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Website Hosting: Foundations for Success

The costs of owning a website are complex, and a lot of people are surprised by the number of hidden costs. Let’s break it down: 1) Hosting: this can be either a monthly or annual fee.  2) Regular maintenance, security and updates: A service provided by your IT partner to help stop your site failing,

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Cyber Security – What you need to do!

What should I be doing to secure my business?  One of the first things about Security is realizing that security is much more than stopping people “hacking in”.  It is fundamental to any business to have a business continuity plan (BCP). If you plan for a power outage what happens? Your IT systems will be

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Protecting your IT Hardware from weather events:

Given the recent spate of storm events, and the weather experts saying we’re going to get more in the future, now is the time to check your IT equipment is protected from weather events.  New research from NIWA (National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research) has shown that extreme events have occurred four to five times more

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Cyber Insurance – Do you need it?

Cyber Security is a very real issue for businesses in New Zealand these days. Here we look at Cyber Insurance, what it is, what the laws are, and why you need it. Why do you need Cyber Insurance? Cyber attacks on businesses in New Zealand are increasing in both sophistication and frequency. High profile companies

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Budgeting for IT hardware and leasing options

Nothing is more true than the fact that IT moves quickly these days!  Part of keeping up with IT, and the rapid changes is making sure that your business has the right equipment to do the task.  In this article we will be providing a few ideas for how to make a plan/budget for new

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Protecting your business when employees leave in difficult circumstances

So it didn’t work with your newest employee, in fact it didn’t work out would be an understatement…they left under quite a cloud!  A recent Symantec study states that “half of the employees who left or lost their jobs in the last 12 months kept confidential corporate data and 40 percent plan to use it

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Passwords made simple. What is 2FA and MFA?

Passwords made simple! Let’s be honest. Remembering passwords on top of the million other things to do in any given day is a lot.  Are your team’s passwords fairly similar across multiple online accounts? It’s okay, you are not the only business. Most people reuse their passwords over many different applications, and have one or

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How a Managed Service Provider can help your business

How a Managed Service provider can help your business In IT we love to use fancy jargon, and Managed Service provider or MSP is no exception. In this article we will break down what an MSP is, how it can help your business, and use some real-life examples of businesses, like you, who have made

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Windows 11 – What you need to know

A number of our clients have been asking us about Microsoft 11. “Should I upgrade?” “Should I wait?”. It’s new and everyone wants the latest and greatest right. In this case, however, it may be best to WAIT With most upgrades, updates are something to install as a matter of course. The manufacturer, after all,

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Communication is key!

How Microsoft 365 Exchange has revolutionized and simplified communications for a Kapiti Kitchen company. Meet Orchard Joinery Meet Orchard Joinery. A family-owned business from the Kapiti Coast, that has crafted bespoke kitchens, bathrooms, windows, doors, stairs and furniture for over 20 years! Whilst they really know their stuff, they were struggling with their customer communications,

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Microsoft 365, the Key to Communication

We have seen an explosion in the ways we communicate, and, in the ways, we use these forms of communication. The last few years have seen people that would have rather picked up their land line now reaching for their laptop or tablet to make a video call. Our original and oldest form of distant

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Routers: Speed and Security

More then just that flashing box, lighting up like a disco in the corner of the room, routers play a particularly important role in keeping your business safe, and your data secure, as well as creating efficient, and safe remote working conditions. Here we look at the role of the router, and what you can

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Empowering your business using teams

Watch our recent webinar here and find out how Northland Kindergarten Association used teams to manage their remote working conditions during a tricky time, and how it may also be able to help your business.   Click here to watch the webinar If you have any problems downloading this webinar please reach out to us.

Why is a Password Management system important for businesses?

With the increased need for security, and rising Cyber Security threats, it is imperative that all businesses have a strong password management system. 80% of data breaches are caused by weak, reused or stolen passwords A password management system is able to store encrypted passwords online making digital security accessible and simple for businesses to manage the

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Microsoft Planner

What is Microsoft Planner and how can it help your business? Many businesses in Wanaka use Microsoft Planner. Planner is a tool within the Office 365 suite. Planner is an easy way to organize teamwork with intuitive, collaborative, and visual task management. Planner is simple, easy to use for new users, and included in the

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Avoiding document disaster webinar

This is part one of our four part series in the “Empower Series” of webinars. Here Quality Foods share how they streamlined their systems. You can watch the webinar here Meet Quality Food Southland Meet Quality Food Southland or QFS for short. What started as a humble bakery and Café in the 1900’s by Annie

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The POWER Trifecta Solution for Document Automation

Avoid document disaster The environment in which we operate has significantly changed. Businesses in New Zealand have been driven to embrace remote working. Every good business is constantly on the hunt for new ways to improve their efficiency, keep their costs down, and increase productivity and profit and decrease risk. What if we told you that

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How Northland Kindergarten Association used teams to solve their issues: 

Meet Northland Kindergarten Association: The Northland Kindergarten Association or NKA, has 25 kindergartens between Kaitaia in the Far North, to Ruawai in the heart of Kaipara. NKA were concerned about their IT setup, so they approached an IT Alliance member with the below key issues: They were running out of space on their server. Their

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More Funding Available from Regional Business Partners Network

The Regional Business Partners Network has more funding available for tourism related businesses in the Queenstown Lakes district. If you are a tourism business or supply a tourism business you could be eligible for upto $5000 funding for advice and support plus another $5000 for implementation of that business advice. Have you heard about the

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Microsoft 365 – More than Just Email

A cheat sheet to help you make the most of your subscription Written by: Peter Marshall, Voicecom Technologies If you have Microsoft 365 for business, we want to make sure you’re making the most of it. You’re already paying for the subscription so why not take advantage of a whole suite of integrated applications that

