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BP announces post-pandemic shift to home working?

This week, BP announced that 25,000 of its office-based staff will be expected to work from home two days a week. Of course, for some businesses this is nothing new. But for corporate giants like BP, it demonstrates the huge shift in attitude towards remote working.

It will be interesting to see over the coming months, how many businesses – from the giants to the SMEs – make this move in their post-pandemic approach to their working patterns.

To anyone making the move, although it might seem like a complex task, moving your business over to the cloud doesn’t have to be daunting. And it can reduce your overall running costs, as well as keeping your data, devices and network secure – regardless of the multiple locations of you and your team.

https://lnkd.in/g9TWDsi

#cloud #azure #microsoft #workfromhome #wfh #remoteworking #BP #azured #technology #workforce

Free security assessment with our tech wizards!?

We know that businesses have had to really dig deep this year so to help, we’re offering free 30-minute security assessments throughout March. If you’re worrying about your business’ remote-working security, this might be the thing for you. The assessment will run over two sessions; an introduction and the assessment itself.

Book an intro call with one of our team so we can find out more about your business and its needs. 

We’ve also produced this short animation so you can find out more about our smorgasbord of security solutions Azured Protect.

Small steps to digital transformation?

For SMEs thinking about digital transformation, making small changes and taking small steps is a good strategy to take. This approach provides greater control and flexibility…and, well, feels a whole lot less overwhelming, too. As Chris Sims, Managing Director of Commercial and Marketing at BT, puts it “You can avoid developing things your customers don’t want and you’ll find it easier to respond to market changes as they arise“. Wise words, those.

https://business.bt.com/insights/the-future-is-now/ten-ways-to-drive-digital-transformation

#digitaltransformation #cloud #remoteworking #securenetworks #SME #BT

10 ways to digitally transform your business?

Digital transformation may sound a lot like hard work. And it can be. But it can also solve a whole host of problems for many years to come. The swift move to remote working has highlighted the true value of digital technologies…some businesses have flourished in the new world, but others haven’t fared so well.

Managing Director of Commercial and Marketing at @BT, Chris Sims, believes “there’s never been a better time to start the process of digital transformation”. And we quite agree.

Chris has put together a brilliant post on how to digitally transform your business which is a great starting point for anyone looking to begin their journey…

Think security. Think big.?

Security is a big thing for us. That’s one reason why we like partnering with Microsoft. They live it and love it as much as we do. Since 2010, the folk over in their Digital Crimes Unit have collaborated with law enforcement and other partners on 23 malware disruptions…with a staggering 500 million devices rescued out of the hands of cybercriminals.

We think that’s pretty impressive.

If you’re wondering if your security is fit for purpose, get in touch to arrange a free AzuredUK security assessment. We’ll even send you a list of things to consider beforehand so you get the most out of your session. Unfortunately, you’ll have to supply your own biscuits…

Partnership, collaboration and how to do it – by BT and VMware VeloCloud?

We’re only, ahem, 20 days into January but the two words that I’m seeing again and again are partnership and collaboration. In this short clip, Scott Cowling, Director of Network Services at BT, and Sanjay Uppal, of VMware and co-founder of VeloCloud, talk about their strong partnership and how it is key to the successful delivery of impactful solutions for their customers.

The full webinar about the benefits of cloud and the right SD-WAN strategy is here.

Global Skills initiative supports digital recovery?

The last 11 months have brought about drastic change and multiple challenges on a global scale. Nobody really knows what things will look like six months on from here. But one thing’s for sure, the world will never go back to how it was pre-Covid-19.

As a response to this, Global Skills was launched in June 2020 with Microsoft, LinkedIn and GitHub collaborating on an initiative to help 25 million people worldwide gain the digital skills needed in a Covid19 economy. In just seven months, the initiative has reached more than 13 million learners – from 231 countries and territories.

We think that’s worth shouting about!

Read the full article on the Microsoft blog.

Enter Cloud and SASE?

Technology has become increasingly democratic and accessible. Consumers are more savvy and are using tech differently. Services like Facebook and Gmail have shown the world that whether you’re at home, work or anywhere in-between – you can enjoy the same experience. And the more consumers know and understand, the more questions are being asked and expectations are being raised.

And the industry responded. Enter cloud and SASE.

Read Anthony’s full article.

It’s time to get SASE!?

Secure Access Service Edge (or SASE – pronounced “sassy”) is an emerging cybersecurity concept. Gartner predict that by 2024, 40% of companies will be looking to adopt SASE. So it’s going to be an exciting few years! For businesses looking to move their systems over to the cloud and improve their network security, it’s time to get SASE. Read Anthony’s full article.

I’ve been sharing an article from my colleague, Anthony, who describes it as “a collection of technologies and ideas (old and new) built upon a central assumption that users will be disparate, services will be cloud delivered and identity is king”.

Meet the team…?

All the best ideas come from a beer, a beach and a BBQ…Azured started out in sunny Melbourne, and we quickly became no.1 Microsoft Azure Partner in Australia. In 2019 we packed up our parasols and launched in the UK.

We’re a cloud network and security company, helping SMEs work safely from home. We combine market-leading SD-WAN technology from VMWare VeloCloud with next-gen firewall technology from Palo Alto.

Azure makes it possible. Azured makes it easy.