7 Steps to a Successful Microsoft Teams Strategy!
In the world of business technology, Microsoft Teams, and the cross-business collaboration it powers, is the talk of the town.
At our recent Create, Collaborate, Coordinate with Microsoft Teams event, Maxsum unpacked what the big deal with Teams really is, what it can help... Read More
We all love social media, right? But while you’re happily scrolling through memes, hash tagging and trying out filters, some people are experiencing the sinister side of social media and today’s technology.... Read More
What do Microsoft's end of life and end of extended support deadlines for Windows 7 and Windows Exchange Server 2010 mean for you?
As the saying goes – all good things must come to an end! Over the next 12-18 months, some core Microsoft products your business may currently rely on... Read More
Finding opportunity in unexpected places!
Here’s a little something that none of us in business really like to admit to ourselves. When any business lines itself up against its peers in the same industry, at first pass all our offerings sometimes look pretty much the same to our customers. Industry peers... Read More
How tightening up your approach across the 5 stages of your hardware lifecycle will help your business protect your assets and manage change better!
At a security event recently, we asked the 250 delegates in the room to get their phones out and stand up. They were excited; they thought they... Read More
With any tightening of security technologies or practices, there is always going to be a flow-on effect to end users. Today’s super-sophisticated mobile devices and technology platforms give people the power to read, chat, share, view, download, or book pretty much anything in one click or swipe, and pretty much... Read More
What we learnt about Igniting Collaboration - The Teams Way from Microsoft Ignite the Tour 2019.
Technologists, partners, customers and change-makers recently amassed in Sydney as Microsoft brought the Australian leg of Microsoft Ignite the Tour 2019 to Australia. Microsoft has taken the Ignite tour across 15 countries delivering industry leading... Read More
Want to be able to trust your inbox again? Here’s how!
With next-generation email and endpoint protection, of course! Email and endpoint protection has changed - dramatically! Read on to find out what your business should see as the new normal.
There’s nothing certain in life except for death, taxes….and spam! Ever since email... Read More
When global tech giant Microsoft bought pioneering calling disruptor Skype in 2011 we always knew they must have had some big plans in the wings. As Microsoft went on to build and prioritise their powerhouse Teams offering, it came as no surprise in 2017 when Microsoft announced that it would... Read More
Getting something to “go viral” is undoubtedly the holy grail of social media success! Maximum reach and hopefully maximum impact. Our devices and digital platforms are intuitively designed to help us share, post, communicate and collaborate without limit, but while that maybe be great for your most recent dancing cat... Read More
One of the hottest business technology topics around at the moment is this concept of “the Modern Workplace”. At first pass you might think this is all about decking out your offices with schmick finishes and the latest tech, but the Modern Workplace concept is really about the changing focus... Read More
This is a great time of year to revisit some of your big business and technology goals with fresh set of eyes or spend a bit of time looking ahead at where you want your business to go, and how technology might be able to help you get there!... Read More
Are you carefully and strategically planning to make or expand your move into the cloud? STOP right there! There’s something important we think you need to know! No matter what stage of the cloud adoption journey you think you’re at, there’s an 87% chance some of your data is already... Read More
Everyday there are new features added to the products and services we use, but sometimes there’s just too much “newness” to keep up with. You try to keep up and try new things but before you know it, your list of to dos has just gotten longer and you’re no... Read More
Every day, more and more, password compromises and breaches are, at best, blocking productivity and people’s ability to get their jobs done, and at worst, threatening the very existence of businesses, their financial viability, and by extension the job security of their employees.... Read More
The humble password is implicated in more than 80% of data breaches. Find out how you can increase your security by enabling Multifactor Authentication (MFA) to combat the threat posed by stolen password credentials.... Read More
What you need to know about switching over to NBN before the switch off!
As we approach the looming completion date for the NBN rollout we will be seeing traditional ADSL Internet and copper line based phone services being progressively switched off.
While over 7 million homes and businesses are now able... Read More
From a cyber security perspective, any single email out of the 130-odd emails your average business user receives every day could be like that random unwanted late-night visitor…but you’re unaware as you plough through your inbox every day; open, action, file, repeat.... Read More
When is the right time for your business to move to the cloud? Timing is everything, as they say…Until you’re too late! If moving all or part of your workloads to the cloud has been on your mind for a while, here are the 5 tell-tale signs that it time... Read More
When we talk about leveraging technology to boost productivity in organisations we talk a lot about embracing the benefits of cloud, adopting more flexible ways of working, and mapping out better processes to support your new digital-age modern workplace. Microsoft Office 365 collaboration tools often play a central role in... Read More
Fraud is nothing new – people have been tricking other people into parting with their money since money was invented. But while the internet has made many things easier and faster, so too has the internet made it easier for fraudsters to get at things that don’t belong to them.... Read More
That’s because on May 25, 2018 the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force. Whilst these... Read More
February 22, 2018 was a big day in Australia’s data compliance history. Although it probably wasn’t marked on your calendar – it certainly was on ours, because it means all new things for very broad swathe of Australia’s business community. ... Read More
Where do you think your business starts and finishes? Reception? The back door? Car park? Bus ride home? Airport lounge? Kindergarten pick-up? Friday drinks? Have you ever thought about how and where your business is really being conducted out in the wider world... Read More
For many Small to Medium sized Enterprises (SME) Digital Fatigue has set in over the last 12-18 months. Business decision makers have been besieged by the relentless “do or die”, “eat or be eaten” digital disruption message. But digital disruption is no longer big news.... Read More
Amazon in Australia, the SME and How Business Technology Can Help!
