Will Tablets Replace Laptops in the Office?

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Tablets Are Low Cost

The cost of providing each employee a PC, workstation, or laptop is enormous when compared to the cost of a tablet.  The tablet also does not incorporate any moving parts such as hard disks and so forth, thereby minimizing wear as well as the chance of data loss in the long run.

Tablets Improve Workforce Mobility

Business people have to travel a lot.  They move from one office to another, giving out presentations, meeting clients or performing various projects.  Checking email, browsing the web or keeping in touch with clients on the go becomes a breeze with tablets.  Regardless of their location, they can submit projects on time.

While these things can be done with a Smartphone, the larger screen of the tablets makes the user experience more engaging and friendly.  Tablets usually have a far greater battery time available than laptops, which makes it very practical when you’re on the move with tight schedules.

Tablets Are Great For Meetings

While you can carry a laptop into a meeting, a tablet can prove to be much more practical due to its compact size and swiftness.  Just a press of a button powers up the tablet in a few seconds.  It can also win you some “impression points” if you can run your presentation from a new high tech device.

Tablets Are Environmentally Friendly

Tablets have a favourably small impact on environment.  They help in reducing paperwork by providing access to manuals and books in a digital format – in some cases totally eliminating the requirement for printed material.

If you’re environmentally conscious, this is another reason to consider tablets at work.

Tablets Make Note Taking Easier

If you wish to take notes during a meeting or during a long flight, it is far easier to do so with a tablet because of the handwriting recognition features.

Tablets Improve Security

When properly configured, the use of tablets can eliminate the need for locally stored data, thereby minimizing the exposure of sensitive company information due to theft, hacking, or other intrusion attempts.  Tablets can easily be remotely wiped if they are compromised.

You may want to consider getting any device for your workplace to see how it works out for you before deciding to fully implement tablets at the office.  When tablets are coupled with a robust cloud platform, they are a powerful tool for business.

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There is constant market squeeze in this area as Laptops are getting lighter and Smart phones are getting bigger. The most likely form of future progression is the further introduction of 2-in-1 Detachable TouchScreen laptops.

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Top Tips to Buying Online in a Safe and Easy Way

Online shopping is big business these days, with more and more consumers across the world turning to the World Wide Web to purchase goods.

Needless to say, this has caught the attention of cyber criminals who are keen to exploit individuals benefiting from the convenience, affordability and choice.

  1. Stick with trusted brands that have a strong reputation

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Sticking with popular brands is as good as any advice when shopping online. Not only do you know what you’re getting by way of quality and price, but you also feel more confident that these well-established names have in place robust security measures.

 

  1. Look out for https URL and the padlock symbol and .ie URL

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In most cases, the text in the URL is preceded by a padlock symbol (if this is missing, the website should be treated with caution).

The ‘s’ in https incidentally, stands for secure. Websites that use https are safe because they utilise SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) to encrypt any information that is distributed online, such as your credit card details.

Another issue is where your company is based. It is often the case that some UK retailers won’t ship to Ireland or will charge extra for delivery with longer. Check to see if a retailer has an .ie at the end of their URL.

 

  1. Use credit cards and secure payment services instead of debit cards

(Also, of course make sure you are the person using your card!)

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Credit cards, in comparison to debit cards, offer consumers additional protection when shopping online. The main advantage is that a credit card account is in no way linked to whatever funds you actually own. There are other benefits as credit cards may have a limit on amount that can be spent.

 

  1. Opt for your mobile phone network over public Wi-Fi

 

However, when it comes to buying online, all the convenience that comes with public Wi-Fi can be overshadowed by the many risks that are associated with this service. You’d be surprised at how unsecure many hotspots actually are and how easy they are to attack.

There are ample solutions to resolving the vulnerabilities associated with public Wi-Fi, but, in general, when out and about, opt to use data provided by your network provider when going online.

 

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New Developments in CPUs – How does this affect you?

Intel Corp, the biggest maker of semiconductors with several offices in Ireland, has said its new processors are going to deliver the biggest bump in performance that personal computer users have experienced in years.

The eighth generation of its Core line will provide as much as a 40% jump over its predecessor. New laptops built on the chips will come to market in September.

Intel, whose chips are the heart of more than 80 per cent of the world’s PCs, has been remarkably successful in a market that’s been declining since it peaked in 2011, and is now more than 100 million units smaller than it was.

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The new range of chips from Intel will provide a massive leap forward in performance compared with the 450 million PCs that are currently in use and that are more than five years old.

 

In that period processors have become twice as fast at crunching data and the machines themselves have shrunk to be half as thick as they were.

