Did you notice? In the street scene we see more and more bicycles with blue front tire. It’s the modern Swapfiets.
You pay an amount per month and you not only have a bike at your disposal but you are also completely taken care of. Maintenance, repair of your flat tire, replacement in case of theft? It’s all included in the price
Actually, you lease your bike, with everything that comes to look at maintenance.
In IT too, we see the trend increasingly being secluded – especially among SMEs. Small and medium-sized enterprises do not want to invest large sums in IT hardware and software. Not only are investments often too large – licensing and techniques often renew so quickly that large investments need to be depreciated again in no time.
Many SMEs want to renew their IT, but they are poking at the cost.
That is why the European Investment Bank (IEB) now actively supports SMEs.
Through the scheme, SMEs can now receive a direct discount of 1.2 on leasing a new digital IT workplace. The scheme has been valid from 1 workplace but can also be scalable up to 250 workplaces.
The advantages of leasing:
No big cost all of a sudden: cash flow retention
- Pay in fixed terms
- Up-to-date equipment, guarantees such as when purchased
- Investing in IT outside the budget cycle to
Decarized with CloudConnected IT lease
CloudConnected guides companies in to create an IT workplace lease subscription. Among other things, you can contact us to lease:
- Your IT workplace (a desktop, laptop, display)
- Common IT features (a presentation room, a printer)
- A network (WiFi, a router)
A CloudConnected lease subscription includes warranty and unlimited helpdesk service.
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During a conference, your employees receive this innocent question by email, from a reliable-looking address.
Are they clicking?
Then there is a chance that they might be retrieving ransomware or a virus or having to log in to a fake login page with all the consequences. That’s how hackers are dragging these days. You can hardly blame your employees for gardens there.
Avoid unwanted click behavior
Cyber criminals are getting smarter. Almost 91 of the data breaches occur because an employee clicks on the wrong link.
And employees too often fall into it: as many as 30 of employees open mails from cyber criminals, 10 clicks on links or attachments.
In many cases, it is about links in emails that have been drawn up more and more professionally. For example, those who click on the link retrieve malware that allows data to be stolen or systems shut down.
But there are more than enough ways to ensure that your company remains protected from this kind of click behavior.
1. Mail a
2. Note the email address of
3. Distrust a general
4. Use software that
Hackers are doing more and more crazy things to get into your system. Therefore, be wary of you.
With all this knowledge in your pocket you know what to do and only the question remains: would you click?
It’s been a while back (2013) that Mobiquity, a provider of complex business-critical enterprise class applications, conducted a major study on the use of its own IT tools within digital business environments.
The result was remarkable: almost 60 percent of all employees of medium and large companies in the Netherlands, the mobile business apps that were supposed to use for work were found to be left behind.
Why the official business apps were often not popular, this same study also showed. The Business to Employee apps often lacked strong design and ease of use was often less large than with more customer and consumer-oriented applications.
Mobile business applications also often did not meet the quality we are used to as consumers: 26 percent of smartphone users and nearly 20 percent of tablet users who did stick to the mobile company app found that the productivity suffered from the prescribed rules under their loyalty. The reverse world.
However, the same study showed that only 24 percent of companies surveyed used a formal BYOD policy (Bring Your Own Device).
But that was 2013. What’s the matter now?
The Mobiquity 2013 research never really updated, but in 2017 it was still written that (according to Cisco) the use of the shadow cloud was 15 times the size of CIOs themselves estimated.
Put these allegations in addition to Brocade’s research that shows that 80 percent of the 200 CIOs surveyed by them regularly encounter unauthorized cloud or SaaS use – and we can safely ask whether so much has changed since 2013.
The question is: what is the problem with shadow IT?
Security and GDPR
Legally, there are quite a few hooks and eyes on the rampant use of private tools in the workplace. First of all, a tangle of shadow IT makes it difficult to link databases and expand processes. But shadow IT is not just a pure management issue. Also, there is often an overview. There are loose pickings of information everywhere in places that people sometimes don’t even know that they exist – while the IT department is expected to be properly maintained and secured. But how can company data be protected if the IT department has no idea which apps employees process, store, and send their data?
