Migrating your corporate email to the cloud is one of the most practical and economical moves your organisation can make. Have a look below to see just why email migration to the cloud can increase productivity and land you big savings.
The cloud paints a clear picture of how much you’ll spend on services. You already know that corporate email systems (such as Notes and Exchange, among others) are expensive. These programs not only require dedicated hardware and software infrastructures for both desktop and client versions, but they also need to be run and maintained by a highly skilled internal IT team. Making things even more complicated, corporate email systems can often end up a murky area on the company budget: the cost of service varies depending on size, users, maintenance, and required updates. That means that budgeting for annual corporate email costs is guesswork, at best. When you switch to cloud based email, your expenses are as clear-cut as possible. Because cloud based email is just like a heating or gas bill – that is, you pay only for what you use – your organisation will have a much clearer idea of what your email expenses will be.
Better use of your systems means better use of your staff. Migrating your organisation’s email to a web based service is one of the best things you can do to increase the productivity of the talented people who work for you. Think about it: do you really want your IT geniuses spending a majority of their time patching, updating, and troubleshooting a rickety email service? Or do you want to put them to better use? The cloud is famously low-maintenance, which will free up your IT staff to work on more important projects that can benefit your company. And believe it or not, having an IT team that uses its skills for hands-on projects (rather than simply upgrading and patching outdated email systems all day) will increase the overall morale of your technical workers.
Migrating your email means increased capacity and streamlined systems. When you migrate your email to the cloud, you’re instantly freeing up CPU and gaining extra storage. But that’s not all. Cloud based email also streamlines your company’s communication and workflow, ensuring both consistency and accuracy; this is especially useful for organisations looking to implement a SaaS solution.
These are just a few of the financial and practical benefits of migrating your email to a system that better suits your business needs.
There is really just one type of businesses that, no matter the benefits, cannot migrate their email to the cloud: industries that are highly regulated and would face compliance and security issues through email migration. This is especially the case in the legal and financial industries. For the rest of businesses, however, email migration can be the best decision you can make.
When you have determined that your organisation can make the jump to the cloud, call LAN2LAN. At LAN2LAN, we’re experts in collaborative email migrations. We’re both a Microsoft Managed Partner and IBM Premier Partner, and we have extensive experience migrating IBM Domino to Microsoft, from Microsoft to IBM, and from on-site to cloud. Most importantly, we know the technical pitfalls of email migration, and we know how to avoid them. When you work with us, we’ll be your trusted partner in making sure that your corporate email migration runs smoothly. For more information about Email Platform Migration, contact us today on 0870 787 4001 or email email@example.com
Editor October 29th, 2013 16:00:00
The BYOD trend—that is, Bring Your Own Device—in which companies allow employees to work from their personal devices, has become one of the most popular wireless network solutions among organisations. In fact, the BYOD evolution is gaining such momentum that a recent Gartner study predicted that by 2017, almost half of all organisations will require their employees to use their own wireless devices for work; that includes everything from tablets, laptops, and even mobile phones.
So, what does the BYOD development mean for your organisation? We’ve compiled some of the most common questions, concerns, and solutions. Have a look below.
Why is the BYOD good for my business? Employees who want to use their personal devices at work are seeking more than working with a product that they already familiar with. The real magic behind the BYOD trend is that employees are actually volunteering to blend their personal and professional lives by offering up their own devices. The result is, according to Dell, up to 240 hours of increased productivity per worker. The option of using personal devices also leads to an increase in employee morale—and happy employees are productive employees. Further, when employees supply their own devices, the hardware cost for your organisation is dramatically reduced.
What are the primary concerns with the BYOD trend? While BYOD is the optimal solution for organisations looking to raise employee morale and increase productivity, there are some valid security concerns. Here are some important questions to contemplate before jumping on board with the BYOD movement.
