What’s the link between a tennis ball, and a hard drive?

Posted by on Jul 20, 2012 in Small Business IT Issues

What’s the link between a tennis ball, and a hard drive?

I had a phone call from one of our clients the other day. They’d just deleted some important files that they needed. Fortunately for them they have a removable hard drive that they plug in to the server every night to back up the files. The reason he called me was that on his way down to the Server Room with his hard drive, he’d dropped it and it had broken into quite a few pieces. EEK! Fortunately for this customer, we had already, recently, set them up with remote backups so whilst he was there on the phone, as quick as a flash, we had his files restored for him. Back-ups are a life saver for your business. If you’ve not got effective back-ups running already you need to speak to me today brokenStones IT Services – 01543 241234 Remember: When you smash a tennis ball, it bounces. When you bounce a hard drive, it...

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If you want to improve your business through the use of Information Technology, speak to an Olympic Gold Medalist (I Did!)

Posted by on Jul 15, 2012 in Small Business IT Issues

If you want to improve your business through the use of Information Technology, speak to an Olympic Gold Medalist (I Did!)

As you can see by the look on my face, I was Expecting Sir Stephen Redgrave too, to be fair you could have told me he was any of the others, and I would have believed you, I’m not really sure what they look like. I’ve got to say though, it was a captivating speech, with such a powerful, yet simple, message, I really don’t think anyone else could have been more appropriate! To be honest with you at this point, it’s a pretty tenuous link, I met Ben Hunt Davis at an Entrepreneurs Cicrle National Event at the start of July (My first event actually!). Ben gave a fascinating speech on “Will IT make the boat go faster?” – OK, maybe I’ve taken a liberty with the ‘IT’ but the message is still just as powerful, of everything we covered that day it stood out for me the most (and there was a LOT of good stuff there – Sorry Nigel!). To sum it up extremely succinctly (He spoke for 45 minutes! If your interested in more Google ‘Ben Hunt Davis’), in training for Sydney 2000 (where he won his Gold Medal in the Mens 8 Rowing), EVERYTHING they did, and thats from how many times they trained, to if they should go for a pint, to whether they should take part in the opening ceremony, they questioned Will it make the boat go faster? Would it bring them closer to their goal of Gold? and if not, then why were they dong it? Thats a really powerful message for me, not only when I think about how we conduct our business, but also for how our clients use IT within their business. You see I have long been a believer in the “The Role of IT”, in fact it’s why I started my business in the first place. Many people see IT within their business as a necessary evil, but why? you really have to question is your IT working for you? If the answer is no, they why is it there? Why are you not doing something about it… To bring it back to the theme of Ben’s speech, Will IT make your boat go faster? It can, and it Should, but is it? and does your IT provider understand this? We do, let’s have a chat – 01543...

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My Computer’s broken AGAIN!

Posted by on Jul 3, 2012 in Small Business IT Issues

My Computer’s broken AGAIN!

You know, I’ve lost count of the number of times that I’ve been to see a new customer and they’ve told me that their computers are sh*t, or that they’ve told me how much they break down and how slow they are and how many problems that they give them. But then, as soon as we start talking about the hardware that they should have, and what they need to invest in, they come back and tell me that they can buy a computer for half that price down at [Insert Local|National Computer Retailer Here] – it’s SO INFURIATING! No wonder it’s sh*t if you’re paying peanuts for it! Decent, reliable hardware costs a bit more money. Quite frankly, you do pay for what you get in the IT world. We supply high quality business-grade hardware that it suitable for use in your business, does your IT Supplier? If not then ask them… or change… it’s hurting your business! We only supply businesses in Lichfield and the surrounding Staffordshire and West Midlands areas, but even so feel free to drop me a note below and I’ll happily give you a bit of advice… Yes, in the short-term decent hardware costs a bit more, but in the long-term it saves you a lot of time and ultimately a lot of lost...

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