Is cloud a leap of faith or stepping stone to success?

Why moving to the cloud can transform your business to a modern one

In recent posts, we’ve explored cloud and mobility and how they are transforming the business world in which we live and work in every day.

And more often than not, the majority of companies looking to cloud and mobile solutions are drawn there by a technical need rather than a need for business transformation.

When I started to think about this it made me realise that even some of our long-term cloud clients are only now beginning to see the value of their investment. Why is that? Read more

Guido Marchetti, Cloud Solution Specialist, MJ Flood Technology. Pic. Maura Hickey.

8 reasons to upgrade to Windows 10 now

by Guido Marchetti, cloud solutions specialist, MJ Flood Technology

Following the end of the world’s largest BETA testing program, Microsoft has announced that as of 29th July, 2015 Windows 10 will be available. And here’s the really nice part – it’s FREE.  Take a minute to reflect on that. Microsoft are actually giving away their latest and greatest operating system for free with no hidden costs into the future.

This is part of the ‘new look’ Microsoft and believe me when I say there is no reason that you shouldn’t take them up on their offer. Anyone using Windows 7 or 8/8.1 Pro will be entitled to download and install Windows 10 for free, inside a 12 month windows of its release. After that, upgrades to Windows 10 will be charged.

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Are you all at sea when it comes to Windows Server 2003?

by Guido Marchetti, cloud solutions specialist, MJ Flood Technology

Here we are again. Yet another large, software platform is being retired. On 14th July, or Bastille Day as it’s known to our Gallic brethren, Microsoft will cease its in-life support services for Windows Server 2003. This means it will no longer develop patches, security updates/fixes or any updates for the platform.   So if you haven’t updated by this deadline, your business will be using unsupported software.

So what about those of us who choose to blissfully ignore this impending date or for legacy reasons just can’t move?

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Guido Marchetti, Cloud Solution Specialist, MJ Flood Technology. Pic. Maura Hickey.

Why do Irish SME’s resist technology adoption?

by Guido Marchetti, cloud solutions specialist, MJ Flood Technology

I have spent over 15 months working in a pre-sales role for a large partner of ours in the UK. In this role, I specialised in Microsoft Office 365 and the story around the ‘Modern Business’.

It’s a simple concept really; you embrace cloud computing by moving your infrastructure and applications into the cloud. This introduces you and your staff to a standardised technology platform, new ways of remote working and those who really understand the benefits start to look at higher level applications such as business intelligence and “Big Data”. Data analytics is a lot easier to do with the horse power of the cloud behind you but also makes it accessible to small and medium sized businesses from a cost and technology perspective.

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Paul Caffrey, cloud solutions specialist, MJ Flood Technology

3 Tips for Moving Email to the Cloud

By Paul Caffrey, senior cloud solutions consultant, MJ Flood Technology

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Moving your email to the cloud is no longer a trend setting move. Many businesses have been using cloud-based email for years and it has become a relatively mature technology. However, if your business email is only now making the leap to the cloud, here are three tips to make the transition easier.

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How to solve our biggest communications problem

By Guido Marchetti, cloud solutions specialist, MJ Flood Technology

Communication is at the heart of productivity.   Our ability to reach colleagues, partners and customers by phone, instant message or email, dictates the pace at which we work and the pace at which we can get things done.

And if communications are difficult, chances are this has a direct, knock-on effect on decision-making, slowing business processes, and reducing the effectiveness of the enterprise. Speed equates to success and keeping our supply chain or service process – no matter how simple or complex – running lean and mean is where we need to be.

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Brian Murphy, director of cloud services with MJ Flood Technology.

Top Three Telco Tips to Becoming a True ICT Provider

By Brian Murphy, director of cloud services, MJ Flood Technology

As part of my role within MJ Flood Technology, I spend a significant amount of my time talking to telcos and cloud platform providers around Western Europe and beyond. Time and time again, I see a similar pattern of challenges emerging across all these telecommunications companies. Their issues or challenges stem from declining mobile and fixed revenues and a recognition that they need to diversify into new products and services. And many of these services are based on the cloud.

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Windows Server 2003 End of Life – the risks of ignoring this important deadline

By Guido Marchetti, cloud solutions specialist, MJ Flood Technology

Yet another IT deadline looms when manufacturers and resellers strong-arm us into upgrading our software. Or at least that’s how some see it. But there’s a very good reason for not ignoring this latest end of support notification from Microsoft.

This time it’s Windows Server 2003, which after 12 loyal and productive years, reaches End of Life on July 14th, 2015. Given the speed of technological change and increasing demands for computing power, it’s quite surprising that this server OS has lasted this long. It’s an industry stalwart that has served business well over the years from workgroup-type server capacity for larger companies to Small Business Server 2003, specifically designed to keep smaller organisations up and running.

With so many instances of Windows Server 2003 out there, many companies will be asking themselves what kind of support they can expect to receive after this date. And the answer, quite frankly is none.

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Gareth Madden, Sales Director, MJ Flood Technology

Six things to consider before devising your mobility strategy

By Gareth Madden,  sales director with MJ Flood Technology

Tablet PC with cloud of application icons flying arroundEmbrace Mobile………….. You really have to.  And that’s not just us saying it.  Every piece of research screams mobile and business organisations are taking new products and services to market with a ‘mobile first’ mentality.

Take Three’s recent report on the use of smartphones in the business community.  Over half of respondents said their smartphone is the single most important piece of technology allowing them to do their job.  And a whopping 70 per cent of business people use smartphones every day.

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Are you ready for Windows 10?

by Guido Marchetti, more about Cloud Solution Specialist, prescription MJ Flood Technology

I had the privilege of being invited to Microsoft in December to a preview of Windows 10. The name itself made me think “but what happened to Windows 9?” which was a question asked by another delegate before I had the chance.

The presenter sidestepped the question in a diplomatic way – perhaps not unexpectedly.

There is a lot of noise out there about what happened Windows 9 and why the leap straight to Windows 10, but it doesn’t really matter. Microsoft can call it what they like, because I think that they have really cracked it this time.

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