What kind of BYOD strategy does my organisation need? The answer to this question depends entirely upon the needs of you organisation and the number of employees you have. However, there are a variety of wireless network solutions available that can offer you personalised BYOD strategies. A good strategy will take into account privacy, security, and management. Here is just sample of what a basic BYOD strategy should include.
At LAN2LAN, we’re experts in wireless network solutions, and we can help you make a smooth transition to BYOD for your business. We will even help you manage your users after your organisation makes the switch.
When you work with us, you’re getting more than a trusted team of professionals: you’re getting long-term partners who help you with accessibility, management, and security. Call us today to find out more about what we can do for you and your business on 0870 787 4001 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Editor October 25th, 2013 16:00:00
If you’re having doubts about making the jump to a new email platform, have a look at our list of the top reasons why your company should consider migration. You might just be surprised.
Cost. Taking cost into account is nothing new, but there are some important financial realities to bear in mind when it comes to data and email migration. Namely, premium corporate email platforms – especially Notes and Exchange – are expensive to run. Not only do they require dedicated hardware and software infrastructures for both server and client versions, but they also need an internal IT team to manage and support them. Therefore, you’ll need to do some calculations to find out if email migration will save your company money in the long term. (Chances are, with cloud-based solutions it will). LAN2LAN’s email migration modeling tool can show you the exact amount you’ll save.
User Perception. Everyday technology expands at a faster rate than ever, and users’ expectations have grown right along with it. What does that mean for email? It means that users are used to web-based mail, they want browser apps in the office, and they want a seamless experience across multiple devices. Older versions of Outlook and Notes often feel out of date, often causing frustration and leaving users with a negative impression of the corporate email system. When employees struggle with technology that isn’t user-friendly, productivity and morale are affected.
Speed. Legacy email programs are drastically slower than current versions. This problem only gets worse with time: expect email slowdowns, as the inbox gets fuller. Migrating to another program – especially to web-based email platforms – means faster service. And there’s no need to delete messages simply to avoid slowdowns. The user benefit is the same quick and consistent experience across different devices and multiple locations.
Maintenance. The dream of any senior IT professional is to work with software that’s easy to maintain. That means patches, fixes, upgrades, updates, and add-ons are kept to a minimum simply because they’re not necessary. Users, on the other hand, want email programs that perform consistently. Older email providers require constant maintenance, especially time-consuming updates that can change the look and feel of the program for users. Migrating to a newer platform will drastically reduce maintenance, and will provide users with a current, up-to-date experience.
Security. Many of the traditional email providers are prone to viruses, especially when the software is closely intertwined with the operating system. That means that viruses can spread at a frighteningly rapid pace. Older programs still take security seriously, and they work hard to provide it: Microsoft, for example, provides numerous updates and add-ons to patch security breaches. However, the ever present risk of vulnerabilities and the constant updates (which in themselves are an aggravation) only lead to more problems with security. Cloud services such as Microsoft Office 365 have security inbuilt within your subscription, removing the need to purchase security software. This saves cost and frees up internal IT resources to support business grow opportunities.
While there are several reasons to migrate your company’s email to a system that better suits your business needs, it’s important to remember that email migration is a complex and sometimes risky endeavour. Before undertaking such a project, it’s important to know that you’re working with a trusted team of professionals.
At LAN2LAN, we’re experts in collaborative email migrations. We’re both a Microsoft Managed Partner and IBM Premier Partner, and we have extensive experience migrating IBM Domino to Microsoft, from Microsoft to IBM, and from on-site to cloud. Most importantly, we know the technical pitfalls of email migration, and we know how to avoid them. When you work with us, we’ll be your trusted partner in making sure that your corporate email migration runs smoothly. For more information about Email Platform Migration, contact us today on 0870 787 4001 or email email@example.com
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Editor September 25th, 2013 17:02:47
LAN2LAN advocates open approach to social media as CIOs embrace application visibility and control
LAN2LAN has responded to the rising demand from customers for a more sophisticated approach to protecting corporate networks
New transparent approach will help CIOs create best practice framework that maximises customer engagement and minimises security risk
Surrey–based specialist systems integrator LAN2LAN is encouraging CIOs to take a new, open–minded approach to the security challenges associated with the rise of social networking in today’s corporate environment. More organisations than ever before are using social networking media such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter™ to increase customer engagement, change perception and ultimately improve customer satisfaction. However, this can expose organisations to the threats of security across their corporate network. LAN2LAN has responded to the rising demand from customers for a more sophisticated approach to protecting corporate networks by extending its capabilities, investing in key technology and expanding the size of its dedicated security team.