It’s a household name across the English-speaking world and beyond – Amazon; and unless you’ve been living in a remote island paradise for the last few years, you’d be aware of the buzz Amazon's arrival on Australian shores has had.... Read More
There is no doubt that when it comes to digital transformation that strategic alignment is king! Recent CEO surveys are dishing up the proof with countless tales of failed transformation projects.... Read More
It’s the cycle of routine distraction and reaction – a modern-day feature of the way we work and go about our day-to-day business – which actually makes us and our people the weakest link in even the most robust cybersecurity setup.... Read More
Why CFO and CIO collaboration is critical to digital transformation success!
Something that's high on the agenda for businesses wanting to transform and thrive in the digital age is to achieve greater IT-business alignment - the much-touted precondition of a successful digital transformation. But getting your finance and technology people in... Read More
…and how to find a technology partner that you will trust!
When my daughter was on camp, her school principle went along for a day. Later that week, he recounted to the school assembly about the kids’ abseiling challenge and started talking about the notion of “fear”. What it took... Read More
Want to provide a better customer experience? Then start by getting your data ducks in a row!
A staggering 73% of business leaders say that delivering a relevant and reliable customer experience is critical to their company’s overall business performance. 93% agreeing that this will definitely be the case within the... Read More
Are you missing the building blocks that count?
- Insights into what makes a great customer experience based on travel (mis)adventures in Italy -
Italy – Prime international tourist destination renowned for its atmospheric historical centers, gastronomic experiences and giving visitors a taste of La Dolce Vita. Whilst sensory life experiences are... Read More
What your business can learn…and leverage from FinTech.
FinTech – it’s a pretty catchy name for a pretty simple concept; essentially, a business that aims to provide financial services using software and/or cutting-edge technology innovations. The Fintech experience is synonymous with digital disruption and the resulting digital transformation of the financial... Read More
At an Australian Institute of Company Directors lunch in 2017, ex-Telstra and current CSIRO head David Thodey was asked a question during Q&A about his advice for organizations balancing risk management against their need to innovate within a technology strategy.... Read More
The kids cooked breakfast on the weekend, which meant I actually had time to read the paper. Not just flick through the feed on my phone, but actually spread The Weekend Australian out across the table as I tucked into some pancakes, and peruse!
But as I read Sunday morning, something... Read More
WIIFM? (Who cares? Nobody trusts you!)
By Chris Pezzimenti, One Step Out
A couple of months ago I found myself in the midst of a major disagreement between business partners that had the potential to bring down everything. It was a powder keg ready to explode and battle stations were manned. It... Read More
Mr Squiggle – bet you haven’t thought about him for years! I’ve just recently introduced my kids to our generation’s wonderous world of Miss Jane, Mr Squiggle and Bill the Steamshovel via the magic of YouTube, and they’re amazed at Mr Squiggle’s art-rendering process.... Read More
Data and analytics is the steam train of what’s being called The 4th Industrial Revolution – the Digital Revolution. And it’s shaping up fast to be an anybody-in-the-road-gets-knocked-over scenario.
Why the urgency? Well aside from the fact that there’s a train bearing down on your business and you’re tied to the tracks, your competition is already in the driver's seat and they’re coming for you!
The data... Read More
If your "IT Dept." or partner is not asking YOU the right questions about your business, find one that will! Are you confident that your business is on the path to becoming digital-ready? Do you believe you are agile enough to beat out your competition and carve out a top spot... Read More
Want to know more about building a business technology strategy AND enjoy some of the best coffee and Italian pastries on Lygon Street? Well that's how we roll at Maxsum! Business insight with a side of espresso.
Our Director, Joe Ciancio, is going to lead an interactive discussion at the next... Read More
I don’t know how old you are, but I’m certainly of an age that I distinctly remember when I sent my first email. The thrill, the magic, and the excitement of it all! And then, believe it or not – I got a reply! ... Read More
Are you a bit hazy on your organization’s direction for Hybrid Cloud? There are 2 key questions you need answers to before you talk tech!
Business decision makers already know that cloud is the new norm. The question is no longer whether to cloud or not to cloud – The questions... Read More
ANZAC Day – It’s one of the few national traditions observed in our relatively still-young nation. It’s a truly iconic Australian tradition that has steadfastly held strong over several generations. Each year, local ceremonies around the country remind us that the ANZAC Day message is a powerful and unifying one.... Read More
I caught up with some old friends over Easter who used to work for one of Australia’s preeminent fashion brands. It’s a big name that we all know. They told a story of how things have changed in Australian design houses; about how once upon a time all the employees... Read More