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5 Business Podcasts Worth Listening To

Posted by Richard Taberner on 19 July 2018

 

In this digital age, business owners can get inspiration and advice from anywhere in the world. If you have a long commute, or you’re one of those business owners who loves thinking business, even in your downtime, podcasts are a great way to keep up with business trends and economic shifts happening on a global scale.  They’re also a great way for business owners to learn that they’re not alone with the challenges they face.

It’s a testament to the mobility and accessibility of podcasts that 75 million people tune into them every month. With consumption growing by 25% year-on-year, that audience is getting even bigger. Many tech companies have launched their own podcast programs as marketing tools –  unsurprising since all they really need is a good microphone and a solid Internet connection to get started. Why not take advantage of all this free, business-focused content? Let’s run down the most informative and entertaining business podcasts currently worth listening to:

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How Can a Smartphone Enhance Your Business?

Posted by Darron Millar on 29 June 2018

20 years ago, we could not have imagined how natural it would be to have a device in your pocket that connects you to anywhere in the world in a matter of seconds. The first true smartphone was created by IBM in 1992, more than 15 years before Apple launched the iPhone, however, since the iPhone launched in 2007, smartрhоnеѕ have rеvоlutіоnіsеd thе wау реорlе соmmunісаtе, соnnесt with each оthеr and lіvе their lives. It іѕ rаrе thаt аn invention has such a widespread cultural impact. The smartphone has become as commonplace in our lives as white goods in the home. It’s no longer a question of if you have a smartphone, but rather which make is preferable to you. Can the same be said of its adoption in business?

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Choosing the right hardware and software

Posted by Richard Taberner on 21 June 2018

Over the past 20 years, technology has become much more accessible and affordable.  In all industries, business operations can rarely run without either PCs, laptops, smartphones and the associated software, or some combination of all. IT hardware is no longer exclusive to big corporations and companies. A solid hardware infrastructure and an up to date software strategy are crucial to ensuring a competitive advantage, no matter the size of your business.

The hardware landscape is shifting however. According to Wired Magazine, with the rise of smartphones and tablets, PCs are no longer the dominant business tool they once were. Businesses can utilise cloud computing services from Google, Amazon, and Microsoft for example, to build the systems they need without buying hardware.

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Big Data and Analytics – not just for large corporations

Posted by Darron Millar on 31 May 2018

The explosion of data has been a constant trend in the last decade, and businesses are still figuring out what this means for them. The term ‘Big data’ is used to define extremely large data sets that may be analysed computationally to reveal patterns, trends, and associations, especially relating to human behaviour and interactions.

Although big data has historically been associated with large corporations, it has emerged that, as of 2017, 53% of companies are using big data analytics, up from 17% in 2015. The Telecom and Financial Services industries are fuelling the fastest adoption. Reporting, dashboards, advanced visualisation, end-user “self-service” and data warehousing are the top 5 methods used to support business intelligence and analytics.  

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The Benefits of a Circular Economy

Posted by Richard Taberner on 17 May 2018
  • Producing a new smartphone takes as much energy as recharging and operating a smartphone for an entire decade.

How can our economy run in the long term when it is dependent on taking a material out of the ground, making something out of it and ultimately throwing it away? There has to be a better way.

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7 ways to get a high quality wireless network

Posted by Darron Millar on 30 April 2018

A high quality wireless network can make your business more agile and efficient, so it’s vital to make sure a fast and reliable network covers your offices. Wireless network technology is in a state of constant change. The market is always evolving to provide better security, routing, management and support for network teams.

Here are 7 tips for best practice wireless network set-up and maintenance:

  1. Plan for optimal coverage

Figure out where your wireless network should be located to make sure your signal reaches every part of the building. You’ll almost certainly need to locate access points in different areas to allow flexibility. Your wireless controller will coordinate how the multiple access points transmit the signal. Your objective should be to use the minimum amount of access points but get the maximum amount of wireless coverage throughout.

 

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What's the best way to manage your passwords?

Posted by Richard Taberner on 19 April 2018

Password management best practice

The Facebook and Cambridge Analytica scandal and the 87 million accounts affected by privacy violation have made data privacy and cyber security headline news around the world.  For all the users affected, the first step to securing their personal information is to change their passwords immediately.

As a business, secure password management and password best practice is essential. Passwords can protect your website, software programs and business networks. Passwords keep your business safe from unauthorised entry by ex-employees, curious intruders and, of course, hackers.

So how often should you change passwords? Should you always use a different password for every system and site? How complicated do passwords need to be?  Should you use a password manager? And how important is multi-factor authentication? 

We offer some tips to ensuring password management best practice for your business.

 

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8 Ways to improve your cyber security

Posted by Darron Millar on 29 March 2018

Keep your business safe

Following on from BTA’s recent Cyber Essentials Plus Certification, we’d like to offer some guidance on how to improve your own cyber security.

A few things of note:

  • The cyber security industry is growing
  • More malware is being launched than ever before: 230,000 new malware samples appear every day according to the latest statistics
  • More resources are being deployed to counter cyber attacks, with global spending on cyber security products and services predicted to exceed $1 trillion over the next five years
  • It has been predicted that cybercrime will cost the world $6 trillion annually by 2021.
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Get prepared for GDPR

Posted by Richard Taberner on 20 March 2018

What is the GDPR?

Following on from our September blog, here is a recap about the upcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

The GDPR comes into force on 25th May 2018. It is not a new regulation but instead a required evolution to the existing Data Protection Act. It gives additional protection for individuals and their data, providing greater transparency and control over where their data is saved and how it’s used. The UK’s data regulation regulator, the Information Commissioners Office (ICO), gives guidance on what the new law means for organisations and how they can become compliant.

 

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What is Blockchain technology and how does it work?

Posted by Darron Millar on 28 February 2018

Blockchains could be the most important technological innovation since the Internet itself. Facilitating transactions between organisations and people requires trust. Every day we pay invoices or buy goods and services with debit or credit cards, issued by a bank or credit card company that guarantees these payments. These middlemen are appointed, regulated and audited by governments, providing us with a peace of mind that many of us take for granted.

But what if you could arrange these transactions using technology, providing you with the same guarantees as a regulated bank, but without the middleman? This is what blockchain does. More than that, it provides a mechanism to do business without knowing your counter party or their reputation. In a digital space, the only thing that matters is the number.

 

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