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Brendan Moran - IT Consultant and IT Trainer, Wicklow, Ireland - Part 4

Disaster Recovery and Backups

Computer-RepairBack­ups are vital for the smooth sur­vival of your busi­ness or organ­i­sa­tion. Anoth­er thing that goes hand in hand is Dis­as­ter Recov­ery (DR). Sim­ply put this means how quick­ly can my busi­ness be back up and run­ning after a Serv­er or PC crash­es.

It is all well and good hav­ing your data back­uped up but to use this data you need your serv­er or PC to be in exact­ly the state it was before the dis­as­ter struck. Read the rest of this entry »

iPad 3 Training

The new iPad 3 is a stun­ning piece of tech­nol­o­gy and is a seri­ous busi­ness tool. The iPad is NOT a gim­mick. iOS 6 is now avail­able and high­ly rec­om­mend­ed.

It inte­grates superbly with Microsoft Out­look whether you use this as an Exchange client or POP3 and in many respects is far supe­ri­or to Out­look, or the way Microsoft uses their own prod­uct.

Group and one to one train­ing — home and office vis­its arranged.

What I cov­er includes the fol­low­ing main areas: Read the rest of this entry »

E‑mail Marketing

email-marketing2013 is going to be a chal­leng­ing year and it is vital that you put your prod­uct and ser­vices out there.

One of the best ways to do this is through a com­pre­hen­sive e‑mail cam­paign.

This can all be incor­po­rat­ed through your web­site from cap­tur­ing e‑mail address­es for Newslet­ters and spe­cial offers, send­ing out reg­u­lar newslet­ters and main­tain­ing dif­fer­ent mail­ing lists.

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Backup

externalIf you do noth­ing else in 2013 please take back­ups seri­ous­ly.

Very few busi­ness­es recov­er from a seri­ous loss of data.

You can replace pro­grams like Word, Excel but you can­not replace the data that these pro­grams pro­duced.

The data involved is gen­er­al­ly quite small and can be eas­i­ly backed up — it just a mat­ter of hav­ing a sen­si­ble back­up pro­ce­dure in place.

The restore options must be checked on a reg­u­lar basis.

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Windows 8

win8_aWin­dows 8 is the new oper­at­ing sys­tem brought out by Microsoft towards the end of 2012. It is set to replace Win­dows 7 though my expe­ri­ence would tend not to see this hap­pen­ing as there are seri­ous con­cerns about Win­dows 8.

There are seri­ous prob­lems try­ing to get Java appli­ca­tions to work and this can have a big knock-on effect on Bank­ing Online Appli­ca­tions.

Win­dows 8 is try­ing to do two things at the same time name­ly have the Win­dows 7 type desk­top and also to have a tablet / iPad feel to it.

This fea­ture can take a long time to get one’s head around and your pro­duc­tiv­i­ty will cer­tain­ly decrease while you try to learn the new fea­tures.

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