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Chris Dunning Raises More Money for Alzheimer’s Society

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chris_dunning_palmaTechQuarters CEO, Chris Dunning has completed another Marathon to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society, this time at the Palma Marathon 2017. Over 10,000 people took part in the Marathon on Sunday in the beautiful town of Palma in Majorca and Chris proudly represented TechQuarters with a time of 52 minutes. Rowly the bear was right there to cheer Chris on.

This is one of six sporting events that Chris has completed this year alone, raising money for people in need right here in the UK. Chris hopes to take part in many more before the year ends and more next year with Rowly Bear and TechQuarters on the sidelines supporting.

To donate Alzheimer’s Society and raise money for thousands of less fortunate people right here at home in the UK, visit the Just Giving Page. Any donations are greatly appreciated and it goes toward an amazing cause.

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Email Restrictions for Personal Identifiable Information

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GDPR will be enforced on 25th may 2018, where organisations have a possibility of facing heavy fines if they are not compliant. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is ‘the most important change in data privacy regulation in 20 years.’ www.eugdpr.org Organisations need to have e-mail restrictions to prevent data theft or data loss.

Examples of Personal Identifiable Information:

  • Social Security Numbers
  • Financial account numbers
  • Government issued ID numbers

It’s important to identify what information needs to be protected and what processes need to be put into place to meet security standards. This will ensure organisations are GDPR compliant. Using e-mail systems to pass on sensitive information can cause issues when it comes to regulating data, however, there are many ways data can be protected.

Microsoft Office products such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint have options to protect and encrypt Office files, which then may be sent by email.

Email Guidelines

Below is a list of guidelines to ensure that Personal Identifiable information is protected via e-mail:

  • Provide only the relevant information
  • Notify the recipient in advance that the email contains confidential information so that they only open the document in a secure environment – you can do this by putting the word “CONFIDENTIAL” either in the email header or the attachment’s file name.
  • Check that you have the correct address before sending.
  • Provide minimum information in e-mails.
  • Restrict information by deleting any drafts or sent copies
  • Limit the number of recipients you are sending information to.

Restrictions

TechQuarters GDPR Solution for SMB 

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With GDPR around the corner, organisations are facing pressure to become GDPR compliant, and in this rush, are not necessarily thinking about the most cost-effective ways of storing, collecting and protecting their data.  TechQuarters has a GDPR solution that will enable organisations to prepare regulations. Solution

If you would like to know more about the GDPR regulation, watch our video here: (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=33TzO2CXZIc 

TechQuarters provides a cost-effective GDPR solution that will make your business become more efficient when it comes to data handling.  

What we provide? 

We provide a 3-stage approach to help your organisation become GDPR compliant, the first involves an audit followed by the tagging of your data and then a report.  

The next stags of our GDPR solution are as follows: 

  • Remediate (action the data) 
  • Protect (encrypt, isolate, track) 
  • One- Off payments or on going  
  • Setup, audit, report –  
  • On-going audit and report – 50p/GB for 500GB (50% early adoption discount) 
  • Then 50p/GB overage in 250GB tranches (50% early adopter discount) 
  • End point – ongoing gather, protect, report – £7/user/month 
  • Initial 12-month license 

What are the benefits?  

Our data transformation service is an intelligent cloud-based platform that simplifies and automates the identification of key insights and restructures messy data, using machine learning and hyper-scale cloud processing; reducing costs and storage use. Reducing costs is beneficial to any business and it’s important now with GDPR that your data is organized and readily available. Take a look below at what TechQuarters can do for you: 

Identify Data 

TechQuarters provides an opportunity to help organisations reduce the security risk of data through advanced cloud-based security software and data isolation techniques that we can implement for you. Our GDPR module identifies the personal identifiable data (P.I.I) in your data estate and creates an easy index, allowing fast access to personal information for audits.  

Organising Data  

Our software allows you to make informed decisions to categorise and, should you wish, migrate any data you might need to move. It identifies duplicate, redundant, obsolete, and trivial data, saving your business money. Then we can support you in archiving this to appropriate cheaper storage to dramatically reduce storage costs. Lots of organisations can greatly improve their data management capability by migrating, archiving and even deleting the terabytes of useless or unimportant data held in expensive on-premises infrastructure. 

Analysing Data 

The Data Transformation Service that TechQuarters provides can analyse what data is being stored and intelligently migrate it to the appropriate cloud-based ECM and cloud storage platforms. This Cloud-based data profiling solution helps your organisation gain insight, remediate and migrate your unstructured data at scale to reduce cost, reduce risk and increase information governance for the benefit of your business. 

If you would like to know more about the GDPR regulation, watch our video here: (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=33TzO2CXZIc 

You can also speak to one of our GDPR consultants directly on 0800 148 8001 or email tellmemore@techquarters.com 

Tesla’s New Rival Audi Aicon Concept

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The Aicon is Audi’s Electric Self-Driving car concept – just revealed at the Frankfurt Motor show. The German Automaker has a unique concept in comparison to other motor companies. Here we focus on the electronic coupe, exploring the features and giving an insight into the future of autonomous driving.

