What is SaaS?
What is SaaS?

You have undoubtedly already encountered the term SaaS. You might even know that it stands for ‘Software as a Service’. But what exactly what is it, and how does it compare with packaged software?

SaaS defined

SaaS is a way in which programmes – such as word processing, spreadsheets, and invoicing applications – are delivered via the internet as a service. It goes by other names as well, such as hosted software, on-demand software, ASP, and cloud software. Read more >

Date 26 April 2018 Categories GCC, Microsoft Dynamics 365
3D Printing: a fun fad or essential for small businesses?
3D Printing: a fun fad or essential for small businesses?

3D printers have been in the news for all the right (or wrong) reasons recently. A while ago headlines proclaimed that MIT has printed ‘SoFi’ robotic fish for underwater observation. And a news report yesterday revealed that the US Army has 3D-printed squid-like soft robots that will improve stealth during combat.

While all these esoteric-sounding applications sound terribly exciting, the question remains whether investing in a 3D printer is really worthwhile for the average SME, now or in the near future. Read more >

Date 24 April 2018 Categories GCC
Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central: what it could do for your business
Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central: what it could do for your business

On 2 April 2018, Microsoft launched Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central in the UK, after spending a year on developing it under the code name ‘Dynamics 365 Tenerife’. Business Central is the new SME finance module that forms part of the whole Microsoft Dynamics 365 application suite (the other being Finance & Operations). Read more >

Date 24 April 2018 Categories Microsoft Dynamics 365
How Microsoft can help you reduce risks and achieve GDPR compliance
How Microsoft can help you reduce risks and achieve GDPR compliance

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into force throughout the European Union on 25 May. With the deadline drawing ever closer, the internet is already packed full of scare stories about the potentially crippling penalties for offenders. Whether these prove to be as draconian as threatened remains to be seen, but one thing is for certain – the media will be all over those first few companies that are found to be in breach, and the adverse publicity does not bear thinking about. Read more >

Date 13 April 2018 Categories Microsoft
Interview with a GCC IT Support Engineer – Part Two
Interview with a GCC IT Support Engineer – Part Two

Today we continue our interview with GCC Service Desk Support Technician Richard Vermont. Last month we explored his background and the skillset that led him to the IT sector. In this second part, we look a little closer at his day-to-day work life, his views on how the IT sector has evolved during his career at GCC,  and how it is likely to change in years to come. Read more >

Date 26 March 2018 Categories GCC
How Office for Windows 10 mobile can benefit your business
How Office for Windows 10 mobile can benefit your business

The Office Mobile suite comprises the whole range of Microsoft Office applications – including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Outlook. But, they have been specifically designed for Windows 10 mobile devices. These are universal apps, so they work on all screen size – whether it’s a 5-inch smartphone or a 10-inch tablet. Read more >

Date 20 March 2018 Categories Microsoft
Cryptomining: the ‘latest’ security risk to hit SME’s
Cryptomining: the ‘latest’ security risk to hit SME’s

The term ‘cryptocurrency’ has become the buzzword at dinner parties around the world. The astronomical price increases of Bitcoin and some other cryptocurrencies this year have only added to the excitement.

Another term that is often heard nowadays is ‘cryptomining’. Read more >

Date 20 March 2018 Categories GCC
Teams, Slack, Hipchat: What is a team chat app anyway?
Teams, Slack, Hipchat: What is a team chat app anyway?

In a team chat market which has been dominated by Slack and HipChat for years, in March 2017 Microsoft upset the apple cart by launching its Teams application for Office 365.

Each of them seeks to grab the lion’s share of the business communications and collaboration market, but which one is the best for your business? Read more >

Date 7 March 2018 Categories GCC
Interview with a GCC IT Support Engineer: part 1
Interview with a GCC IT Support Engineer: part 1

How does a company like GCC manage to stay on top of all the latest developments in the IT sector, particularly at a time when the industry has for all practical purposes moved from the Stone Age to the Space Age during the career of single IT specialist?

To try and answer this question, we talked to Richard Vermont, an IT Support Engineer at the company. Read more >

Date 7 March 2018 Categories GCC
What is big data?
What is big data?

Big data is an important phenomenon in today’s business world. A technical definition of big data is “extremely large data sets that may be analysed computationally to reveal patterns, trends, and associations, especially relating to human behaviour and interactions.”

This explanation is rather open-ended, but what does it mean for SME owners and IT professionals in their day-to-day operations? Read more >

Date 27 February 2018 Categories GCC
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