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There you are!

I find social interaction fascinating, via the tools such as Twitter, Facebook and online generally. I’ve been writing about all varieties of technical topics over the past 18 months and its great to know people read my work. So this is where you’ve viewed the IT Handbook from! Thanks for the continued support…keep coming back to … Continue reading

Customize systems or better educate the user?

In day-to-day business I have the constant challenge of ensuring our IT systems meet the functional and non-functional requirements set out by stakeholders whilst at the same time ensuring they are delivered on-time, to budget and are useable by all those who need it – the latter being the hardest deliverable of them all because … Continue reading

Opt out of Social Media…? I wouldn’t if I were you!

Originally posted on Martin House Consulting:
Do you know how you look on Social Media? In Social Media Terms not engaging with a particular service is a calculated risk. What isn’t obvious is that the choice is not “do or not do”.  The choice is “do I control how we are presented, or do I…

Originally posted on The Blog:
Last month, we attended the Modern Language Association’s annual conference in Boston, Massachusetts, and had a great time talking to educators about how encourages in-class conversations to keep going and keeps students and parents up to date. Today, we’re taking a closer look at how some tech-savvy…

Website design – for pro’s only…? Think again…

Web design has always been looked upon as a complicated, technical task that could only be done by well trained and experienced developers. This is still the case for complex websites requiring connection to 3rd party data sources and those that need a substantial security measures, such as banks. However, the masses – particularly individuals, … Continue reading

Pinterest – What’s it all about?

Times have changed – for better or worse, technology and specifically social media has become part of all our lives since about 2005. Gradually services such as Facebook, Twitter and StumbleUpon have nudged their way into our daily routines and created a bucket of opportunities in our fast-paced and busy lives. Pinterest is no different … Continue reading

Outsourced IT Departments – when and why?

Outsourcing is not a new term used in business but often has a stigma attached to it in terms of value for money and professionalism. However, more and more companies are turning to outsourcing various IT aspects of their business – but what is the driving force behind this and what factors are used to … Continue reading

Resilient IT departments – are you one of them?

Companies of all sizes have a strong reliance on IT systems in today’s business world. Even the smallest companies cannot operate without a fully functioning set of IT services, be it a malfunctioning bar code scanner or an entire company email system. The fundamental message is that IT is important in every organisation and IT … Continue reading