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Audi Aicon

“The Audi Aicon is 18 feet long, 26-inch wheels, self-driving vehicle. A four-door, 2 +2 concept, the car has 4 electric motors that produce a total of 350 horsepower and 405 lb-ft of torque.’’  Source 

An electric coupe, designed for smooth, effortless, high-speed cruising. The comfortable interior, with thick pile carpeting and 2 lounge styled chairs bring a new experience to autonomous driving. A unique design that hasn’t been seen on current models; the Aicon has no steering wheels, pedals or seat belts. It’s designed to eliminate collisions so passengers won’t require these traditional safety measures. With integrated LED lighting technology, the model has replaced conventional headlights with 3d Pixelated graphics; displaying animations and information visualizations in any colour. This feature enables the Audi to give warnings to pedestrians, cyclists and other road users.

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– Relax mode

– Navigation Music

– PIA personal intelligent assistant

– Brose, entertain, socialise, trip and ambience

– Ambience feature

– Chassis and Drive system

The Modern Workplace

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So, what is the modern workplace?

Technology is evolving, we are living in a digital-driven world with the latest advancements in technology influencing the ways we learn, work, spend our free time and everything in between. The Modern Workplace is where we can use technology to empower us to be more productive and efficient.

‘’Empower your team, safeguard your business and simplify IT Management with a single solution, purpose – built for your business’’ – Microsoft

What can Microsoft 365 Business do for your organisation?

Modern Workplace

One solution designed for your business. Microsoft 365 Business includes:

Office 365 – Included desktop apps, online services such as exchange, OneDrive, Microsoft Teams, Skype for Business. Business app such as Microsoft Booking, Outlook, Customer Manager, MileIQ1

Windows 10 Business – Includes everything in Windows 10 Pro2 plus Windows Defender Security Controls, Windows Auto- Pilot and Automatic Office Apps Deployment.

Best of EMS – Include App protection for Office Mobile Apps, Device management for Windows 10, PCs and selective wipe of company data.

Email, Schedule and Chat

Communication is essential, tools that help organisations to be more productive and efficient to improve customer experience. Organisations can communicate via Microsoft Outlook and schedule meetings through the calendar functions. An organisation can stay in sync with customers, partners and colleagues through Video conferencing and calls. Skype for business integration enables users to video conference with multiple people, saving travel costs and most importantly, time.

Create and Collaborate

Applications such as Word documents, Excel Spreadsheets and PowerPoint presentations enable users to collaborate, create and share. SharePoint is a drag and drop intranet for documents and files – this application enables users to collaborate on the same document which is key for team projects. On the other hand, OneDrive for Business enables users to access their document files online and offline, as well as accessing their most recent edits. This application enables users to work remotely and collaborate effectively.

Stay a step ahead

Cortana a personal digital assistant for users, the purpose of this feature is to make life easier and handle crucial tasks. Cortana is great for reminders and tasks. Office 365 App Delve enables users to work with co-workers to find latest files and share with them internally.

To know more about The Modern Workplace call u on 0800 148 8001 or email tellmemore@techquarters.com and we will get straight back to you.

Chris Dunning Interviews James Marshal

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TechQuarters TV New Series

TechQuarters TV just released our new series, where CEO of TechQuarters Chris Dunning interviews James Marshal. We discuss topics ranging from Microsoft 365 Business to interesting topics like Bots. The digital world we live in constantly changes and we need to keep up to date with the latest technology trends, applications and the exclusives from leading technology companies such as our Partner – Microsoft. This series will give you an insight on what your business needs to understand and implement and how you can move forward with technology.

Episode 1 – James Discusses Partner Technology

In this Episode, we focus on Partner technology strategies. James Marshal shares his own experience with using Azure and Power Bi to water his plants. Watch the video below to find out more!

Episode 2 – Networked Solutions and SharePoint

This episode covers networked solutions for SMB’s and how businesses can easily have a computer shipped and updated with their settings in minutes.

Episode 3 – What’s the Future of Bots?

Chris asks James what Artificial Intelligence bots are used for and how they could be implemented in the future. Artifical Intelligence can create powerful solutions to help customers and business achieve more.

Episode 4 – Microsoft 365 Business

Chris and James talk about the preview build for Microsoft Office365 Business and what the future of that might look like. Microsoft 365 Business is the ideal solution for small to medium sized businesses; enabling organisations to have better and more efficient process so that the company can focus on what matters. TechQuarters had the chance to preview this product and see how cost effective this product is and how it will benefit SMBs.

Episode 5 – GDPR  & The Finale

For the last episode, Chris runs down the upcoming General Data Protection Regulation and asks James a final question. We wanted to say a BIG thank you to James Marshal for joining us and giving us very useful insights to the digital world and sharing his own experiences with Technology. We hope to have you again soon.

