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...]

A Cunning Plan For Successful Group Working

Are you running a team, or involved with planning for single or multiple teams and projects? If the answer to that is yes, or if you are juggling multiple activities and need an easy to use tool to provide an overview of the status of all of those tasks, then Microsoft Office 365 Planner is an application that you should take a look at. Planner is … [Read more...]

Marginal Gains Create Champions

We’ve seen it on the track and on the water, marginal gains have been a big concept in sport for a decade. Migrating that to your work space will save you time and helps you navigate your applications more effectively. Here we offer 15 short-cut key sets that save seconds and give you back time in your working day. Alt+F4 = Quit Program CTRL+C = … [Read more...]

A Big Leap For Our Apprentices

We are great believers in giving people opportunities at Astec, and over the years we have nurtured a number of highly skilled and accomplished apprentices into our technical teams. As a Microsoft Partner, Astec supports our teams in developing their skills and capabilities to understand and implement the latest technology products and services, … [Read more...]

Where Is Your Data Safe?

We are often asked the question, ‘Is my data safe in the cloud’? Well unless your data is on a device that has no communications interface and the device itself cannot be stolen, then the cloud is safer than any security measures you can support locally, with certain provisos. As a Microsoft Partner, we have worked together for 25 years and have … [Read more...]