Endeavour now offering cloud hosting, software and services under G-Cloud 9 Framework

Endeavour now offering cloud hosting, software and services under G-Cloud 9 Framework

Endeavour are proud to announce that as from 22 May 2017 we are able to extend our offering of cloud hosting, software and associated support, migration and development services under the Crown Commercial Service's G-Cloud 9 framework.

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A phone system but not as we know it - our move to Skype for Business Cloud PBX

A phone system but not as we know it - our move to Skype for Business Cloud PBX

We have recently moved to new offices in Belfast City Centre and like all premises moves and regardless of how much planning you put in place, it can be a hectic and stressful process. However, when we gave notice to our previous landlord last September the last thing I thought we would have problems with would be our phone system.

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Microsoft release new security and data compliance features for Office 365

Microsoft release new security and data compliance features for Office 365

Data security, protection and compliance are continuous processes within businesses with new threats impacting on organisations of all shapes and sizes every single day.  So to help in the fight against malware attacks and accidential information discloure Microsoft are adding to their existing array of security and information governance tools to help Office 365 customers protect their information and stay ahead of the evolving threats to their data.

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We're on the move

The move to our new offices started today and marks the end of a very stressful few weeks where at one stage we thought we'd never get sorted in time. However with the help of some specialist clients and hard work from our staff we have now moved in. Hard to believe this was the new office 2 days ago and the finished result today.

Thanks to everyone who helped to make this happen!

Are you using SharePoint for document management? Well some changes are heading your way!

Are you using SharePoint for document management? Well some changes are heading your way!

It's a really interesting time for the Office 365 subscriber at the moment.  As with all cloud based services one of the main advantages is having a platform that is continuously updated by the supplier.  In most cases the changes are to do with security or so minor they are not really noticed but there are some changing that are starting to appear in Office 365 that subscribers should take note of.

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Endeavour are official suppliers to the G-Cloud 7 Framework

Endeavour Information Solutions is pleased to announce that we have been accepted as a supplier to the G-Cloud 7 Framework.  The G-Cloud Framework is the UK government’s public sector cloud procurement framework which offers a list of approved suppliers who can offer the public sector a wide range of cloud solutions, platforms and services.  

G-Cloud 7 can be used by organisations across the UK public sector including central government, local government, health, education, emergency services, defence and not-for-profit organisations.

Endeavour’s particular offerings are released under Lot 4: Specialist Cloud Services and are broken down as follows:

Based in the heart of Belfast, Endeavour has established a strong track record of working in the public and commercial sector over the last 6 years and are currently working on projects with public sector clients in the energy regulation and education sectors.  Now being part of the G-Cloud framework we will continue with this work and be able to offer even more cloud based solutions to public and non-profit sector based customers.

For more information about the range of cloud services Endeavour can offer your organisation, please contact Lee Surgeoner at our offices on 028 9031 1010 or via email to solutions@endeavour-is.com

Building your business and being more customer centric

Building your business and being more customer centric

Selling goods and services today has never been more challenging; there are not too many sectors that haven’t been affected by the economic climate of recent years.  Now as we start to see some growth it is more important than ever that businesses can grow in a way that is both natural and sustainable going forward.

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Windows 10 Questions & Answers

Windows 10 Questions & Answers

As you are probably more than aware July 29th is the date Windows 10 is released to the world and with that release Microsoft is changing the way it brings Windows to your PC now and in the future.  So with that in mind we at Endeavour Information Solutions have prepared a short Q&A guide for the forthcoming release.

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Beware of false IT help

We have been receiving increased reports of people calling individuals and businesses across NI claiming to be from Microsoft who want to fix a common problem or virus on your computer.  They then talk you through setting up remote access in order to allow them access to your PC  to resolve the problem.  

You can imagine that once these people get access to your computer the kinds or risks you'll then be exposed to in terms of fraud or even ransom as they encrypt your data and refuse to give it back unless you pay them a sum of money.

So with all that in mind here are some basic points to remember:

  • Microsoft technical support will never call you directly unless you have initiated a support request with them beforehand.
  • Microsoft don't email or call you to let you know your PC is infected, then offer to come round and fix it.
  • Never let any company who you do not know or work with have access to your computer remotely.
  • Never open email attachments or click on email links from companies or people you do not work with or are expecting information from.  A common threat is one from a courier service with a file attached that has information regarding your delivery.  Ask yourself first, why would this be sent to me, did I order something and why are they not telling me in the email message itself?  
  • A good rule of thumb with handling email is if you don't know the sender and are not expecting it, delete it...!  Don't worry about taking that approach, if it was legitimate someone will make contact again.

Unfortunately, computer security elements alone such as antivirus and firewalls are vital but equally can only do so much to protect you.  The other factor to consider when securing your IT systems is you and your users.  If they are not made aware of the potential threats out there and given guidance on appropriate use of IT then you are putting yourself at more risk than you need to be.

For further information on practical IT security please contact us any time on 028 9031 1010 or via email at solutions@endeavour-is.com

Windows 10 is coming soon

Windows 10 is coming soon

As you might have seen in the press already over the last week or so Microsoft has told the world that it plans to release Windows 10 on July 29th 2015.   There has been various amounts of positive and negative feedback about this latest version of Windows, some accurate and justified at the time and a lot not so accurate. So, with its release imminent, I wanted to give some of my thoughts about it and try and answer some of the basic questions non-techie people might have about it.

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What's coming to Office 365

The days of the IT upgrade where everyone has to take a day off for the IT people to get new software installed onto their PCs is over for those businesses using Office 365, as it is continuously updating with new features all the time.  As this episode of Office Mechanics shows there have been over 450 new features in the last year alone and more to come with Office 365 now extending to different platforms such as iOS and Android and with it offering more than just a place to store your stuff.

Check out the short video below to see what has been happening and what is coming our way soon with better integration and new applications joining the Office 365 family such as Office Delve and Sway.

For more information on what Office 365 could do for your business or to arrange a free demonstration or trial, you can contact us at solutions@endeavour-is.com or call 028 9031 1010 at any time.