If you enjoyed this series, be sure to watch out for our upcoming ones – if you want to catch up on related series, you catch watch Chris Dunning interview Geroge Tubbs – Our Azure Evangelist. If you would like to get in contact with us call us on 0800 148 8001 or email tellmemore@techquarters.com and we will get straight back to you.

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The best features of Microsoft Forms

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Today, we will be giving you an exclusive look at the new Microsoft Forms application. This application enables users to get direct feedback from quizzes and surveys they can create easily themselves.

What’s included in Forms?

– Open, comment boxes for text

– Multiple Choice options

– Ratings

– Numerical boxes

Microsoft Forms enables users to track the survey responses through the dashboard – the dashboard provides a visual representation of the data. This application is great because you can use it internally and externally.

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This is the Homepage of the application, enables users to create a new quiz or new form.

This is the dashboard – where you can see the number of respondents and their answers in a form of visual charts and graphs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you would like to know more about office 365, be sure to call us on 0800 148 8001 or email tellmemore@techquarters.com and we will get straight back to you.

TechQuarters Receives The Cyber Essentials Accreditation

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TechQuarters has just received the Cyber Essentials Accreditation; a government backed scheme that ensures business are secure against cyber attacks. This means that TechQuarters has been verified and is as secure as possible against hackers, viruses and most cyber threats. If you’re a customer or you’re looking to become a customer, you can be sure your data is safe with us.

TechQuarters has also begun the process of gaining the ISO 2070001 accreditation, which is the golden standard around the globe for cyber security. Its going to be a challenge getting to the standard required by this accreditation but everyone at TechQuarters is sure we can do it and we aim for this be completed by the end of 2017. This ensures you, the customer, can have ultimate peace of mind about how your data is stored. These two statuses are key steps to becoming not only GDPR compliant but going above and beyond to make sure we’re as cyber secure as possible.

If you would like more information about how we achieved this, how we’re working towards ISO 2070001 and/or how your business can be Cyber Secure and conform to GDPR. Call us on 08001488001 or email us at tellmemore@techquarters.com


Microsoft 365 Business

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Microsoft 365 BusiBusinessness is expected to be officially released toward the end of this calendar year. However, as TechQuarters are Microsoft Gold Partner we have already been granted exclusive access to the beta – and it’s pretty cool! This is the ideal solution for small to medium sized businesses; enabling organisations to have better and more efficient process so that the company can focus on what matters. PURPOSE.

What included in this SMB Business solution?

– Comes with office 365

Email and Calendar

File Storage

Data Protection Control

– Safest windows ever

Cyber Threat protections

Administration and deployment

Dependability and support

Chris Dunning, CEO of TechQuarters enters 6 triathlons this year to support Alzheimer’s society. Hoping to complete 6 triathlons in 6 months despite having a slightly dodgy knee and painful back, his motivation and dedication for raising awareness for Alzheimer’s Society are truly inspiring. To support Chris Dunning on his #6triathlonchallenge, be sure to check out and donate to his Just Giving page. 

Triathlons

Blenheim Triathlon

In June, Chris Dunning, along with 11 others fellow TechQuarters team mates, took on the prestigious Blenheim Palace Triathlon. His first triathlon of the year, Chris was feeling both nervous and excited but still went on the exceed his own expectations, completing the course in 1.28.39

London Triathlon

In July, Chris made a serious comeback by coming in the Top 10 for his age group after having been just pipped to the post by brother Andy in the Great London Swim; completing the London Tri in an impressive 1:20.

Chantilly Triathlon

This year was the Chantilly event, which challenges athletes to race 2.5km overlooking the Chateau and its beautiful gardens. This event took place on the 25th of August, below are some pictures of Chris at the event, the beautiful architecture and Chris Dunning’s mum who looked extremely happy that Chris earned his medal, coming in at  1.19.51. Chris came 114th of 650 and 25th in his age group which is fantastic.

Traithlons

Traithlons

Traithlons

The Goat Triathlon 

Mid-September is the Goat Triathlon. The athletes will drop off their bikes in the transition area and swap them for their trainers to take on the breath-taking cliff path run. Chris Dunning will be preparing for the climb, accompanied by TechQuarters, Operations Manager Mark O’Dell.

Hever Castle Triathlon

Chris Dunning took part in his 4th triathlon this year to raise money for Alzheimer’s, he won a medal for his great effort and timing. He also says ‘ there were a lot of hills but I managed to meet my personal target – what a great day”

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Barcelona Triathlon 

On the 8th October, Chris’s last triathlon for the year was held in beautiful Spain, that’s what we call a #sprintchallenge. This event is one of the most attended and most popular triathlons in the world; attracting up to 6k athletes around the world. Heres a nice photograph of Chris Dunning, he came 8th in his age group finishing at 1 hour and 23 minutes. ”Happy with that, gorgeous day and end to my six tri challenge”.

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Well done and good luck Chris!

For more information on Chris’ achievements or to donate towards the Alzheimer’s Society, visit his Just Giving Page here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/rowlydunning

 
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