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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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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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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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Cloud camp will help develop IT talent of the future

Cloud camp will help develop IT talent of the future

 

Those who know what a Raspberry Pi is will know that computers come in all shapes and sizes (for those who don’t, it’s a very small computer). And those who know the IT sector will know that IT professionals do too. That is to say they come from all kinds of backgrounds.

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Ransomware Updates

Following the event of the successful and large scale ransomware attack, and a very busy weekend for a lot of Managed Service Providers, we wanted to inform you and your organisations what actions you can take now, and in future, to assist in reducing the exposure and risk from these types of cyberattacks. 

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10 Minutes with... Myles Gray, Cloud Technologist

10 Minutes with... Myles Gray, Cloud Technologist

Myles Gray is a cloud technologist at Novosco, primarily focussing on public cloud R&D, designing customer platforms and services, and utilising automation for both self-hosted and private customer clouds. He is also a: VMware vEXPERT 2016-2017 (NSX, vSAN), VCIX-NV, VCAP-DCV and a Veeam Vanguard.

You can find him blogging at blah.cloud and climbing the occasional mountain.

Question: What do you do, and what do you love about it?

Myles: Essentially, I get to design, tweak, improve-upon, and play with really cool technologies!

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Ransomware - 3 steps to protection

Ransomware - 3 steps to protection

Malware used to be about hackers being disruptive and causing an inconvenience - random or politically motivated groups making a point.  Not so any more.  Now it’s a serious, almost professional activity directed at doing real harm and making real money.  

Cisco’s Annual Security Report 2016 documented the statistics of the Angler exploit kit targeting up to 90,000 victims per day and reaping a staggering $34m annual revenue for the hackers.

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Multi Layered Network Security

Multi Layered Network Security

Multi Layered Network Security describes a series of strategies that collectively build a security protection plan to prevent malicious attacks from entering an environment and compromising systems and data.

There are five key network areas to consider when developing an infrastructure security posture:

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Sourcing the skills you need, when you need them

Sourcing the skills you need, when you need them

Recent years have seen increased pressure on IT to be flexible and agile, requiring investment in different technologies and processes to deliver IT services in new ways.  All too often, human resources have become the limiting factor, with recruitment cycles potentially lasting several months; innovation is curbed and productivity limited by the lack of the right technology skills.

There are lots of reasons why an IT department may not have the resources on hand, such as;

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