Shadow IT poses a serious security problem and that has been something to take into account since the introduction of the GDPR.
What to do?
Despite the serious risks, many CIOs see little benefit in banning employees from using their own cloud and SaaS applications. Shadow IT indicates, as one does not quite reason, on a need of the business you can better accommodate, rather than denying that there is a problem.
Of course, talking to your employees is better than banning. But the question that is important: do you know what’s really going on in your digital workplace when it comes to shadow IT?
No? Or aren’t you quite sure?
Think about software that lets you smartly monitor what your employees use to applications. CloudConnected’s Cloud Firewall makes the use of shadow IT insightful across your entire corporate network.
As an IT manager, you get a clear overview of what tools are used within your network, so you can also determine whether these apps fit into the organization’s policy.
Really unsafe tools (or websites that contain spyware) are of course blocked immediately, but our Cloud Firewall also offers the ability to see what tools are used within your network. A nice reason to start the conversation with your employees.
Want to try our Firewall for 30 days for free? Then quickly schedule an advisory interview free of charge via this link.
MyAnalytics, the pedometer, and fitness tracker for your work, is available to anyone who uses an Office 365, Microsoft 365 Enterprise, and Business suite.
Want a better work/life balance?
Through a personal dashboard, an Outlook add-in and a few woes, MyAnalytics will keep you informed of how you actually spent your working day.
You’ll also get suggestions for smarter ways of working. From reducing unproductive meetings to reducing the number of overtime. Because with MyAnalytics, you can also see how many times you have managed to make no overtime.
Because you can set your own goals in MyAnalytics, it is also possible to help yourself move towards a healthier work-life balance
Do you want more focus?
MyAnaltics also uses artificial intelligence to automatically mark and process all the commitments you’ve made in your email traffic in to-do lists.
In addition, focus on your work is also an important spearhead of MyAnalytics. This way you can indicate when you really want to work focused. If you don’t want to be disturbed, Microsoft automatically informs teammates of it. It is also an option to search for time periods with AI help in which you can easily schedule a focus moment.
Initially, MyAnalytics only provided insight into the hours you were running on Outlook and meetings, and the time you’ve lost to Skype for Business.
In the meantime, analyses have also been added about the hours you’ve lost to chats and conversations in Microsoft Teams – and working on documents stored in OneDrive or SharePoint.
Want to know more about MyAnalytics? Then watch the video on: https://products.office.com/nl-nl/business/myanalytics-personal-analytics?market=nl
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Artificial Intelligence in the office can be seen a lot in tools related to smart online meetings: microphones and speakers, online sensors, touchscreens and digital whiteboards.
The smart software that these meeting tools use can analyze all kinds of data smartly and quickly. This makes (online) meetings even easier.
For example, the AI applications in Google Hangouts, Microsoft’s Teams, and the lesser-known Zoom are automatically linked with presence detection, so that it is immediately clear who is present at a meeting (physically & digital). But that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
Smart AI systems can do much more so that meetings will never be what it was again. Meeting with AI also means recognizing voices, software that automatically notes calls and also assigns the set action points directly to the participants’ tasks list.
If that doesn’t save time?
The digital secretary
Other applications of Artificial Intelligence in the workplace are:
Calendar.help is a handy meeting tool that works with Cortana, Office 365, Outlook, or Google calendar. Because Cortana already knows which meeting times you prefer, it searches with the help of Calendar.help you find the most appropriate dates and times to meet.
Never line up in the copy box for receipts and scan documents again?
Adobe Scan makes scanning documents a lot easier. The smartphone app effortlessly captures multi-page forms, notes, and reports. Also receipts, business cards – and even notes on a whiteboard ! – converted to a digital document in the cloud. The app removes shadows and automatically detects edges, so the result is beautiful and readable.
Healthy Workers measures all sorts of different factors within the work environment that affect your health (light, sound, CO2 in the air, temperature, humidity) and thus comes to data-driven insights and effective improvements.
Want to know more about what CloudConnect can offer in terms of online meeting with AI?
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