Archive for June, 2012

BYOD; make sure you’re covered

June 27th, 2012

Businesses should set up formal agreements with employees before they allow them to use their own laptops and mobile devices at work. Companies are rapidly moving towards bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies that encourage employees to use their own devices at work. But they risk falling foul of privacy regulations if they make any changes to an employee’s device, without their permission.

Businesses have a legal duty to protect corporate information. This means that they may need to install security certificates, tracking software, and software to wipe data on their employees’ devices, if they are used to access corporate data.

Businesses should work with employees to draw up a BYOD policy that makes it clear what access the corporate IT department will have to personal devices and how employees are expected to handle company data.


Premier Foods chooses Google Apps

June 20th, 2012

Premier Foods is using Google Apps to improve collaboration and help it reduce costs and restore profitable growth. Premier Foods operates from 40 locations in the UK. Staff travel between the various sites, so Google Apps is being used to simplify access to information on the go and to support online collaboration.The company is using Google Docs, Gmail, Calendar, Google Talk and Google Drive – a new addition to Google Apps which provides 5GB of storage per user. Premier Foods hopes Google Apps will help it halve its operational costs. The Google suite is also expected to relieve the burden on the IT department.

The Home Office saves £10m by running Open Source software

June 13th, 2012

It’s good to see the Government is starting to do their bit and find ways to save the tax payer’s money. The Home Office has saved £10m by running a key messaging infrastructure on open source software. The system, which is related to international border control, previously cost £12m over five years, a figure that reduced to £2m over the same period. Open source is widely used in the private sector and by governments such as Sweden, Germany and France. Maybe they should adopt an amended advertising slogan: ‘the future’s cheaper, the future’s open’.

Microsoft amends July price hike

June 3rd, 2012


Reflecting on the difficulties businesses are facing in this tough economic climate and the fact that their sales are slowing, Microsoft has amended the UK price hike planned for July, but businesses still face paying up to 25.5% more for their software. The supplier had previously said it would increase its licensing fees by a third, but with just a month to go, the company has decreased the price hike slightly. For smaller businesses (under 250 users) with an Open Agreement, the price increase is only 1.7%, but the cost of licensing software under an Enterprise Agreement goes up by 18.7%, while the cost of the Select Agreement is 17.7%. Microsoft had originally planned to increase its Open Licence Agreement by 7.5%; the Enterprise Agreements would see an average increase of 25.7% while Select or Select Plus Agreements would increase by 24.6%.