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Imperatives for the IT Owner

You data is important to you – know where it is
You need mobility – always connected, always on
Demonstrate a modern business to staff and customers – not Luddites
Minimise downtime – no interruption
Future proof your technology – be flexible not locked in
Increase competitiveness – consider being first to market
Improve cash flow management – budget & smooth costs indexed to staff

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Waiariki Student Helps ITCO Develop New Health & Safety Software Product

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By |March 15th, 2016|Cloud services|Comments Off

SmartFridge shown at CES 2016 in Las Vegas

This Samsung Smart Fridge with LCD screen has cameras to check the contents, and connects to your grocery store to order goods using credit card.

#coolstuff

By |January 8th, 2016|Cloud services|Comments Off

Vacancy Filled – Server 2012 RDS Guru

Hi there,

Thanks for stopping by, our RDS Guru role is now filled.

Regards,

The ITCO Team

By |November 8th, 2015|Cloud services|Comments Off

Smartphones are getting larger

Smartphone Screen Size is Growing
Apple and Android have been converging on a common 5.5-inch screen size. The iPhone, which started out at 3.5 inches has grown by 57% starting with the release of the iPhone 5 in 2012. Growth in the Samsung Galaxy S range also growing by 28% since 2010.

While mobile app usage is continuing to overtake desktop internet usage, apps for messaging, social networking, navigation, and gaming have changed smartphones from the simple voice call device. Manufacturers are following the trend by adapting screen size and interfaces.

So what of the future? Will screen size continue to grow unabated with users dropping phones in favour of small tablets so that only one is device needed – probably not, after all it is hard to imagine a night out with a tablet in your back pocket. Perhaps two devices per user is the future?

Mark Wilkinson is one of the founders of Zoomcloud. You’ll find him on Twitter @markwilkinsonnz

Rotorua Hospice Dinner – Supported by ZoomCloud

ITCO and ZoomCloud proudly supports a Black Tie Dinner with All Black greats Buck Shelford and Hika Reid – as a fundraiser for Hospice Rotorua.

Rotorua Hospice provides a free service and although it receives money to cover nearly half of its operating costs from the Lakes District Health Board, the shortfall has to be mainly filled by the generosity of the community.

Along with Buck Shelford and Hika Reid, also taking part in the evening will be radio talkback host, author and columnist Kerre McIvor (nee Woodham) who will host the event, and entertainers Michael Murphy and Rebecca Wright.

Tickets are on sale at the Hospice Shop in Eruera St or Steiners Interiors by Reputation in Pukuatua St.

Smartphone market share 2014 – Where are the stars?

Apple continues to hold onto market share at 18% with Android 78%, Microsoft has a sliver of the market, with Blackberry on the decline toward zero.

Forecast for Smartphone Growth
Forecast major growth for Smartphone is in China and Asia in the next 12 months.

With the iPhone around US $600 and Android close to US $200 indicates some differences in the marketing and profit approaches.

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Source: http://www.businessinsider.com

Your Office in the Cloud

Ever wondered about using cloud services for your business, but not keen on your files being stored somewhere overseas?

There are alternatives to Office 365 that still provide Word and Excel in the cloud with local support, and your files and email securely stored in your country. Shop around and look for services like ZoomCloud a New Zealand based company which offers locally served cloud services in multiple datacenters across New Zealand, under a trusted brand.

The advantage of a local cloud service provider is that you can customise your cloud and have your own business applications delivered along side the Microsoft email and Office suite. With local support you can also visit and talk directly to get technical advice, and get input into your business planning.

A quick phone call or email or search will get you started. Ref: ZoomCloud in New Zealand Phone 0800 885 511

Top 10 Most Common Passwords of 2013

SplashData, a password management company listed the top three common passwords of the year 2013 as “123456″ “password” and “12345678″.

This year’s list also had a number of Adobe themed words with short strings of numbers.

“Seeing passwords like ‘adobe123′ and ‘photoshop’ on this list offers a good reminder not to base your password on the name of the website or application you are accessing,” Morgan Slain, CEO of SplashData, said in a press release.
So what makes up a good password?

Use passwords of eight characters or more with different types of characters. One way to create secure passwords that are easy to remember is to use a passphrase (short words with spaces or other characters between them).
Use different passwords for each new website or service you sign up for.
Try using a password manager program that keeps all your passwords in one place and can automatically log you into websites.

Here are the top 10 passwords from the 2013 list (so don’t use these).

123456
password
12345678
qwerty
abc123
123456789
111111
1234567
iloveyou
 adobe123

Reference: splashdata.com

Latest Virtual Desktop Thin Clients Shown At CES

ViewSonic displayed its upcoming zero and thin client devices at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last week. With their compact form factors and purported lower total cost of operation (TCO), these devices are used to connect end-users to virtual desktops; they’re designed to replace the traditional desktop PC with products such as ZoomCloud in New Zealand, providing flexibility and more efficient power usability for business. Read more on the new thin client