Create Apps That Work For You

Downloadable applications (Apps) have changed the way businesses operate and many of us use apps every day for work and leisure. Now you can build your own apps to drive productivity across your organisation. The continued rise of the app has led to a shortage of skilled mobile developers and this situation will not change any time soon. However, … [Read more...]

Bring Your Teams Together

The Microsoft Office 365 Groups feature moves team communications on to a new level by putting everything related to a project in one place. From Outlook, teams of users can connect, schedule meetings, share common calendars and files and take notes. Six tips and tricks for using 365 Groups. 1. Bring your team together around a topic or … [Read more...]

Easy Office 365 eBook

This new eBook is possibly the only guide you will ever need to all the amazing things you can now achieve using Office 365. For a thorough overview of the latest apps and productivity solutions your organisation needs, to tips and short-cuts to help you every day, this single slim volume has the answers.There’s more to Office 356 than meets the … [Read more...]

Get a December Deal on Office 365

It’s time to make the productivity leap to Microsoft Office 365, and save on 2017 prices. Subscribe to Office 365 now and you will always have the latest version of all your favourite Office software across all your devices, with the option to tweak your staff’s access to the various products, so you only pay for what you really need. Sign-up … [Read more...]

Colour Coding Productivity

The human mind is a glorious jigsaw, and piecing together the puzzle is fascinating. Look around your work space. Are all the walls the same innocuous colour? We are now learning how our work spaces affect our productivity and colour contributes to our general state of wellbeing. It is also a useful tool in motivation and increasing … [Read more...]

Expanding Our Service Support Team

To ensure we continue to up our game and deliver best of class, managed IT support, we are expanding our service team with a further addition; Greg Hooper. Greg has recently joined Astec as one of the Help Desk Team and will embark on one the most comprehensive IT development courses available – Microsoft’s Technical Associate Scheme a 14-month … [Read more...]

Microsoft Announces UK Specific Data Centres

Stay Creative, Productive and Data Safe in the UK Operating your IT solution from a cloud infrastructure has just become more British. Microsoft Cloud now operates Azure and Office 365 from UK located data centres, allowing organisations with UK specific compliance and policy requirements to retain their data in the UK. With a cloud adoption … [Read more...]

Things that go Bump in the Night!

All Hallows’ Eve is the night of mysterious happening and historically is the ancient time of year for change. The fields are bare, the nights’ drawing in, with colder days and frosty mornings. It is still a misunderstood time of year, where consumerism has taken over from mysticism. As in other areas of life, misconceptions are rife and often … [Read more...]

BBC Detectors Are Back!

Do you remember the TV adverts with the TV Detector Vans cracking down on unlicensed televisions? Well they are back, but now they are on the Internet as well as local streets. From September 1st, 2016, the law is changing and you will need a TV License to watch or download BBC programmes on demand, including catch up TV, on BBC iPlayer. This … [Read more...]

Deduped, A Little Magic To Clean Up Your Act

Excel is probably SMEs most used database and contacts manager system, and one of the tasks that is often performed is comparing lists and finding duplicate records. With increasingly stringent controls on data held by organisations undertaking this essential and highly efficient task will ensure you are confident in your data lists and eliminate … [Read more...]