Editing 4K video shot on a GoPro camera might not even be possible on older machines, while with the new chips the time needed to do such tasks will be reduced to single-digit minutes.

So the bottom-line…

What does this mean for you?

It means essentially that previous desktop workstations will eventually turn into thin svelte laptops. It also means ability for enhanced graphics and processing speeds for those more inclined to gaming.

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Should I wait a few months to buy when the 8th Gen becomes available?

If you are a SME and are planning a hardware refresh it might not be worth it to wait three months however if you are buying for purely consumer use it might be worth waiting – (Christmas is around the corner!)

 

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How often is it Really necessary to replace your Hardware?

There has been a lot of debate as to what your hardware refresh cycle should look like. The answer tends to fall somewhere in the 2 – 4 year range but there is no one right answer to this question.

stock-photo-18634900-five-step-software-development-processThere are actually a few questions you need to ask in order to figure out what best suits your business:

What do you need your computers to do?

If your employees routinely have multiple programs and applications running at the same time, system speed is important. The heavier a computer’s typical workload is, the shorter its ideal lifespan.

What is the productivity cost of not upgrading?

Waiting longer to replace older systems saves money, but saving money at the expense of employee productivity could be more costly in the long run. If your staff is forever waiting on lagging software to load so that they can complete basic tasks, it has the potential to affect your business as a whole.

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What are you willing to spend on support costs?

The older a piece of hardware is, the more maintenance and upkeep is required to keep it running. More than just the hardware itself failing, there is also the cost and hassle of maintaining multiple versions of operating systems and software. Deciding how long you’re willing to juggle these costs is a big factor in figuring out what your refresh cycle should look like.

Some of the cost of upgrading can be offset by choosing lower-end hardware in situations where you know your refresh cycle will be shorter. If you know you can use a cheaper option without it impacting productivity, settling isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It’s all about getting the most out of your business’ technology budget.

 

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Further Reading: Intel Case Study for Refresh Strategy

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The General Data Protection Regulation – Issues for Small Businesses (and advantages)

Before you review, here is the best advice in big friendly letters

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The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect on 25th May 2018. The new rules are aimed to protect consumer rights and clarify laws for businesses right across the European Union (EU) but, vitally, also those that trade with it. All businesses need to protect itself by fully adhering to these changes in the law.

The GDPR protects all personal data (such as name, identification number etc) and, interestingly, there is no distinction between private, public or work roles. Despite Brexit, the UK will still toe the line on the rules, to ensure trading with the EU. Organisations outside the EU are also still subject to the jurisdiction of GDPR just by collecting data on EU citizens.

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Create a managed IT lifecycle

Data can be stored on a wide variety and number of different devices in a modern organisation, from servers and PCs to tablets, smartphones, USB sticks, portable hard drives etc. A well designed IT lifecycle will look at all the potential problem areas and ensure policy and protection is in place throughout, from installation through to safe destruction at the data erasure stage.

Tips for ensuring your IT meets GDPR regulations

  • Make sure your internal processes provide protection to data and can also demonstrate this to satisfy any audit of it• When it comes to securing your IT systems, speak to a reputable ADISA registered asset disposal expert to get full advice on your IT lifecycle. This will ensure you have a robust solution which will limit your risk of data leakage and the potential consequences from it• Ensure your data is fully contained and hardware is safely and efficiently disposed of.

    • Think about employee use of personal devices. Be wary of all access to data and, where possible, limit this beyond the systems owned by the business itself

 

The good news is that once your data policy is up to date, with the standardisation of rules across Europe, the GDPR should make business within the EU simpler, and consumers will be less wary about sharing their personal data.

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Best Places to Open Up your Laptop in Dublin

cropped_dublin-globe-work-spaceWhether you’re freelancing, in town for business or just looking to escape the office for a little while, there are plenty of places in Dublin to work from.

So if you’re after a cafe to work through your emails or a hotdesk to set up shop, here’s a list of the top ten spots:

  1. Accents, 23 Stephen Street Lower, Dublin 2

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  1. Clement and Pekoe, 50 South William Street, Dublin 2

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  1. Network Cafe,39 Aungier Street, Dublin 2

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  1. The Central Hotel/Exchequer, 1-5 Exchequer Street, Dublin 2

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  1. Dogpatch Labs, The CHQ Building, Dublin 1

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  1. The Fumbally Cafe, Fumbally Lane, Merchants Quay, Dublin 8

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  1. The Tara Building, Tara Street, Dublin 2

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  1. Third Space, Smithfield Markets, Dublin 7

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  1. Space@DublinBIC, Grand Canal Quay, Dublin 2

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  1. Bank of Ireland Workbench, various branches, Dublin

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