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Darron Millar

Darron Millar is Technical Director at BTA Limited. With 20 years of experience in the IT services industry, his areas of expertise include SME IT Consultancy, Cyber Security, and Project Management. Passionate about IT, Darron is dedicated to being a trusted advisor to clients who wish to leverage technology to enhance and support their business.

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The Growth of IoT in Business

Posted by Darron Millar on 05 December 2018

 

The global volume of data is increasing exponentially along the growth of the Internet of Things (IoT) and the ubiquity of connected devices. In the global IoT market, the installed base of IoT devices reached 23.1 billion devices in 2018. This is expected to grow to 30.7 billion devices in 2020 and to 75.4 billion in 2025. Much of the newly generated data is valuable; it can be used to optimise manufacturing operations, track assets with increasing accuracy, target existing consumer services with high granularity, and create entirely new services and business models.

IoT opens the door to endless possibilities in the world of business. Devices, appliances, and even vehicles can connect and exchange data through a wired or wireless network. Almost every Internet-connected device in your workplace can communicate with other hardware and software… but how can this help your business?

 

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Monitor Tips For Business Productivity

Posted by Darron Millar on 17 September 2018

 

Often taken for granted as a simple extension of our laptop display, monitors are the unsung heroes of the business world. A great monitor will not only enhance the working experience of your staff, it can actually make your work force more productive.

Although many businesses may not wish to sacrifice the office space, investing in larger monitors could improve business productivity. Studies show that large or dual monitors allow people to multitask more easily, gain greater insight into the work at hand, and even strategise better, because they are able to absorb larger amounts of data at once. Being able to view more data can also decrease stress levels –  the user does not have to utilise as much brainpower in order to memorise as many pieces of information throughout the day.

With these clear benefits on display (pardon the pun) it’s imperative you pick the best monitors for your business.

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Why is SEO Important For Your Business?

Posted by Darron Millar on 02 August 2018

SEO, or Search Engine Optimisation, is the process of optimising your website through content so that keywords and terms related to your business show up through online search results. In short, it’s making sure your content appears when people are searching for anything related to your business.

Why is this an important factor for businesses to consider? The answer is simple. While many marketing tactics rely on you reaching out to your audience, SEO gives you the power to reach people when they are actively seeking information related to your products and services – you’re reaching people who want to be reached.

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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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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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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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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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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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Data Storage for SMEs: What you need to know

Posted by Darron Millar on 31 January 2018

According to a 2017 Fujitsu study among senior finance professionals in small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) data storage requirements are predicted to double over the next four years.

The study also revealed that this rapid data growth is a huge concern for 76% of businesses that fear it will lead to escalating data storage and management costs.

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GDPR – What is it and how does it affect SMEs?

Posted by Darron Millar on 05 September 2017

I have to start this blog article by saying I am not a lawyer and so if you are reading this I would urge you to take legal advice for your particular situation.

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