Hopefully you are all staying healthy over this period. Please let us know if there is anything we can help with personally or professionally, we understand there is a lot of pressure on everyone, if there is anything we can do to reduce stress you are feeling just reach out.
With the unprecedented events we are currently experiencing everything has slowed down and turned on its head, working remotely has quickly gone from a new concept to a reality.
Isolation does not mean you have to be cut off from friends, family or work colleagues. IT Centre has plenty of solutions allowing you to communicate with others, share documents and run sections of your business from home.
Services we provide:
If you are having issues relating to video calling with friends and family we can help to get you up and running. Staying connected over this period will be vital.
Please don’t hesitate to give us a call on 03 443 5499, even if you just want to run something by us.
We can support you with most technology issues using our remote tools, connect into your devices or talking you through the process, along with phone, email, text or video call support.
Many of you may have felt the moderate 5.5 magnitude earthquake centred close to the Queenstown Lakes district over the weekend.
If you were anything like me, the next 10-20 minutes was spent thinking “am I prepared?”
These gentle reminders from mother nature trigger us to think about disaster recovery plans at home, but have you thought about technology disaster recovery and continuity plans for your business? What could you stand to lose?
At IT Centre we are here to help, we have strategies to minimise the risk should anything go wrong. Having a backup, stored in a different physical location, is a fundamental step to disaster recovery that can help you restore lost files. In doing so, if your computer was destroyed, your files and important documents would still be available. From such ‘uh-oh’ moments like accidentally deleting your family photos to larger scale disasters, back-ups can help prevent a lot of heartache and stress. You will also want to be assured that any backup plan will work, that the data is verified, and you know how you will access it.
IT Centre has many options that can help a business prepare for the worst-case scenario. We can advise on how to reduce your risk of data loss and how you can get back up and running as soon as possible.
With all things IT, the risks you are dealing with are not just local threats. Disaster recovery can cover natural disasters, cyber-attack, hardware failure, malicious software, sabotage, the list goes on. As we are so reliant on technology in our businesses and personal lives, mitigating the risk is the first step in being prepared.
Preparing for cyber-attacks can be as small as running up to date anti-virus and anti-malware applications. If anyone call’s requesting access to your computer, this is a good reason to be suspicious. Recently there has been an increased number of social engineering attacks, where people call under the guise of Spark/Vodafone or your bank (ASB/ANZ/BNZ) and talk you through some common trouble shooting steps to have you drop your guard and start providing access to personal files. Just remember that any suppliers of a service will not ask you for your password and should not require access to your computer. If you have any questions about these types of social engineering attacks, feel free to call IT Centre.
Disaster recovery and continuity planning – do you have policies and procedures in place to minimise down time for your business? How long can you cope with your IT being offline? IT Centre can help you identify steps that will ensure your technology is back online as soon as possible.
Having a backup is great but you will need to consider how you will access and use it in the event of any disaster. It’s going to be different for everyone, but we can help you come up with a solution that fits your requirements.
You may wish to consider spare computers, local backup copies (in case there is no internet access), and alternate locations for work. Think about the value of the data to your business and how much it would cost to recreate it. You should also think about the implications to your business if you are unable to access your IT systems. These factors can help you decide how much time and money to put into Disaster Recovery.
Only you can prepare your family for a disaster as you know your needs better than anyone. Technology plays a part of personal preparedness. Ensure that your local computer is backed up and that your family photos and important documents are saved somewhere safe. Again, we have various options to sort this out for you.
We offer a cost effective Managed Online Backup solution.
Click here to contact us and make a time to discuss this with us, or call us on 03-443-5499.
The Otago CDEM (Civil Defence Emergency Management) have put together useful resources specific to the Otago region, follow the links below for more information
If you need to pack a grab-and-go bag, here’s a handy list on what to include
Civil Defence New Zealand has put together a handy resource website to make sure you and your family are prepared for a natural disaster.
Don’t forget that pets will factor into whatever your personal preparedness plans will require. Make sure you are prepared to look after your furry friends in an emergency.
One of the most significant, and yet common gaps in New Zealand organisations is the management of IT disaster recovery.
