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The end of Windows 7 as we know it

The end of Windows 7 as we know it

Today marks Windows 7 EndOf Life. In short, this means Microsoft will no longer release security upgrades and patches for security vulnerabilities.

But as Microsoft ends support for the Windows 7 operating system, still 79% of businesses in 2019 had at least one Windows 7 device in their office.

This will be a huge security flaw on any network moving forwards as Microsoft will not release security patches for known flaws and Internet Security and Virus protection do not patch security holes, that is the job of the operating system provider.

By March 2020 at the latest, you need to have all systems in your organisation running a supported operating system.

If you would like an Aurora Tech Support engineer to come to site to produce a free audit not just covering Windows 7 systems but a full security assessment please book to the right.

“What should I look for in Business I.T. support companies?”

“What should I look for in Business I.T. support companies?”

As I.T. becomes more and more integral to the daily operation of our businesses it’s therefore becoming more and more important to ensure that the I.T. support in our companies is not only fit for purpose but changing as the years go by to keep pace with all the changes in the way the world uses technology to make decisions and spend money.

New ways of communicating with prospects and clients are popping up or improving all the time and the expectations of those we do business with are getting ever higher as technology allows more and more companies to compete. Companies who would previously be left for dust.

So when looking for an I.T. support company to support your business, it’s clients, it’s staff and it’s assets you don’t just need an I.T. company that can cover the technicalities of what you and your team are setting out to achieve but also an I.T. partner that understand where your business is going.

Aurora Tech Support work hard not just to monitor your network and iron out the creases, look for gaps in security and fix, make sure devices are running as efficiently as possible but we also look to see where your company might take you in the next 2 years and what your I.T. should do to assist that growth in your company’s operations.

We look to build relationships with our clients and be as involved in their day to day operations and success as anyone involved in your future. In fact, that’s where we believe we leave other I.T. companies for dust, we pride ourselves on our customer service, conscientious attitude, and communication.

If you’d like to have a chat with a member of staff about the I.T. in your business and how we can help you succeed please give us a call on

01937 586888

How to speed up Office computers

How to speed up Office computers

One thing we get asked a lot by clients is how to speed up the computers on the office network.

Unfortunatly there’s not one answer for this but I’m going to outline the most common reasons the computers in your business might be running slow.

RAM

In each of the computers in your business you’ll have a set amount of RAM and an amount your computer will support. Typical values for this are 4-8Gb currently and a maximum of 16Gb. A good target if your computer is running slow is to try and double what you currently have, the more the better but really your aim should be to try and ensure you’re not using all of it and you have some capacity left.

CPU

Another reason you might be suffering from slow business machines is the CPU (or processor) in your systems. Unfortunatly this cannot be upgraded the way RAM can above, and really needs to be a major consideration when purchasing PCs for the office in the first place. The best in our experiance is a Intel i3 at a minimum or an Intel i5 or i7 would be ideal.

HDD

A HDD or Hard Disk Drive is the part of your computer that stores all the data, so the letters, spreadsheets, email and Windows and all the applications installed on your system. But there’s a shift to what are called SSD or Solid State Drives. These are storage containers that have no moving parts (like the USB Storage you plug in to a computer) this is not only much quicker than traditional HDDs but more reliable and less prone to faults. Also we can clone your existing HDD to a SSD.

Apps

Over time or even at manufacture a lot of apps and software get installed on your office PCs, and a lot will start with Windows even though you’re not using them, some need to run when the systems start but many don’t. By configuring what needs to be running and what doesn’t you can make significant improvements to the PCs running in your business.


As mentioned at the top there can be hundreds of reasons a PC might be running slow but these are some of the most common, when we take care of a clients business I.T. systems we monitor and look out for these causes so they can be fixed.

If you’d liek to have a chat about Aurora Tech Support maintaining your office infrastructure ether as a part of an ongoing monthly agreeent or ad hoc please give us a call.

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How to make rapid efficiency gains in your organisation over the next 12 months

How to make rapid efficiency gains in your organisation over the next 12 months

The I.T. in your business can help you not only deliver amazing client experiences but really explode your companies growth.

A few of the things you should consider implementing in your organisation if you haven’t already and their benefits to you.

A maintenance agreement not only gives you an I.T. professional to call and ask for I.T. advice whenever you need it but the add-on services attached provide many more tangible benefits. By remotely monitoring and managing devices you can:-

– Reduce downtime
Real-time alerts and allows us your IT provider to remediate IT problems before your users come to you and tell you they can’t work.

– Enforce IT Compliance, reliability and system security
Protect your organization through fully managed patching, antivirus and backups.

– Reporting
Get frequent reports on where improvements can be made and efficiency gains be found.

If you want to speak with someone no obligation please use the below link to send us your details and we’d love to provide a free audit of your systems.

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What does your business need to go to the next step?

What does your business need to go to the next step?

Scaling a business is hard, and that’s the main reason 8 out of 10 businesses fail. Of course I make the assumption they are good technically at what they do.

Often the failure to scale a business means that companies can’t manage turbulent times or unforeseen periods of difficulty that sometimes aren’t even created by those in the business. As technology weaves it’s way further into the fabric of our businesses the need to use those I.T. systems to scale and grow becomes greater and greater.

I.T. and the technology available to you is your “get out of jail free” card, often solutions can be implemented at a fraction of the cost of a new employee, to achieve the necessary growth required to hire those new team members you require but don’t have the capital quite yet. For over 15 years we’ve worked with many Yorkshire companies to create efficiency in their offices, increase employee engagement and productivity.

We first sit down with you, understand your business it’s values and challenges and then we look at monitoring the performance of the systems in your company and look to make improvements not just in the systems performance but how the technology in your business is used.

