James Finglas, managing director with MJ Flood Technology

Is Internet of Things (IoT) the ultimate disruptive technology?

by James Finglas, managing director, MJ Flood Technology

Over the past 20 years in the IT industry, I have seen many trends and changes, some of which have laid claim to the title of most disruptive technology.

From ‘would you like email with that system, no thank you we use fax’, to the point that email is now just another mission-critical application. From centralised compute to decentralised distribution and back to centralised again.

The advent of mobility, Big Data and cloud have together been described as amongst the top disruptive technologies of the 21st century. But I like to think of them as enablers to a much larger total disruption in the form of Internet of Things (IoT) or as Cisco have cleverly termed it, the Internet of Everything (IoE).

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Have Irish organisations soared to new heights with cloud services?

We have seen a marked acceleration in the adoption of cloud services.  Everything from backup services, email and collaboration to file storage, web/email filtering and Line of Business applications are on the ‘shopping list’ but not all are suitable for an organisation.

It makes sense for organisations to leverage the “pay-for-use” IT model, negating the need for capital investment and releasing internal IT expertise for more strategic tasks.

For others, it is the agility to scale rapidly, to reflect periodic workloads.  More use cloud to make their business more mobile, extending more applications outside of the corporate office.

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

Project Management Success – It’s as Easy as Office 365

Successfully managing projects is not as easy as it sounds.   Far too often, projects don’t deliver the desired results due to missed deadlines or budget over runs and organisations fail to realise the full potential of their investment.

But for the first time, more predictable project outcomes are within reach of even the smallest organisation, thanks to Wave 15 of Microsoft Office 365 which now includes a Project Site Template through SharePoint.

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Guido Marchetti of MJ Flood Technology talks mobility strategy

Is devising mobility strategy a walk in the park?

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

We all know that users are demanding greater access to computing resources and applications on the fly, but what does this mean for organisations that must meet the clamour for greater working flexibility from staff?

Falling PC and laptop sales year on year, coupled with the explosion in other form factor devices such as mobile smart /tablet devices are a testament to the growth in the mobility industry.   Organisations of all sizes need to take a close look at mobility and assess how well they are equipped to deal with this rising tide of change.

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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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