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The Cybersecurity Threat Landscape

Protecting your business with ESET Security Written by: Andrew Fergus, IT Alliance Now, more than ever, it is important to secure your data. Cybersecurity threats to your organisation, your staff and your clients are becoming a regular occurrence here in Otago. As these cybersecurity threats become more significant, it’s really important to understand what they

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Reactive vs proactive IT management

How a proactive approach can save you money and mitigate riskWritten by: Phil Strang – Technology Partners Do you find yourself so caught up in other areas of your business that you tend to only manage your IT when things go wrong or it becomes an absolute must? This is called reactive IT Management. With

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Navigating the Dangers of VoIP

Security issues you need to be aware of before considering VoIPBy Jim Carroll Times used to be simpler when phone lines were just that, but today there are more and more companies moving to the more complicated VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) system for their phone lines. This is in part due to advances in

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Local Technology, Nationwide

Big-business quality IT for SME’sBy Delia Gill The IT Alliance are a group of nationwide partners that banded together to offer businesses high-quality, flexible support with a local touch. They are small enough to feel part of your team but backed by a bigger organisation and network of support. It doesn’t matter if you’re located

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Managing Your Staff Remotely

July 2020 How to Make the Most Out of Working From Home!Written by: Delia Gill Due to recent world events, most people have now had the opportunity to try out working remotely in one way or another, especially those who work from Central Otago. It’s also been an opportunity to test out our IT systems

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Microsoft Teams: More than just video conferencing

There are plenty of options available for video conferencing at the moment, which has been extremely useful with many people working from home in the current environment. Skype, Zoom and Microsoft Teams are some of the big names available – but did you know that Teams can also do much more than just video conferencing?

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Strengthen your password policy

The simple why and how of passwords for Kiwi SMEs. Small to medium size kiwi businesses are increasingly being targeted by unscrupulous hackers, and cyber-criminals which often leads to loss of confidential data, intellectual property and can result in considerable business disruption. Poor password security is one of the key methods these cyber-criminals use to

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The SharePoint Shakedown

Let’s Pivot to remote work! But wait… how? The environment in which we operate has significantly changed over the last few months. Businesses have been driven to embrace remote working. There has been no better time to question the efficiency of your workflows and systems. A business simply needs to have online functionality and the ability

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Be Warned about Backups!

Why back up your Microsoft 365 data It’s fair to say that within the Central Otago business community, COVID-19 has really pushed our business into the cloud. Whilst Microsoft provides powerful services within Microsoft 365, it is important to note that comprehensive backup of your Microsoft 365 data is not one of them. Of over

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$250 cashback on selected HP PCs

We are pleased to announce HP’s latest End-User Cashback available from 1st May – 31st July 2020. Buy any of the following computers and then claim your Cashback from HP. To read the full terms and conditions please visit hp.co.nz/cashback Call Us Now for pricing and availability 03 443 5499 How to redeem your cashback

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How to Secure Your Business For Remote Work – Multi-Factor Authentication

COVID-19 has created an abrupt shift to remote work, putting pressure on the IT infrastructure of many businesses. Although technology has allowed organisations to adapt quickly, usually this shift would require in-depth planning and risk analysis. The quick change to a virtual environment means potential weaknesses have encouraged cyber-criminals to see this as an opportunity to be out

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Free Contact Tracking Form

Free Contact Tracking Form Updated Friday 8th May This Contact Tracking form is made possible by the power of Microsoft Forms which is part of Microsoft 365 (formerly Office 365). You can do similar things with Google forms. Call us on 03 443 5499, or contact us here, if you want to know what else

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What Is Contact Tracing? And What It Means For Your Business.

Preparing Your Business For Contact Levels two and three are on their way and it is time to prepare for what that might look like for your business. It can feel a little overwhelming, so let’s break down some of the key areas that might help your business to manage all the changes. We will

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Video Conference Hook-Up – Special Offer

Fixed Price Setup If you, a friend or family member is having trouble getting on the latest video conference app, IT Centre are here to help. Whether it is Skype, Zoom, Teams, FaceBook Messenger or another system, everyone wants to be able to reach out to others in this challenging time. For a fixed fee

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Limited 100% government funding for COVID-19 support from our I.T. Specialists

The government has released some limited funding to assist businesses with advice on their I.T. systems through qualified service providers.   Businesses may be eligible for up to $5000 in government funding for Covid-19 support.  (To be eligible you must be a GST registered business and have less than 50 staff).  These services can be delivered remotely

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IT Centre are still open to support local business and the community.

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

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End of Support for Windows 7

What Does This Mean? Windows 7 was launched on 22nd July 2009, that makes it well over 10 years old which, as we all know, in I.T. terms makes it pretty long in the tooth. During that time Microsoft have released updates, security patches and bug fixes every month. We won’t get into the rights

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We’ve Moved House!

To IT House The team at IT Centre are very happy to announce that as of Monday 14th October we can be found in our brand new offices in IT House on the corner of Umbers St. and Sir Tim Wallis Dr. in Three Parks.Call in to have a look around and talk to us

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“Are you prepared?” Mitigating Technology Risk

Are you prepared? 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

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FREE – IT Disaster Recovery Audit

FREE – IT Disaster Recovery Audit 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

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Client Showcase – Southern Hemisphere Proving Grounds

When global car brands head south to test their latest models in sub-zero temperatures, Southern Hemisphere Proving Ground knows it can rely on its network to stay in control and up to speed – no matter what the cars are doing. Skiers and snowboarders aren’t the only international guests to flock to Wanaka in winter.

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Wanaka’s IT Specialists Positioned for Growth

IT Centre, the new identity of Wanaka Computers, officially launches today, heralding a new era of growth for the home-grown company. 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

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