Archive for September 2010
Following on from feedback from followers to make it simpler to follow ComputerSpot when you are out and about. We have now implemented the WordPress Mobile Pack, so that you can more easily follow us on your mobile phone.
Making sure that our Blog is optimised for mobile users allows people to follow the regular updates whilst they are working and traveling.
Implementing the WordPress Mobile Pack couldn’t have been simpler and has increased our audience and following.
ComputerSpot Mobile Site
If you go to www.computerspot.co.uk on your mobile phone browser we, should, automatically pick identify the phone and present our mobile optimised site. This will reduce the bandwidth requirements and make the site simpler to view on a mobile based browser.
If you want to see what this looks like, on your desktop browser, you can click the ‘Switch to our mobile site‘ link in the lower left hand corner of the desktop website.
View ComputerSpot on your Mobile
If you want to view the full website on your phone you can click on the Switch to our desktop site link and the bottom of the mobile site and the full version will be displayed.
Should you have any problems viewing the ComputerSpot site on your mobile phone leave a comment and let us know.
Why create an email archive?
There are a variety of different reasons why your business should have an email archive. These include:-
- Legal Compliance
- Performance improvement
- Protection of Your Intellectual Property
- Business Continuity
In general all of the above come down to getting a copy of your email into a secure location as quickly as possible after it is received, or sent.
Options for creating your email archive
There are different ways that your email archive can be created. These either involve you:
- Installing email archive software on a server in your office
- Using a hosted email archive provider
Local Email Archive
A local email archive will generally involve having an additional server, somewhere in the infrastructure. This server host the archive to ensure that data cannot be ‘lost’ by people deleting emails.
Your local archive should be on a separate server to your email server, ideally it should also be in a separate physical location. So for Small Business this isn’t a realistic option, the capital expense of a second server just to hold your archive would not normally be acceptable.
Hosted Email Archive
I would recommend that you use a hosted email archive. A hosted archive is a very cost effective solution as, most of the email archive providers, don’t require any upfront investment. You will get a highly performant email archive, you don’t need to worry about having to backup the email archive, you also don’t have to worry about scalability.
There are lots of options for Hosted email archive companies, but don’t forget that you are entrusting them with your information so don’t just choose the cheapest. The 2 options I would recommend are:-
If you want information about either of these please contact me via the SystemAssure website. Both Webroot and Microsoft offer free trials of their archive solutions and we can help you set these up and evaluate the best email archive product for your business.
IT Asset Management Pack for Microsoft System Center Service Manager 2010
Provance have recently announced version 1.1 of their successful IT Asset Management MP for Microsoft Service Manager.
What does the IT Asset Management Pack do?
The Provance IT Asset Management Pack is a Process Management Pack that runs within Microsoft System Center Service Manager 2010 to provide Software and IT Asset Management. The supplemental capability provided by the Provance IT Asset Management Pack allows Microsoft System Center customers to take control of IT costs, improve IT Service Management efficiency and reduce security and compliance risks.
The Management Pack extends Microsoft System Center Service Manager with additional functionality to manage the financial, contractual and organisational information necessary to support Software Asset Management, License Compliance, IT Asset Life Cycle Management, and more cost-effective and efficient IT Service Management.
What is New in the IT Asset Management MP from Provance?
Highlights include of version 1.1 of the IT Asset Management Pack include:
- Support for the new Microsoft System Center Service Manager Authoring Console, which allows you to create new or modify existing data, forms and automated workflows that work with the Provance IT Asset Management Pack
- Export of data to CSV files from Views and Searches for viewing and manipulation in Excel
- Editing of multiple hardware or software assets
- Enhanced financial management including tracking of hardware asset cost events and currency conversion against specified base rates
- New views of relationships between hardware, software, contracts and users
- Assignment of software purchases and software license keys to specific users and hardware assets
- Additional reports for forecasting, reconciliation and time-based trending
IT Asset Management Pack – Evaluation Download
You can find more details of the IT Asset Management Pack for Service Manager on the AKCSL website, where you can download your free evaluation copy.