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Big IT for small business

Big IT for small business

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March 01, 2012
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  1. Back-bedroom or Back-office?
    Big IT for Small Budgets

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  2. Back-bedroom or Back-office?
    See www.hdgnet.com/firstfriday for
    links to services mentioned and a
    special offer!

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  3. “Jonathan shares some tips for the self-
    employed and small businesses on IT that
    can make them look and feel like multi-
    nationals without costing the earth”
    What’s so good about corporate IT?

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  4. Big Business IT
    • Reliable and secure
    • Seamless and convenient
    • Invisible

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  5. This is not a thinly veiled
    sales pitch

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  6. Who am I?
    A geek for all seasons

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  7. 16 years hard labour
    • Huge, multinational pharmaceutical
    • Database controller
    • Technical team leader
    • Customer Information Manager
    • Information Reporting Technologist
    • Business Support Technologist
    • Business Technology
    • 1,000+ field based users
    • £1m per day downtime cost

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  8. HDG Networks
    • Small, family run business based in Whitstable
    • Clients throughout Kent, London and further afield
    • Insured, VAT registered and approved by Trading
    Standards

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  9. 1. My PC is a Temple
    Avoiding invasion by a horde of
    visigoths

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  10. What is the biggest risk to your PC and
    security?
    • Virus infection?
    • Hackers?
    • Thunderstorms, floods and fire?

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  11. Children and your PC
    • Their own computer
    • Their own user account
    • No administrator access

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  12. P@55w0rd5
    lastpass.com

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  13. What about the other stuff?
    • Antivirus, antispam, antimalware
    • Firewall
    • Easy! They’re free...

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  14. No such thing as a free lunch
    • License issues
    • Less frequent updates
    • Complicated firewalls

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  15. More security later...
    ...but we need to get something else
    sorted out first

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  16. 2. First impressions could be last
    impressions
    Everyone judges a book by its cover

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  17. Bodgit & Scarper
    07878 432654
    [email protected]
    Taking your money today, disappearing tomorrow

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  18. CLAIM YOUR LAND!

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  19. Buy your domain name
    • £5 or less per year
    • A ‘proper’ and permanent email address
    • Instant improvement in credibility
    Yeah, but...

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  20. No excuses!
    • It doesn’t have to be your last or only domain
    • You don’t need a website to go with it
    • You may have to change your ISP tomorrow so
    don’t delay the inevitable

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  21. Take care
    • Make sure domain is registered in your name
    • Don’t go buying expensive hosting if you’re
    not sure what you need
    • Make sure you get full DNS control

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  22. Telephone Number
    • 0800 / 0845 numbers attractive but can deter
    calls from mobiles
    • If your business is geographical then a local
    number makes a huge difference
    • Cheaper than you may think and can expand

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  23. 3. Email Hosting
    One of your most important
    information assets

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  24. So many choices...
    • Divert to ISP or webmail
    • Webhost POP3 / IMAP server
    • Cloud hosted
    But not SBS...

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  25. Email in the Cloud
    • Hosted Exchange
    • Hosted Kerio, Zimbra etc.
    • Google Apps

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  26. Benefits
    • Remote, multi device access
    • Continuity and reliability
    • Synchronisation

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  27. 3b. It’s not just email
    It’s, like, everything

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  28. What you need where you need it
    • Email
    • Calendar
    • Contacts

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  29. Seamless Synchronisation
    • Hosted Exchange
    • Google Apps
    • Synchronised, secure, backed-up

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  30. 4. Data
    You don’t need a big server

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  31. Sharing Information
    • Simple file sharing
    • Online briefcase / file sharing
    • In house server
    But still not SBS...

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  32. Shhh, don’t tell anyone...
    • Windows Home Server
    • Brilliant PC backup and file sharing
    • It’s not just for home!

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  33. The 3 most important data issues
    • Backup
    • Back-ups
    • Backing-up

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  34. Do I need to backup?
    • 6% of PCs lose data each year
    • 31% of PC users have lost all their files
    • 60% of companies that lose their data will
    shut down within 6 months

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  35. How should I backup?
    • System images
    • Local backups
    • Online backup

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  36. Online Backup
    • Offsite security
    • Automated
    • Easy to use

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  37. Livedrive from HDG
    • Online backup
    • As much space for as many PCs as you need
    • £24 per year

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  38. Briefcase from HDG
    • Online briefcase add-on
    • Synchronise multiple devices and share with
    others
    • 512GB for £24 per year

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  39. 5. Special Offer
    You lucky people

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  40. Livedrive from HDG
    • Free trial for two weeks
    • First Friday attendees – first year half price
    when you sign up in October
    • www.hdgnet.com/firstfriday

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  41. Back-bedroom or Back-office?
    See www.hdgnet.com/firstfriday for
    links to services mentioned and a
    special offer!

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