From this we can each month make constant improvements and efficiency gains for your team. This then leads into a huge spike in productivity and employee engagement.

Then scaling your business is easy, as it’s done in a holistic and manageable way, we’re positive that only by building these relationships with you can businesses succeed and thrive. In fact for 15 years we’ve built scaled Aurora Tech Support in this way through our technology. If you’d like to have a chat with us about how we can help you to scale and create a business for your competitors to be jealous of please get in touch.

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Building for the future

Building for the future

The secret of any successful business is keeping all the plates spinning while innovating and building for the future.

Measuring what you do well and what gets results for your business. The data we hold in our organisations is fast becoming the key to unlocking growth and profitability. With proper analysis of this data we can find out what works and what doesn’t from our day to day activities. It tells us where our good clients are coming from and where our bad clients come from.

With this information we can build on our current successes and drive our businesses forward for the future. Every business is now an I.T. business because every business needs to use the internet, technology and data to succeed in the future.

Therefore it makes sense for every business to have an I.T. partner that not only keeps their systems operational but keeps their systems efficient and positions the technology in their business to drive results in the future.

The companies we work with receive more than just break / fix I.T. support, they get a business partner, a partner to look at how the company currently uses the I.T. in their day to day operations and look at how that I.T. can drive better results and increase profits.

And all this comes from first understanding your business, spending a bit of time getting to know you, your team and your goals and then secondly understanding your data, finding key indicators of growth, and potential future growth.

Once we have this overview of your business and how you want the future to look we can really start to together make big changes for the future and your results.

If you’d like to discuss how you can use your team and the I.T. in your company to build for the future lets have a chat.

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Does your business need innovative I.T. support, efficient systems, engaged inspired teams and happy customers?

Does your business need innovative I.T. support, efficient systems, engaged inspired teams and happy customers?

Does your business need innovative I.T. support, efficient systems, engaged inspired teams and happy customers?

I know no-one’s going to say no to this, but so many businesses suffer from poor I.T. systems and support for those systems, and don’t just spend a lot of money on support for those systems but cost their businesses more money from living with inefficient systems and un-engaged team members.

We save most clients money in both the short and long term, we don’t just provide I.T. support and solve issues when the go wrong, we look at the network and make recommendations on how systems can be improved. This results in growth for your company and engaged employees. Truly win win.

The I.T. in your business is your business, we transact through our devices and desk phones, without them your team can’t produce results for your clients. We understand this is the most important aspect of the systems in your company not just getting things working again if they fail.

With efficient systems and inspired teams you can create amazing experiences for your clients and send referrals through the roof.

This is where Aurora Tech Support excel, we’re fanatical about service, and we know the benefits everyone accrues when things are running smoothly.

If you’d like to have a chat please get in touch we can spend 15 minutes on the phone or come see your setup and give you a proposal for managing your systems.

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Business Growth and Development

Business Growth and Development

I was brought in to Aurora Tech Support predominately help existing clients build and develop their businesses through efficient technology, and bring in new clients too but my main role is to pass the Aurora philosophy of teamwork, leadership and communication through technology to our loyal customers.

I’ve worked with Aurora on and off now for years and have always worked well as we share many of the same principles. We believe in an honest and prompt service, that delivers for both you and your end clients who we haven’t even met, we believe that through this cost savings and better results happen. Removing inefficiency in business creates a snowball effect on everything around you and your business.

So you might now be wondering how we do this? The answer is simple, it’s not rocket science. It’s not reinventing the wheel. It’s implementing proven business practices that have existed since businesses were invented, we just do it better and and with a modern twist. We use technology to deliver fantastic results for clients and prospects and therefore your clients and prospects.

We use leadership techniques pioneered by Dale Carnegie and other leading business professionals. We’ll be delivering a few seminars on the subject later on this year but if you’d like to have a chat about anything in the meantime please give us a call on

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Using I.T. to drive your business growth

Using I.T. to drive your business growth

Hopefully you’ve got an amazing team at your company, for that team to really produce results for your business they need systems, amazing systems that wow your clients and prospects and allow amazing communication both in and outside the office.

Having a modern I.T. system to run your business is the difference between growth and stagnation. All forward thinking companies are embracing instant messaging, social media and their company website to generate enquiries, produce leads and deliver their services.

Your businesses I.T. should have a strategic model driving it, and you should be constantly discussing in company meetings your I.T. strategy. In fact if you don’t have your I.T. systems and embracing modern technologies on your company meetings agenda then you’re already falling behind the competition.

Aurora Tech Support can help with your I.T. strategy if you need to drive your business productivity forward, we don’t just try and prevent issues with your companies I.T. and fix things when they go wrong but we also look at business strategy for growth, communication and service.

We use proven leadership techniques to create business systems that you can drive through the technology in your company.

If you’d like to discuss please give us a call on

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Business I.T. Support Services & Managed Service Provider

Business I.T. Support Services & Managed Service Provider

Finding a reliable I.T. provider for your business can be a tall order, I’m sure this isn’t exclusive purely to I.T. providers but service among most industries have taken a dive.

However we know companies rely so much on their I.T. and need a supplier that delivers the best services around, and our focus is service first.

We’ve embraced instant messaging and our contract clients get a dedicated phone number to speak with a member of staff to get issues resolved quickly and efficiently.

Using a reliable outsourced I.T. service provider means that you can concentrate on the activities your company can bill for, and we’ll even help with that. We can have monthly or quarterly meetings to discuss strategy and how you can improve the general processes in your business to produce better results.

If you’d like to have a chat about anything technology or I.T. related please give us a call on.

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