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I was delighted at the end of January to host the awards for the inaugural Novosco 10k Grand Prix; a series of races which Novosco sponsors, with the aim of encouraging as many people as possible acr...
Market intelligence firm 451 Research found that enterprise end-user organisations are most likely to deploy applications in a cloud environment by “Modernising existing applications – movi...
If you define X as ‘everything’, it doesn’t mean, of course, that you have to put everything in the cloud. But it does mean that if there is anything you identify as suitable, there will be a vendor ...

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10 Minutes with... Jonny Murray, Event Management Technician

10 Minutes with... Jonny Murray, Event Management Technician

 

Jonny Murray is an Event Management Technician who has been with Novosco for nearly two years. He's a huge Manchester United fan and likes to spend his free time on the Playstation4.

Question: So, Jonny, what do you do at Novosco?

Jonny: I’m an event management technician. Which probably sounds a bit too vague, so for a specific “what is my role”, I’m part of a team that monitor our customer’s various systems to ensure things work as they’re supposed to.

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The Importance of Artificial Intelligence cannot be Understated

The Importance of Artificial Intelligence cannot be Understated

 

Russian President Vladimir Putin recently said that whoever cracks automated intelligence (AI) first will dominate the world. He made the point that any country with a ‘monopolist’ position in AI will be all-powerful economically, politically and militarily.

In response to Putin’s comments, SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted that "competition for AI superiority at national level is the most likely cause of WW3."

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Digital Transformation: Strategy Push or Technology Pull?

Digital Transformation: Strategy Push or Technology Pull?

 

“If we understand what the technology is capable of, we will be in a better place to tell you how our organisation can leverage it” - says one business leader.

“This is what we want the business to achieve and how we’re going to get there.  Go find technology that helps make this happen” - says another.

So which comes first?

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Entrepreneurs will make economy and society more vibrant and prosperous

Entrepreneurs will make economy and society more vibrant and prosperous

Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) will take place in November. It is the world’s biggest celebration of entrepreneurship - with over 35,000 events taking place in more than 160 countries.

So, this is perhaps a useful juncture to reflect on entrepreneurship in this part of the world – not least as the EY Entrepreneur of the Year (Ireland) 2017 was announced on Thursday past.

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Understanding Citrix App Layering

Understanding Citrix App Layering

 

Layering can seem a complicated concept at first; once you look under the hood though, the rationale, benefits, and purpose all becomes clearer.

A layer is a container which allows for the storing of file systems, objects, and registry entries which are all unique to that layer. For example, an ‘Application Layer’ is a layer where the files and registry entries that have been added, changed, or even removed during the application install, uniquely reside.

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Wellbeing in work…thinking about mental health

Wellbeing in work…thinking about mental health

 

Following on from World Mental Health Day last week, I thought it was important to discuss why openness, awareness and support of mental health in the workplace is vitally important. It’s because of this importance that we at Novosco are proud of our focus on wellbeing in the workplace.

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Skype for Business with Citrix XenApp & XenDesktop

Skype for Business with Citrix XenApp & XenDesktop

 

Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) and XenApp (Shared Desktop/Session Based Computing) environments are used by companies to improve security and compliance, particularly where sensitive data is being dealt with regularly. Users do their work in a virtual desktop or application hosted in the secure datacentre. Working with Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop has many advantages for Novosco and our customers.

The concern with Virtual Desktops may be that using Skype for Business with full audio and video may require heavy loads of audio and video processing on VDI or shared desktops.

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Company culture matters in so many ways

Company culture matters in so many ways

If you want an example of how important company culture is, look no further than Uber.

There’s no doubt that it is a poster child for important innovations. It has been one of the most talked about brands in the world in recent years and has been treated as an extremely important company by the tech community, investors, the media, consumers and others.

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You can't control what you don't know about

You can't control what you don't know about

How do you manage systems you can’t see or don’t know about?  Where is your customer data stored or used – on your servers or in the cloud? Confident you are abiding by compliance requirements?

