Newsletter – April 2014
Top IT Projects for 2014
Over 1,023 small and mid-sized businesses took a nation-wide survey about their spending for their IT budget in 2014.
These were the top 5 trends for spending on IT in 2014:
1. IT spending is increasing.
Almost a third of businesses will spend the same amount this year as last year, but of those who have adjusted their IT budget, 78% expect to spend more this year on their IT than in 2013.
2. BYOD is the top priority.
68% of surveyed businesses will work on projects to allow their staff to use their own devices – primarily laptops and tablets – for work. Almost half of these businesses have already embarked on BYOD.
3. “Cloud” migration is popular, but datacentre investment continues.
Almost half of all respondents will embrace the Cloud this year and most related projects involve moving specific services and infrastructure to the Cloud. Less than 3% of all businesses intend to move their entire datacentre to the Cloud, and in fact 54% of businesses surveyed will spend on upgrading their own datacentre infrastructure this year.
4. Laptop & PC upgrades are a key focus.
65% of businesses intend to upgrade some of all of their PC & laptop fleet this year, with the main reason being the need to upgrade from Windows XP because of Microsoft ceasing support in April.
5. Preparing for the NBN is not a priority for many.
Only 11% of businesses are making IT investments this year in preparation for the NBN.
From the 1,023 businesses who completed the survey, 146 were sole traders with 109 of these employing more than 250 staff. The average-size business surveyed employs 55 staff.
How do these findings stack up against your IT plans for 2014? Feel free to contact us to discuss.
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Must-have productivity apps for people on the go
If your job means being on the road or in the air most of the time, you know how challenging it can be to keep both your personal and professional worlds organised. In an ideal world, you would have a fantastic personal assistant keeping everything running. However, if you are like most mobile workers, that’s just a pipe dream.
But what you do have is a smartphone – and with the help of today’s productivity-boosting business apps, you can turn that handheld into not one, but several digital assistants that fit right into your pocket!
Meet your exclusive scribe
So, you are driving in your car on the way to a meeting and suddenly it hits you: you forgot to add a key point to the presentation you’re about to give!
Instead of pulling off the road and jotting it down to make sure you don’t forget it again, we’ve got another solution for you. It’s called “Google Keep”. This note-taking app allows you to verbally annotate a thought and turns that recording into text. Once you arrive at your meeting, just copy and paste the text into your PowerPoint.
Google Keep is also great for typing notes directly and storing them for later. The interface is clean, it’s very user-friendly and best of all, it colour-codes your notes based on topic, date or importance. You can even turn notes into quick checklists that allow you to keep track of your progress.
An accountant – in your pocket
If you’re constantly on the go, you probably don’t have the luxury of a great office filing system to keep all your expenses in one place.
That is, until you get “Certify Mobile” – this handy accounting app helps you track all your expenses while you’re on the go. Simply take a photo of your receipt, and the app automatically places it into fields such as name, amount and category.
And if you’re prone to going over budget, this app can provide you with a warning as you venture closer to your limit. Now find an accountant that will do that.
Your logistics manager has arrived
Successfully coordinating and organising your own time when you are on the road is no easy task. Now imagine having to do that for a whole team of people!
“Tripit” is an app that helps you plan your whole itinerary and stay on schedule – everything from airline, rental car and hotel reservations to directions, maps and weather forecasts for multiple destinations. Plus, “Tripit for Teams” enables you to sync up that itinerary with your colleagues. That way, instead of you doing all the organising and coordinating, Tripit does it for you.
Your valet awaits
The following has probably happened more times than you’d care to remember: you come out of an exhausting meeting and walk into the giant parking garage where you parked your car. There’s only one problem: you don’t have the foggiest idea of where exactly you parked it!
“Car Locator” is the solution you’ve been waiting for. Once you’ve installed the app, all you need to do when you find yourself in the above mentioned situation, is press a button. It will locate your car and guide you to exactly where you parked it, providing of course that you tag the car location before you leave the carpark!
One tiny device, a team of amazing assistants
Who would have known that with these smart apps, your smartphone could be the key to a more productive, more organised and less stressful business day? Check out these – and other productivity apps – to make your next business trip a snap.