The end of Windows 10 Mobile may change your remote working focus

The end of Windows 10 Mobile may change your remote working focus

Microsoft has stated that from now on, Windows 10 Mobile will only get bug fixes, with no new features on the cards. As more businesses have become increasingly mobile, this means that any company currently reliant on Windows devices for their productivity or remote working may need to think ahead.

Fortunately, Microsoft has been largely device agnostic in recent years, supporting both Android and Apple’s iOS with apps and cloud services. If your office relies on Windows 10 mobile devices, then when it comes to the next upgrade point, a switch to either platform will be the logical way to keep workers happy with current generation devices and all the software they are used to working with.

With many companies now working in the cloud, moving away from Microsoft servers, this is also less of a problem than it would have been a few years ago. Data is more freely available for those working in a cloud-enabled business. The full range of Word, Excel, Outlook, SharePoint and Power BI, plus collaboration tools like Skype and Yammer along with productivity app Lens are available on iOS and Android. And, with no sign of Microsoft losing dominance in productivity or desktops, these apps will be vital for many years to come.

A choice of upgrade path

Whatever family of devices you look for next, you will need to ensure IT support, cyber and computer security, back-up and security advice for those devices too, and advice on how best to manage them. Some companies may look for a bring your own device (BYOD) approach where workers can work using their personal phone, but any data needs to be carefully managed.

Apple’s iPhones can be managed using Apple tools to limit what app and data can be stored, while Samsung Galaxy devices with Knox are designed to protect business data. Other devices can be used with a range of third-party tools helping to keep data secure and manage apps so that all workers are in concert.

Get in touch to find out how we can help manage your next mobile upgrade and ensure that your company gets maximum productivity from whatever devices you choose to use.

How to run successful IT across multiple offices

For any company, the chaos that arrives when it opens a first branch office or second warehouse can be the stuff of business nightmares. All of a sudden stock control, staff management, document and data duplication becomes a major issue. Fortunately, it is one that can be easily solved by moving your IT from a desktop-based to a server or cloud-based solution.

Improving productivity

The key benefits of using cloud document systems like Office 365 include allowing anyone in the company to access the latest version of a spreadsheet or database, and that changes can be made in a protected manner so errors or duplications are avoided. For midsize businesses, hosted servers can ensure data currency and access from any location, with customisable solutions to support any growing business.

Managed IT also means that if you do have a computer or connectivity problem, your IT team isn’t dragged from one location to another. Instead, the majority of problems can be fixed without a visit. When it comes to connectivity, business broadband and leased lines between locations can ensure your offices always stay in touch.

Improved communications, no matter how many offices you have

Skype, VoIP or other unified communications systems ensure that teams are always able to remain in contact to see who is available or not turning up for work on time, and your business won’t suffer from out of sight, out of mind problems. It can also help schedule meetings, conference calls and so on for convenient times, and can pass on messages when people aren’t available.

Security support

Whenever there is an internet connection between two offices, there is also an increased threat to a company’s data security. IT support can analyse your organisation’s IT security capabilities and help manage any security, privacy or data compliance issues that may arise, such as GDPR. Using enterprise-class firewalls and antivirus software will protect your systems from whatever your less-aware users or the open internet can throw at it.

An expanding company needs to be carefully managed, and taking on cloud or external IT services will help make some aspects of that growth easier to handle. To ensure your efficiency and communications are not put at risk, get in touch with us today and see how we can help you.

Cloud migration safety tips

Cloud migration safety tips

As more organisations move to the cloud, security gaps, data breaches, and the loss of client and company financial data are becoming more frequent. So, if you do it yourself, how can this happen and what can you do to keep your cloud migration safe and secure?

Too many passwords

A big issue with cloud apps is that they are not integrated well with existing IT systems, and employees do forget the many passwords that are associated with the different apps they use each day. This can lead to a tendency for users to continually reset passwords, sometimes re-using the same ones or writing them down. This effectively undermines the effectiveness of any security intention.

The best way to combat this is to keep access limited to those who need it, rather than allowing blanket access right across the company.

Lack of visibility

Many cloud-based apps do not have an audit of user activity. This means that two users with identical usernames could sign in simultaneously. No alerts would be triggered and a possible security breach could occur unnoticed. To prevent this from happening, it’s essential that the most sensitive client and company data must be locked away securely. One way to achieve this is to auto-delete any highly sensitive information from emails before a cloud app can be used to download them to a remote device.

Data leakage

Lost or stolen mobile devices containing sensitive client information all too often end up in the hands of cybercriminals, and the cloud app used for information storage can’t be blamed for that.

To combat this problem, apply a digital watermark to all corporate information so that your computer support team can track its movements on the web. Placing covert identifiers within your sensitive data will allow your IT department to see whenever the data is downloaded and by whom.

In conclusion

Cloud data is synced across potentially thousands of devices and can be downloaded by users worldwide. There’s no doubt that using the cloud for your data storage needs and email hosting offers many advantages, but you must change the way that your business secures its data via a more data-centric, end-to-end approach to security.

Grow your small business can safely use the cloud, contact the helpful team at Nimbus CS today.

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