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Innovation is going on all around us… but we need more

Innovation is going on all around us… but we need more

There is some fantastic innovation going on all around us. In England, for example, they are about to start custom-building homes in a factory before delivering them for final assembly. Customers can choose, online, the layout and specifications they want - conservatory, playroom, or a downstairs bathroom, for instance - before the house is created in a 75,000 sq ft facility and shipped.

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Protecting both sides – IT security challenges in social housing

Protecting both sides – IT security challenges in social housing

 

The social housing market continues to be under huge pressure from all sides to provide more for tenants with very little in the way of incremental resources.  Set against the backdrop of a digital revolution and an intimidating rise in cybercrime, few social housing organisations have sufficient security skills in-house to keep tenant data and services safe.

While every organisation has their own particular challenges at different times, conversations with our customers in this sector tend to fall into the following areas;

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Who really cares about corporate culture?

Who really cares about corporate culture?

Well, I do for a start. I believe that building and developing a corporate culture of engagement, caring and appreciation is a necessity to any successful business.  The saying goes that, ‘culture eats strategy for breakfast;’ developing a great corporate culture is something we at Novosco care deeply about.

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10 Minutes with... Laura Henry, Service Desk Engineer

10 Minutes with... Laura Henry, Service Desk Engineer

Laura Henry is a service desk engineer who has been with Novosco for two years. When not overseeing the technical side of Novosco's managed services, she dreams of living in a hobbit-home, in Tolkein's The Shire, or failing that, New Zealand.

Question: Laura, describe a typical working day for you in Novosco?

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Moving Office 365 to Microsoft’s UK datacentres

Moving Office 365 to Microsoft’s UK datacentres

 

Are you using Office 365? Do you know where your data is stored?

For UK companies that have specific data residency requirements, Microsoft have provided a window to request that your data is moved to UK datacentres. The deadline to request this move is 15th September 2017. 

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10 Minutes with... Karen Shearer, Finance Director

10 Minutes with... Karen Shearer, Finance Director

 

 

Karen Shearer is the Financial Director for Novosco; she is a member of the Chartered Institute of Directors, and when not overseeing all-things-Novosco, she likes sunshine, walking, gardens and gin.

Question: Karen, you’re our Finance Director, what does that actually mean?

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Why Software Defined Networking?

Why Software Defined Networking?

 

July’s Let’s Talk webinar saw cloud expert, amateur chef, and webinar host Mal Toner delve deep into the mysteries of Software Defined Networking. However, unlike conventional mysteries such as those you might find on TV, this one doesn’t involve a cliff-hanger ending.

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Stronger Novosco

Stronger Novosco

 

This month saw a new chapter in the Novosco story. 

In June last year we acquired NetDef, the Manchester based IT security solutions and managed services experts. We have spent the last year getting to know each other, working together and building our relationship. In reality this was an easy transition to make. The cultural fit between the two teams meant that we have found it easy to work together for the common good of our customers.

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Company success starts with employee wellbeing

Company success starts with employee wellbeing

 

On that cold and dark evening a few years ago when I decided to put on my running shoes, get off the couch and do something different for a change, I could have never imagined the changes and benefits that would begin in my life. It started off small; I joined my local running club, met some really great people and it went from there…

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Novosco Rowed A Marathon for Bowel Cancer UK

Novosco Rowed A Marathon for Bowel Cancer UK

 

42,000 metres, or 137795 feet. That’s how far Team Novosco aimed for in the Bowel Cancer UK Row a Marathon fundraising event. And achieve it we did, and then some!

We teamed up with Edwards & Co to bring together 14 other companies from across Northern Ireland; all pulling towards the same goal of raising £15,000.

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10 Minutes with... Eamon McNally, Senior Infrastructure Consultant

10 Minutes with... Eamon McNally, Senior Infrastructure Consultant

Eamon McNally is a Senior Infrastructure Consultant with Novosco. He has spent over 15 years working with Microsoft and Citrix technologies including Metaframe XP, XenApp, Netscaler, Active Directory, and Exchange, amongst others. 

Eamon is an expert in the design, migration, deployment, and support of remote desktop services, and loves almost nothing as much as he loves a good cup of coffee.

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