Modern apprenticeships: “You’re hired!”

A year after taking on our first apprentice, HR Manager Aisling MacDonnell looks at why it was a fantastic decision.

Modern apprenticeships in the IT sector

One year ago, we took a leap into the unknown – for CompanyNet – and hired our first modern apprentice, Andy Scott. It’s fair to say that we haven’t looked back. Now, in Scottish Apprenticeship Week, we’re very excited to announce that we have been named mid-sized Apprentice Employer of the Year, with Andy coming runner-up for Apprentice of the Year.

Modern apprentices

Back in 2013, Microsoft made a commitment to have a minimum of 2,016 new young apprentices in Scotland by 2016. By launching this initiative, Microsoft took a very clear stance in encouraging employers and young people to embrace modern apprenticeships in the workplace.
We interviewed several great candidates, but Andy’s drive and passion for technology was clear to see from the moment he stepped into the room. His outgoing personality, coupled with his innovative and forward-thinking approach to sector, immediately won us over.

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The Office of Yesterday?

Is your business behind the times? You might not think so, but as Danny Creasy points out, many companies still cling to outdated Office software. Why is it poor practice to rely on old versions of Office, and what can you do to get up-to-date?

We all have software packages we use day in, day out, becoming so familiar that maintaining them stops being a priority. Danny Creasey, our ‎Infrastructure and Azure Consultant, explains why – when it comes to your business’s core software packages – ignorance isn’t always bliss.

It’s easy to forget that all software has a lifecycle – particularly if it keeps on working without causing any issues. A day-to-day workhorse like Microsoft Office can become such an integral part of business life that, ironically, many companies don’t think about keeping it up-to-date.

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The Office of 2020

For our first blog post of 2015, Katherine Hamilton looks forward – five years forward, to be exact – to the office of 2020, and what it might look like.

office2020Photo: Microsoft Envisioning Lab by Long Zheng, used under Creative Commons

It’s an idea that has been floated by Microsoft, and has really interested us lately. A lot can happen in five years, which means the possibilities for what our daily working lives might be like in 2020 are endless.

Working in the IT sector has never been more exciting. Every day it seems as though we are embracing new technological innovations which truly have the potential to revolutionise the way we work and interact with each other. With the rise of social media and mobile technology it only makes sense that tomorrow’s office will need to adapt to remain effective.

So what will the Office of 2020 look like? Here are five suggestions:

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Hybrid Cloud: a ‘best of both worlds’ solution?

For companies who want the benefits of the cloud but want or need to keep their data in-house, the hybrid cloud may be the answer. CompanyNet’s Katherine Hamilton looks at this ‘third way’.

Photo: Lonely Cloud by Kate Haskell, used under Creative Commons

We all want the best solution for our business when it comes to upgrading technology, and recently there’s been some talk about the hybrid cloud as a ‘best of both worlds’ solution. Indeed, it’s becoming obvious that the future of enterprise IT is heading in the hybrid direction, with a mix of on- and off-premise services being preferred to an all or nothing approach.

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Private Cloud vs Public Cloud vs Hybrid Cloud

Reading Time: 5 Minutes The cloud is increasingly becoming part day-to-day life. Katherine Hamilton looks at the implications for SMEs and what options are out there. Photo: One Cloud? (Original) by Ricardo Liberato, used under Creative Commons Private Cloud vs Public Cloud vs Hybrid Cloud Once upon a time talking about clouds was just another …

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Data Privacy vs Data Security – which is more important?

Reading Time: 4 Minutes What is data privacy, and what are companies doing about it?  Andy Hamilton, Managing Director of CompanyNet, looks at the issues and considers the implications for the cloud. Photo: DSC01245 by Tom Page, used under Creative Commons Data Privacy vs Data Security During a number of conversations recently, I have been …

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Collective Intelligence for Better Business

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As CompanyNet adopts a new look and a new slogan, Amie Stevense thinks about big data, working in collaboration, and the application of collective intelligence

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