LAN2LAN recommends a blended approach to security that embraces the wealth of sophisticated technology available today with a set of sensible and flexible processes that clearly define how employees should access and use social media in the work environment backed up with genuine visibility and control down to the user level. By implementing social media best practice, the IT department can be pivotal to facilitating effective communications with customers whilst maintaining compliance with industry standards such as Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI–DSS) or the Information Security Management System standard ISO27001. Danny Williams, one of LAN2LAN’s Security Specialists, commented: “Social media networking sites represent a billion plus members, a huge community for companies to interact with. People are using social media channels to praise or air their grievances about the products and services they receive especially in a business to consumer environment. Banning social networking outright in the work environment effectively isolates companies from what the marketplace is saying about them and denies them a right to reply where they can protect and defend their brand.”
IT departments can now adopt a smarter approach to the growing presence of social media in the workplace. There are several simple but effective measures LAN2LAN can help companies take to better control the new social media business environment, for example, permitting staff to update their profiles on professional networking sites whilst restricting the use of certain applications such as chat and gaming. In addition, nominated personnel should be allowed to post information about the company to social media networking sites and respond to negative comments posted on the company’s products or services. These activities would form the basis of a best–practice policy that supports existing corporate HR and risk management procedures which is then communicated widely across the organisation in the usual way.
LAN2LAN security experts achieve this by working closely with selected partners in the security space such as Fortinet, Palo Alto, Tectia and HP Tippingpoint. These trusted vendors have all undergone LAN2LAN’s strict technical evaluation and commercial due diligence process to design and implement solutions that match customers’ specific business requirements.
LAN2LAN has provided security solutions for many high–profile organisations including London City Airport, Exeter City Council, Mouchel, Experian QAS and Reed Managed Services.
Danny Williams concluded: “LAN2LAN has seen a major step change in the security landscape. Organisations have so many more aspects for which they need to provide a robust, complete security defence system, from the perimeter to the mobile end–point, from wireless to outsourced cloud–based services. Our depth of security, infrastructure, collaboration and mobility knowledge, combined with a proven track record in developing policies designed to protect company intellectual property, provide a unique and powerful offering in today’s brave new social media world.”
Danny Williams September 22nd, 2011 15:31:58
LAN2LAN Assist – Hardware Maintenance Support Services
LAN2LAN 'Assist' is the Hardware Maintenance & Support service division of LAN2LAN. Our 'Assist' program provides a complete hardware/software support solution for our customers. The LAN2LAN Assist service offering can provide 24/7 maintenance & support on a wide range of hardware systems across the UK, Ireland and mainland Europe.
As a professional IT support services provider, LAN2LAN Assist understands the importance of Customer requirements. Equipped with a strong technical and support team, we are able to offer a competitive pricing model, a highly qualified technical team and an unrivalled level of service.
LAN2LAN Assist provides support across a wide range of vertical markets from finance, legal, construction, retail, government and leisure.
Supporting industry-leading vendors including HP, Cisco, 3Com, Nortel, Juniper, IBM, and Extreme Networks means LAN2LAN Assist is vendor independent.
Steve Lapthorn June 14th, 2011 15:23:14
LAN2LAN: three Golds from HP
LAN2LAN is a specialist systems integration, support and management organisation. We have been delivering clever networks, with no limits, since the foundation of the company in 1994.
