Microsoft has released an exciting new cloud based product suite that brings together your favourite desktop apps like Word and Excel, online services such as Skype for Business, Exchange email and apps like Microsoft Bookings and Outlook Customer Manager together with security and management enhancement of Windows 10 Pro and mobile devices.

Business owners have a range of decisions to make about how they manage their businesses - and how they organise their IT is a critical part of that.
 
One of the decisions you will have to make as your business grows is how to manage the growing burden of technology. IT doesn't seem to be a complication when you are small - but introduce new team members, a variety of devices and services, and the range of software and apps you need to run your business - and you have some choices to make. And you want to be focusing on success, not worrying about server upgrades, security keys or password resets. You certainly don't have time to worry about future proofing your set-up.
 

In recent years, office life has become a lot more fluid as software enables many companies to offer a remote working option. If you don’t currently offer a remote working option, how can you build a system that allows staff to work remotely if they can’t make it into the office?

In a traditional office environment, employees would come to the office on time everyday, work a full day and leave at the end of the day. However, with a growth in commuting distances, and the impact that accidents and travel delays can have, as well as unpredictable events like child sickness or doctor's appointments, attendance in the office is not always possible. Add to that fairly long-term disruptions like the Waterloo station closure, and a certain train line potentially leaving your staff stranded due to strikes, your business can lose a lot of productive hours due to lateness and stress. Offering a remote option can not only allow your employees to keep working when these situations occur, but research suggests they may also be more productive.

Software projects that go wrong are a project manager’s (and CEO’s!) nightmare. The famous analogy of the differences between what the customer wanted, what was scoped, designed and then finally delivered are legendary. Whilst we all laugh at the cartoons, when software projects go wrong it can be both painful and expensive – for all concerned.

So how to complete the perfect project? Here at Intrepid we’ve used our extensive experience and in-house processes to design steps that can help to smooth the road in software project delivery. By stepping through these processes in turn, or just using one of them to help clear issues, you can enable much more successful delivery.

Intrepid celebrated another great social last night – collecting crystals at the iconic ‘Crystal Maze’ live experience in London. 12 crystals won! These monthly socials are an important part of life at Intrepid, as most of the team are often working away on client site for much of the week. Getting everyone together as a team means that we can all work together more effectively, especially important when we often have a virtual team working on a project. Past events have included Crazy Golf, board games at London bar ‘Draughts’ and bowling.

News this week has been full of the latest ‘crypto’ attack, with big corporations and government agencies reporting that operations have been disrupted by the hackers. Following on the heels of the much reporting ‘Wannacry’ ransomware attack last month, companies really need to consider the impact that such an attack would have on their businesses, as the likelihood of being targeted increases.

It's easy to panic when the news is full of cyber attacks targeting big corporations such as the NHS and major airports. But there are few simple steps that anyone can take to keep your machines safe and users protected.

Following our recent office move, and continued team growth, Intrepid is really pleased to welcome Daniel Oreta to the newly developed position of Client Account Executive.

Daniel joins Intrepid from leading software company Infusion, where he was responsible for business development and execution in capital markets across the entire EMEA region.  His skills in account management, project delivery and sales strategy will be put to good use as Intrepid has ambitious growth targets for the next few years.

Following our recent office move, and continued team growth, Intrepid is really pleased to welcome Daniel Oreta to the newly developed position of Client Account Executive.

Daniel joins Intrepid from leading software company Infusion, where he was responsible for business development and execution in capital markets across the entire EMEA region.  His skills in account management, project delivery and sales strategy will be put to good use as Intrepid has ambitious growth targets for the next few years.

Over the past week or so the news has been full of BA’s latest woes, with the bank holiday weekend getting off to a disastrous start for many holiday-goers.  BA and more importantly their customers endured around 48 hours of catastrophic system failure, meaning that flights couldn’t leave, check-in was impossible, and bags couldn’t find their way to the right destination.  Even the customer app was down, leaving pre-checked in passengers unable to enter security at Heathrow and Gatwick – the UK’s busiest airports.

The way we work is evolving – ever more applications and tools are being added to the knowledge workers arsenal. Trello, Slack, Teams, Hangouts, JIRA, Confluence, Office365, SharePoint, OneDrive, Box, DropBox - the list feels endless and that's before mentioning any industry or profession specific applications. Each user has an identity (or user account) on each of the applications. A typical small business with 30 users may be using just 5 different applications and this results in 150 individual user accounts!

We’ve all seen the media coverage of the latest ransomware attack – not least because it hit one of the UK’s biggest institutions – the NHS.  Headlines have focused on operations being cancelled and hospitals sending patients home.  So what was the attack, what damage did it do – and should you be worried?

Last week the team at Intrepid went to see modern day philosopher, author and leadership guide Simon Sinek speak in central London. We’ve always been interested in the way Sinek views todays' workplace and what he has to say about modern human motivations for choosing a career path and company.