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Business systems and software selection

News, opinion pieces, legislations and best practices aimed at helping members make better use of their IT in their businesses and those of their clients.


Heads in the cloud | Chartech

With continual advances in technology, transferring business software to the cloud is a trend on the increase. But is it for you? Four businesses talk about their experience of transition.

Right on time?

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Notwithstanding the teething problems with HMRC’s Real Time Information project, organisations need to make sure their software is ready for its imminent arrival. BASDA’s advice is sound – and Richard Young has been asking around for other practical tips, too...

Will you move to Windows 8?

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Windows 8 has arrived, after a long public gestation period, in which it has been possible to download and work with pre-release versions...

The Secrets of Silicon Valley

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What makes Silicon Valley so special and what can the UK learn from this experience?

Visualise IT - using dashboard software in business

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Throughout the guide we include comments from dashboard users that give an insight into their experiences, focusing on both benefits and cautionary notes. There are also a number of examples of dashboard images intended to demonstrate why good design and clarity are so important in the successful use of dashboards.

Planning and managing voice over IP

Voice over IP (VoIP) is a technology finding increasing use in business. It enables voice communication to run over computer networks including the internet and so can reduce costs. This helpsheet explains what VoIP is and how it can help your business.

Legal implications for customers of cloud computing

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Legal considerations specific to cloud computing include: the service levels and charges; intellectual property; security; data commitments; data protection; and importantly, the contract between the provider and the customer.

The business of apps

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As the app economy continues to expand, businesses that want to remain relevant to their customers are using apps not only to deliver key services but also as a new channel of engagement. Accountancy firms in particular can leverage an app to deepen the relationship they have with their clients.