LAN2LAN offers experience, expertise and excellence in Infrastructure, Security, Collaboration and Mobility solutions. We have long-standing certified partner agreements with many industry-leading vendors, so we continually receive up-to-date information on the most recent developments in IT.
This year LAN2LAN is proud to announce that our specialist teams have attained three HP 2011 Gold accreditations in the HP Networking technology area:
2011 Gold Unified Networking Specialist and Professional
As a HP Unified Networking Specialist (formerly known as ProCurve Networking Specialist), it confirms that LAN2LAN has the HP certified technical capabilities to provide comprehensive design, deployment and management services that span the networking lifecycle.
LAN2LAN provides the expertise to design, pre-stage, install, implement, manage and support complex unified wired and wireless networking infrastructure solutions for medium and large customers.
2011 Gold Networking Security Specialist
Recently HP acquired all 3Com and TippingPoint security products and integrated them into the HP Networking portfolio, our newly acquired certification validates that LAN2LAN has the highest expertise to deliver complex networking security solutions.
LAN2LAN has experience and expertise to assist mid-sized companies to large enterprise organisations with their corporate networks in the following areas;
Steve Lapthorn April 14th, 2011 15:20:19
LAN2LAN selected 4D Data Centres Limited as their hosting partner to offer co–location products and services to new and existing customers. LAN2LAN also host our own DR infrastructure and web servers in racks at 4D Data Centres.
4D Data Centres offer physical space for IT equipment such as server, storage and devices – providing power, cooling and connectivity in a secure and well maintained environment.
Many organisations use this Surrey–based data centre facility as it provides secure, fast, and resilient dark fibre internet connectivity with automatic failover.
The on–site Network Operation Centre (NOC) monitors the data centre network 24 x 7, 365 days a year with 1st and 2nd line support, and an online portal is available for account management, power control, reporting, billing and help desk communication.
For some businesses, locating their servers into a data centre may not be necessary; however you may want to ask the following questions:
Steve Lapthorn January 31st, 2011 15:08:03
Winter has hit the south of England now. With Gatwick closed and our road/rail networks struggling to keep clear, travelling to and from work or to a clients site has become difficult . In the past, with this level of disruption, it would be really difficult to run a business.
This is now not the case. With IBM/Lotus Notes remote replication all our staff that cannot make the office can keep working. IBM Lotus Sametime keeps us all connected be it in the office or working remotely. IBM Lotus Quickr enables us to share information . Hitachi IT Operations Analyzer means I can verify all of our services are running correctly. A SSL VPN and a Cisco soft phone means I can work remotely and take calls from the office.
Blackberry hand-held's help connect our employee's and provide them with real-time information. Guardian 24 lone worker security helps us stay safe via our Blackberry's when working at remote locations or even stuck in the snow.
So whatever the weather conditions outside, we can keep working, just as well as if we were in the office.
Please stay safe this winter.
Andy Dennis December 2nd, 2010 14:20:19
One of out clients as experienced an issue with installing Lotus Traveler onto their chairman's iPad today. After clicking on generate an error is being displayed with a message as Open in USB Disk and the Mail profile will not be installed.
The error turns out to be a 3rd Party application call USB Disk. If you de-install USB Disk from the device, install Traveler then installation will complete without any errors. You can then re-install USB Disk.
It looks like that USB Disk hooks into Safari to intercept content and that stops you being able to install your Traveler profile.
Thanks to Rich and Alan for their patience in troubleshooting!
Andy Dennis September 10th, 2010 15:47:54
This seems to cause an error when you try to view an XPage that relates to "XSP not defined". I don't know what the cause of the issue is, only that it seems to be introduced when you apply FP4.
One of my customers got this error on one server but not another. Upgrading the server to 8.5.2 resolved the issue.
Not sure if it is recognised officially yet but there are more postings appearing about it so beware.
Melissa Snell August 27th, 2010 15:22:06