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So, October has blown its way into our lives.  It’s gotten cold out, your boss is finally letting you put the heating on in the office, and Halloween is just around the corner. But there’s a threat lurking in your office already, much scarier than carved pumpkins and cobwebs… it’s the horror of your technology failing, plunging your business into the dark ages. So if you like a scare, check out our ultimate technology horrors- with remedies to prevent them. Boo!

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This is may be one of the most universally felt technology horrors. It’s especially heart breaking if you’ve got a deadline in 30 minutes, or you were a sentence away from finishing. We’ve all felt the fear when your computer starts to shudder mid-sentence. With the cloud, however, this is a thing of the past. Your files are automatically backed up, saving you from an office disaster. If you like to write using Microsoft Word, then Office 365 is your saviour- simply save your documents to OneDrive, and they’re backed up automatically.

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It’s the ultimate horror movie scene- the protagonist escapes the killer, reaches for her phone, and- shock- she has no signal or internet connection. We realise you’ve probably never had to escape a killer in your office, but not being able to connect to the outside world- be it suppliers or customers- might just kill your business. Try using our expert infrastructure solutions to build a connection that can’t be defeated by evil. With Cisco Meraki access ports, you can even get connectivity outdoors, conquering technology horrors forever.

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If you’re still on Windows 95, your Word documents still have Clippy the Office Assistant trying to help you, or your antivirus comes accompanied with flashing gifs, it’s time to get those ghosts out of your system. Using our expert application intelligence, we can examine which applications you don’t need or use, and recommend better alternatives. With so much new software coming out all the time, why stick to the old stuff when you can have the very best?

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Similarly, if you’re still storing your files on Windows server 2003, you’re in trouble. Support for the server ended way back in July, meaning your system is susceptible to attack, infection, and corruption. Essentially, the grim reaper is coming for you. But don’t panic, contact us to plan your system Migration to Windows Server 2012. Using the updated server can rescue your business from the reaper’s clutches.

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We get it, interacting with customers can be a tricky thing to manage. A lot of businesses find it hard to juggle being too distant from potential clients, and being way too full-on. If you find yourself cold calling a little too much and hearing the words ‘no thanks’ a little too often, try using a customer relationship management system. By using Microsoft Dynamics CRM, for instance, you can follow any potential sale from first contact to completion. It helps you set up video calls, send important information, and monitor the client’s interest level. It might just help you build a better relationship, instead of a scary one.

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We hope our technology horrors didn’t scare you too much! If you want more advice on how to beat the baddies, contact 848.