If a catastrophic event, such as a natural disaster (earthquake etc.), office fire, or even a more minor event such as file deletion or corruption, were to happen would your business be able to recover and continue operating? Or like many other companies that are badly unprepared, could such an event see you lose everything you have worked so hard to build?
An IT Disaster Recovery Plan can be a relatively simple, fast and inexpensive safeguard to implement, which means there is no excuse not to have one in place for your organisation.
Call or email IT Centre today to book a time for your FREE Disaster Recovery Audit
Skiers and snowboarders aren’t the only international guests to flock to Wanaka in winter. Between June and September each year, Southern Hemisphere Proving Ground (SHPG) hosts global car
manufacturers who come to trial their newest models in the icy conditions.
SHPG has 16 testing workshops scattered throughout its site, in the alpine landscape between Queenstown and Wanaka. Not only is it a seasonal operation (the testing workshops run only during winter) but the competing car brands need to be certain their new features, as well as test data, are completely secure and confidential.
“Our season is busy and demanding. When we open the testing sites we’ve got to know our network and system are rock-solid and ready to go.
“Our clients from the research and development side of the automotive industry are cutting edge – we need to make sure we’ve got support in place to match their expectations.”
Southern Hemisphere Proving Ground.
For more than eight years, IT Centre has been looking after SHPG’s IT needs. This involves trekking up to the ice every year to get the 16 test workshops networked and operational. It’s no run-of-the mill job. Each of the 16 workshops has to be completely secret, yet networked to the central system.
• Network design, implementation and support
• Computer systems set-up, implementation and support
• Cloud-based services including online back-up and file sharing
• Microsoft Office 365 hosted email
• On-going monitoring and maintenance
• Priority response service
Through provider Spark, SHPG has a 100MB fibre link and guaranteed connectivity for international traffic. IT Centre worked locally to ensure all technical requirements were met when this was installed. Any new upgrades or software are introduced seamlessly. For example, IT Centre successfully integrated a weather station function that gives crucial real-time updates on weather conditions to all workshops – along with a user-friendly web-based interface. More recently, SHPG moved from standard email to Microsoft Office 365 hosted email – a cloud-based solution that gives greater flexibility and security. And over the 2016 winter, IT Centre is helping manage the implementation of a new management system.
As with any IT system it’s important to be prepared for contingencies – and SHPG uses the priority response service from IT Centre to make sure issues can be resolved promptly.
According to IT Centre’s Rob Facer, SHPG is one of their more ‘fun clients’, and has needed some creative solutions at times. But fundamentally, the need for security, flexibility and reliability is a constant across any business.
“We’ve had a long-standing relationship with IT Centre – they understand our business and how we operate. They’re on hand to sort out any issues that come up, and can deliver a creative solution when needed. It enables us to give our international clients the service they require.”
Southern Hemisphere Proving Ground.
But while it’s losing the town’s name from its brand, IT Centre Managing Director Rob Facer is clear about crediting Wanaka’s go-getting spirit for the company’s growth.
“Wanaka is incredibly entrepreneurial and outward-facing for a town of its size,” he says. “As Wanaka has grown and expanded, so have we – so the time has come for a name and brand that better reflects the broad scope of what we do.”
Rob set up Wanaka Computers 14 years ago with wife Linda Montgomery. Back then it was just the two of them, and a few dozen clients. They’ve seen a period of immense growth: the company now has six staff, and last year had 600 active clients.
“Although we’re proudly Wanaka-based, our clients cover the whole of the lower South Island – even as far afield as Auckland,” says Rob. “We felt IT Centre better sums up who we are, and also conveys the idea that IT is central to business because it’s about how we all connect and communicate.”
The company is also planning a move to the Three Parks commercial development next year, ensuring it’s well positioned for future expansion.
According to Rob, the sophistication and diversity of Wanaka’s IT requirements are a world away from where they were 14 years ago. Back then the majority of his business clients were in tourism. Today IT Centre’s clientele cover diverse sectors from management consultancy to helicopter maintenance – with many connecting to global customers, suppliers and partners.
“I don’t believe there’s another town in New Zealand that could give technology experts like us such a fascinating and growing mix of clients, coupled with the lifestyle we have here in Wanaka,” he says.
“I think we’re possibly the luckiest tech geeks in New Zealand.”