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  • From problems to ideas through to innovation

    Unsurprisingly, research shows that the majority of organisations see their future predicated on how well they can innovate. However, just throwing IT technology at issues in the hope that innovation will happen is not viable. Ideas are ephemeral and are easily crushed within the wrong environment. Creating a suitable culture, allied with a well implemented ideas management approach combined with strong leadership, is required.

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  • The dawn of unified communications

    As politicians quibble about whether a recession is turning into a depression, businesses are more focused on the bottom line. For IT departments this means two things: cutting their own costs and helping the broader business to cut its costs. Achieving the latter will serve the long term reputation of IT well.

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  • Green IT isn't dead yet...

    The 'green' hype seems so last year. Today's poor market conditions have refocused business minds on survival, rather than ensuring organisations have a solid environmental plan. Despite this, Quocirca expects to see a lot more green messaging in the coming months.

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  • Let's be sociable, not confuse things

    Social networking is all the rage. The mainstream press coverage is widespread, but the press seems bored with "old technology" stories on instant messaging, Skype, MySpace, Facebook, SecondLife and Flickr. Blogs and wikis were hot topics, and the idea of Tweeting appears to have caught on.

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  • Unified comms - On demand opportunities offer green shoots

    Many resellers will be finding it hard to motivate their customers to make new investments as the economy collapses. However, any purchase that helps them reduce business costs should at least get a hearing.

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  • Task 1: Adopt simple but effective process - "tick"

    Often the simplest approach yields the best results. A little while ago a study in hospitals in the UK found that one procedure was having a dramatic positive effect. Did it involve complex technology and years of painstaking theoretical research? Not really, it was a checklist that asked two basic questions - is this the right patient, is this the correct organ/limb/procedure?

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  • Why you should hack your own systems

    If you want to make sure your systems are safe from hackers, you've got to test, test, test.

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  • Positive thinking, not wishful thinking

    It is all too easy when faced with bad news about economies in recession to get depressed. Doom and gloom spreads like an oil slick, so it is no wonder that many advocate a positive attitude. This is fine, but has to go beyond the resurrection of the 30s war slogan "Keep calm and carry on" that has become a recent popular addition to T-shirts, mugs and the like. Times may be tough, but business and commerce will still need to go on, and those companies that survive and thrive tend to have a positive attitude that tries to exploit all assets at their disposal, and that includes technology.

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  • Time for Plan B?

    Most users must have had one of those bad PC days, when you arrive at work enthused to complete a task, only to end up spending the day waiting for IT to fix your newly broken PC, or in a small business often doing it yourself. When this happens at the server level, many users are impacted, and it can be expected to happen at the most inconvenient time, such as the end of a month, quarter or year.

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  • Is messaging immortal?

    This question was recently asked of members of the Mobile Data Association (MDA) discussion group on linkedin. In the context of the mobile world, messaging typically refers to Short Message Service (SMS) or text messaging and so the question was trying to gauge when SMS will cease to be important. Despite the protestations of those with a strong vested interest - operators who still make a tidy return on text traffic, and the rest of the industry that makes a turn on the movement of 160 characters - ultimately perhaps SMS should disappear. It is too basic, terse, insecure, non-interactive, is mostly limited to mobile handsets and endures a very high cost per character.

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