]

In the current economic climate it’s not hard to see why people are constantly looking for ways to help decrease the costs of running a business – and in many cases they find that one of the highest costs in any business is running the telephone system. Although many people take a telephone system to be a necessary cost to business, it doesn’t have to be this way and there are, in fact, many ways that you can keep your costs down by simply switching your plan, or choosing a telephone system which is more efficient for your needs. Related Posts:No Related Posts

This infographic was produced by UK Trade & Investment and hibu to highlight the economic benefits of exporting for UK businesses. Further information is available from the Open To Export website, which provides advice and information for businesses which want to get started in exporting their products to international markets. Click on the image to see a full size version. Related Posts:SEO tips for small business [INFOGRAPHIC]Why UK businesses need a Google Places listing [INFOGRAPHIC]

1.     The rise of managed services for SMBs ­ while the uptake of cloud services has helped drive a demand for managed services in 2012, it’s SMBs who will benefit in the new year. As with most technologies as they move towards maturity and commoditisation, managed services providers have now reached a level of expertise that they can bring to bear in the SMB market. As a result, next year we’ll see increased adoption of managed services by smaller companies who are able to realise the cost and efficiency benefits of moving all of their IT across to a provider with greatly reduced risk. Related Posts:Five business tech trends for 2013New reporting and analytics tool for online retailers

1. BYOD  BYOD was arguably the biggest buzz word of 2012 and is now an unstoppable, user-driven wave which will continue to make a major impact on the IT world in 2013 and beyond. Smartphones, tablets and laptops all come under this category, as well as desktop PCs used remotely from home. Related Posts:Five more business technology predictions for 201337 percent of UK workers reply to business emails in bedTV ‘white spaces’ could be used to increase wireless bandwidth for UK businessOne third of young workers would flout company policies, using personal mobile devices for workNew Version of 1st Touch Mobile Innovates Across Multiple Platforms and Devices

Thousands of pounds continue to be spent on information security by companies of all shapes and sizes in order to “keep the bad guys out,” but with data leaks on the increase, it is clear that companies also face internal risks as well. Regardless of the source of the breach – individuals with a grudge, organised crime or hackers impersonating the ID of an employee with malicious intent – the risk is just as great from an accidental breach. Related Posts:37 percent of UK workers reply to business emails in bedIntegralis expands security operations centreSpam email causes IT security breaches in 40% of UK businesses [Infographic]New Review Highlights Time and Cost Savings By Simplifying IT Security OperationsNew unified data protection[…]

This guest post has been contributed by Mark Fraser, CEO of zappit Keeping up with the latest mobile technologies can be hard. Owners of small businesses would be forgiven for assuming that technologies such as Quick Response (QR) and Near Field Communication (NFC) are best left to bigger firms that have more resources and a deeper understanding of how they work. They would be wrong though. Related Posts: UK mobile networks team up on handset payments system