Unified Communications – The age of the 9-5 desktop worker is dead

Today’s professional workforce is tech savvy, active, mobile, remote, on the move, multi-tasking with multiple devices and highly reachable so as a business you need to ask yourself – “what does my business need to make the most of my workforce?”

So how do you give your workforce the ability to communicate and collaborate powerfully? You need a Unified Communication solution that can really drive business productivity, enhance security and guarantee a return on investment whilst at the same time integrate phones, voicemails, email, mobile, Instant Messaging, Video conferencing and where needed, full call centre capabilities.

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Why I love my Windows Phone 8

By Guido Marchetti, Office 365 Specialist for O2 Telefonica, MJ Flood Technology.

It’s all about the latest and greatest smart phone.  Apple and Android are without question the dominant market forces, for now.  Apple clearly captured first mover advantage with its market leading and trend setting iPhone. Equally, Android has a number of manufacturers producing simply stunning devices, the best of which in my opinion, is probably the Samsung.

And then there is Microsoft’s offering which has undergone quite a number of reincarnations over the years.  Microsoft could be accused of having a few ‘false starts’ under their belt with their mobile platforms, but their latest, Windows Phone 8, could be about to change all that.

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The IT support conundrum – in-house or outsource

by David Flood, Senior IT Sales Consultant, MJ Flood Technology

With the adverse effect of the economic downturn on many small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), questions are being asked about IT support; is it a necessity or a luxury and more critically, should it be managed in-house or outsourced to an external provider.

As someone with over 15 years’ experience in this area, my advice is to use a combination of both.

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Does your organisation have a robust backup and disaster recovery plan?

By David Flood, senior IT solutions consultant with MJ Flood Technology

Our recent survey into backup and disaster recovery practices covered by the Irish Times, has yielded some frightening statistics, which we should all be concerned about.

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Guido Marchetti of MJ Flood Technology talks mobility strategy

Decisions, decisions. How to choose the best mobile device for me

Guido Marchetti, Office 365 Specialist for O2 Telefonica, MJ Flood Technology on choosing the right mobile device.

In an ever changing and dynamic market, we find ourselves under continuous bombardment from a plethora of mobile devices.   Choosing the right mobile device is a maze.  Which operating system, which manufacturer and which model to choose?  These devices are now a core part of our life with many of us accessing web-based services daily via our mobile devices rather than traditional desktop hardware such as a PC or laptop.

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Guido Marchetti of MJ Flood Technology talks mobility strategy

Mobilising the desktop – the ultimate in mobile working

By Guido Marchetti, Office 365 Specialist for O2 Telefonica, MJ Flood Technology

It could be just another one of those buzzwords, regularly trotted out by the technology industry as the next big thing.  So what do we mean when we say mobilising the desktop?

It’s all about giving employees the tools to stay as productive on the move as in the office.  It could be the ultimate in mobile working.   But it’s not as simple as giving them a smart phone or tablet and sending them on their way with a pat on the back.

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Guido Marchetti discusses the issue of cyberbullying from personal experience.

I was bullied. Let’s stop blaming the internet for cyber bullying.

By Guido Marchetti, Office 365 Specialist for O2 Telefonica, MJ Flood Technology

Following the recent tragic deaths of two young girls coupled with my own memories of being bullied in both primary and secondary school, the issue of bullying and in particular cyber bullying has really been at the forefront of my mind.  Having heard more than a few heated and sometimes irrational debates across various media outlets in recent weeks, I believe we should stop blaming the internet and start looking closer to home for the cause and for potential solutions.

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Paul Caffrey of MJ Flood Technology talks about the evolution of Office 365

It’s official. Cloud Computing is not just an expense but a contributor to cost-reduction and innovation.

By Paul Caffrey, Office 365 Specialist for O2 Telefonica, MJ Flood Technology
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Cloud Computing is in its infancy but as broadband speeds and quality of service increase, organisations large and small are considering the option of moving IT services to the cloud.

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Paul Caffrey of MJ Flood Technology talks about the evolution of Office 365

Ireland Inc is pushing cloud computing but are the natives catching on?

By Paul Caffrey, Office 365 Specialist for O2 Telefonica, MJ Flood Technology

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Ireland is working hard to place itself among the elite when it comes to providing and delivering Cloud Technology and is fast becoming recognised as one of the world’s major hubs for cloud computing.

Support from industry and the establishment is strong and the Irish Government, through IDA Ireland is successfully building an eco-system of cloud computing brands, from well-established multinationals to smaller start-ups.

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The Rise of the “Digital Native”

By Guido Marchetti, Office 365 Specialist for O2 Telefonica, MJ Flood Technology

At this year’s Microsoft Partner Conference in Toronto, I was lucky enough to sit in on a presentation from Gartner analyst, Tiffani Bova.  Entitled “Reading the Tea Leaves”, it was a compelling and insightful session, which introduced the concept of the “Digital Native” – a term she applies to a demographic, which currently forms a large part of the workforce and will form the majority in the next 10 – 15 years.

So who are the “Digital Natives” and why are they important?

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